Tag: Oracle Exadata

Detect and Notify Linux Server Restart

When Oracle support performs maintenance for Exadata Cloud there is minimal communication. Typically, Oracle support restarts the host during maintenance. Since the application is not RAC aware, the application team needs a way of knowing they have to restart the…

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How to Enable RAM Cache in Oracle Exadata

A brief background on RAM cache or in-memory OLTP acceleration In this post I will present a feature — to simplify let’s call it RAM cache — introduced in Oracle Exadata Storage Server image 18.1. You’ve probably heard a lot…

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Exadata’s InfiniBand Switch: Incorrect NTP settings Leading to Evictions, and Patching Recommendations

Overview This post describes a recent outage during a routine Exadata (X7-2) patching to the 19.2.12.0.0.200317 release using “patchmgr.” An incorrect configuration of NTP (Network Time Protocol) on the InfiniBand (IB) switches placed all switches in the “discover” state after…

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The Brand New Exadata X8M Deployment Process Revealed

Here we will see how the deployment process of the new Exadata X8M works.   RoCE issues from the factory Exadata X8M servers are coming from the factory with the RoCE private network disabled. In case the Field Engineer assigned…

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Issues and workarounds for Exadata Patching (JAN-2019)

This post describes some of the most recent issues I have faced while patching an Oracle database machine (Exadata).   0 / Details Applying PSU 01/04/2019 (version 18.1.12.0.0.190111) Database Machine X5-2 / X6-2 stacks, which were running 12.1.2.3.5.170418 before the…

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Exadata Smart Scan: A Quick Overview

I decided to write about Exadata Smart Scan feature for this blog post. Why Smart Scan? Well, because it is awesome and I don’t know any other relational database system that has this feature. So what is Smart Scan and…

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How to Reduce Exadata Core Count

During preparation for a client’s datacenter migration, we decided to move services one-by-one to the datacenter / hardware in order to keep the scope of changes controlled. To accomplish this, we also needed to resize the CPU count of Exadata…

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How to extend the /u01 filesystem on an Exadata

Marketers are very good at selling everyone on the fact that resources (CPU, disks, memory) are now infinite, which is mainly true on a slide but it’s less true in real life. You may one day face this situation with…

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How to Prevent Linux 7 Housekeeping from Breaking Oracle

Linux 7 introduced multiple changes and enhancements to the kernel. Among them was automated housekeeping for temporary files. In version 6, tmpwatch is available to manage unused files in temp directories. It can be scheduled via cron to automatically keep…

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Exadata: How to manage OS dependencies when upgrading to 19c

Exadata 19c comes with Linux 7 and Exadata 12c and 18c come with Linux 6. There will then be an upgrade to Linux 7 when upgrading from 12c or 18c to Exadata 19c or above. In this specific case, you…

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