Friday, July 11, 2008

Manually manage 1000 databases or use Grid Control

Just met a friend whose 18 member team is managing more than 1000 Oracle databases,
manually, without Grid Control. Their main issue is patch management since they patch
more than 400 Oracle homes regularly with the quaterly critical patch updates (CPUs) from
Oracle, and they do that by hand.

What is the solution? Use Grid Control in a central location, put agents on all database servers,
and with the Provisoning Pack, they will be able to download patches from Oracle Metalink to a
staging area, validate them and apply them. And the other management features of Grid Control
will save a lot of their DBA activity time.

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