Saturday, August 15, 2009

Second Workshop showed Grid Control creating and managing Dataguard

We just conducted a highly successful second workshop in
the Oracle Office at Singapore. A number of large banks attended
besides other large corporates in Singapore. We had Solution
Architects, Lead Engineers, Database Engineers, Database
Managers , Asst Vice Presidents, IT Directors, and EVPs.

We explained the disaster recovery options from Oracle, introducing
the attendees to powerful Oracle products such as Normal Dataguard,
Active Dataguard, RAC, Streams, Oracle Transparent Gateways,
Replication, Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) and the newly acquired
Oracle Golden Gate software.

The Enterprise Manager Grid Control interface was used to demonstrate
the management and performance monitoring of the Data Guard configuration,
as well as the command line interface of Data Guard “dgmgrl” for the switchover.
The power of Enterprise Manager Grid Control was emphasized for setting
up and managing Oracle Data Guard, as also the Provisioning Pack
to clone Oracle software and databases.

The attendees were excited about the Oracle technology explained
and showcased, and mentioned it was an “excellent” or “great” seminar.

Future workshops can be ssen on:

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Revisiting Patch Management - Patch Set Updates

First of the PSU (more like a beta) was released on Jul 17th for Oracle DB across specific platforms of Unix.   Oracle will release PSUs every quarter (starting with July 2009) along with quarterly CPUs across Databases and Middleware.  PSUs will be a superset of CPUs and will have additional recommended patches from Oracle. These set of patches are tested in cohesion.

First patch in the series is patch number : 8576156  applicable on Database. The application of this patch can be identified from the inventory by running – opatch lsinventory. 

PSU provides all high value, recommended patches for the Oracle Software. Based on the Patch Management cycle, factor in PSU for the future cycles of patch management.  Suggest once you take up the PSU track,stay on the course. Without which, resolving conflicts, getting specific MLRs will require significant efforts.As the readme of the PSU note reads.. Once a PSU has been installed, the recommended way to get future security content is to apply subsequent PSUs. Reverting from PSU back to CPU, while possible, would require significant effort, and so is not advised” 

Application of PSU can be automated through Deployment procedures. Refer to My Oracle Support note: 864316.1

For the future (October 2009 and onwards) you will get Out-of-Box support for the PSU across various versions.


Related Links:

854428.1 - Intro to Patch Set Updates (PSU)


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