Exadata

Do we offer patched Gold Images already?

Internally we can use a Gold Image service at Oracle. I can download a zip with 19.6.0 included. But externally for you as customers, the download of 19.6.0 required that you download 19.3.0 at first, then apply 19.6.0 on top of it. But a day ago, a tweet by my Belgium friend Philippe Fierens caught my attention. Do we offer patched Gold Images already?

Do we offer patched Gold Images already?

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What is a Gold Image?

Since Oracle 18c, the installation routine has changed to the better. You download zip file containing the Gold Image, you create a directory and

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Mobiliar Insurance consolidates over 350 PDBs to new Exadatas

The year is almost over and many of you will take off in your well-deserved holidays. At this point it’s not time yet for a 2019 summary or my “Best Records of 2019” list, but to highlight a great success story from Swiss Mobiliar Insurance’s Oracle team.

Mobiliar Insurance consolidates over 350 PDBs to new Exadatas

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Mobiliar Insurance – never heard about them?

There are actually two typical situations when you’ve never heard about Mobiliar Insurance (“Die Mobiliar“) before. You either don’t live in Switzerland and you never visited one of our workshops nor any of the talks Alain Fuhrer and …

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Automatic SQL Plan Management – Slight Change with 19.4.0

I did blog in more detail about Automatic SQL Plan Management in Oracle 19c. And Roy and I had really a lot of discussion in every customer meeting at OOW19 about it. But there is a slight change to where the feature is available with Oracle 19.4.0.

Automatic SQL Plan Management - Slight Change with 19.4.0

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Slight Change

When you compare the settings of SQL Plan Management between Oracle 19.3 and 19.4, you’ll see the difference:

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SELECT PARAMETER_NAME, PARAMETER_VALUE
  FROM   DBA_ADVISOR_PARAMETERS
  WHERE  TASK_NAME = 'SYS_AUTO_SPM_EVOLVE_TASK'
    AND PARAMETER_VALUE <> 'UNUSED'
  ORDER 
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Exadata Upgrade to OL7 and to Oracle 19c

This is just a short blog post to ensure I will find the necessary information when somebody asks me again.. In case you plan to do an Exadata upgrade to OL7 and to Oracle 19c, the below links are the most important ones you should start with.

Exadata Upgrade to OL7 and to Oracle 19c

Exadata Upgrade to OL7 and to Oracle 19c

–Mike…

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Oracle Database 19.2 for Exadata is now available for download

Time flies – and we have 2019. Since a few minutes Oracle Database 19.2 for Exadata is now available for download.

Oracle Database 19.2 for Exadata is now available for download

You can download as of today Oracle Database 19.2 for Exadata from the Software Delivery Cloud (eDelivery).

Just type in “Oracle Database” into the search window:

Oracle Database 19.2 for Exadata is now available for download

And then add it to your cart:

Oracle Database 19.2 for Exadata is now available for download

Documentation

And of course, the Oracle Database 19c documentation is available as of now as well:

Oracle Database 19.2 for Exadata is now available for download

Further Information

Please read more on the Oracle Database Blog.

–Mike…

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Direct INSERTs into HCC tables may be slower since Oracle 12.2

I work with several customers at the moment on their Oracle 12.2/18c “go live” projects. And one of these customers encountered a strange issue when comparing Oracle 11.2.0.4 to Oracle 12.2.0.1/18.3.0: Direct INSERTs into HCC tables may be slower since Oracle 12.2. Actually in this particular case, significantly slower. Read below why this can happen and how the workarounds look like.

Hybrid Columnar Compression

There’s a lot of material to read and study about Hybrid Columnar Compression (HCC). With HCC we store the same column for a group of rows together. The data block does not store data in row-major …

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When will Oracle Database 18c be available on-prem?

When will Oracle Database 18c be available on-prem?When will Oracle Database 18c be available on-prem? Some of you will answer: It is available already, isn’t it? And you are right. But I don’t want to blog just a marketing message but some facts. Others may ask: When will it be generally available on-premises?

==> July 23, 2018: Linux 18.3.0 on-prem is available – please click here <==

When will Oracle Database 18c be available on-prem?

As of today, March 20, 2018, Oracle Database 18c is available already in/for:

Actually …

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PERL scripts for large migrations supported on all platforms (except Windows)

This topic fits very well as I present about +100 TB migrations today at the “Harmony” User Group Conference in Finland.

Finland May Helsinki 2017

Finland in May

The question whether the PERL scripts for RMAN incrementally rolled forward backups we deliver via MOS Note 1389592.1 (11G – Reduce Transportable Tablespace Downtime using Cross Platform Incremental Backup) will be supported for migrations to non-Exadata systems such as Oracle SuperCluster as well.

And yes, now we got an update into the note saying:

Although preferred destination system is Linux (either 64-bit Oracle Linux or a certified version of RedHat Linux), this procedure can be used

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Oracle Database 12.2 for Exadata/SuperCluster available

Oracle Database 12.2.0.1 on-premises for Exadata and SuperCluster is now available for download from Oracle eDelivery/SoftwareCloud.

Connect to eDelivery and login.

Search for: “Oracle Database” and mark “Oracle Database Enterprise Edition …


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Click on “Select Platforms” and select “Linux x86-64“, then hit “Continue“:

Once you accepted the license agreement you’ll be able to download the software:

Please be aware that the software can be installed on Oracle Exadata and Oracle SuperCluster ONLY. To take advantage of the full potential of Oracle Database
12c Release 2
you should …

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Patches, Patch Sets, Patch Bundles, Bundled Patches …

Ouch … just realized that it has been a while since I posted a new topic on the blog. But actually the past weeks I was busy doing workshops, working with customers – and finally (yes!!) participating on an Exadata training class. Sitting there for 3 days, listening the instructor, playing around with the cell simulator and all the exercises was quite a nice change from the daily business. And I believe I’ve learnt something useful πŸ™‚

Well, daily business, this brings me back to a topic which hit my inbox today again for the 2nd time in a …

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