Exadata Cloud at Customer : Drill down into Cloud Tooling RPM content

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On one of my Exadata Cloud at Customer system, I recently had an issue which required to check exactly which files were updated when upgrading the cloud-specific tooling included on Exadata Cloud at Customer, also know as dbaastools_exa. I needed to know if a configuration file had been overwritten or not, when upgrading dbaastools_exa. My knowledge in RPM packages being very limited, I did some research and here is what I found :

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Oracle Data Guard Broker 18 : new VALIDATE NETWORK CONFIGURATION command

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There is a very handy new command available in Oracle Data Guard Broker 18c. Too bad I discovered it AFTER I solved my problem 😉
This quick blog post demonstrates what can be easily spotted with this new VALIDATE NETWORK CONFIGURATION command.

In this example, I have 2 sites, each with a 2-node Oracle 18.6 Grid Infrastructure cluster. On both clusters, there is an Oracle 18.6 RAC database.
The primary database on site 1 is called tool, and the standby database on site 2 is called opeth. Both RAC databases have 2 instances.

I had trouble setting a correct Oracle Data Guard configuration between database tool and database opeth.

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Exadata Cloud at Customer : Reinstall Cloud Tooling

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I just started working on Exadata Cloud at Customer. And with this, come my first mistakes 😉
One of my compute node had all cloud tooling scripts located in the adequate directories :

# ls -l /var/opt/oracle/exapatch/
[...]
-r-xr-xr-x  1 oracle oinstall    0 Feb  4 21:23 exadbcpatchsm
-r-xr-xr-x  1 oracle oinstall    0 Feb  4 21:23 exadbcpatchmulti
-r-xr-xr-x  1 oracle oinstall    0 Feb  4 21:23 exadbcpatch
[..]

but for an obscure reason (made of failed update combined with full filesystem), they were all emtpy.

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Fun with attribute STOP_TIMEOUT for a custom clusterware resource

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I recently encountered a problem, for which I do not have any clue yet. But at least, I have a workaround. The goal of this blog post is to remember the exploration towards this workaround. And then to switch back to a normal sitution when possible.

For some reason, 120 development databases were configured to use Shared Server Architecture. The day after this change of configuration, a lot of users started complaining about a fully-automatized-0-problem-encountered-in-the-last-2-years-procedure to duplicate a production database to development database … Indeed, this procedure begins with stopping target database, and this day, failed almost everytime during this step … Why ?

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Use of Splunk with Oracle listener log files

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There are several ways to dig for precious information in listener logs, for example this method described by Arup Nanda or this one by Liron Amitzi.
I currently work in an environment with 40+ servers and 550+ databases managed by Grid Infrastructure. I recently wanted to help a colleague who was experiencing problems with a brand new installed application. Her application should connect to a database in another VLAN. Our first intuition was to check if the application could, at least, reach the database. Since the database resides on a Grid Infrastructure cluster, it would have been tedious to check all (scan-) listener logs spread accross all servers. This is where Splunk has proven useful.

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Database Service Firewall : Access Control to a PDB in RAC

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Conferences are great. Not only for the technical content, also for the people. Recently during DOAG, I had very interesting conversations (yes, several conversations 🙂 ) with Martin Berger about how to control who is connecting to which database in a complex environment. Among other topics, we mentioned that it was possible, starting with Oracle 12.2, to set Access Control Lists to allow connections to a database service (in Non-CDB or PDB) from specific IP addresses.
This new feature Database Service Firewall was introduced with Oracle 12.2. It should not to be confused with Database Firewall, which is a dedicated system used to monitor traffic from and to databases, and is part of Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall product.

As I never used Database Service Firewall, I decided to give it a try in a Multitenant environment with RAC.
My lab is a 2-node RAC cluster with Grid Infrastructure 18, a 18.3 RAC Container database called metal, and one pluggable database called opeth.

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Create READ ONLY + AWR access on database targets in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12.1.0.5 – EM CLI edition

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I like CLIs. I really like CLIs. Especially when 90% of my previous and quite long blog post can be summarized with only 3 commands 🙂

It was about creating restricted read only access for users, using a role and a named credential. But EM CLI can greatly simplify this task. To better understand what follows, please read the previous post explaining how to Create READ ONLY + AWR access on database targets in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12.1.0.5 first.

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