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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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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