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Grid Infra – ASM 11.2.0.3 bug on Solaris – slice 2 CANDIDATE

We recently ran into a bug (at least that how I look at it) that is introduced with ASM 11.2.0.3. As of this version, ASM shows slice 2 (the complete disk, starting a cylinder 0 thus inlcuding the VTOC) as … Continue reading

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Oracle Database Appliance – Installing Bundle Patch 2.3.0.0.0

On 23 july 2012 ODA bundle patch 2.3.0.0.0 was released, a long awaited version which should (and indeed does) include multi-home support. As with each new bundle patch, in this version the patch process is getting more robust and the … Continue reading

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Oracle Database Appliance – cleanupDeploy X-windows failure

Whenever something goes wrong during the deployment of an ODA, you can try to fix the problem and restart the deployment from the step where the deployment failed (using the GridInst.pl script). Sometimes however when the deployment fails, restarting the … Continue reading

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Oracle Database Appliance – odachk

With the release of ODA patch bundle 2.2.0.0.0 a tool available on Exadata only, is available for ODA too. This tool named “Exadata Configuration Audit Tool – exachk” is modified and renamed to odachk and is located in /opt/oracle/oak/odachk. With … Continue reading

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Oracle Database Appliance – Installing Patch Bundle 2.2

On 17 April 2012 ODA patch bundle 2.2.0.0.0 was released, which includes an Linux kernel upgrade (2.6.18-194.32.1.0.1.e15 to 2.6.32-300.11.1.el5uek – Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel), Oracle Grid Infrastructure patchset 11.2.0.3.2 and Oracle RDBMS patchset 11.2.0.3.2. Oracle made the installation of various parts … Continue reading

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Oracle Database Appliance – Safely usable ASM diskgroup size

Not long ago I got a warning from Oracle Enterprise Manager that the REDO diskgroup on one of our ODA’s exceeded the warning threshold of 75%. Looking at the number of database instances and configured online redo log sizes I … Continue reading

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Oracle Database Appliance – Installing Patch Bundle 2.1.0.3.0

We just finished installing ODA Patch Bundle 2.1.0.3.0 on one of our ODA’s….. There goes one of the key features for the ODA – Simple one-button patch installation. As a DBA (and I think all administrators) are very reserved when … Continue reading

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Oracle Database – 11.1.0.7 in extended support

As of 1 September 2012 Oracle database release 11.1 (terminal release 11.1.0.7) will be in Extended Support. Here is list of some database releases with start dates for extended support and sustaining support: Release Extended Support Start Sustaining Support Start … Continue reading

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Oracle Database Appliance – Critical Patch Bundle 2.1.0.3.1

Oracle found a bug (a Seagate firmware issue) for ODA’s with Patch Bundle 2.1.0.3.0 applied. They highly recommend the installation of patch 13817532 after you’ve applied Patch Bundle 2.1.0.3.0. The problem is described in MOS note 1438089.1, but in short … Continue reading

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Oracle Database Appliance – Applying one-off patches

Until now, one of the biggest problems with the ODA was with applying one-off patches on Oracle Homes for high-impact problems. The only supported patching of an ODA was by installing an ODA patch bundle which (could) include Oracle Database … Continue reading

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