Some wisdom on cloning an ASM database from Alejandro Vargas.
Ok, let's face it, Oracle has never been, shall we say, a strong Microsoft partner, but this video that Bill Gates did linked from Carl Beckstrom's blog is very amusing.
An article on PeopleSoft Enterprise Portal 9.0 over at PSADMIN.
New Version of the RDA Available
The Remote Diagnostic Agent is an often misunderstood beastie. Some customers think we here at Oracle have them run an RDA just to get them out of our hair for a while. Nope. It's a very useful utility that gathers a huge amount of useful information about your system. When I worked performance optimization in the field in my past life as a DBA I would often use the RDA as a tool to quickly evaluate a customer's system on a lot of details that effect performance.
Here's the official announcement:
Oracle Support Announces RDA 4.10 - Production Release
RDA is used to gather detailed information about an Oracle and Operating system environments. The data gathered is used to aid in problem diagnosis. The output is also used to monitor the overall system configuration. Oracle Global Product Support encourages the use of RDA because it provides a comprehensive picture of the Oracle Product and Operating System environments.
Read the full article. (in Metalink).
The Oracle Plane
Video of the Oracle stunt plane showing that gravity, physics, etc. all are negotiable, even flexible...if you're a good enough pilot.
A miscellany of links of interest from Eddie Awad here.
H. Tonguc Yilmaz reminds us that all that seems to come from a guru may not in fact be wise in this article. Over my years working with Oracle technology, and many other topics of interest, I have found that the humble are often the strongest authorities. When you question a real expert about their topic they will either:
- Prove to you then and there that they are right (Tom Kyte usually does it by creating a schema, running several experiments, then tearing it all down, all at a SQL*Plus prompt and NEVER BACKSPACING ONCE, which scares most mortals).
- Cite a reliable source or two that demonstrate their point
- Admit that there may be a problem and look into it.
- That's how it works
- It's like that because it's broken, but the fix is coming in release XYZ
- It's like that because the software is hopelessly hosed and you are making a major career error by attempting to install it on prod.
- I don't know.
So be careful of who and what you trust online, and that includes blogs, even this august institution you are reading.