Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Oracle Priority Service Infogram for 18-JAN-2012

Quarterly Patch

It's that time again, and this one from the Oracle Security Team is very important (as always). 

Oracle Critical Patch Update - January 2012
The Oracle Critical Patch Update for January 2012 was released on January 17th, 2012. Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible. Please note that Sun products are included in this Critical Patch Update.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes a list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, and links to other important documents. Supported Products that are not listed in the "Supported Products and Components Affected" Section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied.

Also, it is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches, as this is where you can find important pertinent information.

Critical Patch Update Advisories are available at the following location:

Oracle Technology Network:

The Critical Patch Update Advisory - January 2012 is available at the following location:

Oracle Technology Network:

The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:
  • April 17, 2012
  • July 17, 2012
  • October 16, 2012
  • January 15, 2013

Over at Real Life Database / SQL Experiences (a little while ago, but I've been meaning to link to it), is Vivek Sharma's contribution on the subject of How Challenging is the task of a Performance Optimization Expert ? A real life example….


Some people are just lucky. They get to be the DBA AND the Sysadmin. Others are luckier still. They get paid for both. Whatever your karma, the OTN Garage has some useful links to New Documentation for Common Sysadmin Tasks.

Also in the realm of Unix is this posting from Using kexec for fast reboots on Oracle Linux with UEK at Wim Coekaerts Blog

Relational Theory, Legends and Guru Division

Chris Date is presenting, as tweeted by Cary Milsap, on February 2nd: C. J. Date “SQL and Relational Theory: How to Write Accurate SQL Code”.


Cristóbal Soto's Blog points out a good white paper on Exalogic Disaster Recovery.


The latest from the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog:

Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: January 2012 Edition 

ATG Live Webcast: Personalize, Customize, and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface

Enabling Case-Sensitive Passwords with E-Business Release 12


Over at Alejandro Vargas' Blog, a useful posting on RAC11.2.0.2 redundant interconnect and the Cluster Health Monitor.


The A-Team - SOA blog fills us in on how to get through one of those awkward social situations...well, not really, they discuss How should I generate an external reference to a composite instance? 


Oracle related stuff delves into the bugs of Dynamic Sampling On Multiple Partitions.

Read the Lovely Manual

One of Tom Kyte's favorite spots when a new version comes out is the new features guide. Great minds think alike and Eddie Awad recently tweeted us all in that direction for 11g release 2.


The January 2012 issue of the MySQL Newsletter is out.


The economy and labor parts of our current reality are like the old Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times (I’ve never seen that curse in Chinese, by the way, so it may be a pseudo-proverb. If anyone knows the original Chinese for the phrase please let me know). Here’s a link to a very useful and thoughtful article at LifeHacker on what many hiring managers look for (and some good replies in the comments from people with a lot of experience on the other side of the desk). One item I agree with in general, but would amend, is the length of resume. A non-IT should fit on one page, maximum two. But if you are looking at a technical person you sometimes want to know EXACTLY what they can do and what they have worked with, and that can take a few pages. My advice to friends I've helped with IT resumes in the past is to structure the resume with a summary page up front that boils it all down to a 30 second summation and then go through work background in subsequent pages.

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