dbi services Blog
Welcome to the dbi services Blog! This IT blog focuses on database, middleware, and OS technologies such as Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server & SharePoint, EMC Documentum, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Sybase, Unix/Linux, etc. The dbi services blog represents the view of our consultants, not necessarily that of dbi services. Feel free to comment on our blog postings.
I faced a problem at a customer site last week when I tried to install the .NET Framework 3.5 - a prerequisite for installing SQL Server 2012 on a Windows Server 2012 R2. I opened the Server Manager and then navigated to the Manage, Add Roles and Features section:
The successful deployment of a Database Firewall depends on an effective policy. Oracle AVDF includes preconfigured firewall policies as described in the Firewall Policy page in the Policy tab of the Audit Vault Server console.
12c came with a very nice feature: privilege analysis. You don't know which privileges are required? then just grant DBA, run your application, and check which minimal privileges are needed. And today, I've discovered how it is very powerful: you can even see privileges used internally, even when not done by SQL, and even not documented.
I had the opportunity to attend Paul Randal’s session on advanced data recovery techniques at the Pass Summit. During this session one attendee asked Paul if a page that has just been corrupted can remain in the buffer pool extension (BPE). As you probably know, BPE only deals with clean pages. Paul hesitated a lot and asked us to test and this is exactly what I will do in the blog post.
When you have sessions blocked on locks, you probably have all information about the waiters (they call you and anyway their waiting session is visible in v$session our ASH). But you usually need to get enough information that help to identify the blocker.
I'm quickly checking the planning for DOAG these 3 days and here is the list of sessions I would like to attend.
There are still a lot of interesting ones even if my choice is limited by the language (I would like to understand German but I'm limited so sessions in English). And I've still some concurrency issues to solve because I cannot be at two places at the same time.
SQL plan Directives have been introduced in 12c. If you have scripts that check their states (and I have that as I prefer to monitor closely the features that are new) you probably have seen a difference when going from 18.104.22.168 - the first release of 12c and the only one avilable yet in Standard Edition - and 22.214.171.124 - the first patchest. I'll explain here what are the SQL Plan Directive states and how they changed.
In one of my last blog, named: "Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall (AVDF) 12.1 - installation on VirtualBox" I explained how to install AVDF on VirtualBox. Since some of you asked for a blog on "How to configure AVDF", I decided to write this posting on AVDF post-installation configuration. This one only concerns the post-installation phase, a third blog will be dedicated to practical cases concerning the configuration of Database Firewall Policies.