DBA Kevlar

Tips, tricks, (and maybe a few rants) so more DBAs become bulletproof!

Metric Thresholds and the Power to Adapt

Metric thresholds have come a long way since I started working with OEM 10g.  I remember how frustrating it could be if an ETL load impacted the metric values that had to be set for a given IO or CPU load for a database when during business hours, a much lower value would be preferable.  […]

SIOUG and HROUG Fall Conferences, 2014!

I’ve just returned from my honeymoon in Venice with the wonderful Tim Gorman, but before we enjoyed our week in this picturesque city, we spent a week doing joint keynotes and two sessions each on our own tech topics at these two incredible conferences in neighboring countries. SIOUG, (Slovenia Oracle User Group) in Ljubljana, Slovenia […]

Abstract Review Tips

Yes, this is for my RMOUG abstract reviewers, but it may help other conferences and user groups, too.  We have some incredible content at RMOUG, (Rocky Mtn. Oracle User Group) Training Days conference and its all due to a very highly controlled, thought out process that has evolved over time to ensure that we have […]

Building a Great Conference Agenda

We are deep into RMOUG’s abstract submissions and reviews, preparing for the following: Oct. 2nd-  Close of Abstract Submissions Oct. 6th-  Close of Abstract Reviews Oct. 10th-  Schedule up for 2015 Training Days With this weighing so heavily on my mind, I felt it might be a good time to put down on paper why […]

How to Configure EM12c to NOT Use Load Balancers

This may not come up very often, but for some reason, an administrator might have to reconfigure an EM12c environment to NOT use load balancers. This could be due to: 1.  Hardware Issue on the Load Balancers 2.  Mis-configured Load Balancers 3.  Re-allocation of Load Balancer hardware for other purposes. Whatever the reason may be, […]

Oracle Open World Schedule

I will be in San Francisco a little early this year and as I’m not longer an ACE Director, it’s to attend the IOUC, (International Oracle User Conference) at Redwood Shores on Sept. 25th and 26th.  I’ll be representing RMOUG for the two day event that has representatives from user groups from all over the […]

EM12c and Windows OS Failover Cluster- Keep it Simple

This is going to be a “KISS”, (Keep it Simple, Silly) post.  I was offered a second Windows cluster to test on when my original one was required for QA.  It was a gracious offer, but I also found out why a cluster should be kept simple and this cluster was anything but simple.  Many […]

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the DBA Kevlar Way

I believe you do your best when you follow in what you believe. Kellyn’s #ALSIceBucketChallenge …. Hold the ice…:) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cawQjZRCyok

Renaming an Oracle Apache Target in EM12c

When installing Enterprise Manager 12c, the host value can come from a number of places for different applications/tiers.  For most, it comes from the environment variable $ORACLE_HOSTNAME, (for Windows Servers, %ORACLE_HOSTNAME%). The OHS1 target, aka Oracle Apache in the middle tier of the EM12c environment pulls it’s value from the etc/hosts file, (for Unix as […]

Dealing with Wi-Fi Problems the DBA Kevlar Way

As much as KSCOPE 14 fixed any and all Low-T levels, it couldn’t do anything for our the WiFi problems we were experiencing back in May. I’ve been a telecommuter for almost 4 straight years now and was quite frustrated when our WiFi service became dismal back then. We called Comcast service and worked through […]

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