DBA Kevlar

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

2014 Year in Review

As many bloggers and sites do this time of the year, here is my review of 2014. It was a great year and it was a lot of fun, as well as educational reviewing all the data. DBAKevlar Blog Busiest Day on my Blog: Posts this year: Most popular post of 2014:  Easy EM12c Agent […]

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The Right Tools for the Job

I chose to work for Oracle because I wanted to immerse myself in the Oracle Enterprise Manager product.  It was the right place for me.  It didn’t matter that I had a background as a multi-platform DBA or that I my skill set was deeply involved in optimization of complex, large databases.  I knew it […]

EM12c and the Optimizer Statistics Console

Today we’re going to review another great feature in the EM12c that you may not have realized was available.  Once logged into a database target, click on the Performance menu and navigate to the Optimizer Statistics Console: Optimizer Statistics Console Page The new console page is clean, easy to navigate and has great access points […]

RMOUG Training Days 2015!

OK, Oracle EM hat off, RMOUG Training Days hat on! So as many of you know, RMOUG Board of Directors made the smart move after I joined Oracle, instead of losing a valuable member of the board, they moved me to being a non-voting board member emeritus and realized that I could still serve as […]

EM12c Management Agent, OutOfMemoryError and Ulimits

While enjoying the lovely Liverpool, UK weather at Tech14 with UKOUG, (just kidding about that weather part and apologies to the poor guy who asked me the origin of “Kevlar” which in my pained, sleep-deprived state I answered with a strange, long-winded response…. :)) a customer contacted me in regards to a challenge he was […]

OMS and OMR Performance- Part III, Metrics Page

Before heading off to UKOUG’s Tech 14 conference, thought I would jump back from the Agents performance page and look into the very important page in the Oracle Management Service, (OMS) and Oracle Management Repository, (OMR) regarding metrics.  Standard metrics collection is demanding in itself, so when we add plugins, metric extensions and manual metric […]

Agents Management Via EM12c Release 4 Console

I’m going to take a break from the OMS/OMR Performance pages and jump over to the Agents page in release 12.1.0.4.  You can access this page from the Setup menu drop down in EMCC: Main Agent Management Page The Agents Management page will default to show you all agents and looks very similar to the […]

Why Women Should Consider a Smartwatch

I keep having this conversation over and over, in retail stores, restaurants and other establishments- women coming up to me and asking, “Can you tell me about that watch you have on?” It made me realize that it could be really intimidating to: 1.  Ask questions of the sales staff in most stores. 2.  The […]

Retrieving Bind Values from SQL Monitor in EM12c Release 4

I know others may want to know how to do this and I had challenges until Gagan Chawla, a teammate from Oracle, was kind enough to point out how to still get to this hidden, little gold nugget, so I’m posting it here for others! Up till database plug-in 12.1.0.5, while in SQL Monitor SQL […]

Removing Redundant Startup/Restart for the OMS Service in Windows

I’ve been told many times that the OMS for EM12c can take quite some time to start on Windows.  Some told me it took anywhere from three to up to fifteen minutes and wanted to know why.  I’ve done some research on the challenge and it is a complex one. Let’s start this post by […]

EM12c, Rel. 4, OMS and OMR Health, Part II

There are a large number of “moving parts” when performance tuning or trouble shooting an Enterprise Manager environment.  The new EM performance features, (available in release 12.1.0.4) are there to assist you in understanding the source of the issue and can really make the difference for those that are unfamiliar with the challenges of Weblogic, […]

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Command Line Interface is Available!

The new Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Command Line Interface book is available via a number of locations, including Amazon and directly from Apress.  If you are an EM12c fanatic or just learning and want to learn more, consider the new book that will show you why the command line returns the DBA to the golden […]

EM12c Release 4, Health Overview

As part of the projects I work on at Oracle, it’s often ensuring that those customers that wish to deploy Enterprise Manager, (EM12c) to large environments, have the correct settings and are tuned to offer the best performance from the Oracle Management repository database, weblogic and up to the console URL’s accessed by users.  This […]

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, […]

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