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RMAN – The pocket knife of the DBA – Part 1

One area which has always interested me within the Oracle ‘world’ is Backup and Recovery, and there is one utility in particular that I think stands out – RMAN. Oracle Recovery Manager, or RMAN as it is widely known, is one of the most important database utilities, and one that every Oracle DBA should be familiar with. In fact, it is highly unlikely that you will find … Continue reading...

Back to Basics With Dbvisit Replicate – Part III

talking about replicate pairs

In Part I of this series we discussed the install process and some pre-requisites for installing Dbvisit Replicate. In Part II we talked about Step 1 of the setup wizard describing the databases.   Remember, I mentioned the common pitfall of not having TNSNAMES.ora set up correctly.  Today we are going to discuss Part III which is Step 2 of the install process “Replication … Continue reading...

What a difference a year makes

Today September 1st marks my one year anniversary with Dbvisit.  And oh what a year it has been. Dbvisit is a ‘virtual’ company.  With the HQ in Auckland, New Zealand I knew that I … Continue reading...

Back to Basics With Dbvisit Replicate – Part II

In Part I of this series we talked about the initial set up and some of the components of dbvrep. We walked through the few questions needed prior to asking about your databases.  Now … Continue reading...

Back to Basics With Dbvisit Replicate – Part I

A few of my recent blogs have talked about the new features of Dbvisit Replicate 2.7.  I want to now change track and get back to basics.  The next series of “back-to-basics” posts  are … Continue reading...

Why you should be thinking about Disaster Recovery right now!

  Let’s face it, DR – the business of disaster recovery planning – is not the most glamorous of topics in the I.T “universe”, and often times is treated as a poor cousin. But … Continue reading...

When No Locks Are A Good Thing

One of the most powerful features of the Dbvisit Replicate 2.7 release is the No Lock feature.  This feature will allow you to truly take advantage of zero down time migrations as well as … Continue reading...

Unplug and enjoy the benefits of a rested mind…

In a world where mobile devices are part of daily living, where we search out mobile wifi hot spots in our regular movements and as a society we are ‘always’ available it can be extremely … Continue reading...

Getting Creative With Dbvisit Replicate Scripts

A few customers have asked me about scripting and other ways of interacting with Dbvisit Replicate.  Here are two of my favorite ways. In prior versions of Dbvisit Replicate you would … Continue reading...

Now Here Comes Oracle

Set in the beautiful, temperate city of Seattle, #KSCOPE14 (June 22-26) promised and delivered: we enjoyed a rich feast of technical sessions for the manager and the hands’ on crowd, had … Continue reading...