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Collaborate ’15

It’s time for another phenomenal Collaborate conference next week, made even more fabulous by the fact that I’ll be there for the first time! For some reason, Collaborate is one of the few big user group conferences I haven’t made it to before, so when my boss asked me to…

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Data Cloning and Refresh

For some time now, I’ve been creating blog posts that walk you through using some of the Enterprise Manager technology to perform specific tasks. For example, there’s one here on setting up Chargeback in EM 12.1.0.4. I’ve never been really satisfied with the way these blog posts turn out, as…

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PowerPoint 2013 Always Starts Minimized

This post has nothing to do with Oracle or Enterprise Manager at all, so if that’s all you’re interested in you can stop reading now. Yesterday I ran into the situation where PowerPoint would only open minimized on the task bar and nothing I could do would get it to…

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Database Provisioning in Minutes: Using Enterprise Manager 12c DBaaS Snap Clone and NetApp Storage

Last week, I was letting you know about an opportunity to hear all about the Snap Clone functionality with EMC storage. This week, there’s a similar presentation on Wednesday, March 4 at 8AM PT (San Francisco), 11AM ET (New York), 4PM GMT (London) and 5PM CET (Paris), only this time…

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Database Provisioning in Minutes: Using Enterprise Manager 12c DBaaS Snap Clone and EMC Storage

A little while back I posted a blog on the official Oracle Enterprise Manager blog on using Enterprise Manager 12c Snap Clone with EMC storage. Last week, I also presented on exactly the same topic at the RMOUG Training Days in Denver, Colorado, and there was quite a bit of…

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RMOUG Training Days 2015

Yet again, it was a fantastic time at the RMOUG Training Days 2015 conference, as it has been every other year I have attended it. That is in no small measure due to the incredible work of the organizing committee, and in particular the Training Days Director, my colleague Kellyn…

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Travelling in a Wheelchair

It’s that time of the year again, when one of the best grass roots Oracle user group conferences takes place, the Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group Training Days in Denver Colorado. I’ve been privileged enough to present at this conference several times in the past, and always have an absolute…

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A new blog post on using Snap Clone on EMC storage with ASM

Just a quick note here to say I’ve added a new blog post to the official Enterprise Manager blog site. You can find it here.

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What’s New with the Latest Release

Yesterday I posted notification of the latest plug-in releases for Enterprise Manager 12.1.0.4. There have been quite a number of enhancements in these new plug-ins, so let’s have a quick look at each plug-in and what’s new. Enterprise Manager for Cloud (version 12.1.0.9.0) PDB as a Service Custom Placement Option…

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New Plug-ins Released

The latest plug-in release has just been announced. There are new versions for the following plug-ins: Enterprise Manager for Cloud – version 12.1.0.9.0 Enterprise Manager for Oracle Cloud Framework – version 12.1.0.2.0 Enterprise Manager for Storage Management – version 12.1.0.5.0 Enterprise Manager for Oracle Database – version 12.1.0.7.0 Enterprise Manager…

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Day 3+ of UKOUG Tech 14

Sorry it’s taken a couple of days to finish off this series of blog posts on UKOUG Tech 14. I had expected to get some time on the trip back to write this, but as you’ll see if you keep reading, that really didn’t happen. So let’s go back to…

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Day 2 of UKOUG Tech 14

Day 2 of the UKOUG Tech 14 conference for me started with the second session (I spent the first session typing up the blog post on Day 1 as there wasn’t a presentation I was interested in). Tammy Bednar was presenting on “Creating a Test / Dev Database in Minutes…

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Day 1 of UKOUG Tech 14

Monday was the first day of the main part of the UKOUG Tech 14 conference, after SuperSunday’s additional content. I had a great night’s sleep and woke at 7 am, much to the disgust of Richard Foote who had been up for four hours already and didn’t seem to appreciate…

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Days -1 and 0 of UKOUG Tech 14

The UKOUG user group conference is one conference I have wanted to get to for a long time, but never managed to before. This year, with the change in job roles to being a database architect in the DBaaS team within the Enterprise Manager product management group, I finally got…

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The User Group Tour

Those of you that have been around Oracle for some time may already be aware of the various OTN tours. These tours bring well known speakers to some of the smaller (relatively speaking) regions that often don’t get to see some of the big name speakers, simply because of audience…

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Will the REAL Snap Clone functionality please stand up?

Every so often our competitors like to spread false information about our solutions so as to gain unfair advantage. I wanted to address this for the Enterprise Manager Snap Clone functionality, so this blog post describes the Snap Clone solution as it currently stands (November 2014). Let’s start by introducing…

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Setting Up Chargeback in EM 12.1.0.4

Some time back, I posted a blog entry about Metering and Chargeback in Enterprise Manager, where I covered the basic capabilities of the Chargeback Application. It’s taken me some time to get back to the promised followup blog post on setting up Chargeback, what with Oracle Open World getting in…

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Private Cloud and Lifecycle Management with EM12c at OOW14

Yet again the monster that is Oracle Open World is about to take over San Francisco. I won’t be making it this year, but considering we had something like 60,000 attendees last year I’d hate to see what the numbers are gonna be this year! To try and make it…

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Migrating to ASM

On the Maximum Availability Architecture website, there’s a paper on <awful term alert>Best Practices</awful term alert> for Database Consolidation. It’s a great paper, as you’d expect from the MAA guys (well, apart from that awful term alert I had to add! ). Since database consolidation is an area I work…

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Who deserves the title “Expert” or (even worse) “Guru”?

I wanted to expand on a thread in a LinkedIn group I’m part of, where one of the members wrote “It’s funny when 2 experts are arguing about who is better”, using Tom Kyte and Jonathan Lewis as examples of people they say are “Experts”. Disclaimer: I have not spoken…

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New Tips and Techniques page

In case you haven’t noticed it – and chances are you haven’t noticed because I just created it! – I’ve added a new page called “Tips and Techniques” to the website. It’s where I keep a random collection of odd items I’ve come across that might be of interest yet…

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Why am I seeing “Result: Failed. Insufficient resource available” messages?

This is an interesting point that came up recently, where someone had a DBaaS environment running on an Exadata system for a couple of months, with no issues.  It has recently started to return errors on the Database Cloud Self Service portal in the “Placement Algorithm” region: Constraint : Number…

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Metering and Chargeback

In the past few posts, I’ve covered setting up PDBaaS, using the Self Service portal with PDBaaS, setting up Schema as a Service, and using the Self Service Portal with Schema as a Service, all of these using Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c release 12.1.0.4. Now I want to move…

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Using the Self Service Portal with Schema as a Service in EM 12.1.0.4

In a previous blog post, I covered setting up Schema as a Service for schema level consolidation. In this post I’m going to cover how to use the Self Service Portal with Schema as a Service in EM 12.1.0.4. Just as it was in my posting on using the Self…

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Schema Consolidation in EM 12.1.0.4 – Setup

Schema as a Service provides database consolidation by allowing administrators to host multiple application schemas within a single database. This offers Database as a Service to possibly hundreds of application users without creating database sprawl. Users can perform day-to-day actions like provisioning, monitoring, and backup, all from a single Self…