Oracle Database Problem Solving and Troubleshooting Handbook

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2016-04-18
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

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An Expert Guide for Solving Complex Oracle Database Problems


Oracle Database Problem Solving and Troubleshooting Handbook  delivers comprehensive, practical, and up-to-date advice for running the Oracle Database reliably and efficiently in complex production environments. Seven leading Oracle experts have brought together an unmatched collection of proven solutions, hands-on examples, and step-by-step tips for Oracle Database 12c, 11g, and other recent versions of Oracle Database. Every solution is crafted to help experienced Oracle DBAs and DMAs understand and fix serious problems as rapidly as possible.


The authors cover LOB segments, UNDO tablespaces, high GC buffer wait events, poor query response times, latch contention, indexing, XA distributed transactions, RMAN backup/recovery, and much more. They also offer in-depth coverage of a wide range of topics, including DDL optimization, VLDB tuning, database forensics, adaptive cursor sharing, data pumps, data migration, SSDs, indexes, and how to go about fixing Oracle RAC problems.


Learn how to

  • Choose the quickest path to solve high-impact problems
  • Use modern best practices to make your day more efficient and predictable
  • Construct your “Call 9-1-1 plan” for future database emergencies
  • Proactively perform maintenance to improve your environment’s stability
  • Save time with industry-standard tools and scripts

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Author Biography

Tariq Farooq is an Oracle technologist, architect, and problem-solver and has been working with various Oracle Technologies for more than twenty-four years in very complex environments at some of the world’s largest organizations. Having presented at almost every major Oracle conference/event all over the world, Tariq is an award-winning speaker, community leader/organizer, author, forum contributor, and tech blogger. He is the founding president of the IOUG Virtualization & Cloud Computing Special Interest Group and the BrainSurface social network for the various Oracle communities. Tariq founded, organized, and chaired various Oracle conferences, including, among others, the OTN Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Tour, VirtaThon—the largest online-only conference for the various Oracle domains, the CloudaThon & RACaThon series of conferences, and the first-ever Oracle-centric conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2011. He was the founder and anchor/show host of the VirtaThon Internet Radio series program. Tariq is an Oracle RAC Certified Expert and holds a total of 14 professional Oracle certifications. Having authored more than one-hundred articles, whitepapers, and other publications, Tariq is the coauthor of the Expert Oracle RAC 12c (Apress, 2013), Oracle Exadata Expert’s Handbook (Addison-Wesley, 2015), and Building Database Clouds in Oracle 12c (Addison-Wesley, 2016) Oracle books. Tariq has been awarded the Oracle ACE and ACE Director awards.

Mike Ault began working with computers in 1980—following a six-year Navy enlistment in the Nuclear Navy riding submarines—programming in Basic and Fortran IV on the PDP-11 architecture in the nuclear industry. During Mike’s nuclear years he worked with PDP, IBM-PC, Osborne, and later VAX-VMS and HP architectures, as well as with the Informix and Ingres databases. Following the downturn in the nuclear industry, Mike began working with Oracle as the only DBA at the Luka, Mississippi–based Advanced Solid Rocket Motor (ASRM) project for NASA in 1990. Since 1990, Mike has worked with a variety of industries using Oracle both in-house and as a consulting talent. Mike got extensive Flash experience as the Oracle Guru for Texas Memory Systems. Mike transitioned to IBM as the Oracle Guru for the STG Flash group when IBM purchased TMS in 2012. Mike has published over two dozen Oracle-related books, including the 7.0, 8.0, 8i and 9i versions of his Oracle Administration and Management with Wiley, the “Oracle8 Black Book” and “Oracle DBA OCP Exam Cram” series (for versions 8 and 8i) with Coriolis, and multiple titles including Oracle9i RAC and Oracle10g Grid & Real ApplicationClusters with Rampant Technical Press. Mike has written articles for Oracle, Select, DBMS, Oracle Internals, and several other database-related magazines. Mike is also a highly sought-after keynote speaker and expert instructor for local, regional, and international Oracle conferences, such as GOUSERS, SEOUG, RMOUG, NYOUG, NCOUG, IOUG, OOW, ODTUG, UKOUG, and EOUG.

Paulo Portugal has more than fifteen years of IT experience as an Oracle DBA. He is an Oracle Certified Master 11g; an Oracle Certified Professional (9i, 10g, 11g, and 12c); an Oracle RAC 10g and 11g Certified Specialist; an Oracle DBA 10g Certified Linux Administrator; Oracle Exadata Implementation Certified; IBM DB2 Certified (8 and 9 “Viper”); an Oracle GoldenGate 10 Certified Implementation Specialist; an Oracle Enterprise Manager Certified Implementation Specialist; and an Oracle 11i Applications Database Administrator Certified Professional. Paulo is the author of the Rampant “Advanced DBMS Packages” and many articles in blogs and some magazines and websites. Paulo has maintained a regular presence on the Oracle conference and speaking circuit: Oracle Open World—San Francisco (2005, 2006, 2011, and 2013); IBM Information on Demand—Los Angeles (2006); Burleson Oracle RAC Cruise (2009); and Oracle Training in Reading—United Kingdom (2011). Currently, Paulo works as an Oracle sales consultant for Oracle Brazil. Paulo has participated in the Oracle Beta Test 11i project using Data Guard and is a specialist in high Availability tools such as Oracle Data Guard, Oracle Streams, Oracle GoldenGate, and Oracle RAC.

Mohamed Houri has a Ph.D. in fluid mechanics (scientific computing) from the University of Aix–Marseille II, preceded by an engineer diploma in aeronautics. He has been working around the Oracle database for more than fourteen years for different European customers as an independent Oracle consultant specializing in tuning and troubleshooting Oracle performance problems. Mohamed has also worked with the Naval Architect Society of Japan on the analysis of tsunamis and breaking waves using a powerful signal analysis called Wavelet Transform. He maintains an Oracle blog and is active in the Oracle Worldwide forum and in the French equivalent. He tweets about Oracle topics at @MohamedHouri.

Syed Jaffar Hussain is an Oracle Database expert with more than twenty years of IT experience. For more than a year, he has been involved with several local and large-scale international banks where he implements and manages highly complex cluster and Exadata environments with hundreds of business-critical databases. Oracle awarded him the prestigious Best DBA of the Year and Oracle ACE Director status in 2011. He also acquired industry-best Oracle credentials, Oracle Certified Master (OCM), Oracle RAC Expert, OCP DBA 8i, 9i, 10g, and 11g, in addition to ITIL expertise. Syed is an active Oracle speaker who regularly presents technical sessions and webinars at many Oracle events. You can visit his technical blog at http://jaffardba.blogspot.com. In addition to being part of the core technical review committee for Oracle technology–oriented books, he coauthored Oracle 11g R1/R2 Real Application Clusters Essentials (Packt Publishing, 2011), Expert Oracle RAC 12c (Apress, 2013), and Oracle Exadata Expert’s Handbook (Addison-Wesley, 2015).

Jim Czuprynski is an Oracle ACE Director with more than thirty-five years of experience in information technology, serving diverse roles at several Fortune 1000 companies in those three-plus decades—mainframe programmer, applications developer, business analyst, and project manager—before becoming an Oracle DBA in 2001.
     In his current role as a strategic solutions consultant for OnX Enterprise Solutions, he focuses on providing his expertise to help customers understand how to best leverage Oracle technology to solve their most difficult IT challenges. As a senior Oracle University instructor, Jim has taught Oracle core technologies, Exadata, and GoldenGate to more than two-thousand Oracle DBAs since 2005. He was selected as Oracle Education Partner Instructor of the Year in 2009.
     Jim’s most recent book, Oracle Database Upgrade, Migration & Transformation Tips & Techniques (McGraw-Hill Education, 2015), takes a nitty-gritty approach to tackling the best ways to migrate, transform, and upgrade Oracle databases to 12c, Exadata, and beyond. Jim continues to write a steady stream of articles that focus on the myriad facets of Oracle database administration, with more than one-hundred articles to his credit since 2003 at databasejournal.com and ioug.org. Jim’s blog, Generally . . . It Depends, contains his regular observations on all things Oracle. Jim is also a sought-after public speaker on Oracle Database technology features. Since 2008, he has presented topics at Oracle OpenWorld, IOUG’s COLLABORATE, Hotsos Symposium, Oracle Technology Network ACE Tours, and Oracle User Group conferences around the world.

Guy Harrison is an executive director of research and development at Dell Software, where he oversees the development of database tools such as Toad and Shareplex. Guy is the author of six books on database technology, including Next Generation Databases (Apress, 2015), Oracle Performance Survival Guide (Prentice Hall, 2010), and MySQL Stored Procedure Programming (O’Reilly, 2006). He also writes the “Big Data notes” column for Database Trends and Applications (dbta.com). Guy can be found on the Internet at www.guyharrison.net, and at @guyharrison on Twitter.

Table of Contents

1. Troubles with LOB Segments Causing Enq HW
2. Common Evils with UNDO Tablespaces
3. How to Approach and Fix High GC Buffer Wait Events
4. Stabilizing Query Response Time using SQL Plan management (SPM)
5. Adaptive Cursor Sharing - 360 Degrees
6. DDL Optimization Tips, Techniques and Tricks
7. Optimizing and Tuning VLDBs - From Head to Toe
8. Industry Best Practices for Solving Backup and Recovery Problems with RMAN
9. In-Depth Database Forensics and Tuning using AWR Analysis - Part I
10. In-Depth Database Forensics and Tuning using AWR Analysis - Part II
11. Identifying and Fixing Nightmare Scenarios in RAC
12. Leveraging SQL Advisors to Identify and Fix the Worst SQL Problems in Worst Production Moments
13. Data Pump Tips, Techniques and Tricks
14. Move It Now! Reasons to and Strategies for Migrating Data Quickly and Painlessly Between Databases
15. Temporary Tablespaces Gone Bad: Diagnosing and Recovering from TEMPFILE I/O Issues
16. Dealing with Latch Contention Issues
17. Configuring and Utilizing SSDs to Solve IO Bottlenecks
18. Designing and Monitoring Indexes for Optimal Performance
19. Using SQLTool to Burst Your Query Performance
20. Dealing with XA Distributed Transaction Issues

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