VirtualBox 4.3.10

VirtualBox 4.3.10 has been released. The downloads and changelog are in the usual places. At the time of writing, the link to the Windows version seems to be broken, but the Mac, Oracle Linux and Fedora...
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Diagnostics

Here’s a little test you might want to try. Examine the following script, and decide what sort of symptoms you would see in the AWR report. create global temporary table gtt1(n1 number); execute...
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Release: Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.10

Oracle has released a new version of its virtualization platform VM Virtualbox. Version 4.3.10 is considered a maintenance release which improves stability and add some new experimental features. Some...
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Part 1 of 6: The Art of Easy: Make It Easy To Deliver Great Customer Service Experiences by JP Saunders

Modern Customer Service is helping businesses to differentiate and grow in today’s competitive market. Why? Because your success gets accelerated when you take care of the people that make you successful....
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Min/Max

One of my most-repeated observations about trouble-shooting Oracle is that things break when you start combining features. Here’s an example that demonstrates the point. It’s possible to create...
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Watch for Pythian Speakers at Collaborate 14

This year COLLABORATE 14 is being held at The Venetian and Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, April 7-11. Some Pythian folks will be attending and speaking at the event, so be sure to watch for their presentations: ...
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ASH Analytics- Activity Focused on SQL Data, Part I

TweetI have a request to hit on some EM performance blog posts, so we’re going to start with breaking down some of the ASH Analytics areas.  ASH Analytics is not your grandfather’s “Top...
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RMAN – Validating Archivelog Backup

There are many posts out there about validating backup. However, none seem to address some recent concerns a client of mine had. Currently, backup validation is performed once a week and the question asked,...
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IOUG Collaborate 2014 and EM12c Odyssey

TweetCollaborate is coming up fast and this year is going to be a great conference for all involved.  I’ll have a number of sessions, both for those attending in person and those taking advantage...
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RLS bug

RLS – row level security, aka VPD (virtual private database) or FGAC (fine grained access control) has a critical bug in 11g. The bug is unpublished, but gets mentioned in various other documents,...
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