FinnishingThoughts Podcast first episode is out!

For already quite some time I’ve thought it would be great to discuss on interesting topics with some of the Oracle experts out there and now I’m happy to say my first episode on FinnishingThoughts Podcast is out!   https://finnishingthoughts.podbean.com/mf/web/gjhz6m/Finnishing_Thoughts_Episode_1_-_Julian_Dontcheff.mp3   In my first episode my guest is an Oracle Ace Director who works as…

Two ways to change Oracle passwords with Ansible

We do our share of database cloning for various purposes and usually the cloning process is fairly scripted. However lately we have been looking more and more into Ansible which as per their site is simple automation/orchestration tool. (Not so sure about simple!) Recently there has been also lot of presentations on automating your Oracle infrastructure…

Looking deeper into ChatOps

Wow few upgrades and summer vacation kept me busy past few months. Lately I have been looking on automation and started to look into ChatOps. So what is ChatOps? If you look from various sources you get different explanation but to put it really simple you have a chatroom tailored for specific group, be it…

Oracle VM 3.4.2 CPU pinning & licensing

One of the reasons why we started using Oracle VM was due to Oracle’s licensing policy with their products running on top of Oracle VM. If you “pin” (or hard partition) the virtual machine to specific cores you don’t need to license whole server pool which the virtual machine runs on. Drawback is when you…

Exadata & host_access_control

Although we have quite wide Oracle Linux stack I had not come across with pam_tally2 before we got Exadata. If you haven’t read about it it’s module which takes care of failed logins and locks account after certain number of tries. Every now and then specially after changing the password every three months we ran…

Installing Oracle VM 3.4.2 (Part 2)

On part 2 for OVM 3.4.2 I’ll show how to configure OVM up to running speed so you can create VM’s. It’s  again really straightforward and doesn’t  need much previous (or at all) knowledge. Networking As we use iSCSI for our storage I need to add our iSCSI networks to OVM and link them to…