Building an Oracle Image on AWS EC2

The effort behind the AWS button push does not appear accidentally. RDS makes it appear so simple. The only reason for me to build on EC2 is the ability to shut down certain configurations depending on the project. This post documents what it takes to build a fresh image of an operational, usable instance of Oracle 12c…

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Oracle PULA is Real but Why?

It is not always clear what rumors about Oracle licensing are true. With regard to the new Perpetual User License Agreement (PULA), some you hear is probably true. The best advice I keep in mind is that anything which was ever once negotiable remains negotiable. Oracle prices are not set in stone (or gold) as…

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Old, Slow and Meticulous…

that’s me when it comes to tuning your Oracle database. Tuning an Oracle database is nothing more than configuring the system and program global areas and locking them into memory. This is relatively simple on Solaris and most Linux distributions. Oracle has been building in tuning features for thirty years. They have succeeded with version…

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Install of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c – Failed

To see why it failed, see my post here. After obtaining the required files for the 64-bit Windows installation they were unzipped into a staging area. In an effort to rule out a “null pointer” Java error, a common, catch-all error, they were unzipped a second time in sequential order (i.e., zip1, zip2, zip3)… it didn’t…

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Oracle Extra Cost Database Options

Oracle frequently changes product names and feature sets. There are currently fourteen extra cost options and eight or nine management packs which are also extra cost. These options and management packs are only available with Enterprise Edition. Database Options Active Data Guard Advanced Compression Advanced Security Advanced Analytics (12c only) Data Mining (11g only) Database…

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Oracle on AWS: BYOL

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) is a web service which allows one to configure and use MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle databases which reside virtualized in the cloud. For Oracle configurations, AWS uses two licensing models: 1) included and 2) bring your own. Standard Edition One (SE1) is the only choice with the included…

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