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OCI-Tenant admin locked, how to reset your own password

OCI-Tenant admin locked, how to reset your own password

There are some of those days that you rely too heavily on password tools. Yes, you always should use different passwords and strong ones. But I won’t preach to you, but due to this, I locked myself out of my tenant admin user in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). For those who have seen my OCI – talk already, you know I’m a big fan of the OCI – utility. Also a comprehensive list of things you can do with it,…

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lab-time: upgrading grid infrastructure (gi) from 12.1 to 18c – the final version

lab-time: upgrading grid infrastructure (gi) from 12.1 to 18c – the final version

In an earlier blogpost, I was playing around in an unsupported way to upgrade my lab Grid Infrastructure from 12.1 to 18c. The problem there was, that the 18c software was not officially available for on-premises installations. Now it is! During my holidays I had a little time to play around with it and this is how I upgraded my cluster. Reading the documentation it seems very easy (and it really is). Unzip the software and run gridsetup.sh. I wouldn’t…

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Exadata Security: the joy of PXE and UEFI: Secure boot violation

Exadata Security: the joy of PXE and UEFI: Secure boot violation

Today I had the honour to join my colleague Freek D’Hooge (find him here: @dhoogfr )in the datacenter. Task for today, reimage an 1/8th X7 Exadata using PXE. Andy (Colvin) warned me already that, when trying to reimage them, they are now using UEFI – boot. Knowing this in advance, this would be an #exatastic day. As usual, Andy was right. Trying to boot one of the cells on the pxe “the old method” resulted in: “Secure boot violation: Invalid signature…

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Tunnelblick ovpn client for Mac os High Sierra

Tunnelblick ovpn client for Mac os High Sierra

This weekend I was playing around with Openvpn to a new site. I use Tunnelblick for this, but this time was the first time after I had upgraded my Mac to High Sierra (10.13.5). Suddenly my vpn connections didn’t want to load anymore. Tunnelblick threw these errors to me:

I was running a beta, so first thing was to install the stable release, but the message remained. This link: https://tunnelblick.net/cKextLoadError.html helped me. In high sierra to use or add modules…

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Building bridges: “Bridge must not have discovery mode for LACP interface; Interface file: bondeth0;”

Building bridges: “Bridge must not have discovery mode for LACP interface; Interface file: bondeth0;”

Some days start as an exatastic day and end up grasping your hair. This post is about such a day. A brand new shiny X7 Quarter Rack exadata was being installed for a customer. This setup was a fairly straightforward one. Quarter rack, full ovm and 2 virtual clusters. Not too fancy. LACP is being used for the public network on the fibers and vlan tagging is done on the switch. Given that, my customer created a OEDA configuration using…

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OCI-C orchestration error with load balancers

OCI-C orchestration error with load balancers

There are some of those days that you just don’t get it anymore. Last few days were like that for me. One of my current projects is to provide a fully redundant infrastructure in the Oracle Cloud for some critical applications. So I created the Database as a service with dataguard to another region, provisioned a vm (IAAS) for the webserver and tomcat and made some firewall rules. Check also my colleague Freek (you can find him here @dhoogfr ) his journey…

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OEDA has properties too

OEDA has properties too

Some customers ask for help to fill in the Exadata Deployment assistant (OEDA for short). This is the case in my current project. They bought a shiny brand new X7 and requested assistance for the OEDA as they faced an issue with the admin network. It reproduces very easily so I will show this using a demo example. A small introduction is maybe needed for this. Most of us know the 10.x.x.x/8 or the 172.16.x.x and 192.168.1.x/24 ranges that are…

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LAB-time: upgrading Grid Infrastructure (GI) from 12.1 to 18c

LAB-time: upgrading Grid Infrastructure (GI) from 12.1 to 18c

EDIT: This post is meant for playing around and this way is unsupported. The good way of upgrading is described here   First of all I like to start with telling you that this blog-post is intended only for testing, playing, learning,… things. It is not intended for production use and currently 18c is only available for Cloud and engineered systems environments. For on-premises availability check Mike Dietrich’s ( @MikeDietrichDE ) blog here: https://mikedietrichde.com/2018/03/20/when-will-oracle-database-18c-be-available-on-prem/ . There I like his sentence that I…

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The cloud is more than a portal: oracle-dbcs-cli

The cloud is more than a portal: oracle-dbcs-cli

A common misconception is that “The Cloud” is only accessible through the portal which is provided to you. In this post I will show that Oracle has some utilities ready for you to manage the cloud using the command line (cli). One way to do it, and which is very useful when you only use one-time commands, is Curl. The REST API is well documented with curl examples as well. This time we will focus on oracle-dbcs-cli utility and the…

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Compute node disk expansion resulted in mount.ocfs2: Bad magic number in superblock while opening device /dev/sda3

Compute node disk expansion resulted in mount.ocfs2: Bad magic number in superblock while opening device /dev/sda3

Before Christmas 2017 I had the honour to expand the compute node storage for a virtualised exadata. Better said, OVM on exadata. This can be done for several reasons. The most logic one, also the reason why this customer bought the disk expansion, is that you want to create more virtual machines and you have ran out of space on /EXAVMIMAGES. The preparation is actually pretty simple. It is documented completely in the Exadata Database Machine Maintenance Guide. And look,…

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