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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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Exploring 18c exadata functions

Exploring 18c exadata functions

Recently I was granted access to the finest and latest exadata. Unfortunately it’s not mine, but I was asked if I managed to log in remotely as a test. Of course I wanted to test that. As it turned out, it was the very latest build of 18c which is available for exadata. You can find the release schedules for Oracle versions here:  the single-source-of-truth MOS Note: 742060.1 – Release Schedule of Current Database Releases. I realised this was a cool opportunity…

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OEDA does more than you would expect: januari 2018 update

OEDA does more than you would expect: januari 2018 update

Today I was at one of my Exadata customers for a (PL/)SQL performance tuning assignment. In the meantime there is a parallel project running for a new Exadata. So as you might know, the configuration for an Exadata starts with running the OEDA-tool. The latest version can always be found on My Oracle Support note 888828.1. At the moment of writing this blog, the latest one was January 2018 with patch number 27370068. One of the things which caught our attention,…

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OEDA does more than you would expect

OEDA does more than you would expect

The title summaries this complete blogpost, the OEDA (oracle exadata deployment assistant) does a lot more than you would expect. Therefor it is pretty important that you should use a recent version every time when fiddling around with virtual machines on the exadata. A simple example I just discovered and did not know about. In my previous blogpost about the bond_eth issue (find it here: http://vanpupi.stepi.net/index.php/2017/06/09/exadata-ovm-creation-second-argument-is-not-defined-bondeth_mode/ ) you could read that there was a problem while I invoked domU maker manually…

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Exadata ovm creation: Second argument is not defined: bondeth_mode

Exadata ovm creation: Second argument is not defined: bondeth_mode

There are some days which start as exatastic days and end up at Oracle Support. This blogpost is (hopefully) one with temporal validity. I know that’s a 12c feature as well, but that’s another story. The error which I’ll discuss here, will tell you about the “Second argument is not defined: bondeth_mode” error in the domu maker logfile. A while ago, one of my customers asked me to extend one of their exadata’s with 2 extra compute nodes, make sure…

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Exadata installation

Exadata installation

It was an exatastic day. One of our customers bought 2 exadata’s and zfssa’s. One for each datacenter. Sometimes a customer asks, how does it go. Together with a suggestion of Frits Hoogland (you can find him here: @fritshoogland) about creating an unboxing video, I came up with documenting the first steps in a simple blog. Just because … the systems were unboxed, so creating a video was a bit too challenging then. If there is an occasion, I will still create…

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Memo to Self: Recap cellsrvstat

Memo to Self: Recap cellsrvstat

Sometimes I ask myself “how did that work again”, so I decided to document this every time I have this feeling. With some links to the documentation, easy commands,… you got the picture. First one today, new customer, new environment, to get some feeling with the cells, I used cellsrvstat. Documentation reference (here ). Cellsrvstat is also part of the exawatcher on the cells. A basic overview of the command. If you log on to the cells as root, it…

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A warm welcome to exadata SL6-2

A warm welcome to exadata SL6-2

Last years Oracle Openworld, uncle Larry announced the sparc based exadata SL6-2, so this means that we have to give the sparc chips a warm welcome to the Exadata family. During the conference I wrote 2 blogposts. You can find them here and here. To recap, a little picture of the new one in the family: Nowadays, we’re used to the big X for the exadata’s. This is for the x86 infrastructure they are running on. So SL stands for “Sparc…

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Documentation bug in ovm for Exadata

Documentation bug in ovm for Exadata

A while ago a customer gave me a heads up about the “bug” concerning the default passwords for root and celladmin. I was thinking a bit further and I wondered if the “documentation bug” I found while adding a new OVM in the virtualised exadata is solved. The official documentation can be found here . Then “Managing Oracle VM Domains on Oracle Exadata Database Machine” and then “Creating Oracle RAC VM Clusters” brings you to the point I want to warn you…

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My trip to Oracle Openworld 2016 #OOW16

My trip to Oracle Openworld 2016 #OOW16

It all started a couple of months ago. I submitted a presentation and my friend Philippe Fierens submitted a panel session together with Adam Bolinski (Ora600.pl) , but unfortunately, I’m joining #teamRejected Lots of cool and nice people had to join as well, so it’s not too bad. Then great news came and my boss asked if I was interested of visiting Oracle Openworld. I didn’t have to think twice, so my answer was yes very quickly. The trip starts…

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