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The Exa-guard project

The Exa-guard project

Ok I cannot name the customer (Approval pending) but a very exciting project just came to an end. You might be aware that I currently have a focus on exadata and high availability and sometimes nice projects come across your way. The title is an invented one, as it was a combination of looooots of exadata stuff and dataguard. And admit, it just sounds cool, isn’t it? 😉 The beginning The initial question was: “Can we expand our X3-2 non-prod…

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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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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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A heads up for my bad memory

A heads up for my bad memory

Gotcha! This post is not about memory settings at all, but a quick heads up. If you are dealing with several generations of exadata’s and you like ironhugging them as much as I do, sometimes things can get confusing. The X7 exadata has changed a bit so when you use them, it’s nice to do things right. Only way to do it right is check it, double check it and verify. One of the things which is always in my…

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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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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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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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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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