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This is the end my friend: EOL dates for systems

This is the end my friend: EOL dates for systems

Remember your brand new X2-2 exadata or even a V2, they were (or should have been) blazingly fast when purchased. But all things come to an end, so also the end of life (EOL) for systems strikes your systems sooner or later. From time to time I get the question “how long is my exadata system fully supported”. As always the answer is 42 or “it depends”. But in the case from engineered systems, you can be a little more…

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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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Exadata add a new vm

Exadata add a new vm

Today a customer highlighted me a nice-to-know. If you add a new virtual machine to an exadata ovm cluster, he experienced something odd. It was tested on a “new installation”, so it worked good. Basic steps are: Run over OEDA and add the cluster move the xml-files to the dom0 on the same spot as the original one run install.sh with this config As this is a good customer he followed the advice of having all passwords changed. The bad thing…

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Welcome Exadata SL6-2!

Welcome Exadata SL6-2!

EDIT: a new entry about this Exadata SL6-2 launch can be found here! During a session of Juan Loaiza with the lovely title “Oracle exadata: what’s new and what’s coming” suddenly following slide popped up.   So it looks like this is really going to happen. In the session no exact timings were given, but I’m awaiting this system to play with. Basically I think this will be useful to migrate current solaris / sparc users to exadata. I’m a…

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Exadata on sparc: sl6-2

Exadata on sparc: sl6-2

EDIT: a new entry about this Exadata SL6-2 launch can be found here! Yesterday while walking to Larry’s keynote  on Oracle OpenWorld 2016, all people had to pass the engineered systems. Curious as I am, and fed by lots of rumors I wanted to have a look at them. And indeed, there was one “new” one standing. the nice thing is that you just can talk to the guys and this extremely friendly guy told me “this one is being announced…

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