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August 2017

Choosing a password scheme for the database

In the Security Guide there is a section to assist you with the decisions about what rules you might want to have in place when users choose passwords, namely attributes like the minimum length of a password, the types of characters it must (and must not) contain, re-use of old passwords etc etc. The documentation refers to a number of pre-supplied routines that are now available in 12c to assist administrators.  This is just a quick blog post to let you know that there is no “smoke and mirrors” going on here in terms of these functions. We’re implementing them in the same way that you might choose to build them yourself. In fact, you can readily take a look at exactly what the routines do because they are just simple PL/SQL code:

New Video of Oracle Security Vulnerability Scanning

I have just made a new video of a sample session using PFCLScan our vulnerability / security scanner for the Oracle database. In the video I show how easy it is to get started with PFCLScan and scan an Oracle....[Read More]

Posted by Pete On 17/08/17 At 01:50 PM

SQL Server 2012 and Changes to the Backup Operator Permissions


I’m off to Columbus, Ohio tomorrow for a full day of sessions on Friday for the Ohio Oracle User Group.  The wonderful Mary E. Brown and her group has set up a great venue and a fantastic schedule.  Next week, I’m off to SQL Saturday Vancouver to present on DevOps for the DBA to a lovely group of SQL Server attendees.

AskTOM–more experts to help you!

I’m thrilled to announce the “formal” addition of globalization and characterset guru Sergiusz Wolicki to the AskTOM team. I say “formal” addition because the team was already getting guidance from Sergiusz whenever we had tough question on charactersets, but just like his enthusiasm to help customers on the forums, Sergiusz was keen to help our AskTOM visitors as well.

Sergiusz is a 20+ year veteran of Oracle Corporation, with over half that time specializing in globalization, internationalization of Oracle products. It only takes a quick glance at the community space for Globalization to gauge the contribution he makes there !

Oracle Code … Not for database people ?

imageJump over to the Oracle Code home page and you will see the “mission statement” of the Oracle Code conference series:

“Learn from technical experts in sessions for developing software in Java, Node.js, and other languages and frameworks.”

Words I Don’t Use, Part 5: “Wait”

The fifth “word I do not use” is the Oracle technical term wait.

The Oracle Wait Interface

In 1991, Oracle Corporation released some of the most important software instrumentation of all time: the wait statistics that were implemented in Oracle 7.0. Here’s part of the story, in Juan Loaiza’s words, as told in Nørgaard et. al (2004), Oracle Insights: Tales of the Oak Table.

This stuff was developed because we were running a benchmark that we could not get to perform. We had spent several weeks trying to figure out what was happening with no success. The symptoms were clear—the system was mostly idle—we just couldn’t figure out why.

ODA X6 Small Medium Large and High Availability

There are 4 models of Oracle Database Appliance with the new ODA X6 which is for the moment the latest ODA hardware version. One is similar to the previous X5-2 one, and 3 smaller ones known as ODA Lite. They are 1 year old already, here is a small recap of the differences and links to more detail.


The ODA X6 are composed with Oracle Server X6-2:

Join Elimination Bug

A few years ago a bug relating to join elimination showed up in a comment to a post I’d done about the need to keep on testing and learining. The bug was visible in version and, with a script to replay it, I’d found that it had disappeared by

Today I had a reason to rediscover the script, and decided to test it against – and found that the bug was still present.

Here’s the model:

Goodbye Oracle Corporation (Modern Love)

  It’s with a mixture of excitement, trepidation and a touch of sorrow that I today handed in my resignation after 6 years at Oracle Corporation. My plans at this stage are to take a bit of time-off initially, before going back to providing Oracle Database consulting and training services as I’ve done in the […]