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Oracle Database Administration: The Essential Referenceby David Kreines
Synopses & Reviews
Oracle database administration requires a vast amount of information and an ability to perform a myriad of tasks--from installation to tuning to network troubleshooting to overall daily administration. Oracle provides many tools for performing these tasks; the trick is knowing what tool is right for the job, what commands you need to issue (and when), and what parameters and privileges you need to set. And, as every DBA knows, you need to know how do all this under pressure, while you face crisis after crisis.
This book provides a concise reference to the enormous store of information an Oracle DBA needs every day (as well as what's needed only when disaster strikes). It's crammed full of quick-reference tables, task lists, and other summary material that both novice and expert DBAs will use time and time again. It covers the commands and operations new to Oracle8, but also provides Oracle7 information for sites still running earlier versions.
Oracle Database Administration provides two types of material:
The book also includes a resource summary with references to additional books, Web sites, and other online and offline resources of special use to Oracle DBAs. Oracle Database Administration is the single essential reference you'll turn to again and again. If you must choose only one book to use at the office, keep at home, or carry to a site you're troubleshooting, this will be that book.
This quick reference guide explains everything an Oracle database administrator needs to know to plan, monitor, back up, recover, troubleshoot, and tune a database. It supplies easy-to-access syntax for parameters, SQL, Data Dictionary, privileges, utilities, error messages, and more.
Part Two provides detailed reference information (command syntax, etc) needed to perform DBA functions.
The Oracle database administrator (DBA) performs a vitally important set of tasks at an Oracle site: database monitoring, backup and recovery, troubleshooting, and tuning for reliability and performance. The DBA also plays a role in initial database design, system configuration, installation, and security planning. This book provides a quick reference to the myriad details an Oracle DBA needs on a day-to-day basis to help do his or her job well.
Part I (Chapters 1 to 7) of this book provides essential information and examples of how to perform a variety of critical DBA functions. The information in this section is presented in roughly the same sequence that these functions would be performed as the DBA plans and implements a new Oracle installation.
Part II (Chapters 8 to 17) provides detailed reference information (command syntax, etc.) needed to perform DBA functions.
This is a book for DBAs, written by DBAs — the single, definitive reference book of choice. If you must choose only one book to use at the office, to have at home, and to carry to a site you are troubleshooting, this will be that book.
A brief table of contents follows:
Part I: How to
1. Planning 2. Installation 3. Configuration and Tuning 4. Preventing Data Loss 5. Oracle Networking 6. Administration
Part II: Reference
8. Terminology and Definitions 9. The Oracle Instance 10. Initialization Parameters 11. The Database 12. SQL Statements for the DBA 13. The Oracle Data Dictionary 14. System Privileges 15. Auditing 16. The Query Optimizer 17. Tools and Utilities 18. NLS Character Sets 19. Common Errors and Their Solutions
1315607 Includes bibliographical references (p. 523-526).
About the Author
David Kreines is the Manager of Database Services for Rhodia, Inc., and author of Oracle SQL: The Essential Reference (O'Reilly Media, Inc., 2000) and coauthor of Oracle in a Nutshell (with Rick Greenwald) (O'Reilly Media, Inc., 2002), Oracle Database Administration: The Essential Reference (with Brian Laskey) (O'Reilly Media, Inc., 1999) and Oracle Scripts (with Brian Lomasky) (O'Reilly Media, Inc., 1998). Dave has worked with Oracle as a developer and database administrator since 1985, on a wide variety of platforms, from PCs to mainframes. He is an Oracle Certified Professional, is certified as a DBA, and has been a frequent contributor to Oracle conferences, user groups, and publications, both in the United States and in Europe. Dave served two terms as president of the International Oracle Users Group -Americas (IOUG-A), and spent ten years on the board of directors.
Brian Laskey is a senior database administrator for Management Information Consulting (MIC), a Virginia-based consulting firm that specializes in assisting Fortune 1000 companies in ERP systems integration and e-commerce. Brian has been an Oracle database administrator for 11 years, working with Oracle on MVS, VMS, UNIX, NT, DOS, and Windows. He is an Oracle Certified Professional, certified as a DBA for both Oracle 7.3 and Oracle 8.0. He has presented papers at the IOUW and IOUG-A Live! conferences, as well as at regional conferences. He is currently serving his second term as vice president of finance of the International Oracle Users Group-Americas, and has been a member of the board of directors of the IOUG-A for the past two years. He has just been re-elected to the IOUG-A board for a term to expire in 2001.
Table of Contents
Dedication; Preface; Why We Wrote This Book; Versions of Oracle; How This Book Is Organized; Conventions Used in This Book; Comments and Questions; Acknowledgments; DBA Tasks; Chapter 1: Introduction; 1.1 Oracle Database Administration; 1.2 Oracle Architecture; 1.3 Software Options; 1.4 Configuration Planning; Chapter 2: Installation; 2.1 Media Selection; 2.2 The Oracle Installer; 2.3 Installable Components; 2.4 Dependencies; 2.5 Pre-Installation Checklist; 2.6 Critical Decisions; 2.7 Post-Installation Tasks; Chapter 3: Maximizing Oracle Performance; 3.1 Configuration and Tuning—Whats the Difference?; 3.2 Achieving Maximum Performance; 3.3 Configuring the Operating System; 3.4 Configuring Oracle; 3.5 Sizing and Configuring Database Objects; 3.6 Tuning Oracle; Chapter 4: Preventing Data Loss; 4.1 Types of Backups; 4.2 Database Backup; 4.3 Database Recovery; 4.4 Automated Utilities; 4.5 Practice Scenarios; Chapter 5: Oracle Networking; 5.1 Oracle Network Architecture; 5.2 Oracle Names; 5.3 MultiProtocol Interchange; 5.4 Connecting to Non-Oracle Databases; 5.5 Oracle Network Manager; 5.6 Oracle Net8 Assistant; 5.7 Manual Network Configuration; 5.8 Sample SQL*Net Files; 5.9 SQL*Net Troubleshooting; Chapter 6: Security and Monitoring; 6.1 Security; 6.2 Monitoring; Chapter 7: Auditing; 7.1 About Auditing; 7.2 Forms of the AUDIT Statement; 7.3 Audit Trail Views and Lookup Tables; 7.4 Establishing an Audit Policy; 7.5 Maintaining the Audit Trail; 7.6 Row-Level Auditing; Chapter 8: Query Optimization; 8.1 Types of Queries; 8.2 Types of Join Access Paths; 8.3 Determining the Access Plan; 8.4 Cost-Based Optimizer; 8.5 Rule-Based Optimizer; Chapter 9: Oracle Tools; 9.1 About the Tools; 9.2 SQL*Plus; 9.3 Oracle Server Manager; 9.4 SQLDBA; 9.5 Oracle Network Manager; 9.6 SQL*Loader; 9.7 Oracle Enterprise Manager; 9.8 Third-Party Tools; DBA Reference; Chapter 10: The Oracle Instance; 10.1 Elements of the Instance; 10.2 About Processes; 10.3 About Memory Structures; Chapter 11: The Oracle Database; 11.1 Types of Database Files; 11.2 Oracle Tablespaces; 11.3 Disk Allocation; Chapter 12: Initialization Parameters; 12.1 Dynamically Modifiable Parameters; 12.2 Platform-Specific Parameters; 12.3 Summary of Initialization Parameters; 12.4 Parameters Used Only in Oracle7; 12.5 Parameters New in Oracle8; Chapter 13: SQL Statements for the DBA; 13.1 SQL Commands by Task; 13.2 SQL Command Syntax; Chapter 14: The Oracle Data Dictionary; 14.1 Static Data Dictionary Views; 14.2 Dynamic Performance Data Dictionary Views; Chapter 15: System Privileges and Initial Roles; 15.1 Actions, Privileges, and Roles; 15.2 System Privileges; 15.3 Initial Roles; 15.4 Initial Users; Chapter 16: Tools and Utilities; 16.1 SQL*Plus; 16.2 Export; 16.3 Import; 16.4 SQL*Loader; Appendix:Resources for the DBA; Books; Other Publications; Organizations; Web Sites; Discussion Groups; List Servers; Colophon;
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