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This is a follow up post to my previous post about using a simple batch script for creating a dump export file on regular basis for Oracle database.
Backup. The most essential, however many times highly ignored element of the digital world even today as many small scale industries find the investments made to this particular mechanism hardly comes in effect, unless a disaster arises. My personal experiences with convincing the management to go for sophisticated backup solutions were always the toughest, until we had a HUGE disaster.
As a thumb rule, the first thing I always did for an Oracle database was to setup a dump export every night (if the database is truly small in size), after the normal working hours, in addition to RMAN backups. These export files are kept in a different partition & regularly monitored and purged by the beginning of a new month, keeping the last day backup for the previous month, which is deleted by the beginning of a new year.
Keeping the backup in the same hardware could prove fatal when the hardware fails, and almost all the servers are configured to use RAID, using different levels. In such scenarios even if the drives are intact, retrieving the data from raided volumes will be a professional job, costing investment and time.
For small databases, like the one I have mentioned with my previous post we can design multiple options like mapping a network folder & copying the files automatically once after a new dump file is created as the part of a backup script.
I have devised two methods for my party, and they were
- FTP the compressed latest dump file to another machine hosting FTP server
- Using google drive (Free 15GB), upload the latest compressed dump file
The first method was already explained here so I will go to 2nd method in which Google drive sync is used to insure that the party has a valid backup stored somewhere in the cloud
- Database dump export size: 300MB approximately
- Zipped dump file size: 50MB approximately
Install google drive on your Windows 2008 x, Windows 2012 server machine. You may need to install corresponding Visual C++ Redistributable packages in order to come across python related errors. Please read more here for solutions.
Once the google drive starts working fine, you can use the following script, which will create a dump file first, then create a zip file against the latest dump file created and then copy the zip file to google drive for cloud synching.
Please note, I have moved the google drive folder from the default location to somewhere else, like E:\Google_Drive to make sure that my batch file has shortest path entry for the copying. If you plan the same, you can change the default location for google drive by exiting the application first, then pointing google drive to your folder of choice when google drive complains about missing default location
Windows batch file for Creating, zipping & copying the files to Google Drive
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FOR /F "tokens=2-4 delims=/ " %%a IN (‘date/t’) DO exp system/password@connectionstring full = y file=d:\Orabackup\exp_%%b%%a%%c.dmp
::Get the latest dump file name, generated using exp command
::Switch to the folder where the dump (.dmp) files are stored
:: D:\Orabackup is the folder where everyday dump files are stored.
for /f "tokens=*" %%a in (‘dir *.dmp /o:-d /b’) do set NEWEST=%%a&& goto :next
REM echo The most recently created file is %NEWEST%
FOR %%i IN ("%NEWEST%") DO (
REM ECHO filedrive=%%~di
REM ECHO filepath=%%~pi
REM ECHO fileextension=%%~xi
::You can use built-in zip or 7-Zip to create archives
zip %ZIPNAME% %NEWEST%
::E:\Google_Drive is the folder used by the google drive in my setup
COPY %ZIPNAME% E:\Google_Drive
While this method looks pretty awesome for small size databases, please be noted that, may not be at all feasible for larger ones. I will OPT this method for a backup dump file that could be compressed to a size of 400-500MB maximum, including the possibilities of corrupt compressed files.
Whatever, as far the party has a reliable internet connection with decent bandwidth, based on the size of compressed file, will always have access to a recent backup dump file, stored free in the cloud!
Does it look decent? ;)
Recently I was approached by a party to migrate their 14+ years old mini ERP system that is client/server architecture to a new hardware. This legacy application has such a small footprint that, the export dump was hardly reaching 300Mbs in size after a full database export.
- OS: Windows 2003 SP3, 32-Bit
- Oracle Database: 10g Release 1
- Client side, Developer 6i with Patch 18
- Clients using Windows 7, 64-Bit with DLL hacks for running forms/reports based application
- Database upgrade to 11g R2 64-Bit, in order to maximize the performance and properly utilize the new hardware (HP DL380 g9 with 32GB memory and more than 1TB storage)
We’ve initiated the migration by testing all possible scenarios using ORACLE VirtualBox. Created a VM for Windows 2008 R2 server, Created both Windows 10 & Windows 7 SP1 VMs for client side testing. After thorough checking to insure that there were no technical errors, decided to move the solution to physical server. Throughout the testing using VMs we never changed any database parameters (not even CASE SENSITIVE logon), yet all clients were happily connecting and executing forms and reports as expected.
The following were performed on the physical server after installing & updating Windows Server 2008 R2
- Installed Developer Suite 6i
- Installed Oracle Database 11g r2 (126.96.36.199), accommodating 40% the physical memory and set the memory management as automatic.
- Configured RMAN
- Imported specific users from the latest export dump
We tried to start the application from one of the clients and the application started & the queries were executed at lightning speed. Client exit from the application and tried to restart, hitting Oracle not found error!
All of a sudden from the smirks, panic took over all the parties involved. We shutdown the services, restarted. Client gets connected, and 2nd attempt returns the same error ‘Oracle not found’
Again the client connects and trying to run the reports prompts them a popup windows asking for logon to database.
After cross checking between VMs and Physical server, we confirm that both the scenarios share the same database and client settings (totally missing the PROCESSES parameter). Yet the physical scenario was continuously falling victim to Oracle not found error
A quick googling brought to me a blog page that asked to check the number of processes parameter set in the database instance, which was 150 by default in our case. I have cross checked with the VM instance and found the value to be 200. I have to redo the exercises to figure out whether I have changed the parameter after creating the database using DBCA.
Next I ran the following SQL as root to figure out the max processes count registered by the database
select resource_name, current_utilization, max_utilization from v$resource_
limit where resource_name in (‘processes’,’sessions’);
which returned me the following:
RESOURCE_NAME CURRENT_UTILIZATION MAX_UTILIZATION
—————————— ——————- —————
processes 47 175
sessions 54 173
Obviously, the max_utilization has crossed the default value of 150 processes & I changed the parameter with 450 using alter system command.
Alter system set processes=450 scope=spfile;
After altering the system, a shutdown immediate followed by startup has fixed nightmare.
Further readings has given me a fairly good idea that 11g R2 has not the above said issues related to number of processes, many other related to network stack.
So, if you are planning to setup 11g to work with Developer 6i, which is not certified as a combination by Oracle, be prepared to bite the silver bullet(S)
I’m back to blogging after couple of busy weeks and quite bit of traveling. I’m currently playing around with Oracle 12c database Release 2 & Developer 6i with Patch 18, again hacked using Patch 3 DLL files in order to execute forms/reports on Windows7-10
Obvious that, starting from Oracle 11g, Oracle has introduced stricter password policies by implementing case sensitive logons, number of attempts and password age etc. I hardly believe small industries are really ever going to implement these policies as Oracle intended to in real life scenarios as it would require a full time DBA, a lot of tracking and auditing (which in my experience never happens)
Anyway, for testing, I have always kept the commands ready to disable said all three security elements. Once a new test database is made, prior attempting any other, I change password complexity, expiry & reuse times using the below given alter commands
- alter system set sec_case_sensitive_logon=false scope=both;
- alter profile DEFAULT limit PASSWORD_REUSE_TIME unlimited;
- alter profile DEFAULT limit PASSWORD_LIFE_TIME unlimited;
With 12c Oracle has made many changes to the security, SQL Net connections etc. If you are truly interested, please refer this document to understand what has been deprecated Upgrade Guide 12c Release 1 (12.1) E41397-11
According to the documentation, SEC_CASE_SENSITIVE_LOGON is maintained only for backward compatibility & most probably will be dropped from future builds. I’ve checked altering sec_case_sensitive_logon on a 12c R2 database it works. However, during each startup, I receive a notification that says “ORA-32004: obsolete or deprecated parameter(s) specified for RDBMS instance”
and executing the following command returns a number of parameters those are not supposed to be used against 12c release
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SELECT name from v$parameter WHERE isdeprecated = ‘TRUE’ ORDER BY name;
and the following will be listed
26 rows selected.
So, we could see that sec_case_sensitive_logon has been listed as deprecated. Now, how exactly we are going to work around this little annoyance totally depends upon us, developers & DBAs. While I prefer a test environment with no password related hassles, a production environment should be designed to accommodate case sensitive logons & other recommended password policies as Oracle may not re-introduce the parameter in future builds.
While the notification/warning we receive about deprecated parameters are generic to all deprecated parameters, in this post, I have only mentioned about case sensitive passwords.