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Oracle Database 10g Linux Administration Paperback – October 31, 2005

ISBN-13: 078-3254042667 ISBN-10: 0072230533 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Oracle Press
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1st edition (October 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072230533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072230536
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,159,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Install and configure Oracle Database 10 on a Linux enterprise platform. With full coverage of Red Hat Linux and United Linux, Oracle Database 10g Linux Administration explains how to set up, administer, monitor, and tune Oracle Database 10g, on Linux. You will also learn how to implement High Availability solutions as well as handle backup, recovery, and replication. This exclusive Oracle Press guide is the ideal resource for all Oracle DBAs working in a Linux environment.
  • Configure Linux to support Oracle Database 10g and install the database
  • Enable High Availability using Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • Administer and tune Oracle Database 10g and Oracle Real Application Clusters
  • Back up and restore the database
  • Maximize the powerful features of Oracle Data Guard for a disaster-proof database
  • Implement advanced replication techniques
  • Configure and tune system hardware for peak performance
  • Tune SQL statements
  • Install and configure Oracle Application Server 10g on Linux

About the Author

Edward Whalen is the founder of Performance Tuning Corporation (, a consulting company specializing in database performance, administration, and backup/recovery solutions. Prior to starting Performance Tuning Corp., Mr. Whalen worked at Compaq Computer Corporation as an OS developer, and then as a database performance engineer. He has extensive experience in database system design and tuning for optimal performance. His career has consisted of hardware, OS, and database development projects for many different companies. Mr. Whalen has written three other books on the Oracle RDBMS and four books on MS SQL Server. He has also worked on numerous benchmarks and performance tuning projects with both Oracle and MS SQL Server. Mr. Whalen is recognized as a leader in database performance tuning and optimization. In addition to his experience in Oracle on many different OS platforms, such as Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, and Windows, he has recently spent significant time working with Oracle on Linux, including the deployment of some of the first RAC clusters on Linux. He works closely with both Red Hat and Novell/SUSE with many different flavors of Linux.

More About the Author

I started my database career at Compaq Computer Corporation in around 1991. I was working as a SCO Unix kernel developer in the Unix group when I was asked to help with an Oracle benchmark. After working with Oracle I found that Oracle performance was very challenging and interesting. Eventually they started a database performance group and I was part of it. In this role I continued to work with Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server performance on both Unix and Windows. While I was at Compaq I started my writing career.
In 1997 I left Compaq and founded Performance Tuning Corporation ( At Performance Tuning Corporation we do database performance, integration and disaster recovery consulting and I continue to write books. I am currently working on the "Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Administrator's Companion" which is my 9th book. I continue to enjoy database performance consulting as well as being at home with my wife and playing with our Border Collies. I enjoy being able to work with customers and I am constantly learning new things about Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By ER on November 2, 2005
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I was very anxious for this book to come out since it had a very lucrative table of contents with all the "right" stuff in it.
Unfortunately I found the book to have a lot of unneeded info such as history of Oracle, history of Linux, Unix, overview of Oracle products,etc junk. If you an Oracle professional, you probably know all of this anyways. I was hoping to find "trade secrets" and "best pratices of ORacle on Linux" that will help me , but instead found very basic descriptive information, nothing detailed in particular.
There is nothing "special" about Oracle architecture, backup and recovery in this book that refers to Linux that you can't find in any other oracle 10g book. The only useful detail that I found is remapping of kernel base when using Large memory for SGA, but that also can be dug out of OTN. Also you will find a much better overview of Linux from any "Linux Administration" book.

Overall this book may be ok for a newbie as introduction, but if you are past that stage, I would say pass on this one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin S. Prusinski on November 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
As an experienced Oracle DBA, I wanted a nice text that covers Linux specifics to Oracle 10g. This book is okay not perfect but the only real Oracle 10g for Linux book on the market.


1. RAC coverage is decent

2. Linux tuning for Oracle is nice


1. Data Guard coverage is very weak

2. No workarounds for installation issues with Linux and Oracle

So I give it 3 stars because its not bad but not great. I hope that the other Linux for Oracle RAC book that comes out next year is better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RGDupree on August 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a well written book for anyone who wants to learn lots of useful Linux specific details and perspective about set up, administration, monitoring, and tuning Oracle 10g on Linux.

Granted, there's lots of free documentation on Oracle's web site. But, instead of just being dry documentation that's not a lot of fun to read, this book gives conciseness, and prose that communicates the authors actual real-world experience of working with this stuff.

If you're administering Oracles 10g on Linux, this is a great book to read.
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By Alex Gayan i Galan on February 18, 2013
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The book joins 2 worlds that are required to be considered at the same time: one the 10g database and the Linux box where it runs. No way only consider one of them and doesn't the other, both have to be well setup in order to obtain the expected performance.

This book provides a fisheye perspective that is very useful.
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