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Pro Oracle Database 11g RAC on Linux (Expert's Voice in Oracle) Paperback – September 30, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1430229582 ISBN-10: 1430229586 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Oracle
  • Paperback: 840 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2 edition (September 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430229586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430229582
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Shaw is the lead Oracle technologist for Intel Corporation in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa). Steve has more than 12 years of commercial IT experience with eight years dedicated to working with the Oracle Database, including a period of time with Oracle Corporation. Steve is the author of Hammerora, the open source Oracle load-test tool, and an expert on Oracle benchmarks and performance. Steve has contributed articles to many Oracle publications and web sites and presents regularly at Oracle seminars, conferences, and special-interest group meetings. He is an Oracle Certified Professional and holds a master of science degree in computing from the University of Bradford, U.K.

Martin Bach started working with Oracle in 2001. His main interests are high availability and disaster recovery solutions for mission critical 24 7 systems, in which he possesses a wealth of experience. Martin has also spent many years exploring the benefits of virtualisation technologies for Oracle products, mainly by using VMWare ESX Server and Oracle VM.

Martin is a proud member of the Oracle Certified Master community, having successfully passed the exam for Database 10g Release 2 in December 2008. He has contributed to various Oracle user group publications and runs a successful web log. Martin likes to share his knowledge with the Oracle user community in form of presentations, such as at U.K. Oracle User Group events.

Martin has a degree in business and computer science from the University of Applied Sciences in Trier, Germany.

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I highly recommend this book to seasoned veterans as well as those new to Oracle RAC.
B. Reich
This book is more focused on topics closely related to the Installation and administration of RAC databases.
F. OWONO-NDI
There is a lot of good information here and of very good depth coupled with real world heuristics.
Kevin W. Farrell

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By F. OWONO-NDI on December 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
The authors - Steve Shaw and Martin Bach - have accomplished the not-so-easy feat of writing a book that is as good, if not better than its preceding version.
The latter, "Pro Oracle Database 10g RAC on Linux" appeared to be driven by a (justified) desire to be as thorough as possible by covering all components remotely or closely involved in setting up an Oracle RAC system, at the risk of sometimes not going deep enough or sometimes "loosing" the reader.
This book is more focused on topics closely related to the Installation and administration of RAC databases. Nevertheless, it appears to be more informative as it covers some topics more in-depth.

The desire to focus on the core aspects of RAC implementation and administration has led to some noticeable changes from the previous version.
The following chapters which were in the previous version have been removed:
- "Benchmarking Concepts"
- "Linux Administration"
- "Benchmarking Tools"
- "Installing and Configuring Enterprise Manager"
- "RAC Internals
- "Backup and Recovery"
- "Disaster Recovery"

While the absence of some chapters in this book in justified and understandable, the sections on RAC internals would have been a good supplement/background to the chapters on Performance monitoring and tuning. The chapters on Backup and Disaster Recovery also were not superfluous.

Chapters which were not in the previous version and are now featured in this one are:
-Virtualization (ch5): this chapter was about overdue, but the wait was worth it.
-Linux Performance Monitoring (ch13)
-Parallel Execution (ch14)
And of course the last chapter (15) on "Upgrading to Oracle 11gR2.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Reich on December 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
Just when you start to think that no one book can "have it all" along comes Pro Oracle Database 11g RAC on Linux.

This book is a must-have resource for anyone working with RAC, especially those who are new to RAC. As promised by the author, this book assumes no prior knowledge of the subject.

The book discusses all areas that anyone needs to know to install and maintain 11g RAC databases in a Linux environment. You can guess that it discusses the obvious topics like, Installation, Configuration, Clusterware, ASM, etc. However, it also discusses very important ancillary topics like network bonding, for example..

There are sections on new 11g features and a great section on upgrading to 11g. But, my favorite is Chapter 12: Oracle Performance Monitoring. This chapter gives a great practical, realistic approach to performance monitoring.

I highly recommend this book to seasoned veterans as well as those new to Oracle RAC.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Byrd on November 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
This volume is a excellent for those who need to manage a RAC environment. I am preparing to move a 10G RAC database to 11Gr2 and the authors included a chapter on this important topic. The chapter on Linux install and configuration provides an excellent base whether you are sysadmin or work with one. The complexity of RAC setup requires a broad knowledge of hardware and software topics and in this volume that range is covered with sufficient depth to do all one needs to do to run RAC. I am pleased to recommend this book for anyone managing RAC or moving into the RAC arena.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. PANDIT on November 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
As usual one of the "must have" books from Apress on 11g RAC.

Steve Shaw & Martin Bach did a great job. I have read the predecessor "Pro Oracle Database 10g" as well.

I would like to mention one thing that unlike other authors nowhere in this book they compel you read (buy) the predecessor "Pro Oracle 10g book" to understand this. They have covered everything you need to know to install/ administer / tune the "database and linux".

It has dedicated a whole good chapter on "Virtualization". I wish they could have covered the "Active Data guard" little more...

In short like authors said in the preface that while presenting this book to readers they made no assumptions on reader`s prior experience on 11g RAC.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Rao on August 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
Being one of the tech editors for this book , my recommendation is biased , although I'd say its always a pleasure editing Steve , Martin and Julian's books.
Couple of things about this book , don't let the size intimidate you as its a complete volume and its comprehensive on its content and coverage.

Good for someone who is just coming on board with RAC , administers RAC clusters for a living
System internals , most folks managing databases might not get down to the latency of the cache lines within the processor although its important to know how it is a gating factor
ASM fundamentals and for implementation , ACFS , most important gotchas during the install , management , patches to be applied , parameters to be set before you do this ..
Its flows from system coverage to the database coverage from Internals of the cache lines , DRAM chips , SSD usage to Grid Infrastructure installation, troubleshooting then to ASM
Complete coverage for 11gR2 so anyone implementing this for like upgrades from 10g, 11gR1 this is a good read to get started
If you know something in a chapter it can be skipped without losing the flow on the process
My favourites were the troubleshooting sections , coverage of internals , "how to" kind of processes which are enumerated in a flow and the initial coverage of the system internals by Steve

Hope this helps and enjoy the book , happy learning
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