- Series: Oracle Press
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (July 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780071621113
- ISBN-13: 978-0071621113
- ASIN: 0071621113
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oracle Data Guard 11g Handbook (Oracle Press) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Larry Carpenter is a distinguished product manager at Oracle USA and is a member of the Maximum Availability Architecture Product Management team in Server Technologies.
Joseph Meeks is a director of product management with Oracle's Database High Availability Group in Server Technologies.
Charles Kim, Oracle Certified DBA and OTN ACE, is the practice director at Database Technology Solutions.
Bill Burke is a consulting technical director, system performance, and architecture with Oracle USA.
Sonya Carothers is a senior Oracle database administrator at Fidelity National Information Services.
Joydip Kundu is the director of development for Data Guard Logical Standby and LogMiner at Oracle.
Michael Smith is principle member of technical staff in Oracle's Maximum Availability Architecture team in Server Technologies.
Nitin Vengurlekar is the coauthor of Oracle Automatic Storage Management.
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Top Customer Reviews
Parameters, Net80. Very well done. Have read cover to cover and was unable to an error or even a typo.
Great sections on switchover, failover and Data Broker. I now have ten standby systems and I sleep better at night. Larry is a gifted technical writer. Buy this book!!
This book actually manages to go deeper and beyond the docs, white papers and all conference presentations you may have attended on Oracle Data Guard.
Aris Prassinos - Oracle ACE
This book seems to be the definitive one on Data Guard and it does do a pretty decent job of explaining how to configure it in all its guises. So why not 5 stars? It boils down to 4 reasons:
1) I'm not an Oracle/Oracle Press 'fan boy' and therefore I'm not predisposed to give Oracle Press books an automatic 5 stars on the basis they're published by Oracle Press and written by a friend of mine. You know who you are!
2) The cover says Oracle Data Guard 11g so you'd be forgiven for thinking you're getting a book on Oracle Data Guard 11g. Not so. The reader has to endure countless meanderings about how it worked in 10g and in some cases even 9i. Even some errors you used to get in 10g are reproduced with explanation about why they occurred, how to get around them and which version of 10g fixed it! I just want to know about 11g! Please not let's confuse the subject matter with irrelevant historical material. I found this aspect of the book VERY distracting and made it more difficult to focus on what you're actually trying to learn and understand. Surely that's the whole point of such a book!
3) When setting things up manually (i.e. you're not mindlessly pointing and clicking the OEM GUI to do the job for you) it's extremely important that you execute the correct SQL statement in the correct environment. In many cases, the book doesn't make that immediately and abundantly clear. So when you need to look something up, you have to read the prior paragraph or two to ascertain the context to know which environment (Primary or Standby) the SQL command relates to. I found that annoying and frustrating in equal measure.
4) Somewhat related to point #2, the superfluous material was sometimes off the scale. For example, the title of Chapter 9 is Active Data Guard. So you'd be forgiven for thinking you're getting a 27 page chapter on Active Data Guard, right? Wrong! What you actually get is 23 pages on Physical Standbys open in read-only mode, snapshot standbys and Real Application Testing including a multi-page worked example of Database Replay. Seriously! The final 4 pages are about the chapter's title, Active Data Guard. My point is, there is quite a lot of material fleshing out over 500 pages which shouldn't even be in this book.
So there you have it. Should you buy a different book on Data Guard instead? Probably not since Larry Carpenter is 'Mr Data Guard'. All I'd say is, tackle this book knowing how it's written and what you're getting into. One can but hope the 12c Data Guard book, if it ever materializes, will have improved.
Happy Data Guarding!
The book also covers data guard with RAC. However the book was written for 11gR1. So some of the RAC complexities of 11gR2's clusterware is obviously missing. (e.g. to use a different network interface for broker/log shipping in a rac-rac configuration)
Also at least in 11gR2 (the version I tested was 184.108.40.206) the comments about the database start options (pages 189-190) does not take into account Active Data Guard's licensing. Unless someone has Active Data Guard license - the physical standby database should be configured with srvctl .. -s mount. Please see metalink/MOS note 1271003.1.
The book is very easy to read and gradually introduces the reader to the complexities of the product.
While it is fairly deep in explaining the concepts, it has also the necessary setups and scripts to help one implement the solution.
I hope the authors keep publishing updated versions of the book with major Oracle releases.
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