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ISBN 10: 
0-9797951-4-1
ISBN 13:
978-0-9797951-4-5

Library of Congress Number: 2008932387

232 pages
Perfect bind - 9x7
PD 908
Shelving:  Databases/Oracle Oracle In Focus Series #29

  Oracle on VMware
Expert Tips for Database Virtualization

Bert Scalzo

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Intended for Database Administrators, System Administrators, Technologists and Technology Consultants, this book covers all basic concepts through proven best practices for successfully implementing Oracle databases on virtualized hardware using VMware – including virtualized Real Application Clusters. To help put those concepts to work in reality, this book provides a broad spectrum of technological recommendations, which should inform the savvy reader on how to reliably and consistently achieve optimal configuration and maximum performance for any virtualized Oracle database scenario. Moreover many of these concepts and techniques can be generically and liberally applied to other virtualization technologies.



Virtualization has arrived as a truly disruptive and increasingly pervasive technology in today's data centers - with VMware as the market leader. It’s been truly disruptive in nature by totally altering the approach to servers – from sizing and ordering, to deployment and maintenance. It’s become pervasive because not only does it provide for better resource management – but it’s green to boot. The days of stand-alone servers, even database servers, are truly numbered.

Oracle has always been the premier enterprise database server – but historically, one’s Oracle databases tended to reside on dedicated hosts. But times have changed – and now these two great technologies are being increasingly utilized together. Thus the complexities of designing, configuring, maintaining and tuning Oracle database deployments has risen to a new level of challenge. This book offers a comprehensive reference for successfully meeting the challenges of combining VMware and Oracle – with real world examples and highly applicable advice.

For Oracle DBA’s tasked with managing virtualized databases, this book will become the primary reference. While the Oracle manuals and numerous other books out there cover the database technology, nowhere else will you find a complete compendium for keeping your virtualized Oracle databases in top form.
 

 
 

              Discover the
         secrets to a happy
         marriage between
              Oracle and
               VMware!

Key Features

  • Learn recommended Oracle "best practices" for virtualized servers
  • Discover suggested virtualized server configuration as a database server
  • Recommendations for "client OS" configuration for Oracle in a virtualized world
  • Advice for consistently achieving optimal configuration and maximum performance

About the Author:

Bert Scalzo

 

Bert Scalzo is a Database Expert for Quest Software and a member of the TOAD dev team. He has worked with Oracle databases for well over two decades. Mr. Scalzo’s work history includes time at both Oracle Education and Oracle Consulting. He holds several Oracle Masters certifications and an extensive academic background - including a BS and MS in Computer Science, an MBA, plus insurance industry designations. Mr. Scalzo is also an Oracle ACE.

Mr. Scalzo is accomplished speaker and has presented at numerous Oracle conferences and user groups - including OOW, ODTUG, IOUG, OAUG, RMOUG and many others. His key areas of DBA interest are Data Modeling, Database Benchmarking, Database Tuning & Optimization, "Star Schema" Data Warehouses, Linux and VMware.

 Mr. Scalzo has written numerous articles, papers and blogs - including for the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), Oracle Magazine, Oracle Informant, PC Week (eWeek), Dell Power Solutions Magazine, The LINUX Journal, LINUX.com, Oracle FAQ, Ask Toad and Toad World.

 Mr. Scalzo has also written six books: Oracle DBA Guide to Data Warehousing and Star Schemas, TOAD Handbook, TOAD Pocket Reference (2nd Ed),Database Benchmarking: Practical Methods for Oracle & SQL Server, Advanced Oracle Utilities: The Definitive Reference and Oracle on VMware: Expert Tips for Database Virtualization.

Table of Contents:
Preface				
Prologue				
Enter Oracle vmware			
A brief history of Oracle virtualization		
The second age of mainframe computing	

Chapter 1:	Introduction	
What is Virtualization?	       	
Virtualization’s Popularity      	
Virtualization’s Benefits	       	
Virtualization Support	       	
Why VMware	       	
Future Trends	       	
Oracle’s Own VM	       	
Conclusion		       	

Chapter 2:	Architecture	
Reasonable Choices	                     
Performance Ramifications	
Ever Increasing Abstraction	
Virtualized Oracle Architecture	
Additional Complexities	                     
Conclusion	                                          

Chapter 3:	Host Setup	
Host Impacts		
Hardware Considerations		
BIOS Basics	                     		
Host OS Selection		
Host OS Install		
Incremental Host Tuning		
Optimize by Subsystem		
Optimizing Linux		
Optimizing Windows		
Quick Reference		
Conclusion			

Chapter 4:	Guest Setup	
Virtual Impacts		
Virtual Ramifications		
VM Creation		
VM Customization		
Incremental Guest Tuning		
Optimize by Subsystem		
Quick Reference		
Conclusion			

Chapter 5:	Oracle 11g Setup	
Overview			
Preparation			
Host Setup			
VMware Host Settings		
Client Operating System		
Oracle 11g Software Install	
Create the Demo Database	
DB Auto-Start		
Conclusion			
Chapter 6:  Pseudo RAC Setup
Overview
Preparation
VMware Host Settings
Virtual Machine Setup
Client Operating System
Oracle 10G Software Install
Create the RAC Database
RAC Auto-Start
Conclusion

Chapter 7:  True RAC Setup
Overview
RAC and VM Compatibility
Preparation
VMware Host Settings
Virtual Machine Setup
Remaining Steps Same
Other Things that Matter
Conclusion

Chapter 8:  Performance Comparisons
Overview
The Benchmarking Process
Benchmarking Quick Bites
Benchmarking Best Practices
Selecting Among Benchmarks
Relative Results
Conclusion

Chapter 9:  Additional Tuning Thoughts
Overview
Two Basic Approaches
Why Two Approaches
Yet a Third Dimension
Virtualization Wrinkles
Interesting Possibilities
Conclusion

Chapter 10:  Oracle Virtual Appliances
Overview
Software Delivery
Content Delivery
Repository Platforms
Application Development
Education & Learning
Book’s Virtual Machine
Conclusion
 
     


Index Topics:

A
Advanced BIOS Features
Advanced Chipset Features
anacron
APIC mode
apmd
atd
auditing_trail
Automated Storage Management
B
BIOS
bonding
bridged network
bridging
C
chkconfig
Citrix
crond
cups
cups-config
cursor_sharing
cursor_space_for_time
D
Database Configuration Assistant
db_file_multiblock_read_count
disable last access update
Disable Last Access Update
disk hot-spots
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
E
Enterprise Manager Diagnostics Pack
F
file system cache
filesystemio_options
Full Virtualization
H
haldaemon
Hard Partitions
HDD S.M.A.R.T
heartbeat
highly shared hosts
host bus adapters
Host Virtual Adapters
host-only network
huge pages
Huge Pages
Hugepagesize
Hyper-Threading
hypervisor

I
i3 for Oracle
IDE
Incremental Tuning
installing a new kernel
iSCSI
isdn
J
job_queue_processes
K
kudzu
L
last access time
libaio
linux_rac
linux_rac-vip
Logical Volume Manager
Logical Volume Managers
lvm2-monitor
M
max_dump_file_size
mdmonitor
memlock
Method-R
Microsoft Virtual PC
minimal host operating system
mkfs.ocfs
monolithic kernel
Native Command Queuing
Native Virtualization
netfs
Network Address Translation
nfslock
NIC Teaming
O
openibd
optimization directives
Oracle Advanced Security
Oracle Application Express
Oracle Data Mining RDBMS Files
Oracle Database Configuration Assistant
Oracle Enterprise Manager
Oracle Managed Files
Oracle OLAP
Oracle Programmer
Oracle Real Application Testing
Oracle Spatial
Oracle Universal Installer
Oracle VM

P
paravirtualization
para-virtualization
Paravirtualization
Para-Virtualization
pcmcia
Phoenix-Award BIOS
platform virtualization
R
rawdevices
Real Application Cluster
Remote Shell
Resolved Acceleration Control
resource virtualization
runInstaller
runtime library
S
SCSI
Secure Shell
sendmail
Serial Attached SCSI
skew
SLA levels
Smart DBA for Oracle
smartd
Spotlight for Oracle
SQL Developer
SQL Net
Standard Database Components
Storage Area Networks
stripe and mirror everything
System BIOS
T
TAF Policy
Tagged Command Queuing
tnsnames
Transactions per Second
Transparent Application Failover
V
Video BIOS
Video RAM
Virtual Iron
virtual switches
VM configuration parameters
VMark
VMware ESX
X
Xen
XML Development Kit
xml_db_events

 

Reviews:

 

October 28, 2008
Liked the book

I liked this one.  If you need to know more about VMware this book does the trick. I would recommend it to anyone looking to get into VMware or anyone that would just like to understand VMware better.

-Jason

 

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