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  OCP Instructors Guide for Oracle DBA Certification
A Study Guide to Advanced Oracle Certified Professional Database Administration Techniques

Christopher Foot
ISBN: 0-9740716-1-7

329 Pages

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Written by one the world's most widely-read Oracle instructors, Chris Foot leverages his substantial knowledge of Oracle OCP Certification training to create this unique instructors guide for teaching Oracle DBA certification candidates. This book is highly-technical and geared toward Oracle OCP DBA instructors who want to ensure that their students successfully pass their Oracle OCP certification exam.

Unlike other OCP Oracle certification study guides, this book is for the OCP instructor and covers those OCP topics that students find the most challenging. With comprehensive and highly-detailed examples, Foot concentrates on the key concepts that cause the most difficulty for the OCP certification candidate and presents the instructor with proven techniques for improving their ability to successfully pass the Oracle OCP exam.

Key Features

* Provides the OCP instructor with targeted Oracle OCP testing content.

* Helps ensure that OCP candidates pass the Oracle OCP certification exam on their first try.

* Guides the OCP instructor through the important Oracle OCP test areas and key concepts.

* Contains valuable Oracle OCP test-taking tips and techniques

* Emphasizes those areas where the Oracle OCP exam candidate has the most trouble.

* Focuses on the important OCP conceptual areas and OCP test content.

* Provides practical and applied teaching techniques for Oracle OCP certification instructors.


About the Author:

Chris Foot


Christopher T. Foot is an Oracle certified senior-level instructor, a technical sales specialist and database architect for Contemporary Technology.

With over 15 years experience with database technologies, Chris has taught hundreds of Oracle courses to thousands of students.  Chris is also a regular speaker at the International Oracle Users Group and Oracle Open World conferences.


Table of Contents:

Chapter 1 - Getting Started
Why Database Administration?
Oracle Database Administration Responsibilities
Oracle Classroom Education
Oracle9i Curriculum Changes
Oracle9i Oracle Certifications
            Oracle Certified Database Associate (OCA)
            Oracle Certified Database Professional (OCP)
            Oracle Certified Master Database Administrator (OCM)
Oracle9i DBA OCP Upgrade Path
Other Recommend Classes
Preparing for the Oracle Certified Professional Exams
Taking the Certification Exams
Finding Information Quickly – The Key to Success
Reference Manuals
Oracle Internal Resources
External Resources
Book Recommendations
Chapter 2 - Oracle Database Architectures
Oracle on Microsoft Windows Platforms
Oracle on LINUX Platforms
Oracle on Unix Platforms 
Database Architecture Comparison Worksheet
Venturing into the Great Unknown – New Database Architectures

Chapter 3 - Oracle Database Design Review Meetings
Initial Overview of Proposed System
Logical Data Model Review
Designing for Performance
Setting up a Successful Test System in Oracle
Monitoring Performance During Testing
Performance Design Reviews
Preparation for Production Turnover
            Post Production Turnover
Oracle Database Design Review Meetings - Conclusion

Chapter 4 - Oracle Database Administration
Oracle Software Installation
Migrating to new Oracle releases
UNIX and LINUX Semaphores and Shared Memory
Relinking Oracle8i and Oracle9i Products
Windows Services
Oracle Instance Administration
Oracle9i Persistent Initialization Parameter Files
Remote Startup/Shutdown
Multiple Buffer Pools
Specifying Default, Keep and Recycle Bufferpools in Oracle8 and Oracle8i
Specifying Default, Keep and Recycle Bufferpools in Oracle9i
Large Pool
Java Pool
Redo log Buffer Performance
Buffer Performance is critical to Good Oracle Performance
Chapter 5 – Oracle Database Objects
What Database Are You Working In?
Choosing a Database Block Size
Copying Databases Between Servers
Oracle Tablespaces
Temporary Tablespaces
Create Tablespace Temporary vs. Create Temporary Tablespace
Oracle 8 - Range Partitioning
Index Partitioning
Equi-Partitioned Objects
Local Indexes
Global Indexes
Oracle8i – Hash and Range/Hash Composite Partitioning
Oracle9i – List and Range/List Composite Partitioning
Which Partitioning Technique Do I Choose?
Oracle9i Tablespace Changes
Locally Managed System Tablespaces
Rollback Segments
When is the System Rollback Segment Used?
Why is Oracle Recommending Minextents of 20 for Rollback Segments?
Rollback Segments and Transaction Processing Workloads
Batch and On-line Processing
Rollback Segments and Users – Who’s Using What?
Oracle9i - Database Managed Undo Segments
Redo Logs
Checkpoint Not Complete
Resizing Redo Logs
Oracle Tables and Indexes
Space Utilization for Parallel Table Creates
Index-only Tables
Single Table Hash Clusters
Oracle9i External Tables
On-line Table Reorganizations
Caching Tables
Clustering Data in Tables
Merging Tables to Increase Query Performance
How Many Indexes Can I Build?
Parameters that Impact Index Usage
Index-Only Access
Index Rebuilds
Index Coalesce vs Index Rebuild
Function-Based Indexes
Bitmap Indexes
Concurrency and Bitmap Indexes
When to Use Bitmap Indexes
Optimizer and Bitmap Indexes
Bitmap vs B-Tree
Indexing Hints Tips and Tricks
Index Monitoring


Chapter 6 - Oracle Backup and Recovery

It’s the Little Things That Bite You
Keep Your Skills Sharp
RELAX and Plan Your Attack
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Others
Instance Recovery and the Oracle Synchronization Process
Uncommitted Data on the Data Files
Committed Data Not On the Data Files
The Synchronization Process
Roll Forward Phase
Roll Backward Phase
Exports and Recovery
Watch the NOLOGGING Option
Striped File Systems
Data Files and Redo Logs
Redo Log and Control File Multiplexing
Hot Backup Scripts for NT
Hot Backup Scripts for UNIX
Oracle9i – Lazy Checkpointer
Recovery Manager
Recovery Catalog
Recovery Manager Backup Types
Parallel Backup and Recovery
Multiplexed Backup Sets
Backup/Recovery Reports
Database Recovery
RMAN Examples
Chapter 7 – Tuning and Performance
Be careful with the ANALYZE command
Finding Problem Queries
Optimizer Plan Stability
Pinning Objects in the Shared Pool
Caching Tables
Clustering Data in Tables
Merging Tables to Increase Query Performance
Parallel Hints
Performance Testing
Parallel Query
Tuning Oracle on Windows
Tuning Pack
Direct Load Inserts
Parallel DML Processing
Materialized Views
Database Resource Management
Segment-Level Performance Statistics Collection
Performance Tuning Intelligent Advisories
Optimizer Dynamic Sampling
Data Segment Compression
Using Explain Pan to Determine Access Paths
Explain Plan Output
High Water Mark and Table Scans
Chapter 8  – Miscellaneous Oracle Information
The Foot Rule of Thumb
Monitor By Day So You Don’t Get Called at Night
Monitoring Space Utilization and Performance Statistics Historically
Latches and Enqueues
Deadlock Detection
Unindexed Foreign Keys and Locking Problems
Copying databases between servers
Oracle9i - Resumable Space Allocation
Oracle9i – Flashback Query
Full Database Exports
Large Table Imports
Compressing Export Output Files in UNIX
Terminating Oracle Processes (Threads) in Windows Systems
Truncating vs Deleting
Copy Command in SQL*PLUS
Displaying Time in Milliseconds
!, $ and Host Command Differences
Learn Command Line BEFORE Using "Sissy GUI Tools" 
Don’t Write Scripts
Don’t’ Write Iterative SQL Statements – Generate SQL with SQL
Input Truncated to 9 Characters
Chapter 9  – Evaluating Third Party Products
Initial Analysis
Determine Impact to the Information Technology Support Infrastructure
Analysis Evaluation
Obtain Business Unit and IT Management Commitment
Create Evaluation Team
Locate Potential Vendors
Initial Elimination
Vendor Evaluation
Communicate Results
Chapter 10  – Ease of Administration
Good Documentation is Essential
Follow OFA Naming Conventions
Proceduralize Administrative Support for the Application Development Process
Proceduralize the Change Request Process
Oracle Authorization Request Form
Oracle Database Change Request Form
Oracle Migration to Production Request Form
Create and Standardize Monitoring and Administration Scripts
Repeatable Processes
Create Service Level Agreements
DBA Report Cards and the 360-Degree Review Process
Corrective Action Reports
Chapter 11 – Database Security
Protecting Data Requires More than just Protecting the Production Database
Identifying Granted Privileges
Accounts Created During Database Creation
Wrapping PL/SQL Programs
Using OPS$ Accounts
Using Security Profiles
SYS and SYSTEM Passwords
Administrative User Auditing
Moving the AUD$ Tabl





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