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OCP Instructors Guide for Oracle DBA Certification

Chapter 10 - Ease of Administration

Follow OFA Naming Conventions

OFA stands for Optimal Flexible Architecture. The OFA standard is a set of naming conventions and configuration guidelines that:

  • Distributes I/O among different disk drives.

  • Facilitates ease of administration by creating naming conventions for mountpoints, directories, file suffixes, database binary directories and database output (i.e, background dump, cored dump).

These standard naming conventions and placement guidelines are intended to improve database performance by spreading I/O, protect against drive failures and also allow administrators to more easily assume the responsibility of supporting new database environments. In addition, because OFA standards are well documented by the Oracle Corporation, newly hired DBA and consultants are able to more quickly assume administration responsibilities.

Proceduralize Administrative Support for the Application Development Process

One of the first sections of this booklet provides information on database design reviews. Database design review meetings foster effective communications between the DBA unit, system support personnel and application developers throughout the entire application design and implementation process. When Oracle design issues are addressed early in the development lifecycle, problems are minimized and the migration from test to production is more easily accomplished.

The above text is an excerpt from:

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

ISBN 0-9744355-3-8

by Christopher T. Foot

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