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OCP Instructors Guide for Oracle DBA Certification

Chapter 10 - Ease of Administration


Administering an Oracle database environment requires dozens of different support activities to be performed on a daily basis.   The more structured and formalized the support activities are, the fewer problems they cause.  A review of some of the important points covered in this chapter follows:

  • Don’t skimp on documentation.  It may be boring, but it is important.  A robust, detailed documentation library creates an environment that is less complex, less error-prone, reduces the amount of time DBAs spend learning new database environments and reduces the overall time spent on day-to-day support activities.

  • Design and implement standardized work request documents to increase the quality of the change request process.

  • Repeatable processes reduce the level of administrative errors.  If a set of steps works right one time, there is a good chance that it will work correctly the next.

  • The more complex a particular task is the greater the need for thorough documentation.

  • Internal service level agreements help database administration teams understand what their customers expect from them.

In our last chapter, we discuss Oracle security. 

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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