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Darl Kuhn

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29 April 2012 1430229705 978-1430229704
Pro Oracle Database 11g Administration is a book focused on results. Author Darl Kuhn draws from a well of experience over a decade deep to lay out real-world techniques that lead to success as an Oracle Database administrator. He gives clear explanations on how to perform critical tasks. He weaves in theory where necessary without bogging you down in unneeded detail. He is not afraid to take a stand on how things should be done. He won't leave you adrift in a sea of choices, showing you three ways to do something and then walking away. Database administration isn't about passing a certified exam, or about pointing-and-clicking your way through a crisis. Database administration is about applying the right solution at the right time, about avoiding risk, about making robust choices that get you home each night in time for dinner with your family. If you have "buck stops here" responsibility for an Oracle database, then Pro Oracle Database 11g Administration is the book you need to help elevate yourself to the level of Professional Oracle Database Administrator. Condenses and organizes the core job of a database administrator into one volume. Takes a results-oriented approach to getting things done. Lays a foundation upon which to build a senior level of expertise What you'll learn Create a stable environment consistent across all databases that you manage Take care of job #1: backing up, and then recovering when needed Manage users and objects, and the security between them Do battle with "large" large databases and large objects Move and distribute data using Data Pump, materialized views, external tables Automate critical jobs and tackle database troubleshooting problems Who this book is for Pro Oracle Database 11g Administration is aimed at new database administrators who aspire to senior positions in which employers and customers trust you to work independently, and with a "buck stops here" attitude. Table of C

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Darl Kuhn is a senior database administrator working for Oracle. He handles all facets of database administration from design and development to production support. He also teaches advanced database courses at Regis University in Colorado. Darl does volunteer DBA work for the Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group. He has a graduate degree from Colorado State University and lives near Spanish Peaks, Colorado, with his wife, Heidi, and daughters, Brandi and Lisa.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pro Oracle Database is a great book 1 Feb 2011
By B. Reich - Published on
On the back cover of this book it says "Pro Oracle Database 11g Administration is a task-oriented guide to managing complex database environments using Oracle Database11g".

The thing I like most about this book is that it lives up to this promise. The book covers all aspects of Oracle Database 11g Administration. It starts with installation and implementation, goes through database management, understanding and managing users/security, architecture, etc. It has several great chapters on RMAN. I cannot think of any area that is not covered.

I really like the "task-oriented" approach. For every topic, the author provides step-by-step instructions, complete with scripts for accomplishing each task. Something very nice is that he discusses alternatives for accomplishing tasks, the pros and cons of alternatives and then says how he likes to do it and why. For me, this approach provides a real-world practicality.

If there is one thing I would have liked, that is not present, it would be a separate section devoted to 11g features. Although the author discusses what is specific to 11g, it is scattered throughout the book, within the relevant topic chapter. My style is that I would like a separate section, in addition to this, that summarizes new features.

The last chapter of the book talks about troubleshooting and auditing. This is where a dba needs to act quickly and effectively. I think this is where most dba's can do better and where this book can help. The book addresses identifying the most common issues and identifying them quickly. Again, the author provides great step-by-step instructions in the sequence that they should be performed. He gives the exact commands (sql and os) that should be entered, why the command is used and how to view the results. There are also scripts that automate some of this. There is even a very nice script that lets you view the alert log from anywhere on the server. This script, like many of the provided scripts work on any server with no alterations (using functions, etc.). The author again tells you his personal methodology and approach to troubleshooting, which I think really adds a lot of substance to the material.

Overall, I think this is a great book. By providing step-by-step approaches, the scripts, and the author's own methodology for addressing these tasks, I think this will be a valuable and unique addition to any library.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very practical book for any level DBA 20 Nov 2011
By Earl D. Shaffer - Published on
Simple - it is practical and very helpful.

All DBAs have read the books that are almost a "pull" from the Oracle doc. And yes, when a full set of paper doc (ah, some of you young-ins do not remember) was about $1,000, it was OK for a book to be a re-wording of the doc with some examples.

Now - not so much. We want to see examples of the use of new features, hints, tricks, and insights from DBAs who really do DBA tasks for a living.

This book is full of examples and real-life use of 11g. It is very practical. It is written by a DBA for other DBAs. It is great.

Buy one today - OK, you can wait for tomorrow if you are studying for the OCP right now.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Text for Existing DBA's 27 Aug 2012
By Brooks Garrett - Published on
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I found the book to be very helpful for people already using the Oracle platform but quite frustrating for someone just coming to Oracle from SQL Server or PostGres. The author frequently references the Oracle Flexible Architecture before speedily mentioning he doesn't adhere to it and you should do whatever is best for you. I found myself repeatedly looking for more information as to why a specific file was placed in a different location than other files (e.g. redo vs dbf's) and going back to the Oracle documentation and OTN. Overall it is a decent guide but certainly assumes a good bit of familiarity with Oracle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful 25 Dec 2012
By Olen R. Kline - Published on
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Well written, has enough of the facts to be a good guide, brings out some of the new features. Product arrived on time and was as advertised.
4.0 out of 5 stars Its a must have book..... 16 Jun 2014
By gbenga - Published on
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This is a must have book for any up coming Oracle dba because of the valuable information that it carries. However, certain stuffs may not be necessary in the book but in all "its a must have book"......

I simply love it with all the examples that are straight forward.
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