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1 Dec 2006 007146509X 978-0071465090
Learn cutting-edge technology from Oracle experts

Written by Oracle insiders, this comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about Real Application Clusters -- low-cost hardware platforms that can rival and exceed the quality of service, availability, and scalability of the most expensive mainframe systems.

  • Concepts covered are applicable to all previous versions of Oracle
  • Tuning and troubleshooting tips, providing insight on the most advanced diagnostics available
  • Detailed coverage of advanced RAC concepts
  • Working code for all examples available online

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  • Paperback: 421 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne (1 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007146509X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071465090
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,122,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Very clear, concise and well laid out. Includes screen shots, diagrams and
command line code...a good handbook
--, March 2007

From the Back Cover

Learn to Implement Oracle Real Application Clusters Technology from the Ground Up

Maximize database availability, scalability, and efficiency using Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) and the in-depth information contained in this Oracle Press guide. Oracle Database 10g Real Application Clusters Handbook explains RAC concepts, administration, tuning, and troubleshooting. Inside, you'll learn how to prepare and create Oracle RAC databases and servers, and automate administrative tasks. You'll also get full coverage of cutting-edge Oracle RAC diagnostic tools, backup and recovery procedures, performance tweaks, and custom application design strategies.

  • Install, configure, and administer Oracle Database 10g Real Application Clusters
  • Use Automatic Storage Management and manage the disk groups
  • Administer Oracle RAC databases and instances, and manage the Services voting disk
  • Implement workload management, intelligent load balancing, and Transparent Application Failover (TAF)
  • Execute RAC backup and recovery operations
  • Analyze and tune performance using AWR and AWR reports
  • Understand the internals of lock and resource management in RAC
  • Troubleshoot Oracle RAC databases with LMON traces, LMD traces, and alert logs
  • Design and debug applications that run on Oracle Real Application Clusters

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shaping your carrier from DBA to RAC Expert 10 Mar 2007
I have gone through couple of books, which has been written on Real Application Cluster but none of them could unfold the mystries behind the subject, the way Gopal has done in his book.

In this book RAC internals are presneted in such a way that DBA new to Oracle world can also understand and digest the knowledge shared by author.

I have used this book as a reference for couple of my porjects for 10g RAC. The best I found in this book is Part 1 and Part 4 (GRD and Cache Fusion), the examples to show how cache fusion and synchronization of data works.

Definately this book is one of the other best books on my desk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well written with tremendous in-depth coverage of RAC internals 23 April 2007
By JEFFREY M. HUNTER - Published on
By far, the best book I have read on the subject of Oracle10g RAC. Given the success of Gopalakrishnan as coauthor of the book "Oracle Wait Interface: A Practical Guide to Performance Diagnostics & Tuning", I was eager to see his work on a subject as involved as Oracle10g RAC. I am happy to say that Gopal did an outstanding and thorough job! Every chapter of this book is clear and well written with accurate demonstrations and valuable illustrations. This book is for both beginners as well as seasoned Oracle professions.

What I found most useful was the in-depth coverage of Cache Fusion and Global Resource Directory as well as a thorough troubleshooting section. The author also provides extensive coverage on installation and architecture concerns, backup and recovery in RAC, performance monitoring, workload balancing and distribution, connection management, as well as application development and extensions to the RAC architecture. Oracle's Automatic Storage Management (ASM) feature is fully explained as well as many other basic and advanced administration topics.

The only area of improvement I would suggest is greater coverage on backing up and recovering the two key Oracle Clusterware shared components: the Voting Disk and the Oracle Cluster Registry File. Although the book does contain information pertaining to backing up and recovering these resources, I felt that these two files are critical enough to the operation of Oracle Clusterware that a full working example would be helpful. Possibly a workshop that fully details how to recover a voting disk and cluster registry file after the loss of both files.

I would highly recommend this book to DBA's and Developers tasked with working in an Oracle10g RAC environment. You will not be disappointment!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Title: Deep dive to RAC concepts and Cache Fusion Internals 13 Dec 2006
By Nandu Konat - Published on
These days, we find a lot of books on Oracle Technology flooding the market in tandem with the product announcements. Most of the books just rehash the standard (or even beta) documentation, or published metalink notes. This book is certainly does not belong to that category.

First of all, I find that this is the first book which tries to present an accurate picture of RAC. This book clearly demonstrates that RAC is the improved version of OPS and shows the evoluation path of OPS to RAC. I suppose most of the people who have worked on Oracle for a long time will agree with that statement. Most of the current books in the market that I get to read just tend to follow what Oracle marketing says, that RAC is not OPS.

Notably, this is the first ever book on RAC, that has shown me how cache fusion really works. Cache fusion is the secret of RAC and not many people knows how they work under the hood. In this book the author has clearly demonstrated how the resources are mastered, how the locks are coverted and that a row level locks (transaction locks) are different to a buffer locks (Global Cache locks). There are places where the author has used block dumps to explain the internal implementations.

What I see is that the author has tried his best to concentrate on concepts and inner workings of various things inside RAC.

In that sense, this book is well stocked with lengthy discussions for the RAC hungry technicians. the book requires a lot of attention (and sometimes repeated readings) and certainly this is not bed time reading!

The beginning is light and interesting, especially the history of OPS which is difficult to find and collate.I really enjoyed reading the Global Resource Directory chapter along with the Cache Fusion. Many other chapters are worth a mention including the Backup and Recovery, Performance Tuning (No wonder,the author has another best selling oracle performance tuning book!) and Application Development. The consistency and approach is great and the author has tried to keep things in context, most of the times. The author has managed to touch many topics in RAC though some of them could have been lengthier and more conclusive.

One last thing, If you want to buy a book just to get the bunch of day to day commands for RAC and plan to work on RAC, please do not buy this book. You will be thoroughly disappointed as this book doesn't belong to that category. It only tells us how things works internally, what are the concepts behind the scenes and not the magic commands to administer RAC.

As a whole, I find this book a very enriching reference/concepts book to read when I don't know how something works in RAC. If there is a secret in RAC, there is a good chance you might find it in this book rather than any other. Contents in this book are generally not seen in other RAC books that I have read and the quality of presentation is much better.

Good buy but prepare for some heavy reading.!! I recommend this book to every DBA (even architects) who want to know HOW RAC works.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you ever wanted to know about RAC and more..... 4 Mar 2007
By Sebe Kingsview - Published on
Just got this much expected book from Gopal! Absolutely fantastic...It is certainly very detailed and in-depth was my immediate impression.

Many topics are detailed, exhaustive and to the point. It is different to the other RAC books available in the market and also this book is platform independent. I am very impressed with this one because it is unique and the style of writing is great, not to mention the depth and clarity of the chapters.

I would like to agree with the other person who has commented that we need lot of attention and concentration to read this book. If you have a RAC database, nothing like it to try the example demonstrations provided in the book.

Not everyone will be fortunate to have a 4 node RAC to test the possible cache fusion scenarios explained in this book. But the author has prepared a very effective demonstration to reveal the internal operations of the cache fusion. A lot of topics like internal of resource mastering/remastering, two pass recovery and past images are dealt to the core. Another unique in the book is a discussion on extended RAC (most commonly known as stretch clusters or geo clusters) and discussions on Application development for RAC.

Overall, it is an excellent text on RAC and worth for your investment on Time and money. There are so less books with good quality and content. It is worth the wait and I hope you won't be disappointed.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First time about Oracle RAC in so deep & complete way.... 23 Jan 2007
By Lukasz Feldman - Published on
Absolutely fantastic! But do not be misled by the "handbook" term. It is not just the handbook with list of commands, couple of scripts or syntax. It goes more deeply in to the internals of the RAC infrastructure. For example Cache Fusion and Global Resources Directory have dedicated chapters. In my private opinion currently there is no other source of knowledge about RAC technology which covers it in so deep & complete way. As author has mentioned in the introduction this book seems to provide solid background and fundamentals of RAC, which can be a baseline for every RAC DBA. After book lecture, DBA can use received theory to dig into the technology and understand it in practical manner.

If I can do something to improve it I would prefer to have more details about CRS troubleshooting. This technology is quite new and still there is no good review point on what to do when something will go wrong with it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short , simple , lucid and practical 2 Feb 2007
By S. Rao - Published on
I particularly liked the chapters for cache fusion and the troubleshooting bits as in most cases in practical on the field situations its easy to be armed with the knowledge on how to look at the traces and better understand cache fusion for performance tuning. Could complete reading this book within a few hours which makes it more appealing from its thicker counterparts. A pleasure to read
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