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Pro Oracle Database 11G Administration (Expert's Voice In Oracle) Paperback – 29 Dec 2010
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About the Author
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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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.
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.
Installation and configuration are "explained" with a lot of unix/linux shell text. There is little explanation in OS-nuetral terms, and absolutely no help in Windows terms.
The book would be more aptly titled 'Pro Oracle Database Administraion for unix/linux hosts'. I give it two stars because the non-OS-coupled subjects may be usable, and it's not the author's fault that Oracle isn't intuitively easy to install.