Pro Oracle Database 10g RAC on Linux: Installation, Administration, and Performance: Installation, Administration and Performance (Expert's Voice in Oracle) Hardcover – 1 Jul 2006
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About the Author
John Shaw has worked in business processing and integration for over 10 years and has architected some of the largest Microsoft integration projects in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. His technical expertise includes implementing Microsoft BizTalk and messaging standards for a variety of clients in finance, supply chain, and other sectors. Most recently, he founded SphereGen, a niche company that provides a blended model of low-cost onshore and offshore solutions for its clients. Prior to that, John worked as the U.S. BizTalk Practice Lead for Conchango, where he obtained BizTalk Virtual Technical Specialist (VTS) status within Microsoft.
Top customer reviews
It covers the whole stack, which is essential - you can't build a RAC solution without paying attention to the storage hardware, network etc.
If I had to criticise, I would say that a few more diagrams would help. More an improvement than a significant weakness.
I would place it as most suitable for developers or administrators already well experienced with Oracle and Unix/Linux. If you're a newcomer, then you probably also want one of the many good (non-RAC) architecture books (Kyte's Expert Oracle Database Architecture maybe) or possibly a course. But if you are experienced, then this book should be all you need to devise a RAC solution.
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This book is a hybrid but on a high level it's more a FAQ than a comprehensive user guide. It tells you the most common things you need to know about Linux, SAN, hardware and RAC. It requires some prior knowledge and doesn't teach you about Oracle or Unix very basics.
In general, this book would be perfect for someone who has some experience with Oracle and Unix but either lacking RAC or Linux knowledge and trying to fill in those gaps quickly. In my case it was an ideal book - I had some experience running older Oracle on Solaris and this book would let me catch up on RAC and Linux specific issues.
This book also is a nice quick reference to keep on your desk if you need to find a commonly used command or file.
The book is not a complete reference as I stated above and gives only a few most typical samples for the most typical situations. It also shows some age and a lot of recent developments are missing (just a few examples: RHEL5, ocfs2 support on x86_64 and a lot of other things are missing) however because it is focused on the mainstream features and examples, most of the material will stay relevant for years to come.
Also, despite the lack of depth, the authors are trying to give you some rules of thumb and show you some right directions about what is good practice and what is not. A lot of guides and references provide you with endless options to choose from and leave you more confused than empowered. Here the authors are leaving the secondary details aside and try to bring to your attention what is really important and that's exactly the difference you would expect to see between a vendor technical guide and the professionals sharing their real life experience.
Overall, if you're looking for a certification prep material or planning to become a professional DBA you probably need to read more books and this one is not the best to start with. But as a quick crash course to give you some working knowledge you can get by with quickly - this book is really good.
It has 3 major strengths which I found to be superior to any Oracle RAC books I have read (including the manual from Oracle).
2)Comprehensive Overview and instructions
3)Quality of writing
The authors write about Linux and Oracle and are high level experts in the subjects. For example, the authors have a very detailed description of how Oracle Cache Fusion handles locking across all the nodes in a RAC environment (probably the crown jewel of RAC technology). They also discuss, in detail, different types of CPU, memory, and storage and contains detailed description of each architecture. Lastly, it contains vast number of "how to" install, configure, change, analyze, backup/restore, and utilize Oracle RAC and Linux.
2)Comprehensive Coverage and Instructions
No small amount of detail has been skipped. The book contains every utility (there are many) provided by Oracle to implement RAC. It provides a good step-by-step coverage of Linux and Oracle RAC installation as well what each step is adding to the RAC environment. To top it off, it adds how to performance tune, administer, troubleshoot, backup/restore, and use Dataguard in a RAC environment. I can't think of a subject on RAC which the authors did not cover.
3)Quality of Writing
I was pleasantly surprised how well written this book is. Although far from a Pulitzer Prize material, it certainly belongs in that category amongst the Oracle books. Every praragraph has been well organized and written. The proofreader of this book deserves major praise for their work.
I whole-heartedly recommend this book and own both the paper and eBook version which I often reference.
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