Sunday Nov 30, 2014

VBOX Hands-on-Lab image - build your own :-)

Oh ... I know ... I promised to post all the details how I've build up our pretty straight forward Hands-On-Lab Roy, Carol, Cindy, Joe and I used at OOW and some other occasions to let you upgrade, migrate and consolidate databases to Oracle Database 12c and into Oracle Multitenant.

And well, some have emailed me already ... and I had this feeling that my schedule will be very tight after OOW. Even right now (Sunday evening) I'm already back at my second home, Lufthansa Senator Lounge at Munich Airport. Waiting for my flight to Rome in an hour or so. Honestly speaking I had really no time in the past weeks to sit down for 2 hours to write down all the steps to guide you through the rebuild. And I didn't want to throw just a few nuggets - my intention is always to get you detailed steps which really work and don't miss anything.

But I have very good news for all who are waiting for the HOL Image :-)
Roy is working hard (and I'm confident that he'll succeed) to get the image published on OTN within the next weeks. So please stay tuned. Even with the Christmas holidays coming up I'm tied into a schedule to visit Rome, Torino, Milan, Brussels, assist some customers in their final go-live-phase for Oracle Database 12c - and I'm really looking forward to that vacation.

Stay tuned - and thanks again for your patience :-)


Tuesday Sep 09, 2014

OOW 2014 - Upgrade Hands-On-Lab at NIKKO HOTEL

This year's Oracle Open World will be a real challenge logistically for us. Non-privileged employees were assigned to airport hotels only. So Roy, Joe, Dean and I stay >16 miles (>25km) away from Moscone Center. And to make things even more complicated due to some reconstruction at the Moscone Center (I hope they'll get rid of their 1990s audio equipment and such) our Hands On Labs for instance are at the NIKKO Hotel, not at the Marriott Marquee anymore.

These are the dates for our HOL about How to upgrade to Oracle Database 12c and plug into Oracle Multitenant:

  • Monday , Sep 29 - 11:45 AM in Hotel Nikko - Bay View (0/32)
  • Tuesday , Sep 30 - 5:15 PM in Hotel Nikko - Bay View (0/32)
  • Wednesday, Oct 01 - 4:15 PM in Hotel Nikko - Bay View (0/32)
  • Thursday , Oct 02 - 8:30 AM in Hotel Nikko - Bay View (0/32)
Follow this link to the OOW Session Agenda - ID of the Labs is [HOL9127] - and usually you'll have to hurry as the 50 seats per lab sell out quickly.

Especially Thursday will be a tough call to be there at 8:30am in the morning. At least traffic on 101 won't be that terrible at such a night time ;-)


Thursday Aug 29, 2013

Focus on Database Upgrade at OpenWorld 2013

If you are going to Oracle OpenWorld in September, you might be overwhelmed by the sheer number of sessions throughout the week. ForOracle OpenWorld Logo those with an interest in database upgrade, I have prepared a Focus on Database Upgrade listing that lays out the sessions, demos, and hands-on lab for this area. Here is the listing thus far (NOTE: the list of sessions could change, so please check the document link at the start of OOW for the most current information!).


Monday, Sep 23, 2013

General Session: Oracle Database 12c—Engineered for Clouds and Big Data
Andrew Mendelsohn, Oracle
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Moscone North - Hall D GEN8229

Monday, Sep 23, 2013

Consolidating Databases with Oracle Database 12c
Bryn Llewellyn, Oracle
Patrick Wheeler, Oracle
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Moscone South - 102 CON8707
Different Ways to Upgrade, Migrate, and Consolidate with Oracle Database 12c
Mike Dietrich, Oracle
Roy Swonger, Oracle
Carol Tagliaferri, Oracle
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM Moscone South - 102 CON8176
Mission-Critical Banking Systems Migration to Oracle Exadata: Lessons Learned
Jason Reinhardt, CBA
Sohan Demel, Oracle
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM Moscone South - 308 CON9239
Database Migration Best Practices and Oracle Migration Factory
Ronald Carter, UBS
Bharat Patel, Oracle
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM Moscone South - 252 CON6054

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013

Upgrade-Ready for Oracle Database 12c
Michelle Malcher, DRW Holdings
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Moscone South - 236 CON7695
Upgrade with Oracle Database 11g’s SQL Plan Management: Best Practices from Bank of America
William Rice, Bank of America Merril Lynch
Zimin Chai, Oracle
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Moscone South - 305 CON6938
The Important Things DBAs Should Do Before and After an Oracle Database Upgrade
Julian Dontcheff, Accenture Oy
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Moscone South - 236 CON1715

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013

Under the Hood of Pluggable Databases
Alex Gorbachev, The Pythian Group Inc.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Moscone South - 305 CON7593
Cross-Platform Database Upgrades with Oracle GoldenGate
Sharmila Kamath, Oracle
Nalin Sahoo, Oracle
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Moscone South - 305 CON4286
Oracle Database 12c Unicode Migration Moscone South, Left - SL-019
Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c Moscone South, Left - SL-007

Monday Oct 08, 2012

OOW 2012:
Slides Download

Hm ... you might ask yourself why there are no Oracle Database 12c slides available for download, neither in the OOW 2012 content system nor on our blog (and I believe nowhere else).

Simple reason: As long as Oracle Database 12c is not released and available we are not allowed to offer slides for download. Therefore people were simply taking pictures during the 12c sessions with their phones, iPods and cameras. Roy took a nice shot:

Sorry for that - we'll make the content available as soon as Oracle Database 12c gets released.

In between you can download our OOW 2012 talk Database Upgrades on Steroids: Real Speed, Real Customers, Real Secrets as PDF (3.4MB) - but the 12c content is currently not in that PDF. But a lot of information applies to your source database and/or to any upgrade - so it still might be helpful. And unfortunately the same 12c rule applies to the slides guiding you through our Hands-On-Lab on Tuesday.

Thanks :-)

OOW 2012:
Kings of Leon & Pearl Jam - Appreciation Event

June 15, 1992 - that was actually the day when Pearl Jam played their first concert in Serenadenhof in my hometown, Nürnberg. Oups ... that's over 20 years ago ... ;-)

So I was so happy to get a ticket to this year's OOW 2012 appreciation event on Treasure Island. Every year it amazes me over and over again how the organizers manage it logistically to bring almost 40,000 people to and back from the island. Food was ... I would say fairly ok ... and beer (as always) is not - actually even though I'm not a beer drinker I wouldn't call it beer

Kings of Leon did start. I like them a lot and owe their 2008 album Only By Night. That was a good start to warm up the crowd.

And then Pearl Jam took over - and ... wooooooow ... they are such a great live band. First of all as far as I understood they were donating the money they've got for that gig to an NGO. And Eddie Vedder's voice is simply striking ... I had shivers running down my spine. They played a good excerpt of their +20 years career closing down with Alive at the very end. It seemed to everybody that the band had real fun playing there - and it was sooooo good. Thanks a lot to the person who did organize me a ticket :-)

Catching my bus back to my hotel area down at Fisherman's Wharf worked well - but I must have fallen asleep 5 minutes after we've left the parking lot. The next thing I did recognize was the bus driver pushing the breaks at Northpoint. What a wonderful night ...

Thursday Oct 04, 2012

OOW 2012:
Under the Bridge ;-)

Just some impressions ...

Remember SF's landmark, Golden Gate bridge? Well ...

Moon over Bay Bridge

OOW 2012:
Deutsche Messe on their SAP Database Upgades

This Sunday Andreas Ellerhoff from Deutsche Messe (German Trade Fair) did report about Deutsche Messe's SAP/Oracle database upgrades to Oracle Database 11.2 and their improvements in comparison to Oracle Database 10g. Presentation was well attended and attendees I've talked to later on gave very positive feedback.

Download the slides here as PDF (2.6MB)


Mike Dietrich - Oracle Mike Dietrich
Master Product Manager - Database Upgrade & Migrations - Oracle

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