Tuesday Oct 29, 2013

Oracle Key Manager Session in Dubai

Just last week, I had an opportunity to meet up with folks in the picture below for a three day discussion on Oracle Key Manager.



To know more details about the three day program from Oracle University on OKM, please click here.

Monday Oct 21, 2013

Last Two Assignments

Before it's too late, let me publish here the class portraits of my last two OU assignments:


Transition to Solaris 11 session at Hyderabad from October 15 - 19 2013


Exadata Install & Maintenance Session at Singapore from September 23 - 27 2013

Wednesday Sep 04, 2013

Pillar Axiom SAN Storage 5.x Administration Session in Bangalore

Just yesterday, one more session on the Pillar Axiom 600 SAN Storage 5.x Administration concluded in Bangalore. For more details about Pillar Axiom product and to know about an OU offering around the same, please navigate to the following links:
Official Pillar Axiom Page
Oracle University Page for Pillar Axiom Storage Trainings
Oracle Partner Network Page for Pillar Axiom Storage
Pillar Axiom Storage System Essentials Certification

Last but not the least, please meet my new friends:


Sunday Sep 01, 2013

Before it's too late...

It has been quite a few weeks since I have been wanting to publish photographs of my recent classes, but laziness got better off me on all occasions. Let me put it up here with no further delay:


Oracle VM for SPARC session in Bangalore.


MySQL for DBA session in Bangalore.

Sunday Jul 14, 2013

Some Quick Updates

That I've been busy is an understatement. In the last four weeks or so, managed to do programs on technologies ranging from Operating platform to Database to Engineered Systems. In the process I met up with the following folks:


MySQL Training in Noida.


Exadata Training in Singapore.


Solaris 11 Training program at Chennai.

In addition, I had connected with many others, but don't have their 'faces' to show coz I met them on WebEx.

Monday Jun 10, 2013

Pillar Axiom 600 SAN Storage Session in Sofia

Just last week I traveled to the city of Sofia in Bulgaria to deliver two back to back OU programs (opens a PDF) on Pillar Axiom 600 SAN Storage. Should I say how much I enjoyed the company of my new friends ~5000 miles away from my home? They are here:




Lastly, but importantly, I have to take a moment to thank these gentlemen in the following photograph for offering me their valuable time in helping me learn a lot about their city. I can't thank them enough for their support and warm hospitality.



One final final thing: those out there on the look out for validating their skill on Pillar Axiom, check out the available certification exam here

Friday May 17, 2013

Solaris Cluster Session In Pune

Just this evening, concluded another OU program on Solaris Cluster in Pune.


Sunday Apr 28, 2013

Pillar Axiom SAN Storage Training in Dubai

Here's another set of friends I made, who dropped by for a training on Pillar Axiom in Dubai. Many thanks to them for choosing an ou program on the same and more so for helping me capture the below moment:


Like I mentioned earlier, if you're already a specialist in Pillar storage, consider validating it by getting certified by Oracle.

Tuesday Apr 23, 2013

Pillar Axiom Storage Training in Doha

Met up with the group in the snap for a Pillar Axiom training in Doha. Thanks to them for choosing Pillar, an ou training on the same and more so for the moment below:


If you're already a specialist in Pillar storage, consider validating it by getting certified by Oracle.

Sunday Apr 14, 2013

Solaris Cluster Training in Noida

After a rather long gap, I got a chance again to take platform for delivering one of my favourite training programs around Solaris Cluster. Meet my new friends:



For a detailed list of training programs around Solaris Cluster, click here. Go here to get details around certification program around Solaris Cluster 3.2 version.

A neat article here might help you get started to bring up a two node Solaris cluster using Cluster 4.x.

MySQL Cluster & MySQL HA Session in Kuala Lumpur

Class photograph from MySQL Cluster session in Kuala Lumpur.



Talking of another High Availability facility in MySQL named Replication, I invite you to read an interesting blog post on self healing recovery in MySQL 5.6 Replication here. For a detailed list of courses on MySQL database access this url.

Oracle Key Manager Training in Australia

Somewhere in Australia I conducted a three day session on OKM, an encryption product. So it comes as no surprise that the batch photograph published below is encrypted for security reason ;)

Learn about Oracle Key Manager and use it to obtain the AES 256 key to decrypt the photo below:



Now, if you find it too hard to pick up OKM on your own, please attend an OU program on the product.

Saturday Mar 23, 2013

Solaris 11 Advanced Administration Session at Hyderabad

Just yesterday, one more training program on Oracle Solaris 11 concluded at Hyderabad, India. If you haven't tried Solaris 11 yet, click here to access the image and a host of other resources to help you get started. For information on training on Solaris 11, please see here. If you've already attended a training program or would like to validate your knowledge on Solaris 11, please access this link to get details around the Solaris 11 certification programs. Meanwhile, thanks to my friends for showing up again for an OU training program on Oracle technologies:


Have a restful weekend all.

Monday Mar 11, 2013

Oracle Solaris 10 1/13

Solaris 10 1/13 is released. Details are here. Read Glynn Foster's blog post about the same here.

Sunday Mar 10, 2013

MySQL HA and MySQL Cluster Sessions

Completed an OU program on MySQL Cluster and MySQL HA at Penang, Malaysia last week.



To know more on MySQL Cluster, visit the official webpage here. To know more about the MySQL Cluster Certification program,go here.

Saturday Mar 02, 2013

Last Two Training Programs

Photographs from the last two sessions in an OU classroom:
Two day program on Pillar Axiom SAN Storage at Bangalore.


Solaris 11 Advanced Administration session at Bangalore.

Sunday Jan 20, 2013

Exadata x2-2,x2-8 Install & Maintenance Session

Class photo from the co-teach on Exadata in Singapore.

Sunday Jan 06, 2013

First Batch CY 2013

Having done a number of Live Virtual Classes (a.k.a LVC) on Oracle Key Manager, it was quite a unique experience to have got a chance to do the first classroom training on the same in Bangalore during the first week of New Year 2013. Glad to have made many new friends during the very first week of a New Year :-)



I invite you to read an excellent white paper on the product here (Opens a PDF). And if you are interested in knowing more on the OU training program around the product, click here (Opens a PDF).

Sunday Dec 30, 2012

New Year Wishes 2013 - In Advance

In a couple of days, I'll make another attempt to be good, stay good. Sounds familiar? Also familiar maybe this space on the Web, where I scribble away my thoughts for you to read, roughly this time of the year, every year. Can't thank you enough to spare me some time at a juncture when in all likelihood you may be quite busy preparing to see off CY 2012 and merrily welcome New Year 2013. Whatever may be your mode of celebration, here's wishing you a joyous experience.

Personally, I don't expect to see drastic changes to any attributes of my lifestyle, just because a cycle of twelve months is coming to a conclusion in two days time and a new one arriving. And I don't believe in waiting to flip over one dozen page of a calendar before jotting down a list of life changing items to be performed, and then stare at it later with a sigh of disappointment for not having made a sustained effort to achieve it and to strike each one out as 'Job done'. Neither do I believe that the spacing of inevitable events in different phases of life, some of which we may like and some we dislike, has any business with the twelve month cycles. Agreed, some things in life will change for sure: like the daily dairy that I maintain. It'll carry a fresh smell and every single entry in there, I hope, shall carry a positive intent. It's foolish of me, though, to even imagine that I'll only have happy episodes to scribe in there. New year or not, pattern of events in life shall remain much the same, with possibly no escape from the dualities of existence. Pray, we develop enough inner strength to accept all events in life with great composure.

In retrospection, I'm thankful for all good things happened in the last twelve months, glad to have met many a wonderful people, fortunate to have learned a number of useful lessons, sorry to have made some mistakes, happy to have moved on, regret to have lost few connections and grateful for all opportunities. I wish the coming twelve months brings me in company of many new faces, while I'll make all efforts to make sure the familiar ones stay closer to my heart.

Lastly, the blah-blah above was not the real intention of writing this note, but to make sure I don't miss an occasion as this to show up and express my deep felt gratitude to YOU for being there for me and helping me stay positive, one way or the other. Thank you!

Here's wishing you and your family a very happy and prosperous Year 2013!

Saturday Dec 29, 2012

Last Batch CY 2012

Ended this year's OU classroom sessions with a four day program on ODSEE.



For complete documentation on ODSEE, click here.

Saturday Dec 22, 2012

Early Christmas Celebrations

Nostalgia is what I feel when Christmas approaches. Perhaps, because I've had my primary education in a convent School or maybe coz I still linger on many many sweet memories of Christmas celebrations with my near and dear from the past. Thankfully, I'm in a profession that brings me in company of some wonderful humans, who some times extend a great deal of generosity by offering to Celebrate festivals in advance and so you see my training participants who turned up for a OU program on Solaris cutting a sweet Christmas plum cake much ahead of X'mas. Thank you is all I can say to 'em.




And here's the class photo:



Wishing every one a very Merry Christmas in advance!

Saturday Dec 15, 2012

It's Raining Solaris Training

That the popularity of Solaris 11 is only growing is clear from how regular the training sessions have been around this product. It's such an excitement to be going around sharing knowledge on Solaris, more so to explore the nitty gritty of many new and evolving features. Trust me, it's only getting better!

In the process, just like in the past I stumbled on several individuals, each teaching me a lesson or two. I'm grateful. And if I've managed to get over the laziness to come back to the web logs with a collection of class photos from the last couple of months, it's because of a sense of gratitude to all 'em in the picture below.


Solaris 11 Network Administration Pilot Teach in Bangalore.


Sun Identity Manager (n.k.a Oracle Waveset IDM) Deployment Fundamentals Training. I'm missing from the snap because these delegates sat well over 10,000 Kms away from where I taught this class from, but were kind enough to help me associate a face with the voice by sending me a group photograph. If you want to attend one such OU program cutting down the travel, try OU's Live Virtual Class (a.k.a LVC) .


Transition to Solaris 11 in Mumbai.


Solaris 11 Advanced Administration Session in Bangalore.


Transition to Solaris 11 in Mumbai.


Attending Gary Riseborough's Exadata Training at Singapore.


Solaris 11 Advanced Administration Session in Bangalore.

If only the participants of each LVC session belonged to the same location, there would've been additional three group photographs occupying this space!

Thank you everyone for many many memorable moments.

Sunday Sep 30, 2012

Last fortnight...

In the last fortnight, I had an opportunity to meet up with some very energetic folks, who actively participated in a couple of OU programs on Solaris 11 and MySQL. I thank them for their participation and hope all of 'em had a good learning experience showing up for Oracle University programs.

As always, I'm publishing below a moment from each of the aforesaid programs.


MySQL DBA session in Bangalore.
It's unfair if I don't express my heartfelt thanks to each of 'em for a serious teach back session through out the training program and I wish to do so by publishing moments from each one's teach back assignment:




Below is a class photograph from Solaris 11 Administration Session in Bangalore.


Wednesday Sep 26, 2012

MySQL Instance from Generic Binary on Linux

In a class happening on MySQL this week at Bangalore, someone asked me for steps to have MySQL installation and instance configuration on Linux using generic binary, and for more than one of it. Prepared some notes for 'em and with a hope that there may be others in need of it, I'm posting it here.

Friday Sep 14, 2012

MySQL DBA Session

With thanks to all people in the picture, the MySQL DBA session in Chennai came to a conclusion today.



Thanks to 'em also for the teach back sessions:

Visit here to see the course offerings on MySQL from Oracle University.

Saturday Sep 08, 2012

From The OU Classrooms...

No excuses for not doing this systematically, and I'm trying my best to break this bad habit of bulk uploads of class photographs and do it regularly instead. But for the time being, please forgive my laziness and live by my mass introduction of all fun loving, yet talented folks whom I met in the OU classrooms during the last three months or so through these picture essay that follow. It's unfortunate, I don't get to do this for my Live Virtual Classes for obvious reason,but let me take a moment to thank them all as well for choosing OU programs on various products. Thanks again to each one for memorable moments in the OU classrooms:


Pillar Axiom MaxRep session at Bangkok. For detailed information on the OU course on Pillar Axiom Max Rep, access this page.


Pillar Axiom SAN Administration Session at Bangkok. Know more about the product here. Details on the Pillar Axiom training program from Oracle University can be found here.


Oracle Solaris ZFS Administration & Oracle Solaris Containers session at Hyderabad. Read more about ZFS here. Gain information on Solaris Containers by going here. Oracle University courses on Solaris 10 and its features can be viewed at this page.


Oracle Solaris Cluster program at Hyderabad. Here's the OU landing page for the training programs on Oracle Solaris Cluster.


Oracle Solaris 11 Administration Session at Bangalore. If you are interested to get trained on Solaris 11, get more details at this webpage.


Sun Identity Manager Deployment Fundamentals session at Bangalore. The product is n.k.a Oracle Waveset IDM. Click here to get detailed description on this fabulous hands on training program.


With Don Kawahigashi at Taipei for Pillar Axiom Storage training.

Friday Sep 07, 2012

Configuring Multiple Instances of MySQL in Solaris 11

Recently someone asked me for steps to configure multiple instances of MySQL database in an Operating Platform. Coz of my familiarity with Solaris OE, I prepared some notes on configuring multiple instances of MySQL database on Solaris 11. Maybe it's useful for some:

If you want to run Solaris Operating System (or any other OS of your choice) as a virtualized instance in desktop, consider using Virtual Box. To download Solaris Operating System, click here.

Once you have your Solaris Operating System (Version 11) up and running and have Internet connectivity to gain access to the Image Packaging System (IPS), please follow the steps as mentioned below to install MySQL and configure multiple instances:

1. Install MySQL Database in Solaris 11
$ sudo pkg install mysql-51
2. Verify if the mysql is installed:
$ svcs -a | grep mysql
Note: Service FMRI will look similar to the one here: svc:/application/database/mysql:version_51
3. Prepare data file system for MySQL Instance 1
zfs create rpool/mysql
zfs create rpool/mysql/data
zfs set mountpoint=/mysql/data rpool/mysql/data
4. Prepare data file system for MySQL Instance 2
zfs create rpool/mysql/data2
zfs set mountpoint=/mysql/data rpool/mysql/data2
5. Change the mysql/datadir of the MySQL Service (SMF) to point to /mysql/data
$ svcprop mysql:version_51 | grep mysql/data
$ svccfg -s mysql:version_51 setprop mysql/data=/mysql/data
6. Create a new instance of MySQL 5.1
(a) Copy the manifest of the default instance to temporary directory:
$ sudo cp /lib/svc/manifest/application/database/mysql_51.xml /var/tmp/mysql_51_2.xml
(b) Make appropriate modifications on the XML file
$ sudo vi /var/tmp/mysql_51_2.xml
-> Change the "instance name" section to a new value "version_51_2"
-> Change the value of property name "data" to point to the ZFS file system "/mysql/data2"
7. Import the manifest to the SMF repository:
$ sudo svccfg import /var/tmp/mysql_51_2.xml
8. Before starting the service, copy the file /etc/mysql/my.cnf to the data directories /mysql/data & /mysql/data2.
$ sudo cp /etc/mysql/my.cnf /mysql/data/
$ sudo cp /etc/mysql/my.cnf /mysql/data2/
9. Make modifications to the my.cnf in each of the data directories as required:
$ sudo vi /mysql/data/my.cnf
Under the [client] section
port=3306
socket=/tmp/mysql.sock
----
----
Under the [mysqld] section
port=3306
socket=/tmp/mysql.sock
datadir=/mysql/data
-----
-----
server-id=1
$ sudo vi /mysql/data2/my.cnf
Under the [client] section
port=3307
socket=/tmp/mysql2.sock
-----
-----
Under the [mysqld] section
port=3307
socket=/tmp/mysql2.sock
datadir=/mysql/data2
-----
-----
server-id=2
10. Make appropriate modification to the startup script of MySQL (managed by SMF) to point to the appropriate my.cnf for each instance:
$ sudo vi /lib/svc/method/mysql_51
Note: Search for all occurences of mysqld_safe command and modify it to include the --defaults-file option. An example entry would look as follows:
${MySQLBIN}/mysqld_safe --defaults-file=${MYSQLDATA}/my.cnf --user=mysql --datadir=${MYSQLDATA} --pid=file=${PIDFILE}
11. Start the service:
$ sudo svcadm enable mysql:version_51_2
$ sudo svcadm enable mysql:version_51
12. Verify that the two services are running by using:
$ svcs mysql
13. Verify the processes:
$ ps -ef | grep mysqld
14. Connect to each mysqld instance and verify:
$ mysql --defaults-file=/mysql/data/my.cnf -u root -p
$ mysql --defaults-file=/mysql/data2/my.cnf -u root -p


Some references for Solaris 11 newbies
Taking your first steps with Solaris 11
Introducing the basics of Image Packaging System
Service Management Facility How To Guide

For a detailed list of official educational modules available on Solaris 11, please visit here
For MySQL courses from Oracle University access this page.

Sunday Jun 10, 2012

Year 2012 So Far...

It's hard to seek excuses for not showing up in here for regular updates. I'm not venturing into it hence. Year 2012 has been very engaging, both professionally and personally, and I wish to present before you some wonderful people whom I met in the OU classrooms while delivering training programs on various Oracle technologies. While I went through a number of Oracle products in the last few months, two of 'em were more regular than others: Solaris 11 and MySQL. Not to forget the First Global Teach Live Virtual Class on Java ME.


Oracle Solaris 11 Training in Bangalore


Oracle Solaris 11 Training in Delhi


Oracle Solaris 11 Training in Hyderabad


Oracle VM for SPARC Training at OU Hong Kong


Oracle VM for SPARC Training at Bangalore


Oracle Solaris 11 Training in Bangalore


Oracle Solaris 10 Training in Bangalore


Oracle Solaris 11 Training in Delhi


MySQL training Programs at Kochi, Kerala.


Attending Ofir Leitner's Pilot teach on Java ME


Oracle Solaris 11 Training in Bangalore

Sad, I don't have photographs of some smart people whom I came across in my live virtual classes on various Oracle technologies:(

Saturday Dec 31, 2011

New Year Wishes - Year 2012

Dear friend,

Ha, finally it's concluding. Pardon me for starting this one on a very personal note. I've been wanting to spend a day harking back on some big changes in my life, both professional and personal. And I think there isn't a better day than today to do so, when the whole world would bring down the curtain on a twelve month long period and welcome the arrival of another dozen months, filled with immense potential to fulfill all resolutions that'd open up today. I am not a big fan of New Year Celebrations, coz just like you, I know it's only a calendar on the wall that gets replaced. All other things in life, almost, seems to stay the same. But this time around I was in need of a checkpoint to reflect and digest on some wondrous events in life that unfolded in the last several months. And so I am happy that an eventful Year 2011 is finally giving way to its successor.

I have had the taste of joy and sorrow, successes and failures, gains and losses, and many other dualities of existence in the year that's passing by. Tell me if you know someone who had a different pattern in their life. It'd be foolish of me to expect the coming year to offer me only roses all the way, but I would certainly wish to have a life filled with many positive moments in the New Year that's marching in. I wish and hope the same for you as well.

In the Year 2011 that's to become history in a few hours from now, if I've hit the Losada Line most part of the year, that's solely because of some wonderful human relationships. I don't believe I've any better asset than the people who have connected with me through one channel or the other. And so the main reason to show up, just like every year on this day, is to express my deep felt gratitude to you for being there for me and for helping me stay positive, one way or the other. Thank you .

Also, I wish you good luck with the list of resolutions that you've prepared yourself for the coming year and pray you don't fall prey to the events that'd fall on January 16 2012, Monday.

Wishing you a good Year 2012 ahead...

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