Did You Know #26 – Restoring Standby Control File

If you read my post Restoring Standby Database, you know that one of the problems I had was that the new control file refused to open the database with resetlogs even though the database was consistent.

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Did You Know #24 – Blocked Instances

Even after years of working with something, you can always learn new stuff. Today I tried to create a standby database using the duplicate command. When you duplicate a database you need to connect to both instances (primary as target and standby as auxiliary) using SQL*Net (and not “/”). Since the standby is in nomount, the listener blocks connections to it, so when trying to connect to it using the listener we get “ORA-12528: TNS:listener: all appropriate instances are blocking new connections”.

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Importing Into Existing Tables

I did some testing with impdp for a client. They asked me to write a procedure to import a set of tables from a production environment to a testing database. The import will include only a few tables, but not all, and will be performed to an already existing test environment that contains a full schema. And this process should be performed on a regular basis, so I looked for the best and easiest solution.

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Impdp Resumable Mystery

Resumable operations are operations that can be suspended instead of failing, allowing us to fix the problem and resume the operation. When importing data using impdp, if (for example) a tablespace gets full, instead of failing the entire import (and force us to restart it from the beginning), we can identify that and add some space to the tablespace while the import is waiting.

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Did You Know #21 – Adaptive Features

When Oracle are adding a new feature to the database, they usually add a parameter to control it. Sometimes, after adding feature and the parameter, they realize that the parameter they chose for controlling the feature is not suitable. It might be confusing, or too general or something else. In these cases they change the parameter in the following version.

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