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OCP Instructors Guide for Oracle DBA Certification

Chapter 10 - Ease of Administration

Create and Standardize Monitoring and Administration Scripts

All DBAs have their own set of favorite Oracle administration and monitoring scripts. They find them on the web, get them from third-party books and trade them like bubble-gum cards. They then tune, tweak and tailor them until they fit their own unique style of administration.

It is highly recommended that database administration units create a set of scripts for daily monitoring, hot and cold backups, exports and common administrative activities.  This library of scripts can then be installed on each server administered by the team. Personalizing the scripts should be highly discouraged. Any modifications to the library can be reviewed during team meetings. Assign a team member the responsibility of being the script library owner. The script library owner will be responsible for making all script modifications and installing the new scripts on the supported servers.

Repeatable Processes

Repetition, even though it can be boring, is the foundation for a high quality support environment. If the scripts and administrative process worked correctly the first time, chances are they will continue to work correctly in the future.

Documenting complex administrative processes such as production to decision support database refreshes and application upgrade activities will allow future iterations of these activities to be executed more quickly and with less errors. 

The above text is an excerpt from:

OCP Instructors Guide for Oracle DBA Certification
A Study Guide to Advanced Oracle Certified Professional Database
Administration Techniques

ISBN 0-9744355-3-8

by Christopher T. Foot

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