Category Archives: Linux

Building “Ready to Deploy” Oracle VM Templates

I’ve been playing a bit lately with Oracle VM on a few different platforms (ODA, Exalytics, Private Cloud Appliance) and was tasked with creating a good Oracle VM template image for Oracle Linux 7. Oracle makes templates available on eDelivery (https://edelivery.oracle.com) that present you with VM configuration questions on first boot, but those VM templates have a… Read More »

Exadata and Bash Shellshock

There has recently been a lot of news about the exploit revealed in the bash shell.  While the fix is very quick to implement, there are a couple of tricks that are required to install this update on an Exadata environment.  According to Oracle support note #1405320.1, Exadata storage server versions 11.2.3.x.x and 12.1.1.x.x are susceptible… Read More »

Exadata 11.2.3.2.1 NFS Issues – Ksplice Support for Exadata?

When the 11.2.3.2.1 release of the Exadata Storage Server software was released, I was a little excited.  There were numerous oneoff patches for the previous release, 11.2.3.2.0, which was the first version to support the Exadata X3, writeback flashcache, run UEK on the X#-2 systems, etc.  With that many large changes introduced in one version,… Read More »

Yum Repository for Oracle Enterprise Linux

One of the new requirements of the Exadata Storage Server patches (starting with 11.2.3.1.0) is that the compute nodes will be patched through yum.  Previously, the minimal pack was bundled with the storage server patch and applied directly to the database servers.  Instead of having the compute node directly receive updates from Oracle’s yum repository… Read More »