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Oracle DBA Training Class

A five-day on-site Oracle DBA Training Course

© 2007-2016 by Burleson Corporation

This course is taught at your Company site with up to 20 students. 

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Key Features

* Learn Oracle DBA Concepts.

* Employ Network and file Administration.

* Use Oracle Object Management.

* Understand Oracle Object Administration.

* Learn Oracle security and user management.


Course Description

This Oracle DBA training course is an intensive 5-day course is designed to provide Oracle professionals with an in-depth understanding of the DBA features of Oracle, specific Oracle concepts and knowledge required for the OCP exam, and tips and techniques for passing the Oracle OCP exam on your first attempt.

Broad in scope, this course covers all of the Oracle Database Administration topics including SGA instance management, file & tablespace management, user administration & security and table & index management.

exercises are used to demonstrate each feature and the student will gain first-hand experience in the key Oracle DBA concepts required to pass the Oracle OCP exam.  In addition, this course provides sample OCP exam questions and an opportunity to access your overall knowledge of Oracle DBA concepts.

Book Required

  Easy Oracle Jumpstart

Steve Karam & Robert Freeman

ISBN: 0-9759135-5-7
Book Details

  Oracle Silver Bullets

Donald K. Burleson

ISBN: 0-9759135-2-2
Book Details



This Oracle OCP DBA exam review training is designed for the practicing Oracle professional but it is useful to anyone interested in learning Oracle database administration.  This includes Oracle developers, Oracle DBAs, Oracle web developers and any computer professional who needs to understand the architecture of an Oracle database.  The course assumes a basic knowledge of computer programming techniques, relational database concepts, SQL, and basic Oracle architecture.

Curriculum Design

This Oracle DBA training was designed by Donald K. Burleson.  Author of more than 30 database books, Burleson was chosen by Oracle Press to write five authorized editions, including Oracle High-Performance SQL tuning. Burleson Corporation instructors offer decades of real world DBA experience in Oracle features, and they will share their Oracle secrets in this intense Oracle tuning training.

Learning Objectives:

The primary objective of this Oracle OCP training is to provide each student with the knowledge and testing secrets for passing the Oracle OCP DBA exam.  The student will gain confidence in their Oracle DBA knowledge and learn the tricks and traps of the Oracle OCP DBA exam.

Using a proven training combination of intense instruction, practicum and numerous Oracle sample exams, the student should have a firm understanding of Oracle Database Administration. 

The student will successfully install and configure a working Oracle database, create tablespaces and files, manage security and user access, and create tables, index-organized tables, cluster tables, indexes, bitmap indexes, function-based indexes and bitmap join indexes.  The students will also master Oracle data dictionary internals and understand how to monitor Oracle with the v$ and DBA views.

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DAY 1 – Architecture & Configuration

1-1: Overview of Oracle DBA tasks

• Oracle as a flexible, complex & robust RDBMS
• The evolution of hardware and the relation to Oracle
• Different DBA job roles (VP of DBA, developer DBA, production DBA, database babysitter)
• The changing job role of the Oracle DBA
• Environment management (network, CPU, disk and RAM)
• Instance management (managing SGA regions)
• Oracle table and index management

1-2: Instance Architecture

• Instance vs. database
• Components of an instance
• Creating the OFA file structure ($DBA, bdump, udump, pfile)

1-3: Oracle Instance Internals

• SGA vs. PGA
• Background processes
• Interfaces with server and disk I/O subsystem

1-4: Using SQL*Plus for DBA management

• Connecting and executing SQL
• Using the “as sysdba” syntax
• Overview of SQL*Plus DBA commands (startup, etc.)

1-5: Control file, UNDO and REDO management

• Explaining the use of control files
• Listing the Contents of the control File
• File locations for control Files
• Obtaining Control File Information
• Listing control file contents
• Displaying and Creating Undo segments
• Altering Undo Segments
• Determining the Number and Size of Undo segments
• Understanding flashback technology
• Troubleshooting Undo – snapshot too old
• Redo log concepts for recovery
• Online redo log (log_buffer) online redo logs and archived redo logs
• Oracle ARCH and LGWR background processes
• Redo log dictionary queries
• Redo log switch frequency and performance
• Multiplexing the Online Redo Log Files
• Archiving the Oracle Redo Logs
• Recovery using the redo log files

1-6: User and privilege management

• The three security methods (VPD, Grant security/role-based security, grant execute)
• Creating New Database Users
• Using pre-spawned Oracle connections
• Auditing User activity
• Identifying System and Object Privileges
• Granting and Revoking Privileges
• Creating and Modifying Roles
• Displaying user security Information from the Data Dictionary

DAY 2 –Oracle database management

2-1: Overview of instance management

• Parameter files (init.ora, listener.ora, tnsnames.ora)
• Rules for sizing SGA components
• Automated Oracle memory management (AMM)

2-2: Initialization file management

• Creating the init.ora file
• Using spfile
• Displaying init.ora values with v$parameter

2-3: Oracle*Net configuration

• Creating the listener.ora file
• Creating the tnsnames.ora file

2-4: Data buffer configuration & sizing

• Inside the Oracle data buffers
• Using the KEEP pool
• Monitoring buffer effectiveness
• Using multiple blocksizes (multiple buffer pools)
2-5: Shared pool and PGA configuration & Sizing

• Shared pool concepts and components
• Understanding the library cache
• Relieving shared pool contention
• Overview of PGA for sorting and hash joins
• Using sort_area_size, hash_area_size and pga_aggregate_target
2-6: Troubleshooting network connectivity

• Verifying network connectivity with ping and tnsping
• Testing database links

Day 3 – Oracle object management

3-1: Oracle tables, views and materialized views

• Types of Oracle tables (regular, IOT, sorted hash clusters, nested tables)
• Oracle Views
• Oracle materialized views

3-2: Oracle indexes

• Types of Oracle indexes (b-tree, bitmap, bitmap join index)
• Creating B*-Tree, bitmap and function-based Indexes
• Function-based indexes
• Finding indexing opportunities
• Index maintenance

3-3: Oracle constraints

• Costs & benefits of constraints
• Types of Oracle indexes constraints (check, not null, unique, PK, FK)
• Cascading constraints

3-4: Schema, File & tablespace management

• Describing the relationship between data files, tablespaces and table
• Understanding Oracle segments
• Creating Tablespaces – using the autoextend option
• Changing the Size of Tablespaces – alter database datafile command
• Defining a TEMP tablespace
• Changing the default storage Settings for a tablespace
• Review of the storage parameters in DBA views (ASM, ASSM, pctfree, pctused and freelists).
• Monitoring Chained rows (fetch continued rows)
• Monitoring Insert and Update performance (pctused, APPEND)

3-5: Database Maintenance

• Reason for reorgs – chained rows, imbalanced freelists
• Reorganizing Tables using Export and Import
• Using CTAS to reorganize data
• Index rebuilding
• Backup & Recovery overview (hot & cold Backups, RMAN, block change tracking)

3-6: Oracle DBA Utilities

• Data pump (Imp and exp utilities)
• SQL*Loader
• LogMiner
• Flashback
• DataGuard
• Oracle DBA utilities – Oracle dbms packages (dbms_redefinition)
• Replication (Streams, multimaster, materialized views)

DAY 4 – Monitoring Oracle

This section explores the methods used for monitoring all active components of the Oracle database.

4-1: Dictionary and v$ views

• The dba_, all_ and user_ structures
• Querying the tables, indexes, and segments views
• Querying the AWR (STATSPACK) tables

4-2: Table & index monitoring

• Monitoring table extents and fragmentation
• Using the dba_tables and dba_segments views
• Monitoring table CBO statistics
• Monitoring table extents and fragmentation
• Locating chained rows
• Monitoring table & index growth
• Monitoring index usage
• Monitoring index fragmentation
• Locating un-used indexes
• Identifying IOT candidates
• Reorganizing Indexes with alter index rebuild
• Dropping Indexes
• Getting Index Information from the Data Dictionary

4-3: workload & trend monitoring

• Oracle automated workload tools
• Using v$bh to monitor buffer activity
• Using v$sql and v$sql_plan

4-4: Instance monitoring

• Monitoring with the AWR and STATSPACK
• Creating a time-series performance report
• Using
• Scripts for AWR and STATSPACK
• Plotting performance data (Ion, Excel)
• Finding performance trends and signatures

4-5: Oracle environment monitoring

• Displaying and managing Oracle sessions (v$session, v$process)
• Using AWR to monitor disk, network and CPU consumption
• Monitoring the alert log
• Oracle trace/dump files

4-6: STATSPACK and AWR performance management

• Installing STATSPACK
• Running STATSPACK reports
• Interpreting a STATSPACK report
• Getting time series reports with STATSPACK
• Finding performance signatures with STATSPACK

DAY 5 – Performance Management

This section explores the methods used for performance management in Oracle and shows tips and scripts for monitoring all components of any Oracle database. You will also learn the proper action to take when any area of Oracle becomes a bottleneck.

5-1: Bottleneck performance analysis

• Drill-down into AWR reports
• Top-5 timed events
• External Server Bottlenecks (Network, I/O, RAM, CPU)
• Network troubleshooting

5-2: Instance Tuning

• Changing init.ora optimizer parameters (index_optimizer_cost_adj, optimizer_mode)
• Managing region parameters (shared_pool_size, db_cache_size)
• Understanding instance contention (e.g. Buffer busy waits, library cache contention)

5-3: SQL and CBO behavior

• Introduction to cost-based optimization
• Changing the default optimizer modes
• Optimizer parameters
• Dynamic sampling
• Collecting table and index statistics (dbms_stats)
• Using column histograms and skewonly

5-4: Tracing SQL Execution

• Using “set autotrace”
• Interpreting EXPLAIN PLAN Output
• Using TKPROF / SQL*Trace

5-5: SQL Execution Internals

• Review of Basic joining methods
• Merge join
• Hash Join
• Nested Loop join
• Advanced SQL operators
• Between operator
5-6: SQL Tuning

• Using hints to improve SQL performance
• Using parallel query to improve performance
• SQL reusability within the library cache
• Table high-water mark
• Table striping and table partitions
• Using indexes to improve performance
• Identifying full-table scans
• Re-writing SQL queries
• Tuning sub-queries

6-1: Oracle High Availability tools

• Continuous availability and disaster recovery
• Quantifying the cost of unplanned downtime
• Oracle multi-master replication
• DataGuard
• Oracle Streams
• Real Application Clusters

6-2: Backup & Recovery

• OS-level backups
• Hardware-level backup & recovery
• Block-level change tracking
• Disk mirroring
• Backup & recovery and RAID level
• Oracle-level backups (expdp & RMAN)
• Hot vs. Cold backups
Sample Oracle OCP exam questions
OCP Final Exam Review
Full sample OCP DBA exam
OCP testing techniques for success
Testing tips and secrets





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