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Oracle details on OCM masters exam
Oracle has announced details on the super-challenging Oracle Database 10g Certified Masters certification, including details on the $2,000 hands-on test:
The Oracle 10g OCM is one of the most comprehensive and challenging of all Oracle certifications, currently held by less than 20 people worldwide.  According to Steve Karam (an OCM holder, OCM curriculum developer, and consultant for Burleson Consulting), the Oracle Certified Masters will be expanded in 2006 to allow the practicum exam for the Oracle Certified Masters exam to be taken in any Oracle field office.
"Real world senior experience as a 10g Oracle DBA is a must," says Steve Karam, a 10g OCM practicum developer. "With the broad range of topics this two day exam covers, there is truly no way to fake your way through the process. Though difficult, if you come prepared and perform well you will be rewarded with a prestigious title that demands industry recognition."

Oracle notes that the Oracle 10g Oracle Certified Master (OCM) exam will cover the following topics:


Server Configuration
[  ] Create the database
[  ] Determine and set sizing parameters for database structures
[  ] Create and manage temporary, permanent, and undo tablespaces
[  ] Stripe data files across multiple physical devices and locations
[  ] Configure the database environment to support optimal data access performance
[  ] Create and manage database configuration files
[  ] Create and manage bigfile tablespaces
[  ] Create and manage multiple network configuration files
[  ] Create and configure a listener
[  ] Configure the database instance to support shared server connections
[  ] Set up network tracing
[  ] Manage Oracle network processes (the Listener Control utility)
[  ] Configure the network environment to allow connections to multiple databases
[  ] Use configurationless connections

Enterprise Manager Grid Control
[  ] Install the Enterprise Manager Grid Control software
[  ] Configure the Enterprise Manager repository
[  ] Create Enterprise Manager Grid Control users
[  ] Use Enterprise Manager to modify a database configuration
[  ] Configure Enterprise Manager to modify a database availability
[  ] Create and manage jobs
[  ] Create and monitor alerts
[  ] Create notifications
[  ] Implement Grid Control and Database Control
[  ] Choose the appropriate tablespace type for the intended use
[  ] Create Scheduler jobs
[  ] Create schedules
[  ] Assign jobs to windows
[  ] Create programs
[  ] Create job classes
[  ] Install the Enterprise Manager Grid Control infrastructure
[  ] Deploy Enterprise Manager Grid Control agents
[  ] Configure Grid Control for business requirements
Managing Database Availability
[  ] Create a recovery catalog database
[  ] Configure Recovery Manager
[  ] Use Recovery Manager to perform database backups
[  ] Use Recover Manager to perform complete database restore and recovery operations
[  ] Set Flashback Database parameters
[  ] Monitor Flashback Database logs and statistics
[  ] Perform a Flashback Database operation
[  ] Configure a flash recovery area


Data Management
[  ] Implement fine-grained auditing
[  ] Create a secure application role
[  ] Grant specific privileges for a Flashback Query
[  ] Set parameters for retaining undo
[  ] Implement fine-grained access control
[  ] Create and manage contexts
[  ] Use SQL*Loader
[  ] Implement transportable tablespaces between homogeneous and heterogeneous systems (using different methods of moving files)
[  ] Choose the appropriate partition method (range, hash, list, and composite)
[  ] Choose the appropriate partition key
[  ] Choose appropriate indexing methods (local, global, prefixed, and nonprefixed)
[  ] Perform partition maintenance operations
[  ] Maintain indexes on a partitioned table
[  ] Create and manage LOB segments
[  ] Apply parallelism appropriately
[  ] Tune memory for parallel operations
[  ] Set parallel parameters


Data Warehouse Management
[  ] Create external tables (Data Loader and Data Pump drivers)
[  ] Implement Data Pump export and import jobs for data transfer
[  ] Implement Data Pump to and from remote databases
[  ] Implement Replication/Streams
[  ] Configure and manage master replication
[  ] Configure and manage distributed materialized views
[  ]
Configure and manage Streams for replication
Performance Management
[  ] Install Statspack
[  ] Adjust the default interval for statistics collection
[  ] Customize the events that are monitored
[  ] Use ADDM to analyze statistics and to identify performance bottlenecks and fix them
[  ] Implement automatic shared memory management
[  ] Tune memory using manual memory management
[  ] Monitor and tune SGA areas that are not automatically tuned
[  ] Implement automatic SQL execution memory management
[  ] Tune the PGA using work area size parameters
[  ] Use the PGA Advisor
[  ] Create a Database Resource Manager plan with directives (active session count, max execution time)
[  ] Create consumer groups
[  ] Configure consumer group mappings
[  ] Manage Services (Oracle Database 10g Release 2)
[  ] Create and manage objects to accommodate different data access methods (schema tuning)
[  ] Use the SQL Tuning Advisor
[  ] Use the SQL Access Advisor
[  ] Gather Optimizer statistics
[  ] Interpret execution plan
[  ] Use SQL tuning tools and features


Real Application Clusters
[  ] Install Cluster Ready Services
[  ] Install the Oracle Database 10g software
[  ] Implement ASM failure groups
[  ] Create and manage as ASM instance
[  ] Create and manage ASM disk groups
[  ] Configure ASM for the shared disks, and create a clustered database
[  ] Configure archiving
[  ] Configure Services with a primary instance and an available instance


Data Guard
[  ] Use Data Guard Manager and DGMGRL
[  ] Create and utilize a physical standby database
[  ] Create and utilize a logical standby database
[  ] Set up log transport services for various levels or protection
[  ] Configure the network environment to allow communication between the standby database and the primary database
[  ] Open the physical standby database in a "ready-only" state
[  ] Perform a switchover operation and a failover operation
[  ] Implement Data Guard



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