Author Archives: April C Sims

About April C Sims

Oracle DBA for over a decade...enough said.

Manual Upgrade from 12.1 to 12.2 and all the little annoyances that go along with said upgrade….

Starting point…. Complete Checklist for Manual Upgrades to Non-CDB Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (12.2) (Doc ID 2173141.1) The above Oracle document lets you know what I was starting with….this post will have the highlights and the high (lows). The … Continue reading

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Moving an Entire Infrastructure to the Cloud – AWS & Docker

Come to Educause 2017 Conference in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania to see this presentation.   Visit The following is our abstract for this session: “Moving the entire SUU infrastructure into the cloud with elasticity to scale up or out on demand. … Continue reading

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JVM Controller in FMW 11.x won’t start

This version of the motif library ( is not available on OEL7 or RedHat7. SOLUTION The workaround is to create a symbolic link between the new motif library and the old one. ln -s /usr/lib64/ At this moment Reports components … Continue reading

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Archive Logs in $ORACLE_HOME/dbs

This has been happening over the years but I couldn’t figure out why….finally found this article on My Oracle Support (MOS):  Setup Local archiving on standby to Prevent Logs sent to $ORACLE_HOME/dbs (on both GRID and SQLPLUS) (Doc ID 1271095.1) … Continue reading

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Surviving A Month of Dead Connection Detection Zombie Land!

Timeline August 11th – Switched Over using a Physical Standby on new hardware for our ERP software in about 15 minutes. This was a manual SQLPLUS command-line method because of issues with using DataGuard to complete this task without hanging … Continue reading

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Deinstalling an ORACLE_HOME in 11gR2 DB = MORE WORK!

This is a post about using the deinstall script (it is a perl script on UNIX machines) without some testing on a non-production server. Why? It has the ability remove important database components that may still be needed for that … Continue reading

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