09 May 2008

Moving On Up

Today is my last day at my current employer. It has been an incredible learning experience, and I'll be forever grateful to the man who gave me the opportunity almost 7 years ago having zero knowledge of either Oracle or database administration.

I have accepted an offer from noted consulting firm The Pythian Group to join their staff of DBAs doing remote administration. This new position should give me exposure to a diverse set of client environments and configurations and a chance to grow in this career path and learn from some of the best in the business. I will be flying out on Sunday for a 3-week stint at the worldwide headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to immerse myself in the Pythian way. If I have free time with my nights I hope to finish porting LeagueSite to drupal.

I'll also try to get more regular with the blogging. Things have been a bit hectic as of late.

06 May 2008

Helpful Hints for RMAN Recovery

When you copy your backup files onto disk for RMAN to use for practicing cold-metal restore/recovery, make sure that they are at least visible to the oracle OS user.  It doesn't help to have them owned by root with perm 640.

Thank me later.