A little History and Finally, an Introduction
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I have decided that now it is time to get serious about getting my 11g OCM certification upgraded to 12c.
It seems Oracle technical certifications still hold a true value in emerging countries, specially performance-based ones like the OCM.
I am writing this post sitting in my chair in Brasil. Yes, I am back to homeland - Brasil after a 10-year-long period where I have been working in Europe and Africa.
I have allowed myself a long vacation, 6 months in fact. During this time, I managed to stay away from "techy stuff" as much as possible. Well, not totally, as I still had to fix the odd broken PC here and there as people still do not understand the difference between a DBA and "the guy who works with computers".
"Seriously, being a DBA can mean, to some extent, that you have some sort of special powers!
It means your mom's friend will most likely ask you to fix any sort of Windows problems, your brother-in-law wants you to configure his TV set-up box AND your grand-daddy may even ask you to fix his TV aerial on the roof!"
Jokes apart, it was good to have this period and I feel I am ready to get back to business.
I have applied for a remote job at Phytian, went through the interview process, thanks to Jared Still who interviewed me. Well, I am not sure I was supposed to reveal his name here though.
By the way, even though this wasn't a direct question, while we were talking he caught me by surprise! As always, one subject leads to another and we ended up talking about the ASM rebalance power... Well, the top notch is not 11 any more on 12c! In fact, 11 is almost nothing on 12c!
Check out his post on this subject as this "small" detail that could lead to big problem if we are not aware of it.
So, while a wait for a position to open in a matching Time Zone, I may as well take the time to concentrate on the OCM upgrade.
Oh, I almost forgot... It seems that if you work with Oracle in Brasil, and this might be true in some other countries too, if you want to differentiate yourself, you have the following options:
Oracle ACE Program
An old friend of mine Alex Zaballa, as well as being an Oracle Evangelist, he's also an ACE Director. When I asked him about the program, He mentioned that you have to devote a lot of time to the programme and for some reason, it is not well valued in Brasil as it is in other countries like the UK and USA. So, what I get from that is: 1) It will be valued as Brasil seems to copy what happens elsewhere. 2) If you intend to move outside Brasil, it is a good thing to have in your bag of tricks!
Oracle Certified Master
This is something that only depends on your will, time and effort. It is something you can do at your will and once you have it, your have it...
According to Alex Zaballa, who is OCM 11g too, the Brazilian marked seems to value more the OCM credential than the ACE credential.
Well, if you ask my opinion on that, I would say they should value OCM more than ACE as OCM means that you "might" know a little about what you do. Whereas ACE may guarantee that you wear an Oracle shirt at all times.
Of course, combining the two accreditations would be the best thing to do. But to do just that, you must love Oracle and you might find yourself wearing underpants with an Oracle logo on it.
Doing an Excellent Job - Experience
Well, this one, does not require many explanations. I believe experience and jobs well performed will always outsmart any credentials. I guess you think like that too! Even if you have many credentials.
One happy customer leads to another customer and this will eventually lead you to success. Well, it might take a while though.
Ok, enough of nonsense and let's start writing about the OCM 12c upgrade exam:
To whom this Series of posts will apply to?
Building your Study Lab
I was checking the OCM 12c Upgrade Exam details Page. The good thing is that, just like with the 11g OCM exam, it details all software and versions that will be used in the test lab. Even though it clearly states that your study lab does not need to match versions exactly as stated in the page, I believe it would be good idea to build a study lab that is as close as possible to the exam's one.
- Oracle Linux Release 6.5 64 bit
- Mozilla Browser, Text (emacs, gedit) and vi editors
- Shell environment: bash, csh
- Use either CLI or GUI environment and tools when available
- Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition Release 220.127.116.11.0 64 bit
- Oracle Grid Infrastructure 12c Release 1 (18.104.22.168)
- Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Rel 4
- Create and manage pluggable databases
- Create and manage users, roles, and privileges
- Configure the network environment to allow connections to multiple databases
- Protect the database from loss of data due to any kind of failure
- Create and manage database configuration files
- Modify materialized views
- Create a plugged-in tablespace by using the transportable tablespace feature
- Create partitioned tables
- Configure the database to retrieve all previous versions of the table rows
- Configure the Resource Manager
- Tune SQL statements
- Perform real application testing
- Create SQL Plan baselines
- Create a physical standby database
- Make the standby database available for testing
- Restore the standby database to its normal function
- Configure fast start failover
- Install Oracle Grid Infrastructure
- Create ASM disk groups
- Create and manage an ASM instance
- Create ACFS
- Start, stop, configure, and administer Oracle Grid Infrastructure
- Install the Oracle Database 12c software
- Create RAC databases
- Configure services