Oracle Concurrent Device Licensing

posted December 19, 2018, 1:58 PM by

by Jeff Stonacek, Principal Architect

Oracle licensing is a very complex topic. To further complicate things, different metrics have been used to license core technology products (Database and Middleware) throughout the years. The most common metrics currently in use are…

Monitoring Database Mail for SQL Server

posted November 21, 2018, 4:05 PM by

Phil Ekins (@SQLPhilUK), Principal Architect

The second blog in this series on Database Mail discussed how to troubleshoot and identify some common issues seen with Database Mail and some options for resolution.

In this blog, we shift our focus to being…

Troubleshooting Database Mail for SQL Server

posted November 16, 2018, 9:20 AM by

Phil Ekins (@SQLPhilUK), Principal Architect

This is part two of our database mail blog series. You can read part one, Database Mail 101 Troubleshooting, here.

At House of Brick, one of our regular interactions with our clients is to assist them…

Database Mail 101 Troubleshooting

posted November 12, 2018, 5:24 PM by

Shawn Meyers (@1dizzygoose), Principal Architect 

This blog covers the basics of troubleshooting Database Mail, and is more tailored to issues related to setup rather than installations that have been working for a while and all of a sudden have stopped….

Patching Availability Groups

posted October 30, 2018, 9:27 AM by

Shawn Meyers (@1dizzygoose), Principal Architect 

In the course of our travels, we have deployed Availability Groups (AG) for many of our clients. One of the questions that comes up over and over again is “how are we supposed to patch…

Using the XFS Filesystem for Databases

posted October 8, 2018, 3:16 PM by

Michael Stone (@HoBMStone), Lead Architect and CIO

Since June of 2014, with the first GA release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) v7, Extensible File System (XFS) has been the default file system. According to Wikipedia’s comparison of filesystems, XFS…

Oracle RDS Best Practices for Backup

posted September 14, 2018, 9:49 AM by

Nick Walter, Principal Architect

I recently worked with a client who was using AWS RDS Oracle for the first time. They, like a lot of organizations familiar with managing Oracle databases in on-premises environment, had a fairly robust backup methodology…