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Thread: REALLY learning the DBA job

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    I'm gonna offer a suggestion here:

    Go to E-bay.. buy a Used SUN computer and raid box .. it does not have to be a fast or rectent model..

    Install the O/S from scratch

    Install the flavour of Oracle of your choice from scratch.

    create a database from scratch.

    network a couple pcs to it

    set up a client application

    optimize it tune the database.

    set up backups

    test em

    wipe the Server CLEAN

    now recover the whole mess in 8 hours or less.

    repeat until you can do this with your eyes shut.
    devise as many shortcut scripts, backup cds or whatever you need to get the job done quickly.

    Got that done?

    NOW go get a job as a junior dba, learn to play politics, and go make phat bank.

    I'm not kidding. the hardware I'm talkin about is CHEAP now.. cheaper than tuition at most colleges.

    You can make all the mistakes you want in the privacy of your own home, and your stock options and 401K won't be at risk.

    Wish someone had tole me to do that 8 years ago.. whoops.. no I don't, cause it wasn't cheap back then.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    New Jersey
    Nice visuals!!
    Edward Haskins, OCP
    OraKnowledge, Inc.

    --"Live" Instructor-led Online Training for Oracle9i, Java and XML--

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Nice one. !!

    -- Anurag.
    OCP Application Developer
    "Be not afraid of growing slowly. Be afraid only of standing still."

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2002
    "Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?"
    -- Thomas John Watson, Sr. (1874-1956), American businessman, president of IBM

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2001


    Hi Yoda

    Dude i wish Watson Sr was my Boss!


  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    The difficult thing for being a DBA is how good you are on playing politics. It is how the wheel turn in my work place.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2001

    SUN computer

    Nice idea. I have been thinking about the same. But I have no knowledge about sun workstations.

    Does the regular monitor work with sun station?
    What all other things one has to consider before buying?

    I saw one with the following config fro E-bay.
    360Mhz Ultra 5 Workstation 128 MB RAM, 9.1Gig Hard Drive, a 24X CD-ROM.

    Item # 2041448883
    Is it ok to buy this one?

    How difficult it is going to be for beginner to install unix on this?

    Please shed some light.


  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2002
    If you are interested in Oracle9i on an Ultra5, you will need 512MB RAM as a minimum just to install Oracle, so plan on adding a few hundred dollars to the eBay cost to get the memory (do you know how to install memory chips? - pretty easy on the Ultra boxes).

    The 128MB will work for Oracle8i installs. You will also need to get some patches from Sun in addition to Solaris 2.6, 7 or 8 (does the machine come with Solaris installed on it?).

    The disk space and CD-ROM are ample for your purposes.

    Installing UNIX is fairly easy.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Aug 2001

    SUN Workstation


    Thanks. I am planning for Oracle 8i. The box comes with Solaris 8 installed.

    I appreciate if you have any other suggestions.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Post your email address & I'll send you a step-by-step install guide.

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