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Oracle Database 2 Day DBA is for anyone who wants to perform day-to-day administrative tasks with the Oracle Database. Prior knowledge or experience with managing databases is not required. The only requirement is a basic knowledge of computers.

In particular this book is targeted toward the following groups of Oracle users:

This book is equally useful for enterprise DBAs. It recommends best practices and describes efficient ways of performing administrative tasks with Oracle Enterprise Manager as the primary interface.

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This document contains:

Chapter 1, "Introduction"

This chapter contains an brief overview of Oracle database administration.

Chapter 2, "Installing Oracle and Building the Database"

This chapter discusses how to install the Oracle software and database. It also describes how to configure additional databases, and how to upgrade and older version of a database to the current version.

Chapter 3, "Getting Started with Oracle Enterprise Manager"

This chapter introduces you to the Oracle Enterprise Manager and how to use it.

Chapter 4, "Configuring the Network Environment"

This chapter discusses how to configure a network so that clients can access your databases.

Chapter 5, "Managing the Oracle Instance"

This chapter discusses starting and stopping the database instance, and managing initialization parameters.

Chapter 6, "Managing Database Storage Structures"

This chapter discusses management of the database's storage structure.

Chapter 7, "Administering Users and Security"

This chapter discusses how to add and maintain user accounts. It includes information about using system privileges and roles to control user access to the database.

Chapter 8, "Managing Schema Objects"

This chapter discusses managing tables, indexes, and other schema objects.

Chapter 9, "Performing Backup and Recovery"

This chapter discusses how to backup and recover your database.

Chapter 10, "Monitoring and Tuning the Database"

This chapter discusses monitoring database activities and diagnosing performance problems.

Chapter 11, "Managing Oracle Software"

This chapter discusses how to keep your Oracle software up-to-date with product fixes.

Appendix A, "Automatic Storage Management"

This appendix introduces Automatic Storage Management.

Appendix B, "Overview of Real Application Clusters"

This appendix introduces Real Application Clusters.

Related Documentation

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Many of the examples in this book use the sample schemas, which are installed by default when you select the Basic Installation option with an Oracle Database installation. Refer to Oracle Database Sample Schemas for information on how these schemas were created and how you can use them yourself.

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