always remember

Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool... Make something
idiot proof, and the world will simply make a bigger idiot.

How To: Configure multiple VLAN interfaces in SolusVM

There may be times when you wish to give VM’s on one of your SolusVM nodes access to IP resrouces that are segmented into discrete VLAN’s at network level. If this is the case, you need to create network bridge interfaces on the node, and suply them with your VLAN interfaces. This is explained below.

  1. Configure the base interface, in this example, we ahve trunked eno2 with vlan’s 220 and 221, as we have group of VM’s that require to bind IP’s within this VLAN.
  2. [root@solus-node01]# cat ifcfg-eno2
  3. Configure your VLAN sub interfaces, note that we designate each interface to its own new bridge interface, this is required.
  4. Read On… ->

dave / October 24, 2018 / Code, Guide

OGG-00730 – No minimum Supplemental Logging is enabled

This issue was encountered whilst shipping an Oracle 12c schema to an MSSQL Server 2014 instance using OGG 12.3.

During the Change Data Capture configuration and EXTRACT setup and start processes, you may find your EXTRACT abends with:

OGG-00730  No minimum supplemental logging is enabled.

There are 2 reasons this may occur, the first is that you actually don’t have any supplemental logging enabled… The second is a documented Oracle bug, in which the GoldenGate process detects the presence of LOG DATA, but reports back on it incorrectly. Both scenarios are explained below.


SQL> SELECT force_logging, supplemental_log_data_min FROM v$database;

------------------------- --------
NO                        NO


In this case, there is no logging, so OGG is correct. We can enable it with:

Database altered.

Read On… ->

dave / July 27, 2018 / Code, Oracle

OGG-01194 – Oracle Golden Gate CHARSET mismatch

When entertaining the loathsome idea of shipping an established Oracle data set to MSSQL (SQL Server 2014, Oracle 12c, and OGG 12.3 in this case), you may run into an issue that presents itself in the following form in your EXTRACT report:

EXTRACT task RINI9001 abended : Conversion from character set UTF-8 of source column <COLUMN_NAME> to character set windows-1252 of target column <COLUMN_NAME> failed because the source column contains a character 'ef 81 8a' at offset 123 that is not available in the target character set.


Essentially, the issue is that you are trying to have your REPLICAT process convert Unicode data into a CHARSET where that Unicode character doesn’t exist. This is the default behaviour of REPLICAT, it will always try to convert source data charsets to the target machine native.


This can be controlled with “SOURCECHARSET” parameter in your REPLICAT task param file. Specifically “SOURCECHARSET PASSTHRU”. Using this parameter will force REPLICAT to blindly import the source data and not try to convert it to the native charset of the target machine.

More information on SOURCECHARSET here

dave / July 26, 2018 / Code, Oracle

Monitor Pending Connections – Zen/Zevenet Load Balancers

In my working environment, we use (rather extensively) ZenLB (or as they are now know, Zevenet) Load Balancers. In production systems, sometimes the back-ends of an infrastructure, or the “real servers” behind the load balancers, can become unresponsive for whatever reason. A typical one that I see quite often is when using clustered MS Exchange Client Access servers behind a load balanced pool. IIS may lock up on one or multiple CAS’s causing the connections coming in from clients to be stored at LB level as “pending”.

This is fine, but in my experience, once the Zevenet LB racks up 1500+ pending connections on one of its farms, it quickly exhausts it’s available memory.

The following check is called by the Nagios NRPE agent installed locally on the LB (It’s just Debian 8 afterall)

# ZenLB Pending/Established Connection Tracking v1.0 - Dave Byrne
hour=`date +%H`
pending=`cat /proc/net/nf_conntrack |grep SYN_SENT |grep dport='443|80' |wc -l`
established=`cat /proc/net/nf_conntrack |grep ESTABLISHED |grep dport='443|80' |wc -l`

if [ $pending -gt 5 ]
      printf "CRITICAL - Pending connections above threshold! Pending: $pending -- Established: $establishedn"
   exit 2
elif [ $established -eq 0 ] && [ $hour -ge 8 ] && [ $hour -le 23 ];
      printf "CRITICAL - No established connections! Pending: $pending -- Established: $establishedn"
   exit 2
      printf "OK - Pending connections at acceptable level. Pending: $pending -- Established: $establishedn"
   exit 0

The check will go CRITICAL if pending connections across ANY of the farms goes above 5. It will also go CRITICAL is the established connections drops to 0 (probably bad). But I have limited this to a certain time frame, as I appreciate that there may well be 0 established connections at 4am!!


dave / August 21, 2017 / Code, Nagios Monitoring

dave / July 27, 2016 / Code, Linux Bash, Nagios Monitoring

dave / April 6, 2016 / Code, Nagios Monitoring