Oracle Net8 Configuration and Troubleshooting
By Hugo Toledo, Jonathan Gennick
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2000
Pages: 408

Net8 is the fundamental Oracle technology that allows Oracle services and clients to communicate with each other over a network. Net8 is most often used to connect client software to Oracle database servers. It may also be used to connect database servers to one another, allowing communication between distributed databases.This practical guide provides the information that readers, especially database administrators, need to know in order to install configure, tune, and troubleshoot Net8. It discusses how Oracle's network architecture, products, and name resolution methods work, and it provides the details of client and server configuration using a variety of Oracle protocols and networking products, including:

  • The Oracle Internet Directory (OID), Oracle's implementation of the standard Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). This directory can be used to maintain a central repository of net service names that can be referenced by all clients.
  • Oracle Names, a networking component used mainly in earlier versions of Oracle, that allows net service names to be defined centrally.
  • Multi-Threaded Server (MTS), an environment in which the client connections share access to a pool of shared server processes.
  • Oracle Connection Manager, a Net8 component that acts much like a router and provides protocol conversion, connection concentration, and access control.
The book also describes the utilities Oracle provides to help manage a Net8 environment; these include the Listener Control Utility (lsnrctl), the Oracle Names Control Utility (namesctl), the Oracle Connection Manager Control Utility (cmctl), tnsping, and Net8 Assistant. In addition, it provides a variety of networking troubleshooting techniques and commonly encountered Net8 configuration problems, and provides complete syntax for all networking files and commands.
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Comments about O'Reilly Media Oracle Net8 Configuration and Troubleshooting:

This book is very well written; explaining Oracle networking technologies in a clear and concise manner. In my opinion, Oracle's Net8 documentation is very poor when compared to some of the other Oracle documentation. Reading this book filled in the gaps where the Net8 manual was vague and unclear. I highly recommend it.

 
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Comments about O'Reilly Media Oracle Net8 Configuration and Troubleshooting:

I give this book a very good rating, pretty easy to read after spending hours reading the technical documents from Oracle NET8 cd. There is a good deal of excellent information about NET8 in the book. Some great examples in every chapter. Net8 seems to be growing and enhancing with every release, books on the subject are somewhat rare, keeping up with this technology is becoming very challenging, these guys have done a good job.

My hopes for the next edition would be the addition of yet more examples, case studies and explanations of those oracle errors, especially for MTS and OID.

Addressing Oracle Networking with some of the industry applications such as Oracle's eBusiness Suite, Peoplesoft, SAP for large scale networks would be a fantastic plus.

John E. Peterson

 
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Oracle Net8 Configuration and Troubleshooting Review

By Jed S. Baer

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Describes everything DBAs need to know to install configure, tune, and troubleshoot Net8, Oracle's networking technology. It covers the Oracle Internet Directory (OID)



This book fails at providing everything a DBA needs to know about OID. I am sorry to have to say that this is the first O'Reilly book which, after reading the appropriate chapters, leaves me almost as mystified as before reading it. No information is supplied for server-side installation and startup for OID, that I could find.

In chapter 6, p. 164 and following, it would be helpful if the figures appeared in the book in the same order they appear when running the Directory Manager. Transposing 6-7 and 6-6 would resolve a discontinuous flow which is currently the case.

Most troubling is that the book tells me to use a domain "orclContext" which doesn't appear in the SuperClass Selector window. Maybe that's a version problem.

The review option of "Wasn't for Me" isn't really appropriate. A more appropriate review option would be "Not up to O'Reilly Standards". Yes, there is much good information in various places in the book, but with the "Covers LDAP" banner on the cover, I expected a better treatment, and OID is why I bought the book.

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