Re: Rebuilding a database server

  • From: Ray Stell <stellr@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Larry Hahn <lhahn_60@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2005 09:31:39 -0500

I'd rather know what the OS patch level was going forward and strive
for a current, more secure level that is Sun recommended.  Making the
two servers the same gives you two, backleveled, insecure unknowns.  I
doubt Oracle will choke on a different OS security patch level, I've
never see that happen anyway.  Security patches are released for a
reason.  Exploits become scripted and in the wild.

Keeping to old security patch levels is like teasing a Rottweiler.
Assuming the data is of value, anyway.  Nice doggy!

On Sat, Feb 19, 2005 at 03:51:12AM -0800, Larry Hahn wrote:
> List,
> We lost the server that we used as our standby database.
> It?s Sun Solaris 2.8 running Oracle We have to
> move it to another Sun server. Because the database
> software was loaded by the vendor for our production and
> standby server a long time ago, I am not sure what patches
> have been installed on the original box over time. 
> I had a thought that may sound strange, but I would like
> opinions.
> I was thinking of using a production backup to ?install?
> Oracle on this new server to make it identical to
> production. I know I can load everything from the /data1
> directories. But what about files it installs onto the
> system drive? I have identified a few files in the /var
> directory, but is there a list of files somewhere that
> Oracle loads to the system drive.
> I don?t know. This may be a really bad idea. But I figured
> it was the best way to assure the two looked as close as
> possible. I would appreciate any thoughts and opinions.
> Thanks,
> Larry Hahn
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