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Book review: Oracle Data Guard 11g Handbook

Posted by Harald van Breederode on November 27, 2009

I just finished reading Oracle Data Guard Handbook written by Larry Carpenter, Joseph Meeks, Charles Kim, Bill Burke, Sonya Carothers, Joydip Kundu, Michael Smith and Nitin Vengurlekar. In 544 pages you will learn everything you need to know about Data Guard.

This well written book begins with a lengthy introduction to the Data Guard architecture followed by a guided tour through the initial implementation process of a physical standby database. This forms the basis for the remaining 12 chapters which dive into redo processing, the logical standby database , the Data Guard broker, using Grid Control, switchovers and failovers, Active Data Guard, the Snapshot Standby, client failover, deployment architectures, backup and recovery, monitoring and troubleshooting.

This book contains a valuable section on optimizing redo transport and clearly explains how to configure both Oracle Net and the underlying operating system to optimize Data Guard network traffic. The Data Guard Broker explanation is beyond everything I have read before and clearly explains how the broker works and which background processes actually make up the broker besides the familiar DMON process.

Despite the fact that I teach Data Guard on a regular basis, I learned a lot by reading this absolutely fabulous book! This is a MUST READ for everyone involved in architecting, setting up and maintaining a Data Guard environment. I rate this book with 6 out of 5 stars. Well done Larry cs ;-)


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  3. Stelm said

    I’m absolutely agree with your review.
    This books is a really deep dive into Data Guard Administration. Every detail is clearly explained by authors based on their huge experience and illustrated with results of tests performed by Oracle Consulting team. Perfomance bottlenecks, implementation’s caveats and other tricky subjects are also highlighted.
    This year I’d visited Data Guard Administration Course (by Oracle University). That lections and labs were quite enough for quick start. However this book is highly recommended to read before deploying Data guard in production environment.

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  5. This’s a great book. After I read your post and Chapter 1 on McGrawHill. I bought/read it.
    Wow! I agree your review.

  6. Dirk said

    Thanks a lot for the review. Based on your recommendation I purchased it and also got Oracle Database 11g Release 2 High Availability: Maximize Your Availability with Grid Infrastructure, RAC and Data Guard (, which mostly covers RAC, but also includes a section on Data Guard

  7. Harald van Breederode said

    Hi Dirk,

    Thanx for the feedback and book tip. I hope you like both books.

  8. Ershad said

    It is really helpful to know that much details about DG.

    But the writer lacks writing ability as he repeats the same thing multiple times as looks like he is writing the book for non DBA background people.And explain very basic DBA concepts also multiple times examples: RTO & RPO.

    As a DG concept writer, he should know the every DBA knows about RTO & RPO who is about to read about DG. Or other wise rename the book as DG for DUMMIES(Non DBA’s).

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