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 ;-)