Welcome to my site

My name is Stefan Oehrli. I’m a Swiss electrical engineer working since several years as an Oracle DBA. My main interests are backup & recovery, database internals, database security, infrastructure management and other stuff coming across my daily work as a DBA. On this website I share my experience and some of my thoughts in these areas with you. Among other things, you find my blog, a few scripts, links to some papers and presentations I have written or co-authored, list of public appearances as well links to other interesting web resources.  


Recent Posts

A list of the 5 most recent posts. To see a full list go to the Blogs.

  • 10 January 2017 : Using TouchID for sudo on macOS Sierra
    A couple of days ago, I've received my new 15" Mac Book Pro. So far I'm quite happy. Ok the the circumstance, that I have to carry around a bunch of adapters. I'm waiting for the first projector at customers with USB-C connection. But thats an other story. Initially I thought, that I will not use the new Touch Bar [Read more...]

  • 18 November 2016 : Environment Scripts for OUD
    At Trivadis we do have the TVD-BasEnv™ to standardizes and simplifies the handling of environments for Oracle database and application server landscapes. This inspired me to create something similar for Oracle Unified Directory environments. Although current versions of TVD-BasEnv™ already support OUD and OID environment. I've had the situation, where I need some small and slimmed down environment scripts for [Read more...]

  • 8 November 2016 : Oracle 12 Release 2 Documentation available
    Oracle just released the documentation for Oracle 12c Release 2. It seems that most of the new security features are available as discussed in my presentation at DOAG SIG Security in Düsseldorf on the 18th of october. See docs.oracle.com for the documentation bookshelf. Yet a short summary of new security features Encryption TDE Tablespace Live Conversion Fully Encrypted Database Support for ARIA, [Read more...]

  • 14 September 2016 : Losing the Oracle Wallet for Enterprise User Security
    Having a reliable backup solution for your Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) or Enterprise User Security (EUS) Wallets, is beyond discussion. Nevertheless it can happen that you lose or corrupt the Oracle Wallet. With Transparent Data Encryption (TDE), this is really bad luck, because you can not access your encrypted data. Losing an EUS wallet is on the other side not [Read more...]

  • 15 July 2016 : Oracle CPU / PSU Pre-Release Announcement July 2016
    Oracle has published the Pre-Release Announcement for the July 2016 Critical Patch Update. It's quite a huge update with not less than 276 security vulnerability fixes across the Oracle products. For the Oracle Database itself are 9 security fixes available. Dies ist wiederum eines der größeren Critical Patch Update for databases. It does contain bug fix for some major security [Read more...]