Name: Nicolas de Fontenay

Location: Thailand

email: fontenay at asianet dot co dot th

skype: ndefontenay

Yes. I’m french origin.. But I’m not french. I’m born in Mauritius. I own a Mauritian passport (Proud of it too). Somehow I got some african culture. I play Djembe and I enjoy some african singers (Youssou Ndour and Salif Keita. yes it’s african/europe fusion but still). I’ve moved to Thailand a couple of years ago because I had a work opportunity there.

Background: I worked on Oracle 8i on Solaris5 3 years ago and that’s when I got interested with Oracle. A lot.

3 Years is not a lot. But this means there is more for me to know and also to share (3 years is not that bad too).

I’ve worked on Oracle 8i again for 2 more years in a windows environment but with a bigger structure. Finally I just move from 8i to 10g. The migration in itself is a nice experience that I’m going to share a little on that blog. My luck is that I’m working with some highly competent DBA’s in Paris. It helps me getting more confident in my task and learn more from people knowing a lot already.

I’m interested into: Tuning, Administration and Best practice. This means not only configuring a Database but also get things done the best way. I also enjoy a bit of security at large and love discussing this. I’ve taken a close look to ISO-17799 not only from a DBA point of view but from a higher level (training, mobile data storage location and management, office security etc…).

I’m also very interested in work cultures. I live in Thailand and I have the chance to manage databases in Japan, China, Singapore and of course Thailand. I like to get close to different civilisation. I’ve learn to assume that the way I do is not necessarily THE way to do. It forces me to rethink myself all the time (If this makes sense ???)

This blog is about Oracle 10g and I think it can be seen as a repository of issues I had throughout Asia. Somewhere I can dig when I have something similar happening again. I do hope it will help other people the same way.

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5 Responses to “Who am I?”


  1. 1 Lavie
    January 10, 2007 at 11:58 am

    Hi Nicolas,

    I had experienced some trouble when I changed the sysman’s password. This issue had been solved by OSS assistence. I read the “Changing sysman and dbsnmp passwords – It ain’t that easy” that you place here and that´s pretty good.

    I read other topics in the page too, and I found that there´s an error typing, I guess, regarding the “How to switch between SPFile and PFile” The exemple CREATE SPFILE=’C:\[WHERE_IT_SHOULD_BE]\INIT[SID]’ FROM SPFILE=’C:\WHERE_IT_SHOULD_BE_TOO\SPFILE[SID].ORA’
    won´t create a new spfile from the modified init[sid].ora.

    Best regards,
    Lavie

  2. January 22, 2007 at 7:29 am

    Hi Lavie,

    Sorry for the very long delay, I stopped maintaining this blog for a while because I was having tons of problem with migrated DBs.

    It seems there is a problem with this example as you say because it says CREATE SPFILE FROM SPFILE. It obviously won’t work. try CREATE SPFILE [full path] FROM PFILE [full path]; The opposite is true too. YOu can create PFILE FROM SPFILE. Good luck.

    Nico

  3. April 20, 2007 at 4:01 am

    Hi Nico,

    i’m just abt to finish my course in Oracle 10g and hopefully take the OCA exam. I will be looking up your blog quite often. i hope you don’t mind me adding you to my skype list.i will appear as ‘nana’.that’s my 1st name…..thanx for your answer to shutting down my lab database.still doing some labs to prepare me for the exams and future jobs….

  4. May 10, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Nico!
    I read a lot of your articles and want more!
    Please, could you find a couple of minutes/hours to write some more good articles?

    Kind regards from Vienna

  5. June 13, 2010 at 7:55 am

    i’m just abt to finish my course in Oracle 10g and hopefully take the OCA exam. I will be looking up your blog quite often. i hope you don’t mind me adding you to my skype list.i will appear as ‘nana’.that’s my 1st name…..thanx for your answer to shutting down my lab database.still doing some labs to prepare me for the exams and future jobs….
    +1


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