Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Incident Analysis using ASH Data
Craig Shallahamer, Co-owner

This is a true story. Out of nowhere, the OEM Activity Monitor shows an ominous 200 session 5 minute spike but the phone doesn't ring. The users are silent but management is freaking out. They want to know why the incident occurred, will it happen again, what can be done so it doesn't happen again, when did the issue really begin and end, and how many users were affected.

An Oracle time based analysis (DB Time) did not work. The five minute incident mixed with the 60 minute instance level summarization was undetectable. Active session history (ASH) data was available but the volume of data would make sifting through the data tedious and overwhelming. The proverbial needle in the haystack.

However, there was a way to figure this out. In this session, using ASH data with a couple creative but straightforward scripts, you will learn how to vary the level of ASH data summarization, converge on the problem area and create a session level time-line of the incident. Master this, and management will be satisfied and you'll know you've earned your wage that day.

Craig is a long time Oracle DBA (1989) who specializes in Oracle database performance and started the website in 1995. Craig is also an Oracle ACE Director, performance researcher and blogger, consultant, author of two books (Oracle Performance Firefighting, Forecasting Oracle Performance), an enthusiastic conference speaker, and a passionate teacher to thousands of Oracle professionals in 30 countries. He is the founder and president of OraPub, creator of the performance analysis tool, Stori, and clearly pushes the teaching envelope with his online seminars! His blog, A Wider View, is where to find his most recent public performance research.

Craig grew up in Arcadia, CA and is an economics and management information systems graduate from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (where he met his lovely wife, Katrina). He enjoys riding his Honda VFR 800 Interceptor on the winding roads of Oregon. He can be contacted at, @CShallahamer, LinkedIn and Xing.

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