Posting Code Blocks with your free WordPress Blog

February 27, 2015

Please visit https://en.support.wordpress.com/code/posting-source-code/ for detailed information about how to post source code blocks with your free wordpress.com blog.
A tip from me: Have a look at the source code of wordpress support page opened ;) you “MAY” get more ideas. Okay I didn’t say that!
Let us look at some samples:

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Will produce the below, syntax highlighted code block for you

your code here

2

Refer the above image, the usage of additional tags within the code tag will syntax highlight a short VB script, avoiding the gutter (line numbers)

Public Class Form1
Private Sub Button2_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles Button2.Click
        Dim xmlFile As XmlReader
        xmlFile = XmlReader.Create("MyVMS.xml", New XmlReaderSettings())
        Dim ds As New DataSet
        ds.ReadXml(xmlFile)
        DataGridView1.DataSource = ds.Tables(0)
        DataGridView1.Columns(0).HeaderText = "Id"
        DataGridView1.Columns(1).HeaderText = "VM Name"
        DataGridView1.Columns(2).HeaderText = "Shutoff Mode"
  
    End Sub
End Class

Avoid leaving spaces between tags inside “code” tag, as doing so could totally mess-up the code blocks. Just put everything tightly spaced like following

language=”VB” gutter=”false”, there are no spaces between language & = or = & the opening ”

The language (or lang) parameter controls how the code is syntax highlighted. The following languages are supported:

  • actionscript3
  • bash
  • clojure
  • coldfusion
  • cpp
  • csharp
  • css
  • delphi
  • erlang
  • fsharp
  • diff
  • groovy
  • html
  • javascript
  • java
  • javafx
  • matlab (keywords only)
  • objc
  • perl
  • php
  • text
  • powershell
  • python
  • r
  • ruby
  • scala
  • sql
  • vb
  • xml

If the language parameter is not set, it will default to “text” (no syntax highlighting).

Code in between the source code tags will automatically be encoded for display, you don’t need to worry about HTML entities or anything.

Configuration Parameters

The shortcodes also accept a variety of configuration parameters that you may use to customize the output. All are completely optional.

  • autolinks (true/false) — Makes all URLs in your posted code clickable. Defaults to true.
  • collapse (true/false) — If true, the code box will be collapsed when the page loads, requiring the visitor to click to expand it. Good for large code posts. Defaults to false.
  • firstline (number) — Use this to change what number the line numbering starts at. It defaults to 1.
  • gutter (true/false) — If false, the line numbering on the left side will be hidden. Defaults to true.
  • highlight (comma-seperated list of numbers) — You can list the line numbers you want to be highlighted. For example “4,7,19”.
  • htmlscript (true/false) — If true, any HTML/XML in your code will be highlighted. This is useful when you are mixing code into HTML, such as PHP inside of HTML. Defaults to false and will only work with certain code languages.
  • light (true/false) — If true, the gutter (line numbering) and toolbar (see below) will be hidden. This is helpful when posting only one or two lines of code. Defaults to false.
  • padlinenumbers (true/false/integer) — Allows you to control the line number padding. true will result in automatic padding, false will result in no padding, and entering a number will force a specific amount of padding.
  • title (string) — Set a label for your code block. Can be useful when combined with the collapse parameter.

regards,

rajesh


Windows7bugs | Script Copying Instructions

November 9, 2014

Hello guys

Once in a while we receive complaints about scripts copied from our blog causing issues. We regret those issues and apologizing to everyone who suffered due to. Our blog is totally free until date and unfortunately, different browsers behave differently while parsing the code tags.

We were using

 [ code ] [ /code ]

tag for long time, found that few scripts getting totally messed up with double quotes being showsn and &quote etc. This has forced us to start using

[ sourcecode ] [ /sourcecode ] 

and realized if we have more than one block of scripts, the 2nd and consecutive scripts blocks being totally garbled.

With reference to above said, we request you to kindly make sure that the scripts those you copy from our posts are thoroughly checked for special characters prior applied. Especially registry related scripts as such attempts could completely wreck your Windows registry databases.

We hope you read us clearly and continue supporting us.

Regards,


Oracle Database 12c | Admin share

May 15, 2016

Hi guys

While you are working in a very complex environments, it may become mandatory as a domain admin to disable the “Admin Share” from your specific computer (How to disable Admin Share) in order to protect some contents from other “Admins”. Well, it happens :)

While disabling the “Admin Shares” gives you a kind of invisibility, it has major disadvantages also. One of them being, asset collection software failing to read information about your computer in the network. This list could be long like the one provided by this Microsoft article. Though the article was specifically written for Windows XP, most of listed issues are applicable to all later versions of client OS (Haven’t tried with Server OS yet)

&

Oracle 12c installation will fail, and provide you very confusing error messages about unable to read temp location and more. If you come across such an error, do not wait, read our previous article about disabling Admin Share on Windows 7, browse to the registry “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters” & check the value for key “AutoShareWks” Type: DWORD entry and confirm it is not set as “0”. If yes, change the value to “1”, reboot your box and the installation must go ahead without giving errors associated with reading details about “TEMP” space.

Please note, this is just one of the issues & you may be subjected to other issues while installing the Oracle software, especially on a uncertified platform like Windows 10.

Hope the above helps few souls out there.

 

regards,

rajesh

 

 


Virdi fingerprint machines | Oracle database

May 9, 2016

Hi guys

Recently we changed our age old SAGEM finger print machines with cheaper and affordable VIRDI devices & bit the bullet when it was about configuring UNIS Remote Manager software to our Oracle ERP database server.

Virdi openly states they prefer MSACCESS database and other databases (SQL and Oracle)are “supported”, you read it, supported by the CUSTOMER

The FAQ available with Virdi website must be the work of a GENIUS, I have never seen such a structured FAQ with any other products & a wonderful close button that is a page big itself!

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Oracle database setup is done for Virdi UNIS Remote Manager 3.2.3.6

Make sure your UNIS software matches the above version or later.

Default installation source includes a folder called “Database”

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and within the “Database” folder you will find Oracle, SQL Server folders

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Inside the Oracle folder you should see another folder “SQL Script”, within which you will find the SQL file for creating Oracle database elements for the UNIS software. Virdi wants a DBA to carefully analyze the script, execute sets one after another…

I’ve split the SQL into two portions which you can download from here. Please execute the scripts like following

(Please note the attached SQL script for creating the user is not updated, if you are going to use the downloaded scripts, please update the script using the one provided below)

As System or a user with DBA

“UNIS_User.sql”

create tablespace unis_db
datafile 'unis_db.dbf'
size 10M
autoextend on;

CREATE USER unisuser IDENTIFIED BY unisamho
 DEFAULT TABLESPACE "UNIS_DB"
 QUOTA UNLIMITED ON "UNIS_DB";

GRANT "CONNECT" TO unisuser;
GRANT "DBA" TO unisuser ;
GRANT "RESOURCE" TO unisuser ;
ALTER USER unisuser DEFAULT ROLE "CONNECT", "DBA", "RESOURCE";

Please remove DBA privileges once after the initial data migration etc are over! (Useful when you are migrating from SQL to Oracle to carry out different DBA activities ;) )

Once the unisuser account created. Run the

“UNIS_Tables.sql” as unisuser

CREATE TABLE iUserFinger(
    L_UID int NOT NULL,
    L_IsWideChar int NULL,
    B_TextFIR blob NULL
);

ALTER TABLE iUserFinger ADD PRIMARY KEY ( L_UID    ) ;

CREATE TABLE tClientLog(
    C_EventTime char(14) NULL,
    L_LogonID int NULL,
    L_Type int NULL,
    L_Result int NULL
);

CREATE TABLE tTerminalLog(
    C_EventTime char(14) NULL,
    L_TID int NULL,
    L_Type int NULL
) ;
/*
CREATE TABLE tEnter(
    C_Date char(8) NOT NULL,
    C_Time char(6) NOT NULL,
    L_TID int NOT NULL,
    L_UID int NOT NULL,
    C_Name varchar(30) NULL,
    C_Unique varchar(20) NULL,
    C_Office varchar(30) NULL,
    C_Post varchar(30) NULL,
    C_Card varchar(24) NULL,
    L_UserType int NULL,
    L_Mode int NULL,
    L_MatchingType int NULL,
    L_Result int NULL,
    L_IsPicture int NULL
);
*/
--Altered tEnter table script
--Rajesh
CREATE TABLE UNISUSER.TENTER
(
  C_Date          CHAR(8 BYTE)                NOT NULL,
  C_Time          CHAR(6 BYTE)                NOT NULL,
  L_TID             INTEGER                     NOT NULL,
  L_UID             INTEGER                     NOT NULL,
  C_Name          VARCHAR2(30 BYTE),
 C_Unique        VARCHAR2(20 BYTE),
  C_Office        VARCHAR2(30 BYTE),
  C_Post          VARCHAR2(30 BYTE),
  C_Card          VARCHAR2(24 BYTE),
  L_UserType      INTEGER,
  L_Mode          INTEGER,
  L_MatchingType  INTEGER,
  L_Result        INTEGER,
  L_IsPicture     INTEGER,
  L_Device        INTEGER,
  L_OverCount     INTEGER,
  C_Property      VARCHAR2(8 BYTE),
  L_JobCode       INTEGER,
  L_Etc           INTEGER,
  L_Trans         INTEGER,
  L_NvrChannel1   INTEGER,
  L_NvrChannel2   INTEGER,
  L_NvrChannel3   INTEGER,
  L_NvrChannel4   INTEGER
);

ALTER TABLE tEnter ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        C_Date,
        C_Time,
        L_TID,
        L_UID
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE tAuditTerminal(
    C_EventTime char(14) NOT NULL,
    L_TID int NOT NULL,
    L_AdminID int NOT NULL,
    C_AdminName varchar(30) NULL,
    L_Type int NOT NULL,
    L_UserID int NOT NULL,
    C_UserName varchar(30) NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE tAuditTerminal ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        C_EventTime,
        L_TID,
        L_AdminID,
        L_Type,
        L_UserID
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE tAuditServer(
    C_EventTime char(14) NOT NULL,
    L_LogonID int NOT NULL,
    L_Section int NULL,
    C_Target varchar(30) NULL,
    L_Process int NULL,
    L_Detail int NULL
) ;

CREATE TABLE cHoliday(
    C_Code char(4) NOT NULL,
    C_Name varchar(30) NULL,
    C_Remark varchar(255) NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE cHoliday ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        C_Code
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE cOffice(
    c_code varchar(30) NOT NULL,
    c_name varchar(30) NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE cOffice ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        C_Code
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE cPost(
    c_code varchar(30) NOT NULL,
    c_name varchar(30) NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE cPost ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        C_Code
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE cStaff(
    C_Code varchar(30) NOT NULL,
    C_Name varchar(30) NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE cStaff ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        C_Code
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE iCantTerminal(
    L_UID int NULL,
    L_TID int NULL
) ;

CREATE TABLE iHoliday(
    C_Code char(4) NOT NULL,
    C_Holiday char(4) NULL,
    C_DayName varchar(30) NULL
) ;

CREATE TABLE iTerminalAdmin(
    L_TID int NOT NULL,
    L_UID int NOT NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE iTerminalAdmin ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        L_TID,
        L_UID
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE tCmdDown(
    C_RegTime char(14) NOT NULL,
    L_TID int NOT NULL,
    L_UID int NOT NULL,
    C_Time char(14) NULL,
    B_Data blob NULL,
    L_Retry int NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE tCmdDown ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        C_RegTime,
        L_TID,
        L_UID
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE tMealType(
    C_Code char(4) NOT NULL,
    C_Name varchar(30) NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE tMealType ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        C_Code
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE tMoney(
    C_Code char(4) NOT NULL,
    C_Name varchar(30) NULL,
    L_Unit int NULL,
    L_Early int NULL,
    L_Basic int NULL,
    L_Over int NULL,
    L_Night int NULL,
    L_Holi int NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE tMoney ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        C_Code
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE tWorkType(
    C_Code char(4) NOT NULL,
    C_Name varchar(30) NULL,
    C_BasicDay char(8) NULL,
    L_Spin int NULL,
    C_WorkCode varchar(60) NULL,
    L_InoutMode int NULL,
    L_AutoIn int NULL,
    L_AutoOut int NULL,
    L_LateMargin int NULL,
    L_LackMargin int NULL,
    C_HoliCode char(4) NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE tWorkType ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        C_Code
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE iUserPicture(
    L_UID int NOT NULL,
    B_Picture blob NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE iUserPicture ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        L_UID
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE tConfig(
    C_MasterPwd varchar(30) NULL,
    L_UniqueType int NULL,
    L_AutoDown int NULL,
    C_DownTime char(4) NULL,
    L_AutoUp int NULL,
    L_RegSameFp int NULL,
    L_FpNum int NULL,
    L_UidCipher int NULL,
    L_TidCipher int NULL,
    L_UniqueCipher int NULL,
    L_MinVID int NULL,
    L_MaxVID int NULL,
    L_tSockPort int NULL,
    L_PollTime int NULL,
    L_SaveMode int NULL,
        C_PicturePath varchar(255)
) ;

CREATE TABLE iTimezone(
    C_Code char(4) NOT NULL,
    C_Timezone char(8) NOT NULL
) ;

CREATE TABLE cTimezone(
    C_Code char(4) NOT NULL,
    C_Name varchar(30) NOT NULL,
    L_Flag int NULL,
    C_Remark varchar(255) NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE cTimezone ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        C_Code
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE cAccessTime(
    C_Code char(4) NOT NULL,
    C_Name varchar(30) NULL,
    L_Flag int NULL,
    C_Holiday char(4) NULL,
    C_Sun char(4) NULL,
    C_Mon char(4) NULL,
    C_The char(4) NULL,
    C_Wed char(4) NULL,
    C_Thu char(4) NULL,
    C_Fri char(4) NULL,
    C_Sat char(4) NULL,
    C_Hol char(4) NULL,
    C_Remark varchar(255) NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE cAccessTime ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        C_Code
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE iAccessArea(
    C_Code char(4) NOT NULL,
    L_TID int NOT NULL
)
;
ALTER TABLE iAccessArea ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        C_Code,
        L_TID
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE cAccessArea(
    C_Code char(4) NOT NULL,
    C_Name varchar(30) NULL,
    L_Flag int NULL,
    C_Remark varchar(255) NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE cAccessArea ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        C_Code
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE cAccessGroup(
    C_Code char(4) NOT NULL,
    C_Name varchar(30) NULL,
    L_Flag int NULL,
    C_Remark varchar(255) NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE cAccessGroup ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        C_Code
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE iAccessGroup(
    C_Code char(4) NOT NULL,
    L_Type int NOT NULL,
    C_AccessCode char(4) NOT NULL
) ;

CREATE TABLE tUser(
    L_ID int NOT NULL,
    C_Name varchar(30) NULL,
    C_Unique varchar(20) NULL,
    L_Type int NULL,
    C_RegDate char(14) NULL,
    L_OptDateLimit int NULL,
    C_DateLimit char(16) NULL,
    L_AccessType int NULL,
    C_Password varchar(8) NULL,
    L_Identify int NULL,
    L_VerifyLevel int NULL,
    C_AccessGroup char(4) NULL,
    C_PassbackStatus char(4) NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE tUser ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        L_ID
    )
;
CREATE TABLE tEmploye(
    L_UID int NOT NULL,
    C_IncludeDate char(8) NULL,
    C_RetiredDate char(8) NULL,
    C_Office varchar(30) NULL,
    C_Post varchar(30) NULL,
    C_Staff varchar(30) NULL,
    C_Authority char(4) NULL,
    C_Work char(4) NULL,
    C_Money char(4) NULL,
    C_Meal char(4) NULL,
    C_Phone varchar(255) NULL,
    C_Email varchar(255) NULL,
    C_Address varchar(255) NULL,
    C_Remark varchar(255) NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE tEmploye ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        L_UID
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE tVisitor(
    L_UID int NOT NULL,
    C_Office varchar(30) NULL,
    C_Post varchar(30) NULL,
    C_Target varchar(30) NULL,
    C_Goal varchar(255) NULL,
    C_Company varchar(30) NULL,
    C_Info varchar(255) NULL,
    C_Phone varchar(255) NULL,
    C_Email varchar(255) NULL,
    C_Address varchar(255) NULL,
    C_Remark varchar(255) NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE tVisitor ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        L_UID
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE tVisited(
    C_Name varchar(30) NULL,
    C_Unique varchar(20) NULL,
    C_RegDate char(14) NULL,
    C_LastDate char(8) NULL,
    C_Company varchar(30) NULL,
    C_Info varchar(255) NULL,
    C_Phone varchar(255) NULL,
    C_Email varchar(255) NULL,
    C_Address varchar(255) NULL,
    C_Remark varchar(255) NULL
) ;

CREATE TABLE tTerminal(
    L_ID int NOT NULL,
    C_Name varchar(30) NULL,
    L_FnWork int NULL,
    L_FnMeal int NULL,
    L_FnSchool int NULL,
    C_Office varchar(30) NULL,
    C_Place varchar(255) NULL,
    C_RegDate char(14) NULL,
    L_CommType int NULL,
    C_IPAddr varchar(255) NULL,
    L_IPPort int NULL,
    L_ComPort int NULL,
    L_Baudrate int NULL,
    L_Passback int NULL,
    C_AreaIn char(4) NULL,
    C_AreaOut char(4) NULL,
    C_lastup char(14) NULL,
    C_Version varchar(255) NULL,
    C_Remark varchar(255) NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE tTerminal ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        L_ID
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE iCardInfo(
    L_CardSize int NULL,
    L_CardType int NULL,
    L_ReadType int NULL,
    L_TemplateSize int NULL,
    L_TemplateCount int NULL
) ;

CREATE TABLE iCardLayout(
    L_Index int NULL,
    L_Sector int NULL,
    L_Block int NULL,
    L_Start int NULL,
    L_Length int NULL,
    L_KeyType int NULL,
    C_KeyValue char(12) NULL
)
;
CREATE TABLE iUserCard(
    C_CardNum varchar(24) NOT NULL,
    L_UID int NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE iUserCard ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        C_CardNum
    )
;
CREATE TABLE cAuthority(
    C_Code char(4) NOT NULL,
    C_Name varchar(30) NULL,
    L_SetLocal int NULL,
    L_RegInfo int NULL,
    L_DataBackup int NULL,
    L_MgrTerminal int NULL,
    L_RegControl int NULL,
    L_SetControl int NULL,
    L_RegEmploye int NULL,
    L_ModEmploye int NULL,
    L_OutEmploye int NULL,
    L_RegVisitor int NULL,
    L_OutVisitor int NULL,
    L_RegMoney int NULL,
    L_RegWork int NULL,
    L_SetWork int NULL,
    L_ModWork int NULL,
    L_RegMeal int NULL,
    L_SetMeal int NULL,
    L_ModMeal int NULL,
    L_DelResult int NULL,
    L_DelWork int NULL,
    L_DelMeal int NULL,
    L_MgrScope int NULL
) ;

ALTER TABLE cAuthority ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        C_Code
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE cPassback(
    C_Code char(4) NOT NULL,
    C_Name varchar(30) NULL,
    C_Remark varchar(255) NULL
);

ALTER TABLE cPassback ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        C_Code
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE tMapImage(
    C_Code char(4) NOT NULL,
    C_Name varchar(30) NULL,
    C_FileName varchar(255) NULL,
    L_FileSize int NULL,
    B_FileData blob NULL
)
;
ALTER TABLE tMapImage ADD PRIMARY KEY
    (
        C_Code
    )  ;

CREATE TABLE iMapDrawing(
    C_MapCode char(4),
    L_PosX int NULL,
    L_PosY int NULL
);

CREATE TABLE iMapTerminal(
    C_MapCode char(4),
    L_TID int NULL,
    L_Type int NULL,
    L_PosX int NULL,
    L_PosY int NULL
);

Insert into tconfig values ('1',1,0,'0000',1,1,3,4,4,20,7000,9999,9870,10,0,'');
Insert into cAuthority values ('****', 'User', 0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0);
Insert into cAuthority values ('1000', 'Department Admin', 0,0,0,0,0,0,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,0,0,0,0);
Insert into cAuthority values ('2000', 'Terminal Admin', 0,0,0,1,1,1,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,1);
Insert into cAuthority values ('3000', 'Branch Admin', 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1);
Insert into cAuthority values ('4000', 'All Admin', 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2);
Insert into cOffice values ('****', 'Unassigned');
Insert into cPost values ('****', 'Unassigned');
Insert into cStaff values ('****', 'Unassigned');
Insert into cAccessGroup values ('****', 'Unassigned',0,'');
Insert into cPassback values ('****', 'Unassigned','');
Insert into cTimezone values ('****', 'Unassigned', 1, '');
Insert into cHoliday values ('****', 'Unassigned', '');
Insert into tMoney values ('****', 'Unassigned', 0,0,0,0,0,0);
Insert into tMealType values ('****', 'Unassigned');
Insert into tWorkType values ('****', 'Unassigned', '', 0, '', 0,0,0,0,0,'');

If you use the Virdi provided Oracle SQL script, be sure you will not able to use the log monitoring screen as the tenter table misses many vital columns.

Sequence of Oracle software installation

Scenario #1

  1. 64Bit Windows Server 2008 r2 or later with ONE STATIC IP address
  2. Oracle 10g R2 64Bit (You can try 11g or 12c databases,provided you are pretty sure aware of the password complexity & expiry parts)
  3. Oracle 11g 32Bit client, full administrator installation (UNIS Remote manager is strictly 32Bit software & if you don’t have Oracle client 32bit version installed, won’t able to communicate with the 64bit database). A hacked installation of Oracle 10g 31bit on Windows 10 will list the drivers under 32bit ODBC, however I strongly discourage using the driver (2006) as it is not at all compatible with Windows 10. If your business strictly needs to use Oracle 10g database, please make sure that you have either 11g or 12c 32bit client installed for the System DSN part.

As I clearly mentioned, the scripts I have provided are for UNIS remote manager version 3.2.3.6. In addition to it, I have modified the table creation script for tEnter table, which holds the attendance details as per the SQL table structure so that the log monitor part of UNIS remote manager could work. I don’t guarantee or answerable for any data loss that caused by slightly hacked scripts. If you are truly concerned about data safety and reliability, please contact Virdi for support (as if they care!)

(I have tried the same against a 12c 64bit installation, unfortunately, there are some errors which fail to fetch tables after the database opened. I need reconfirm it is nothing related to the case sensitive password or complex password related mess-ups)

Windows 10 has two entries for odbc with the control panel, while Windows 2008 R2 you have to startup the 32bit odbc from the following place (Assuming Windows is installed in default location)

C:\Windows\SysWOW64\odbcad32.exe

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Restart the services (Incase if you setup the Oracle part once after the UNIS software was installed)

UNIS Software instalation

Install the software using setup & and no specific settings changes are necessary to make the software communicate with the Oracle database. Said, there are no settings available with the UNIS Remote Manager to setup the database. UNIS software looks for a system DSN with the names UNIS and UNIS_Temp and if connections could be initiated, works against the available database through the DSN(s)

 

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Try to start UNIS Remote Manager software and if your configurations were correct in the place, should start without giving any errors

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(Check the Master Logon, that will put “0000” in Admin ID and the default password for Admin account “0000” is “1”)

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I have populated the Oracle table tenter with data extracted from SQL table in order to make sure that UNIS is communicating with Oracle database properly.

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Java runtime 1.8.0.91 | Oracle EBS R12 (12.0.6)

May 2, 2016

Hi guys

You could run into a situation after the latest Java client runtime update, your R12 instance failing to load forms, complaining about the lower version of JRE. This is mainly due to the fact that, if your Windows OS is 64Bit, the latest java runtime update installs both 64Bit & 32Bit and most of the R12 environments run against 32Bit JRE.

Internet explorer (the only one browser that runs the JRE properly for EBS R12) loads the 64Bit java runtime by default from a 64Bit Windows OS & eventually the forms will fail to load.

At present the only possible solution to address this situation is to uninstall the 64bit version of java runtime, using “Programs and features” or “Add remove programs” based on the version of Windows you are using.

Hope this helps few out there :)

regards,

rajesh

 

 


It’s been long time!

April 19, 2016

Hello guys!

I know, there were NOT much to post throughout last few months about Oracle as I am nose down into one of the development platforms that I hardly desired for developing business applications.

For me, it was always Oracle forms and reports. The easiest, the most robust development tools for BUSINESS applications which is supported by the ease of SQL, PL/SQL

I am doing loads of research with C# & SQL database, which will be the main technologies behind our next proposed ERP suite. After spending almost 15 years with Forms and reports, I don’t see Oracle is too keen about modernizing their most loved development tools & the latest release lacks loads of features those would have helped to reclaim the desktop based business applications.

Wondering whether there is still room for desktop applications, especially for businesses? dude! there is, and there will be!

 

So stay tuned, I will start posting my “findings” about C#, who knows may be some sample applications using Windows forms or WPF & Oracle database in near future!

regards,

rajesh

 


Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 | Automating clone process

February 16, 2016

Hi guys

A clone is the exact replica of a production instance, against what you do all tests, custom development and patch deployments to insure that your attempts are NOT going to break the PRODUCTION instance once such are moved over to.

How often consultants & users may request for a fresh clone (with latest data) depends upon many factors. During the implementation time, a DBA could be bombarded with requests for cloning almost once in couple of days. Although I am “not a dba”, I have been doing cloning to learn & understand the technology from last couple of years time & trust me, it is NOT at all fun. Especially once after you are familiar with the tasks.

Throughout last few months I was trying to “fully automate” the entire cloning process and made significant advancements with the process. I will share my experiences with you today

Scenario:

We have a cron job initiated by “root” user, starting by 2:30 PM every Friday, that shuts down the application and database after running pre-cloning. The same script makes tar balls for both the database and application nodes in separate files and then copies the tar balls to our TEST instance server.

Logically once the tar balls are copied to TARGET (TEST) server, following activities are expected from the DBA

  1. Stop the application & database instances those are online in the TEST server
  2. Extract the tar balls copied from PRODUCTION instance to relevant folders
  3. Clone database tier, followed by application tier
  4. Tune the database with TEST server specific SGA/job queue processes etc parameters

What if I am too lazy & a scripting junkey who wants to automate the entire activities using shell scripts? The following demonstrates such an attempt

Why not a cron job? ;)

The first step will be, creating auto response files for both database and application nodes. I have already detailed a how to here

ebsclone.sh | This shell script calls a number of other shell scripts to facilitate the entire cloning process

Please note, my Oracle database user is “oraprod” and application manager is “applprod”. If you are planning to copy the below script(s), make sure you change the physical paths, user details according to your specific environment.

Both the database and application manager user accounts are enhanced with .bash_profile values. Hence most of my scripts will not populate the environment variables prior executing other scripts.

I am using “expect”, that YOU must install, if not already installed in order to automate the cloning process. If you are using Oracle linux, you can install expect by issuing the following command:

yum install expect -y
#!/bin/bash
# As a precaution to make sure the port pool is available during automated
# Cloning, we will kill all orphaned processes those were not closed during
# DB, APPS stop

# Kill all processes for both oraprod & applprod users
echo "Killing all processes for Oracle user"
pkill -u oraprod
echo "Killing all processes for Application user"
pkill -u applprod
echo "All processes for both Oracle and Application users were killed"

sleep 30

echo "$(date)"

#Remove the existing physical folder for database files
cd /u01
find oraprod -delete
echo "finished deleting Oracle top at $(date)"
#Extract files for database top from the cold backup archive
echo "Extract database backup file at $(date)"
time tar -zxf /u02/backup/PROD_DAILY_BACKUP_db.tar.gz
echo "Finished extracting database backup file at $(date)"

#Remove the existing physical folder for application files

cd /u03
find applprod -delete
echo "finished deleting Application top at $(date)"

#Extract files for application top from the cold backup archive
echo "Extract application backup file at $(date)"
time tar -zxf /u02/backup/PROD_DAILY_BACKUP_apps.tar.gz u06/applprod/PROD/apps
echo "Finished extracting application backup file at $(date)"

#Move the files around based on your configuration files (db.xml & apps.xml)

mv /u01/u05/oraprod /u01
mv /u03/u06/applprod /u03

#Change the ownership of the folders, so that corresponding users could read & execute files

chown -R oraprod:oinstall /u01/oraprod
chown -R applprod:oinstall /u03/applprod

########################################
#Start the cloning
########################################

echo "Database cloning phase starts now, $(date)"

#su - oraprod -c "perl /u01/oraprod/PROD/db/tech_st/10.2.0/appsutil/clone/bin/adcfgclone.pl dbTier /u01/clonescripts/db.xml"

/root/scripts/dbclone.sh

sleep 30

echo "Application cloning phase starts now, $(date)"

# su - applprod -c "perl /u03/applprod/PROD/apps/apps_st/comn/clone/bin/adcfgclone.pl appsTier /u01/clonescripts/apps.xml"

/root/scripts/appsclone.sh

echo "EBS Cloning completed, $(date)"
######################################
#Optional steps for changing database SGA parameters,
#startup configuration files to spfile etc
######################################
echo "Changing database parameters, $(date)"

/root/scripts/dbfix.sh

echo "Done! Application online with changed database parameters, $(date)"

Now I will copy the code for each script called within the ebsclone.sh script
dbclone.sh | script enabled with expect which will not ask for the apps password

#!/usr/bin/expect -f
set force_conservative 0  ;

# set to 1 to force conservative mode even if
# script wasn't run conservatively originally

if {$force_conservative} {
        set send_slow {1 .1}
        proc send {ignore arg} {
                sleep .1
                exp_send -s -- $arg
        }
}

set timeout -1

spawn su - oraprod -c "perl /u01/oraprod/PROD/db/tech_st/10.2.0/appsutil/clone/bin/adcfgclone.pl dbTier /u01/clonescripts/db.xml"

match_max 100000

expect -exact "\r
Enter the APPS password : "
send -- "apps\r"

expect eof

appsclone.sh | script enabled with expect which will not ask for the apps password

#!/usr/bin/expect -f
set force_conservative 0  ;

# set to 1 to force conservative mode even if
# script wasn't run conservatively originally

if {$force_conservative} {
        set send_slow {1 .1}
        proc send {ignore arg} {
                sleep .1
                exp_send -s -- $arg
        }
}

set timeout -1

spawn su - applprod -c "perl /u03/applprod/PROD/apps/apps_st/comn/clone/bin/adcfgclone.pl appsTier /u01/clonescripts/apps.xml"

match_max 100000

expect -exact "\r
Enter the APPS password : "
send -- "apps\r"

expect eof

dbfix.sh | Changing database parameters like SGA, job queue processes etc

#!/bin/bash
su - applprod -c "/u03/applprod/PROD/inst/apps/PRODBAK_erp-prodbak/admin/scripts/adstpall.sh apps/apps"
su - oraprod -c /root/scripts/dbalter.sh
su - applprod -c "/u03/applprod/PROD/inst/apps/PRODBAK_erp-prodbak/admin/scripts/adstrtal.sh apps/apps"

Finally dbalter.sh | All database alter commands are included within this file

#!/bin/bash
export ORACLE_HOME=/u01/oraprod/PROD/db/tech_st/10.2.0
export ORACLE_SID=PRODBAK

#http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/unix-linux-test-existence-of-file-in-bash/
#Check whether spfile already exist
file="/u01/oraprod/PROD/db/tech_st/10.2.0/dbs/spfilePRODBAK.ora"
if [ -f "$file" ]
then
	echo "$file found. Aborting database configuration now"
exit;
else
	echo "$file not found."
fi

sqlplus "/ as sysdba" <<EOF
create spfile from pfile;
shutdown immediate;
startup;
alter system set sga_max_size=8G scope=spfile;
alter system set sga_target=8G scope=spfile;
alter system set job_queue_processes=10 scope=both;
shutdown immediate;
! cp /u01/oraprod/PROD/db/tech_st/10.2.0/dbs/initPRODBAK.ora /u01/oraprod/PROD/db/tech_st/10.2.0/dbs/initPRODBAK.ora.original
! >/u01/oraprod/PROD/db/tech_st/10.2.0/dbs/initPRODBAK.ora
! echo "spfile=/u01/oraprod/PROD/db/tech_st/10.2.0/dbs/spfilePRODBAK.ora" >>/u01/oraprod/PROD/db/tech_st/10.2.0/dbs/initPRODBAK.ora
startup;
exit;
EOF

The above five scripts should do what they are meant to. Just copy the files to same folder
Change the execute mode of ebsclone.sh

chmod +x ebsclone.sh

and execute the ebsclone.sh as “root” (attempts made with other users will fail the cloning)

#./ebsclone.sh

Prior attempting, please make sure all the above scripts are modified with absolute paths, referring to your existing partitions & other

Download the scripts here

References:

Sample expect script

https://community.oracle.com/thread/2558592?start=0&tstart=0

Linux: Find whether a file already exist

http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/unix-linux-test-existence-of-file-in-bash/

 

Happy cloning!


Line Drilldown in GL Journal Screen Requires User Name and Password

February 11, 2016

Oracle Application World

Problem
One of my clients was complaining about error “You Have Insufficient Privileges For The Current Operation” while Line Drill down from GL Journal screen. Internet explorer version was 6.0.2900 with Java 6 update 21. Oracle suggestion in METALINK note “1106048.1“ is Uninstall all updates on Java 6 which are more than 15. What does it means, Java version should be Java 6 with Update 15 maximum. Downgrading Java is a problem as might some other Application requires latest Java Version. It’s always hectic to explain to the client with business reason. So this option out of scope. Later on I found out that issue is because of one option only and no need to uninstall all updates.
Solution
1. On the local computer, move to the Control Panel – choosing Start/Settings/Control Panel – Choose the Java icon
2. A window opens – choose the advanced tab
3. Locate the…

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Linux LVM (Logical Volume Manager) | AKA Spanned volumes

February 3, 2016

Hi guys

We’ve a EBS instance that totals almost 1TB physical size hosted on a high end IBM server & periodically we clone the instance to insure that the cold backups are reliable for DR purposes.

Recently we’ve decommissioned one HP ML110 G6 server with single xeon processor, 8GB memory that was dedicated for obsolete bio-metric monitoring and reporting running Windows 2003. I thought of using the same server for future restorations of EBS cold backups & realized that the server doesn’t support RAID 5 & moreover the built-in RAID is categorized under “fakeRAID”, which uses the built-in RAID technology, depending upon the CPU for the crippled RAID processing.

Using the HP Pavilion Easy Setup CD, I created an array and to my total disappointment found that Linux doesn’t read the fakeRAID while an installation is attempted.

The above were attempted because the ML110 G6 had 4 numbers of 500GB SATA HDD drives and I needed 1TB on a single volume. My database instance size as on date is 493GB, which would scream lack of space on a single 500GB partition. So I started reading about software RAID, which was too complex to setup with my minimal exposure to Linux. Further readings brought me to LVM (Logical Volume Manager) using which one can create spanned volumes as like in Windows.

Before proceeding further, please be aware of the RISKS associated with spanned volumes AKA LVM with multiple drives

How to?

We’ll consider a fresh installation of CentOS6/RHEL6/OEL6 for the exercises

Source thread (Please, please read)

Hardware: HP ML110 G6, 8GB memory, 4x500GB SATA HDD

Linux installation details

Installed Linux on HDD#1 (/dev/sda), 10GB boot, 4GB Swap, 110G / & balance as extended partition

Now, I am left with 3 HDDs, which are “untouched”, ie, no partitions are made

  1. /dev/sdb
  2. /dev/sdc
  3. /dev/sdd

As I have mentioned, my requirement was to have 1TB of storage for the cloning purposes, hence I chose 2x500GB (/dev/sdb, /dev/sdc)

First I created partitions using “fdisk”, the age old command line utility, even though better structured GUI is available with latest Linux distributions

Login to terminal as “root”

$fdisk /dev/sdb

n (new parition) -> p (primary partition) -> 1 (number of partitions) -> w (Write changes)

Repeated the same for /dev/sdc

$fdisk /dev/sdc

n (new parition) -> p (primary partition) -> 1 (number of partitions) -> w (Write changes)

We’ll use the following 3 commands to create our LVM

  1. pvcreate
  2. vgcreate
  3. lvcreate

create two physical volumes

$pvcreate /dev/sdb1 /dev/sdc1

create one volume group with the two physical volumes

$vgcreate VG_DATA /dev/sdb1 /dev/sdc1

create one logical volume

$lvcreate -l 100%FREE -n DATA VG_DATA

create the file system on your new volume

$mkfs.ext4 /dev/VG_DATA/DATA  #You may use ext3, based on your Linux distribution

$mkdir -p /u01

mount the volume (mount /dev/VG_DATA/DATA /u01)

That’s all folks, I have created my1st LVM aka spanned volume in Linux.

If you are planning to create logical volumes using multiple disks, be aware of the risks. You may lose millions worth data if no proper backups are taken and recovery could be a nightmare!

Not limited to total data loss, performance issues also should be considered, especially when such a setup hosts databases which require faster I/O.

for Windows7bugs

rajesh


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