Sample AWS Lambda Function to Monitor Oracle Database

I wrote a very simple AWS Lambda function to demonstrate how to connect an Oracle database, gather the tablespace usage information, and send these metrics to CloudWatch. First, I wrote this lambda function in Python and then I had to re-write it in Java. As you may know, you need to use cx_oracle module to connect Oracle Databases with Python. This extension module requires some libraries which are shipped by Oracle Database Client (oh God!). It’s a little bit tricky to pack it for the AWS Lambda. Good thing is, I found a great document which explains all necessary steps.

Here’s the main class which will be used by Lambda service:

Renaming Files for RMAN Restore

We usually need to duplicate our databases to test servers which have different disk layouts than production server. So we need to distribute the datafiles according to the disk space and directory structure of the new server. It becomes a time-consuming task if you’re dealing with hundreds of datafiles. Today I saw a PL/SQL script written by Bobby Durrett for renaming datafiles for RMAN restore. It produces required “set newname” commands which can be used by RMAN. That was a great idea and I decided to write my own version to satisfy my needs: