There are three restrictions on indexing and partitioning: a unique index cannot be local non-prefixed; a global non-prefixed index is not possible; a bitmap index cannot be global. Why these limitations? I suspect that they are there to prevent us from doing something idiotic.
I see posts on Oracle related forums about various releases (anything that isn't 11.x or 12.x) being "unsupported". This is wrong. Of course you should upgrade any 9i or 10g databases, but you don't have to.
Matthew Morris (who makes many constructive and knowledgeable contributions to the forum) has written a series of study guides for the OCA/OCP exams. I asked him if I could have a copy of one to review. The result: it's very good. This is a copy of the review I put up on Amazon.
The other day, I was asked how to move a table from one schema to another. The answer, as we all know, is "you can't do that: you have to create a new table as a copy of the old one, or use export/import. It will take a long long time." Not true.
Why do you sometimes not get partitionwise joins? Because the optimizer isn't clever enough. Reference partitioning has many benefits, one of which is that the optimizer understands it. You will always get a partitionwise join if your tables are reference partitioned.
When we launch a long operation, such as a RMAN backup or rebuild of a large index, we can come to despair of not having an estimate of the time it may take. We can even come to think that is doing nothing.
For the progress of a long operation we can query the view V$SESSION_LONGOPS, first obtaining the process ID from V$SESSION. In the case of DBA, we know exactly which user is rebuilding the index, so we can simplify it into a single query.