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RE: Pre-Approved database changes

From: Jacques Kilchoer <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 14:48:35 -0700
Message-ID: <B5C5F99D765BB744B54FFDF35F60262119FC28@irvmbxw02>

How exhaustive does this list need to be?
- Drop unused columns of a table

How about system shutdown / startup? Obviously you don't want to ask your control board everytime you do that.  

Are you also considering any changes to configuration files, e.g. listener.ora, tnsnames.ora, password files?

Those of you with stringent change control standards, or are currently going
through Sarbanes Oxley, may be familiar with pre-approved changes.

Essentially, all changes will be logged to the change control repository.

Yes, all.

There will be a list of pre-approved changes. These are changes that may
be performed without review by the change control board.

These are things that are naturally done throughout the course of the day as part
of normal DBA duties. These changes are of a nature that the outcome is always
predictable, and does not result in accidental downtime or outages, or have other
profoundly negative results.

Keep in mind that there is an assumed level of competence and some discretion involved on the part of the DBA. You could probably perform just about any database operation and cause problems if you don't know what you are doing or act as if you are the only user on the system.


adding datafiles to a tablespace
changing storage parameters on an index or table modifying database statistics through collection or deletion create exports
create backups
online index rebuilds ( in the rare case that it is useful ) Vertex Tax Table loads( yes, I'm stuck with those )

These changes are assumed to occur on active database systems, and are not part of some other normally scheduled procedure, such as a data load.

I would like to add to this list, and will welcome all suggestions and/or corrections.

If it is substantial, I will post it somewhere that all can access it.

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