Sunday, April 20, 2014

Post-Beta changes to 1Z0-062 exam topics

Early-adopter candidates who are preparing for the 1Z0-062 exam -- Oracle Database 12c: Installation and Administration need to be aware that the topics list displayed on the Oracle University website changed on April 11th of this year.  There were a total of four changes made to the list. Two existing topics were removed and two new topics were added.

  • Under the Configuring the Oracle Network Environment section, the "Understand database resident connection pooling" topic was removed.
  • Under the Managing Performance section, the "Use Enterprise Manager to monitor performance" topic was removed.

The removed topics pose no real concern for exam takers.  If you have already prepared for these, it simply means that you will not be asked any questions on them. Knowing more than you need to is not a bad thing after all. However, you do need to modify your study plan to include the following new 1Z0-062 topics:

  • Under the Moving Data section, the topic "Explain the general architecture of Oracle Data Pump" topic has been added.
  • Under the Performing Database Maintenance section, the "Use server-generated alerts" topic has been added.

I published my study guide for this exam on March 10th, so the initial version of the book has the original set of topics.  I have since updated the contents and re-released the study guide.  People who have the Kindle version of the book should get the update automatically if their Kindle is set to auto-update. There is, unfortunately, no equivalent for purchasers of the paperback version.

You can locate information on the two new topics in the Oracle documentation at the following locations:

Explain the general architecture of Oracle Data Pump -- The Oracle Database Utilities 12c Release 1 (12.1) manual contains the following section on Data Pump architecture: Overview of Oracle Data Pump

Use server-generated alerts -- The Oracle Database Administrator's Guide 12c Release 1 (12.1) manual contains the following section on server-generated alerts: Monitoring a Database with Server-Generated Alerts

Neither of these topics are particularly involved and you should be able to adequately prepare for the information you will be tested on by reading the documentation accessible from the above URLs.