Oracle database administration for Db2 DBAs

This course compares the most important characteristics of the Oracle database system with Db2. The most important Oracle specifics are discussed in detail. At the end of this course, the participant will have a thorough overview of the most significant differences between Oracle and Db2.


No public sessions are currently scheduled. We will be pleased to set up an on-site course or to schedule an extra public session (in case of a sufficient number of candidates). Interested? Please let us know.

Intended for

Analysts, programmers and database administrators who are going to use Oracle. Everyone -with a Db2 background- who wants to gain an insight into the Oracle RDBMS.


General IT knowledge and familiarity with Db2 -at the level of application development- are required (see Db2 for z/OS fundamentals course).

Main topics

  • The Oracle database system:
  • instance • database
  • Oracle physical object structure:
  • storage • tablespaces • segments, extents, blocks
  • Oracle logical object structure:
  • schema objects • generic schema observations • some object specifics (tables, indexes, views, partitions, ...)
  • Catalog:
  • catalog • performance tables
  • Security concepts:
  • logical vs physical security (integration with OS security mechanisms)
  • type privileges • roles
  • Undo management.
  • Basic utilities:
  • export/import • datapump • loader
  • backup/recovery
  • Locking in Oracle:
  • lock types • 'versioning' in Oracle vs explicit locking in Db2
  • Performance and tuning:
  • explain utility • trace
  • dynamic vs static SQL in Oracle

Training method

Classroom instruction with exercises.


3 days.

Course leader

Kris Van Thillo.