As a Mac user I run a local Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL) Developer Day VM that houses an Oracle 11g instance for development/unit testing. I frequently refresh the data in the schemas (sometimes multiple times a day) and do not have a need for snapshots or backups. The number of rows in each schema's tables are orders of magnitude smaller than those of a production instance.
I've had to extend the tablespaces' size more than a few times and I suspect I have improper resource allocation to begin with (SGA, PGA) for the way in which I'm using the instance. I have a similar concern about my sizing/configuration of the VM itself since I'm only using it to house the instance, not for SQL Developer, TimesTen, etc..
I'm looking for recommendations/resources to help me
- Optimize my database instance for a small amount of data in the first place
- 'Clean' my database instance so that I don't need to increase data file size
- Modify my OEL VM to most efficiently run the only thing I need it to run -- the Oracle instance
For example, I have turned off snapshot collection. But I think there are other (more?) impactful changes I can make to help increase the performance and reduce the footprint of VM.