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Space Manager with LiveReorg 8.3 - Release Notes

Release Notes

Space Manager with LiveReorg® 8.3

Release Notes

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

About Space Manager with LiveReorg

Space Manager with LiveReorg® is Quest Software’s solution for optimizing space use and performance in Oracle® databases. It provides DBAs with a comprehensive set of tools for making the most of storage resources. These tools allow you to collect statistics, visualize space use, detect space-use problems, reorganize and resize objects to reclaim wasted space, create tablespaces, partition objects, and resize datafiles. Space Manager's powerful reorganization functionality makes it possible to reorganize and restructure large, volatile databases while tables are online.

As you manage capacity with Space Manager, you can monitor it with Capacity Manager for Oracle. Capacity Manager is Quest Software's solution for tracking and planning capacity across multiple Oracle databases. Designed to report on collective space use in databases, Capacity Manager lets you evaluate current allocation, forecast future growth, and identify emerging issues. To resolve these issues, you can run Space Manager from Capacity Manager. Launch points are provided throughout the Capacity Manager interface.

Together, Space Manager and Capacity Manager provide the information and control you need to efficiently maintain and plan your database resources. Capacity Manager uses the Space Manager license and can be installed when you install Space Manager.

Note: Capacity Manager is not available in a 64-bit version at this time and is not included in the 64-bit installer.

New Features

Space Manager with LiveReorg includes the following new features and enhancements.


New 64-bit version of Space Manager

Beginning with release 8.3, Space Manager is now available in a 64-bit version, as well as a 32-bit version.

  • Benefits of 64-bit Space Manager. Use the 64-bit version of Space Manager to take advantage of performance benefits in a 64-bit environment.
  • Installation. Select the 64-bit set up program (installer) to install 64-bit Space Manager.
  • Oracle client. The bitness/architecture of the Oracle client used by Space Manager must match the bitness/architecture of the Space Manager application. Ensure a 64-bit Oracle client is installed if you intend to use the 64-bit version of Space Manager.
  • Side-by-side installation. Space Manager 8.3 (or later) supports side-by-side installation of versions with different bitness/architecture as long as they are also different releases (e.g., 8.2 and 8.3).

Window tabs identify the associated connection

  • Window tabs now display the connection profile name for the database connection associated with the window. In addition, an informative tool tip displays additional connection information.

Reorg Manager

Instruct Space Manager to use FsCopy/DataPump

For special situations, you can now instruct Space Manager to use only FsCopy or only DataPump as the data movement method. If the database is Oracle 9, 10, or 11, the Reorg Manager allows you to specify FsCopy. If the database is Oracle 12, the Reorg Manager allows you to specify DataPump.

When to use the FsCopy/DataPump option

Selecting the Use FsCopy or Use DataPump option is recommended only for tables that would otherwise get a "snapshot too old" error during table copy. FsCopy and DataPump are not the most efficient data movement methods and should be selected only for large tables where table copy may cause a "snapshot too old" Oracle error.

Important: Because FsCopy and DataPump use the file system to store a copy of the table, make sure that the file system is prepared and the QSA parameter WORKDIR is set correctly. If using FsCopy, make sure the QSA parameter OVERFLOW_DIR_## is also set correctly.

What is Space Manager FsCopy? FsCopy uses an import and export process to move data. It is one of the actions included in the Space Manager FastCopy data movement method.

How to use this feature:

  • To use only FsCopy/DataPump, on the Select Reorganization Method page of the Reorg Manager select either Use FsCopy or Use DataPump, depending on the Oracle version.
  • If this option is selected. If selected, FsCopy/DataPump is used for all tables that are supported for this method. Tables that are not supported are excluded from reorganization.
  • If this option is cleared. (Recommended) If the option check box is cleared, Space Manager automatically selects the most efficient data movement method, either SQL or FastCopy/DataPump, to use for each object to be reorganized.
  • To allow Space Manager to automatically script the most appropriate data movement method, clear this option check box. This would be the most inclusive strategy.
  • To reorganize objects that are not supported for FsCopy or DataPump, clear this option check box and allow the Reorg Manager to select the most appropriate data movement method.

Oracle 12c Support

This release of Space Manager now supports the following Oracle database 12c features.

  • Attribute clustering (attribute-clustered tables)
  • Tables with in-memory column store
  • Temporal validity for tables

Reorg scripts. New options supporting 12c features in Reorg scripts.

  • Attribute clustering. In the Reorg wizards, you can now apply attribute clustering or modify existing clustering options for reorganized tables.
  • In-Memory Column Store. In the Reorg wizards, you can now enable or modify In-Memory Column Store options for reorganized objects/segments.

Note: Space Manager does not support Oracle database releases later than


Reorder databases in Explorer tree-list

  • You can now reorder databases within the Explorer tree-list. Drag and drop a database name to move it up or down the list.

Oracle 12c PDB. Oracle 12c pluggable (PDB) databases are now nested under the 12c container (CDB) database in the Explorer tree-list.

Advanced Search

This release includes a new Advanced Search feature in the Explorer. The advanced search allows you to use multiple search criteria to find objects or filter the list. This is useful when you want to find a diverse set of objects to include in one reorganization script group.

  1. In the Explorer tree-list, select the database in which you want to search. To limit your search to one tablespace, select the tablespace.
  2. Click the Advanced button beside the Search box in the Explorer window to open the Advanced Search window.
  3. Use the fields provided to create one or more conditions to use as your search criteria. Select an operator and then select or enter a value for each applicable field.
  4. After specifying search criteria, click Start New Search. Result are displayed in the lower pane.
  5. Click the Show search text button to display the text of your search conditions.
  6. Add additional criteria and click Start New Search to refine your search.
  7. You can add to your current search results by adding new criteria and then selecting Add to results from the Search drop-down list. Or select Remove from results to remove results matching the new criteria.

Scripts/Job Monitor

Display latest execution logs for a script group

  • You can now display the execution logs for all scripts in a group in one window. The latest log for each script in the group is displayed.
  • To display the latest script group logs, select a script group from the list in the Job Monitor. Right-click the group and select Retrieve Script Group Logs.

Cancel and Clean Up command

  • In the Scripts/Job Monitor, the right-click menu includes a new command, Cancel and Clean Up. This new command cancels the script and then performs a Clean Up action. Use this command only in cases where you would normally initiate the Cancel and the Clean Up commands in sequence.

Resolved Issues

The following is a list of issues addressed in this release.

Feature Enhancement / Resolved Issue Defect ID
Reorg Manager Improved performance when the analysis option "Restore original statistics in data dictionary for the CBO" is selected on the Scripting Options page of the Reorg Manager. SPC-241
Scripts/Job Monitor When deleting a script group, if the Detail pane is open, the list of scripts no longer persists in the Details pane after the group is deleted. SPC-122
SQL Editor Corrected an issue that caused an "access violation" error when attempting to edit a very large script or enter characters very quickly. SPC-243
SQL Editor Corrected an issue that caused Space Manager to become unresponsive when attempting to run a SELECT statement containing duplicate column names. SPC-244

Known Issues

Known Issues and Considerations

The following is a list of issues known to exist at the time of this release.

Feature Known Issue and Workaround (if applicable) Defect ID

Some wizard screens do not display correctly on Windows 7 if your text size setting is greater than 100%.


Set text size to 100%.

  1. Select Start | Control Panel | Appearance and Personalization.
  2. Select Make text and other items larger or smaller in the Display section.
  3. Select Smaller - 100% (default).
  4. Click Apply.
Oracle 12c Support

Space Manager does not support Oracle database releases later than

Oracle 9i Support

Tablespaces using Oracle-managed files. When you add datafiles to tablespaces with Oracle-managed files, be aware that Tablespace Properties will automatically put ORA_ at the beginning of each new file name. However, tablespaces using Oracle-managed files can only have one datafile named ORA_%. If you leave ORA_ in place for a new file, the following error will occur when you run the script to add it.

“ORA-01276. Cannot add a file with an Oracle Managed Files file name.”

To avoid the error, remove ORA_ from the beginning of a new file name before you run the script.

Domain Indexes

Reorganizing tables with Domain indexes. Space Manager provides limited support for Domain indexes when performing reorganizations and warns that you might encounter a problem because of the Domain index. Space Manager scripts the reorganization of the domain index correctly. However, the underlying implementation of the index type may be very complex, and some unforeseen dependencies may cause runtime errors.

Important: It is recommended that you test the reorganization of a table with a Domain index on a non-production version of the table to make sure Space Manager reorganizes both the table and index correctly before you reorganize your production table. 



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