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Building an Inexpensive Oracle RAC 11g R2 on Linux - (RHEL 5.5)
by Jeff Hunter, Sr. Database Administrator

Contents
Introduction Oracle RAC 11g Overview Shared-Storage Overview iSCSI Technology Hardware and Costs Install the Linux Operating System Install Required Linux Packages for Oracle RAC Install Openfiler Network Configuration Cluster Time Synchronization Service Configure iSCSI Volumes using Openfiler Configure iSCSI Volumes on Oracle RAC Nodes Create Job Role Separation Operating System Privileges Groups, Users, and Directories Logging In to a Remote System Using X Terminal Configure the Linux Servers for Oracle Configure RAC Nodes for Remote Access using SSH - (Optional) Install and Configure ASMLib 2.0 Download Oracle RAC 11g release 2 Software Pre-installation Tasks for Oracle Grid Infrastructure for a Cluster Install Oracle Grid Infrastructure for a Cluster Post-installation Tasks for Oracle Grid Infrastructure for a Cluster Create ASM Disk Groups for Data and Fast Recovery Area Install Oracle Database 11g with Oracle Real Application Clusters Install Oracle Database 11g Examples (formerly Companion) Create the Oracle Cluster Database Post Database Creation Tasks - (Optional) Create / Alter Tablespaces Verify Oracle Grid Infrastructure and Database Configuration Starting / Stopping the Cluster Troubleshooting Conclusion Acknowledgements About the Author

Introduction
Oracle RAC 11g release 2 allows DBA's to configure a clustered database solution with superior fault tolerance, load balancing, and scalability. However, DBA's who want to become more familiar with the features and benefits of database clustering, will find the costs of configuring even a small RAC cluster costing in the range of US$10,000 to US$20,000. This cost would not even include the heart of a production RAC configuration, the shared storage. In most cases, this would be a

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Storage Area Network (SAN), which generally start at US$10,000. Unfortunately, for many shops, the price of the hardware required for a typical RAC configuration exceeds most training budgets. For those who want to become familiar with Oracle RAC 11g without a major cash outlay, this guide provides a low-cost alternative to configuring an Oracle RAC 11g release 2 system using commercial off-the-shelf components and downloadable software at an estimated cost of US$2,800. The system will consist of a two node cluster, both running Linux (CentOS 5.5 for x86_64), Oracle RAC 11g release 2 for Linux x86_64, and ASMLib 2.0. All shared disk storage for Oracle RAC will be based on iSCSI using Openfiler release 2.3 x86_64 running on a third node (known in this article as the Network Storage Server). This guide is provided for educational purposes only, so the setup is kept simple to demonstrate ideas and concepts. For example, the shared Oracle Clusterware files (OCR and voting files) and all physical database files in this article will be set up on only one physical disk, while in practice that should be stored on multiple physical drives configured for increased performance and redundancy (i.e. RAID). In addition, each Linux node will only be configured with two network interfaces — one for the public network (eth0) and one that will be used for both the Oracle RAC private interconnect "and" the network storage server for shared iSCSI access (eth1). For a production RAC implementation, the private interconnect should be at least Gigabit (or more) with redundant paths and "only" be used by Oracle to transfer Cluster Manager and Cache Fusion related data. A third dedicated network interface (eth2, for example) should be configured on another redundant Gigabit network for access to the network storage server (Openfiler). Oracle Documentation While this guide provides detailed instructions for successfully installing a complete Oracle RAC 11g system, it is by no means a substitute for the official Oracle documentation (see list below). In addition to this guide, users should also consult the following Oracle documents to gain a full understanding of alternative configuration options, installation, and administration with Oracle RAC 11g. Oracle's official documentation site is docs.oracle.com. Grid Infrastructure Installation Guide - 11g Release 2 (11.2) for Linux Clusterware Administration and Deployment Guide - 11g Release 2 (11.2) Oracle Real Application Clusters Installation Guide - 11g Release 2 (11.2) for Linux and UNIX Real Application Clusters Administration and Deployment Guide - 11g Release 2 (11.2) Oracle Database 2 Day + Real Application Clusters Guide - 11g Release 2 (11.2) Oracle Database Storage Administrator's Guide - 11g Release 2 (11.2)

Network Storage Server Powered by rPath Linux, Openfiler is a free browser-based network storage management utility that delivers file-based Network Attached Storage (NAS) and block-based Storage Area Networking (SAN) in a single framework. The entire software stack interfaces with open source applications such as Apache, Samba, LVM2, ext3, Linux NFS and iSCSI Enterprise Target. Openfiler combines these ubiquitous technologies into a small, easy to manage solution fronted by a powerful web-based management interface. Openfiler supports CIFS, NFS, HTTP/DAV, FTP, however, we will only be making use of its iSCSI capabilities to implement an inexpensive SAN for the shared storage components required by Oracle RAC 11g. The operating system (rPath Linux) and the Openfiler application will be installed on one internal SATA disk. A second internal 73GB 15K SCSI hard disk will be configured as a single volume group that will be used for all shared disk storage requirements. The Openfiler server will be configured to use this volume group for iSCSI based storage and will be used in our Oracle RAC 11g configuration to store the shared files required by Oracle grid infrastructure and the Oracle RAC database. Oracle Grid Infrastructure 11g Release 2 (11.2) With Oracle grid infrastructure 11g release 2 (11.2), the Automatic Storage Management (ASM) and Oracle Clusterware software is packaged together in a single binary distribution and installed into a single home directory, which is referred to as the Grid Infrastructure home. You must install the grid infrastructure in order to use Oracle RAC 11g release 2. Configuration assistants start after the installer interview process that will be responsible for configuring ASM and Oracle Clusterware. While the installation of the combined products is called Oracle grid infrastructure, Oracle Clusterware and Automatic Storage Manager remain separate products.

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After Oracle grid infrastructure is installed and configured on both nodes in the cluster, the next step will be to install the Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) software on both Oracle RAC nodes. In this article, the Oracle grid infrastructure and Oracle RAC software will be installed on both nodes using the optional Job Role Separation configuration. One OS user will be created to own each Oracle software product — "grid" for the Oracle grid infrastructure owner and "oracle" for the Oracle RAC software. Throughout this article, a user created to own the Oracle grid infrastructure binaries is called the grid user. This user will own both the Oracle Clusterware and Oracle Automatic Storage Management binaries. The user created to own the Oracle database binaries (Oracle RAC) will be called the oracle user. Both Oracle software owners must have the Oracle Inventory group (oinstall) as their primary group, so that each Oracle software installation owner can write to the central inventory (oraInventory), and so that OCR and Oracle Clusterware resource permissions are set correctly. The Oracle RAC software owner must also have the OSDBA group and the optional OSOPER group as secondary groups. Assigning IP Address Prior to Oracle Clusterware 11g release 2, the only method available for assigning IP addresses to each of the Oracle RAC nodes was to have the network administrator manually assign static IP addresses in DNS — never to use DHCP. This would include the public IP address for the node, the RAC interconnect, virtual IP address (VIP), and new to 11g release 2, the Single Client Access Name (SCAN) virtual IP address(s). Oracle Clusterware 11g release 2 now provides two methods for assigning IP addresses to all Oracle RAC nodes: 1. Assigning IP addresses dynamically using Grid Naming Service (GNS) which makes use of DHCP 2. The traditional method of manually assigning static IP addresses in Domain Name Service (DNS)
Assigning IP Addresses Dynamically using Grid Naming Service (GNS)

A new method for assigning IP addresses was introduced in Oracle Clusterware 11g release 2 named Grid Naming Service (GNS) which allows all private interconnect addresses, as well as most of the VIP addresses to be dynamically assigned using DHCP. GNS and DHCP are key elements to Oracle's new Grid Plug and Play (GPnP) feature that, as Oracle states, eliminates per-node configuration data and the need for explicit add and delete nodes steps. GNS enables a dynamic grid infrastructure through the self-management of the network requirements for the cluster. While assigning IP addresses using GNS certainly has its benefits and offers more flexibility over manually defining static IP addresses, it does come at the cost of complexity and requires components not defined in this guide. For example, activating GNS in a cluster requires a DHCP server on the public network which falls outside the scope of building an inexpensive Oracle RAC. The example Oracle RAC configuration described in this guide will use the traditional method of manually assigning static IP addresses in DNS. To learn more about the benefits and how to configure GNS, please see Oracle Grid Infrastructure Installation Guide 11g Release 2 (11.2) for Linux.
Assigning IP Addresses Manually using Static IP Address - (The DNS Method)

If you choose not to use GNS, manually defining static IP addresses is still available with Oracle Clusterware 11g release 2 and will be the method used in this article to assign all required Oracle Clusterware networking components (public IP address for the node, RAC interconnect, virtual IP address, and SCAN virtual IP). It should be pointed out that previous to Oracle 11g release 2, the need for DNS in order to successfully configure Oracle RAC was not a strict requirement. It was technically possible (although not recommended for a production system) to define all IP addresses only in the hosts file on all nodes in the cluster (i.e. /etc/hosts). This actually worked to my advantage with any of my previous articles on building an inexpensive RAC because it was one less component to document and configure. So, why is the use of DNS now a requirement when manually assigning static IP addresses? The answer is SCAN. Oracle Clusterware 11g release 2 requires the use of DNS in order to store the SCAN virtual IP address(s). In addition to the requirement of configuring the SCAN virtual IP address in DNS, we will also configure the public and virtual IP address for all

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Oracle ASM and Oracle Database 11g release 2 provide a more enhanced storage solution from previous releases. The SCAN should be configured so that it is resolvable either by using Grid Naming Service (GNS) within the cluster or by using the traditional method of assigning static IP addresses using Domain Name Service (DNS) resolution. Clients using SCAN do not need to change their TNS configuration if you add or remove nodes in the cluster.188 192. SCAN is a new feature that provides a single host name for clients to access an Oracle Database running in a cluster.168. storing all the data for the clusterware and the database without the need for third-party volume managers or cluster file systems. such as racnode1-vip. not just one address. Part of this solution is the ability to store the Oracle Clusterware files. then you know the pain of going through a list of all clients and updating their SQL*Net or JDBC configuration to reflect the new or deleted node.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. not the VIP name or address.1. also known as the Voting Disks) on ASM. During installation of the Oracle grid infrastructure. Just like database files. At a minimum. the SCAN must resolve to at least one address. unlike a virtual IP. In this article. Oracle recommends that all static IP addresses be manually configured in DNS before starting the Oracle grid infrastructure installation. A failure of one disk in the disk group will not prevent access to the OCR.189 Further details regarding the configuration of SCAN will be provided in the section "Verify SCAN Configuration" during the network configuration phase of this guide. You will be asked to provide the host name (also called the SCAN name in this document) and up to three IP addresses to be used for the SCAN resource during the interview phase of the Oracle grid infrastructure installation. Oracle Clusterware files are stored in an ASM disk group and therefore utilize the ASM disk group configuration with respect to redundancy. With a High Redundancy ASM disk group (three-way-mirrored). and can be associated with multiple IP addresses. independent of the nodes that make up the cluster. namely the Oracle Cluster Registry (OCR) and the Voting Files (VF. If an application uses a SCAN to connect to the cluster database. However. rather than an individual node. The SCAN resource and its associated IP address(s) provide a stable name for clients to use for connections.1. The SCAN virtual IP name is similar to the names used for a node's virtual IP address. the SCAN is associated with the entire cluster. I will configure SCAN for round-robin resolution to three. Clients that access the Oracle RAC database should use the SCAN or SCAN address. Oracle recommends that you configure the SCAN name for round-robin resolution to three IP addresses..168. To address this problem. This feature enables ASM to provide a unified storage solution. For high availability and scalability. two independent disks can fail without impacting access to the OCR.1. With External 4 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .168. the network configuration files on the client computer do not need to be modified when nodes are added to or removed from the cluster. Note that SCAN addresses.shtml Oracle RAC nodes in DNS for name resolution. Single Client Access Name (SCAN) for the Cluster If you have ever been tasked with extending an Oracle RAC cluster by adding a new node (or shrinking a RAC cluster by removing a node). Oracle 11g release 2 introduced a new feature known as Single Client Access Name or SCAN for short.187 192. When using the DNS method for assigning IP addresses. For example. instructions will be included later in this guide on how to install a minimal DNS server on the Openfiler network storage server. a listener is created for each of the SCAN addresses. virtual IP addresses. If you do not have access to a DNS. and public IP addresses must all be on the same subnet. a Normal Redundancy ASM disk group will hold a two-waymirrored OCR. Automatic Storage Management and Oracle Clusterware Files Automatic Storage Management (ASM) is now fully integrated with Oracle Clusterware in the Oracle grid infrastructure. manually configured static IP address using the DNS method: racnode-cluster-scan racnode-cluster-scan racnode-cluster-scan IN A IN A IN A 192.

--------1. The listing does not show the Voting File(s) because they are not managed as normal ASM files. 3.00 GHz RAM 4GB 5 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . no protection is provided by Oracle. 3. each voting disk is placed on a specific disk in the disk group. The Voting Files are managed in a similar way to the OCR. When configuring Oracle Clusterware files on a production system. use ASMCMD: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ asmcmd ASMCMD> ls -l +CRS/racnode-cluster/OCRFILE Type Redund Striped Time Sys OCRFILE UNPROT COARSE NOV 22 12:00:00 Y Name REGISTRY. control files.00 GHz 2 x Intel Xeon. They follow the ASM disk group configuration with respect to redundancy. archived redo logs) will be installed on ASM in an ASM disk group named +RACDB_DATA while the Fast Recovery Area will be created in a separate ASM disk group named +FRA.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. The following example describes how the Oracle Clusterware files are stored in ASM after installing Oracle grid infrastructure using this guide.255. unless an existing system is being upgraded. Oracle Clusterware still allows these files to be stored on a cluster file system like Oracle Cluster File System release 2 (OCFS2) or a NFS system. Instead.----------------------------.00 GHz 4GB 6GB Database Name Processor 1 x Dual Core Intel Xeon. To view the OCR. it only shows the OCR (REGISTRY. Please note that installing Oracle Clusterware files on raw or block devices is no longer supported. The ASM disk group should be be created on shared storage and be at least 2GB in size. Previous versions of this guide used OCFS2 for storing the OCR and voting disk files. If you decide against using ASM for the OCR and voting disk files. This guide will store the OCR and voting disk files on ASM in an ASM disk group named +CRS using external redundancy which is one OCR location and one voting disk location.703024853). 3.255. If disk mirroring is already occurring at either the OS or hardware level. Oracle recommends using either normal or high redundancy ASM disk groups. The Oracle physical database files (data. To find the location of all Voting Files within Oracle Clusterware.703024853 From the example above.shtml Redundancy. online redo logs. The disk and the location of the Voting Files on the disks are stored internally within Oracle Clusterware. you can see that after listing all of the ASM files in the +CRS/racnode-cluster/OCRFILE directory.idevelopment. use the crsctl query css votedisk command as follows: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ crsctl query css votedisk ## STATE File Universal Id File Name Disk group -. The two Oracle RAC nodes and the network storage server will be configured as follows: Oracle RAC / Openfiler Nodes Node Name racnode1 racnode2 openfiler1 Instance Name racdb1 racdb. Oracle only allows one OCR per disk group in order to protect against physical disk failures. ONLINE 4cbbd0de4c694f50bfd3857ebd8ad8c4 (ORCL:CRSVOL1) [CRS] Located 1 voting disk(s). you can use external redundancy.info racdb2 1 x Dual Core Intel Xeon. but are not managed as normal ASM files in the disk group.

168.152 192.1.251 192.1.168.168.1.168.168.168.151 192.195 Private IP 192.shtml Network Configuration Node Name racnode1 racnode2 openfiler1 Public IP 192.168.2.2.1.151 192.152 192.195 Virtual IP 192.252 racnode-cluster-scan SCAN Name 6 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.2.1.168.

This new model paved the way for Oracle to not only have their own DLM. this became known as the Integrated Distributed Lock Manager (IDLM) and relied on an additional layer known as the Operating System Dependant (OSD) layer.2 which gave birth to Oracle Parallel Server (OPS) . It wasn't until the 1980's when Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) released its VAX cluster product for the VAX/VMS operating system. The key benefit of clustering is to provide a highly available framework where the failure of one node (for example a database server running an instance of Oracle) does not bring down an entire application. but made for a complex environment to setup and manage given the multiple layers involved. Oracle introduced a generic lock manager that was integrated into the Oracle kernel. In the case of failure with one of the servers. but to also create their own clusterware product in future releases. click here. If you are looking for an example that takes advantage of Oracle RAC 11g release 1 with RHEL 5. machines.0/gri Oracle RAC oracle oinstall dba. The ARCnet product enjoyed much success by academia types in research labs. By Oracle 7. The first successful cluster product was developed by DataPoint in 1977 named ARCnet.1 using iSCSI. A cluster is a group of two or more interconnected computers or servers that appear as if they are one server to end users and applications and generally share the same set of physical disks. but didn't really take off in the commercial market. oper. is the successor to Oracle Parallel Server. The concept of clustering computers actually started several decades ago. introduced with Oracle9i. Using the 7 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . Ensure that the hardware you purchase from the vendor is supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and Openfiler 2. asmdba. This framework required vendor-supplied clusterware which worked well. OPS was extended to included support for not only the VAX/VMS cluster product but also with most flavors of UNIX. asmoper Home Directory /home/grid Oracle Base / /u01/app/grid /u01/app/11.2. before Oracle realized the need for a more efficient and scalable distributed lock manager (DLM) as the one included with the VAX/VMS cluster product was not well suited for database applications. It wasn't long.3 using iSCSI. the other surviving server (or servers) can take over the workload from the failed server and the application continues to function normally as if nothing has happened.3 (Final Release). however. Oracle RAC 11g Overview Before introducing the details for building a RAC cluster. click here.shtml Node Name Public IP Private IP Virtual IP SCAN Name Oracle Software Components Software Component Grid Infrastructure OS User grid Primary Group oinstall Supplementary Groups asmadmin. The only exception here is the choice of vendor hardware (i.the first database to run the parallel server. and internal / external hard drives).e. it might be helpful to first clarify what a cluster is. networking equipment. If you are looking for an example that takes advantage of Oracle RAC 10g release 2 with RHEL 5.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. By Oracle8. Oracle decided to design and write their own DLM for the VAX/VMS cluster product which provided the fine-grain block level locking required by the database. In later releases of Oracle. Oracle was the first commercial database to support clustering at the database level. Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC). With the release of Oracle 6 for the Digital VAX cluster product. Oracle's own DLM was included in Oracle 6. asmdba /home/oracle /u01/app/oracle /u01/app/oracle/pro Storage Components Storage Component OCR/Voting Disk Database Files Fast Recovery Area File System ASM ASM ASM Volume Size 2GB 32GB 32GB ASM Volume Group Name +CRS +RACDB_DATA +FRA ASM Redundancy External External External This article is only designed to work as documented with absolutely no substitutions.

One of the key drawbacks that has limited the benefits of using NFS and NAS for database storage has been performance degradation and complex configuration requirements. For more background about Oracle RAC. or switched topologies (FC-SW).000. Specifically. iSCSI.2). The redo log files for an instance are only writeable by that instance and will only be read from another instance during system failure. The other instances in the cluster must be able to access them (read-only) in order to recover that instance in the event of a system failure. visit the Oracle RAC Product Center on OTN. Like OPS. the failure of one node will not cause the loss of access to the database. It can be used for shared storage but only if you are using a network appliance or something similar. then the requesting instance can read that data (after acquiring the required locks).DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. Shared-Storage Overview Today. Protocols supported by Fibre Channel include SCSI and IP. At the heart of Oracle RAC is a shared disk subsystem. Oracle RAC allows multiple instances to access the same database (storage) simultaneously. data is passed along a high-speed interconnect using a sophisticated locking algorithm. Each instance in the cluster must be able to access all of the data. See the Certify page on Oracle Metalink for supported Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices that can be used with Oracle RAC. The UNDO. for CR fabrication). A less expensive alternative to fibre channel is SCSI. This process was called disk pinging. Oracle's approach to clustering leverages the collective processing power of all the nodes in the cluster and at the same time provides failover security. on the other hand. RAC provides fault tolerance. which does not include the cost of the servers that make up the Oracle database cluster. You can still use clusterware from other vendors if the clusterware is certified. fibre channel is a high-speed serial-transfer interface that is used to connect systems and storage devices in either point-to-point (FC-P2P). TCP as the transport protocol. Each instance has its own redo log files and UNDO tablespace that are locally read-writeable. Standard NFS client software (client systems that use the operating system provided NFS driver) is not 8 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . SCSI technology provides acceptable performance for shared storage. With Oracle9i. A typical fibre channel setup which includes fibre channel cards for the servers is roughly US$10. By Oracle 10g release 1. however. IBM and HP for production environments. fibre channel is one of the most popular solutions for shared storage. This article. even SCSI can come in over budget. Just the fibre channel switch alone can start at around US$1. you need servers that guarantee direct I/O over NFS.000 to US$5.000 for a two-node cluster. CRS was only available for Windows and Linux.25 Gbps is expected. control files and parameter file for all other instances in the cluster. This does not even include the fibre channel storage array and high-end drives. is now a component of Oracle grid infrastructure. Cluster Ready Services was renamed to Oracle Clusterware. Some vendors use an approach known as a Federated Cluster.12 Gigabits per second in each direction. is very expensive. focuses on putting together your own Oracle RAC 11g environment for development and testing by using Linux servers and a low cost shared disk solution. This guide uses Oracle Clusterware which as of 11g release 2 (11. Oracle Clusterware is the only clusterware that you need for most platforms on which Oracle RAC operates (except for Tru cluster. in which data is spread across several machines rather than shared by all. multiple instances use the same set of disks for storing data. in which case you need vendor clusterware). The data disks must be globally available in order to allow all instances to access the database. load balancing. As mentioned earlier. With Oracle RAC. and read/write block sizes of 32K. which can reach prices of about US$300 for a single 36GB drive. Oracle9i could still rely on external clusterware but was the first release to include their own clusterware product named Cluster Ready Services (CRS). and 4. however. and performance benefits by allowing the system to scale out. Not all database clustering solutions use shared storage. is read all the time during normal database operation (e. arbitrated loop (FC-AL). Oracle's clusterware product was available for all operating systems and was the required cluster technology for Oracle RAC.g. but for administrators and developers who are used to GPL-based Linux prices. When using Oracle 10g or higher. A big difference between Oracle RAC and OPS is the addition of Cache Fusion. Another popular solution is the Sun NFS (Network File System) found on a NAS. but keep in mind that Oracle RAC still requires Oracle Clusterware as it is fully integrated with the database software. Fibre channel configurations can support as many as 127 nodes and have a throughput of up to 2.shtml same IDLM.000. redo log files. With cache fusion. however.2). Pre-configured Oracle RAC solutions are available from vendors such as Dell. and at the same time since all instances access the same database. at around US$2. With OPS a request for data from one instance to another required the data to be written to disk first. With the release of Oracle Database 10g release 2 (10. 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Also consider that 10-Gigabit Ethernet is a reality today! So with all of this talk about iSCSI. The TCP/IP protocol. and most important to us — support for server clustering! Still today. increased disk utilization. the performance optimization of the NFS client configuration for database workloads. Ratified on February 11. These specialized cards are sometimes referred to as an iSCSI Host Bus Adaptor (HBA) or a TCP Offload Engine (TOE) card. flexibility. iSCSI Initiator Basically. and in many cases automate. Through this integration. The first is price. For the purpose of this article. The second is incompatible hardware components. As with any new technology. For many the solution is to do away with iSCSI software initiators and invest in specialized cards that can offload TCP/IP and iSCSI processing from a server's CPU. this is usually not a problem. is an Internet Protocol (IP)-based storage networking standard for establishing and managing connections between IP-based storage devices. iSCSI Technology For many years. When purchasing Fibre Channel components from a common manufacturer. however. This solution offers a low-cost alternative to fibre channel for testing and educational purposes. an iSCSI initiator is a client device that connects and initiates requests to some service offered by a server (in this case an iSCSI target). Today. Like a FC SAN. iSCSI comes with its own set of acronyms and terminology. The third disadvantage is the fact that a Fibre Channel network is not Ethernet! It requires a separate network technology along with a second set of skill sets that need to exist with the data center staff. Fibre Channel was developed to move SCSI commands over a storage network. it is only important to understand the difference between an iSCSI initiator and an iSCSI target. a new feature known as Direct NFS Client integrates the NFS client functionality directly in the Oracle software. and clients. With the popularity of Gigabit Ethernet and the demand for lower cost. an iSCSI SAN should be a separate physical network devoted entirely to storage. iSCSI is a data transport protocol defined in the SCSI-3 specifications framework and is similar to Fibre Channel in that it is responsible for carrying block-level data over a storage network. Customers who have strict requirements for high performance storage. FC SANs suffer from three major disadvantages. The shared storage that will be used for this article is based on iSCSI technology using a network storage server installed with Openfiler. Direct NFS Client can simplify. many of its early critics were quick to point out some of its inherent shortcomings with regards to performance. the cost of entry still remains prohibitive for small companies with limited IT budgets. Fibre Channel has recently been given a run for its money by iSCSI-based storage systems. Since its adoption. its components can be much the same as in a typical IP network (LAN). does this mean the death of Fibre Channel anytime soon? Probably not. Based on an earlier set of ANSI protocols called Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI). The iSCSI initiator software will need to exist on each of the Oracle RAC nodes (racnode1 and 9 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . is very complex and CPU intensive. hosts. see the Oracle White Paper entitled "Oracle Database 11g Direct NFS Client". better scalability. many product manufacturers have interpreted the Fibre Channel specifications differently from each other which has resulted in scores of interconnect problems. and robust reliability. Oracle is able to optimize the I/O path between the Oracle software and the NFS server resulting in significant performance gains. large complex connectivity. 2003 by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). improved availability.shtml optimized for Oracle database file I/O access patterns. Fibre Channel has clearly demonstrated its capabilities over the years with its capacity for extremely high speeds. the only technology that existed for building a network based storage solution was a Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (FC SAN).DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. however. While the costs involved in building a FC SAN have come down in recent years. and mission critical reliability will undoubtedly continue to choose Fibre Channel. it is not often used in a production environment. but given the low-end hardware being used. however. Block-level communication means that data is transferred between the host and the client in chunks called blocks. To learn more about Direct NFS Client. most of the processing of the data (both TCP and iSCSI) is handled in software and is much slower than Fibre Channel which is handled completely in hardware. the Internet Small Computer System Interface. iSCSI SANs remain the leading competitor to FC SANs. With iSCSI. Database servers depend on this type of communication (as opposed to the file level communication used by most NAS systems) in order to work properly. While iSCSI has a promising future. The overhead incurred in mapping every SCSI command onto an equivalent iSCSI transaction is excessive. better known as iSCSI. Several of the advantages to FC SAN include greater performance. The beauty of iSCSI is its ability to utilize an already familiar IP network as its transport mechanism. With the introduction of Oracle 11g.

The iSCSI software initiator is generally used with a standard network interface card (NIC) — a Gigabit Ethernet card in most cases. which is basically just a specialized Ethernet card with a SCSI ASIC on-board to offload all the work (TCP and SCSI commands) from the system CPU. Monitor.0 GHz. Intel. including Adaptec. Intel(R) PRO/1000 PT Server Adapter . we will be using the free Linux Open-iSCSI software driver found in the iscsi-initiator-utils RPM. iSCSI HBAs are available from a number of vendors. DDR2. 6MB Cache. The Dell PowerEdge T100 includes an embedded Broadcom(R) NetXtreme IITM 5722 Gigabit Ethernet NIC that will be used to connect to the public network. 800MHz 160GB 7.0 GHz. For the purpose of this article.2K RPM SATA 3Gbps Hard Drive Integrated Graphics . Software iSCSI initiators are available for most major operating system platforms.(racnode2) Dell PowerEdge T100 Dual Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) E3110.shtml racnode2). Monitor. 3.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. or Mouse . the node openfiler1 will be the iSCSI target. or Mouse . An iSCSI initiator can be implemented using either software or hardware.(Connected to KVM Switch) US$90 US$500 US$500 10 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . 3. DDR2. Hardware and Costs The hardware used to build our example Oracle RAC 11g environment consists of three Linux servers (two Oracle RAC nodes and one Network Storage Server) and components that can be purchased at many local computer stores or over the Internet.(ATI ES1000) Integrated Gigabit Ethernet . Alacritech. For this article. 6MB Cache. Oracle RAC Node 1 .(Broadcom(R) NetXtreme IITM 5722) 16x DVD Drive No Keyboard. and QLogic. 800MHz 160GB 7. For the purpose of this article. 1333MHz 4GB. A hardware initiator is an iSCSI HBA (or a TCP Offload Engine (TOE) card).(Broadcom(R) NetXtreme IITM 5722) 16x DVD Drive No Keyboard. iSCSI Target An iSCSI target is the "server" component of an iSCSI network.2K RPM SATA 3Gbps Hard Drive Integrated Graphics . 1333MHz 4GB. A second NIC adapter will be used for the private network (RAC interconnect and Openfiler networked storage).(ATI ES1000) Integrated Gigabit Ethernet . Select the appropriate NIC adapter that is compatible with the maximum data transmission speed of the network switch to be used for the private network.(racnode1) Dell PowerEdge T100 Dual Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) E3110.(Connected to KVM Switch) 1 x Ethernet LAN Card Used for RAC interconnect to racnode2 and Openfiler networked storage. Each Linux server for Oracle RAC should contain two NIC adapters.(EXPI9400PT) Oracle RAC Node 2 . I used a Gigabit Ethernet switch (and a 1Gb Ethernet card) for the private network. This is typically the storage device that contains the information you want and answers requests from the initiator(s).

The Network Storage Server (Openfiler server) should contain two NIC adapters. or Mouse . Finally. The Openfiler server could be configured with as little as 2GB for a small test / evaluation network storage server. Select the appropriate NIC adapter that is compatible with the maximum data transmission speed of the network switch to be used for the private network. I used a Gigabit Ethernet switch (and 1Gb Ethernet card) for the private network. For the purpose of this article.(openfiler1) Dell PowerEdge 1800 Dual 3. 1 x Ethernet LAN Card Used for networked storage on the private network. I could have made an extra partition on the 500GB internal SATA disk for the iSCSI target. For the purpose of this article.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. Monitor. but decided to make use of the faster SCSI disk for this example.(EXPI9400PT) Network Storage Server . Intel(R) PRO/1000 MT Server Adapter . Intel(R) PRO/1000 PT Server Adapter . Each Linux server for Oracle RAC should contain two NIC adapters. although the Openfiler server used in this example configuration contains 6GB of memory.0GHz Xeon / 1MB Cache / 800FSB (SL7PE) 6GB of ECC Memory 500GB SATA Internal Hard Disk 73GB 15K SCSI Internal Hard Disk Integrated Graphics Single embedded Intel 10/100/1000 Gigabit NIC 16x DVD Drive No Keyboard. The Dell PowerEdge 1800 machine included an integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet adapter that will be used to connect to the public network. Please be aware that any type of hard disk (internal or external) should work for the shared disk storage as long as it can be recognized by the network storage server (Openfiler) and has adequate space.(Connected to KVM Switch) Note: The rPath Linux operating system and Openfiler application will be installed on the 500GB internal SATA disk. The second NIC adapter will be used for the private network (Openfiler networked storage). this is by no means a requirement. I used a Gigabit Ethernet switch (and a 1Gb Ethernet card) for the private network. Select the appropriate NIC adapter that is compatible with the maximum data transmission speed of the network switch to be used for the private network. The Dell PowerEdge T100 includes an embedded Broadcom(R) NetXtreme IITM 5722 Gigabit Ethernet NIC that will be used to connect to the public network.(PWLA8490MT) Miscellaneous Components 1 x Ethernet Switch US$50 US$125 US$90 US$800 11 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .shtml Oracle RAC Node 1 . A second internal 73GB 15K SCSI hard disk will be configured for the shared database storage. For example.(racnode1) 1 x Ethernet LAN Card Used for RAC interconnect to racnode1 and Openfiler networked storage. The Openfiler server will be configured to use this second hard disk for iSCSI based storage and will be used in our Oracle RAC 11g configuration to store the shared files required by Oracle Clusterware as well as the clustered database files. A second NIC adapter will be used for the private network (RAC interconnect and Openfiler networked storage).

let's take a conceptual look at what the environment would look like after connecting all of the hardware components (click on the graphic below to view larger image): 12 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . A more practical solution would be to configure a dedicated device which would include a single monitor.2.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. Video. Total US$350 US$2.(DGS-2208) 6 x Network Cables Category Category Category Category Category Category switch) 6 6 6 6 6 6 patch patch patch patch patch patch cable cable cable cable cable cable (Connect (Connect (Connect (Connect (Connect (Connect racnode1 to public network) racnode2 to public network) openfiler1 to public network) racnode1 to interconnect Ethernet switch) racnode2 to interconnect Ethernet switch) openfiler1 to interconnect Ethernet US$10 US$10 US$10 US$10 US$10 US$10 Optional Components KVM Switch This guide requires access to the console of all machines in order to install the operating system and perform several of the configuration tasks.shtml Oracle RAC Node 1 . This switch will also be used for network storage traffic for Openfiler. and mouse in order to access its console.0 network.565 We are about to start the installation process. video monitor and mouse. Mouse Switch —better known as a KVM Switch. However. When managing a very small number of servers. I used a Gigabit Ethernet switch (and 1Gb Ethernet cards) for the private network. please see the article "KVM Switches For the Home and the Enterprise". D-Link 8-port 10/100/1000 Desktop Switch . This solution is made possible using a Keyboard. Avocent provides a high quality and economical 4-port switch which includes four 6' cables: AutoView(R) Analog KVM Switch For a detailed explanation and guide on the use and KVM switches. this solution becomes unfeasible. Now that we have talked about the hardware that will be used in this example. and mouse that would have direct access to the console of each server. as the number of servers to manage increases.168. For the purpose of this article. keyboard. A KVM switch is a hardware device that allows a user to control multiple computers from a single keyboard. keyboard.(racnode1) Used for the interconnect between racnode1-priv and racnode2-priv which will be on the 192. it might make sense to connect each server with its own monitor. Note: This article assumes you already have a switch or VLAN in place what will be used for the public network.

I have moved away from Fedora as I need a stable environment that is not only free. Although I have used Red Hat Fedora in the past. This provides a free and stable version of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (AS/ES) operating environment that I can use for Oracle testing and development. This is where CentOS comes in. This section provides a summary of the screens used to install the Linux operating system. I wanted to switch to a Linux environment that would guarantee all of the functionality contained with Oracle. While CentOS is not the only project performing the same functionality.5 for x86_64 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. The CentOS project takes the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 source RPMs and compiles them into a free clone of the Red Hat Enterprise Server 5 product. but as close to the actual Oracle supported operating system as possible.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. I will indicate at the beginning of each section whether or not the task(s) should be performed on both Oracle RAC nodes or on the network storage server (openfiler1). note that most of the tasks within this document will need to be performed on both Oracle RAC nodes (racnode1 and racnode2). Download CentOS 13 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . I tend to stick with it as it is stable and reacts fast with regards to updates by Red Hat.shtml Figure 1: Oracle RAC 11g release 2 Test Configuration As we start to go into the details of the installation.5 for x86_64 and follows Oracle's suggestion of performing a "default RPMs" installation type to ensure all expected Linux O/S packages are present for a successful Oracle RDBMS installation. This guide is designed to work with CentOS release 5. Install the Linux Operating System Perform the following installation on both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster.

5-x86_64-bin-3of8.5-i386-bin-5of7.5-x86_64-bin-6of8.5-i386-bin-4of7.5-i386-bin-7of7. and answer the installation screen prompts as noted below.5-i386-bin-3of7.5-x86_64-bin-7of8.iso CentOS-5.iso CentOS-5. here are just three of the many software packages that can be used: InfraRecorder UltraISO Magic ISO Maker Install CentOS After downloading and burning the CentOS images (ISO files) to CD/DVD.iso CentOS-5.iso CentOS-5.5-x86_64-bin-DVD.5-i386-bin-1of7.5-i386-bin-6of7. At the boot: prompt.5-i386-bin-2of7. If you are not familiar with this process and do not have the required software to burn images to CD.iso CentOS-5. you should have the two NIC interfaces (cards) installed.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. Before installing the Linux operating system on both nodes.iso CentOS-5.iso (3.5-x86_64-bin-2of8.iso CentOS-5. you may find it more convenient to make use of the two DVD images (requires BitTorrent ): CentOS-5.shtml Use the links below to download CentOS 5.5-x86_64-bin-5of8.5-x86_64-bin-4of8.5 for either x86 or x86_64 depending on your hardware architecture. there are many options for burning these images (ISO files) to a CD. insert CentOS Disk #1 into the first server (racnode1 in this example). After completing the Linux installation on the first node. you may find it more convenient to make use of the single DVD image: CentOS-5.torrent (360 KB) If you are downloading the above ISO files to a MS Windows machine. 14 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .iso CentOS-5. 32-bit (x86) Installations CentOS-5. hit [Enter] to start the installation process.iso CentOS-5. You may already be familiar with and have the proper software to burn images to CD.iso CentOS-5.iso CentOS-5.iso (623 MB) (587 MB) (634 MB) (633 MB) (634 MB) (627 MB) (624 MB) (242 MB) Note: If the Linux RAC nodes have a DVD installed.5-i386-bin-DVD.9 GB) 64-bit (x86_64) Installations CentOS-5. perform the same Linux installation on the second node while substituting the node name racnode1 for racnode2 and the different IP addresses were appropriate.iso CentOS-5.iso CentOS-5. Boot Screen The first screen is the CentOS boot screen.5-x86_64-bin-8of8.iso (623 MB) (621 MB) (630 MB) (619 MB) (629 MB) (637 MB) (231 MB) Note: If the Linux RAC nodes have a DVD installed. power it on.5-x86_64-bin-1of8.

If there were any errors. Click [Yes] to acknowledge this warning. Language / Keyboard Selection The next two screens prompt you for the Language and Keyboard settings.192MB More than 8. and mouse. you can easily change that from this screen. the installer will choose 100MB for /boot.048MB RAM) or an amount equal to RAM (systems with > 2. After several seconds. click [Next] to continue. the installer should then detect the video card.049MB and 8.e. [Edit] and decrease the size of the root file system (/) by the amount you want to add to the swap partition.512MB = 35. For most automatic layouts. [Edit] the volume group VolGroup00.) If for any reason.one for the root file system (/) and another for swap. The main concern during the partitioning phase is to ensure enough swap space is allocated as required by Oracle (which is a multiple of the available RAM).520MB). Always select to Install CentOS. it will ask if you would like to "Install CentOS" or "Upgrade an existing Installation". monitor. Make the appropriate selection for your configuration and click [Next] to continue. To increase the size of the swap partition. The LVM Volume Group (VolGroup00) is then partitioned into two LVM partitions . you would decrease the size of the root file system by 512MB (i.shtml Media Test When asked to test the CD media. Partitioning The installer will then allow you to view (and modify if needed) the disk partitions it automatically selected. You will then be prompted with a dialog window asking if you really want to remove all Linux partitions. to add another 512MB to swap. the automatic layout does not configure an adequate amount of swap space. Disk Partitioning Setup Select "Remove all partitions on selected drives and create default layout" and check the option to "Review and modify partitioning layout".032MB .75 times the size of RAM For the purpose of this install. For example. For example.952MB for swap since I have 4GB of RAM installed. Detect Previous Installation If the installer detects a previous version of RHEL / CentOS. (Including 5. double the amount of RAM (systems with <= 2. the media burning software would have warned us. This will bring up the "Edit LVM Volume Group: VolGroup00" dialog. the installer will create the same disk configuration as just noted but will create them using the Logical Volume Manager (LVM). Now add the space you decreased from the root file system 15 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . it will partition the first hard drive (/dev/sda for my configuration) into two partitions — one for the /boot partition (/dev/sda1) and the remainder of the disk dedicate to a LVM named VolGroup00 (/dev/sda2).048MB RAM) for swap. First. Welcome to CentOS At the welcome screen. Starting with RHEL 4. The installer then goes into GUI mode. and the rest going to the root (/) partition.024MB and 2.192MB Swap Space Required 1. I will accept all automatically preferred sizes. 36. Click "[Next]" to continue. The following is Oracle's minimum requirement for swap space: Available RAM Between 1.048MB Between 2.5 times the size of RAM Equal to the size of RAM 0.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. tab over to [Skip] and hit [Enter].

The settings you make here will.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.151 255. depend on your network configuration.shtml (512MB) to the swap partition. I used racnode1 for the first node and racnode2 for the second. click [OK] on the "Edit LVM Volume Group: VolGroup00" dialog. of course. When completed.1. The installer should have successfully detected each of the network devices. make sure that each of the network devices are checked to "Active on boot". Once you are satisfied with the disk layout. To use the "GRUB boot loader". [Edit] both eth0 and eth1 as follows.151 255. Additionally.0 OFF ON OFF 192. Second. accept all default values and click [Next] to continue. You may choose to use different IP addresses for both eth0 and eth1 that I have documented in this guide and that is OK.255. The installer may choose to not activate eth1 by default. First.(select Manual configuration) IPv4 Address Prefix (Netmask) Enable IPv6 support ON OFF 192.255.0 OFF Continue by manually setting your hostname. there will be several changes that need to be made to the network configuration.168. you will need to configure the server with a real host name. Network Configuration I made sure to install both NIC interfaces (cards) in each of the Linux machines before starting the operating system installation. Boot Loader Configuration The installer will use the GRUB boot loader by default. click [Next] to continue.255.(select Manual configuration) IPv4 Address Prefix (Netmask) Enable IPv6 support eth1 Enable IPv4 support Dynamic IP configuration (DHCP) .255. Finish this dialog off by supplying your gateway and DNS servers.2.168. 16 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . Since this guide will use the traditional method of assigning static IP addresses for each of the Oracle RAC nodes. Make certain to put eth1 (the interconnect) on a different subnet than eth0 (the public network): Oracle RAC Node Network Configuration (racnode1) eth0 Enable IPv4 support Dynamic IP configuration (DHCP) . The most important modification that will be required for this guide is to not configure the Oracle RAC nodes with DHCP since we will be assigning static IP addresses.

shtml Additional DNS configuration information for both of the Oracle RAC nodes will be discussed later in this guide. some of the packages required by Oracle do not get installed. however. Most of the packages required for the Oracle software are grouped into "Package Groups" (i. Not to worry. There are several other packages (RPMs). (Note the "Optional packages" button after selecting a package group. libaio-devel). For many of the Linux package groups. In fact. not all of the packages associated with that group get selected for installation. select the radio button "Customize now" and click [Next] to continue. Set Root Password Select a root password and click [Next] to continue.) So although the package group gets selected for install. there are some packages that are required by Oracle that do not belong to any of the available package groups (i. The installer includes a "Customize software" selection that allows the addition of RPM groupings such as "Development Libraries" or "Legacy Library Support". however. Package Installation Defaults By default.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.e. A complete list of required packages for Oracle grid infrastructure 11g release 2 and Oracle RAC 11g release 2 for Linux will be provided in the next section. verify that at least the following package groups are selected for install.e. De-selecting any "default RPM" groupings or individual RPMs. Time Zone Selection Select the appropriate time zone for your environment and click [Next] to continue. install the following package groups: Desktop Environments GNOME Desktop Environment Applications Editors Graphical Internet Text-based Internet Development Development Libraries Development Tools Legacy Software Development Servers Server Configuration Tools Base System Administration Tools Base Java Legacy Software Support 17 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . This is where you pick the packages to install. For the purpose of this article. For now. These packages will need to be manually installed from the CentOS CDs after the operating system install. that are required to successfully install the Oracle software. can result in failed Oracle grid infrastructure and Oracle RAC installation attempts. Application -> Editors). The addition of such RPM groupings is not an issue. CentOS installs most of the software required for a typical server. Since these nodes will be hosting the Oracle grid infrastructure and Oracle RAC software.

Click [Next] to start the installation. click [Continue] to acknowledge the warning dialog. The post installation wizard allows you to make final O/S configuration settings. You will be prompted with a warning dialog about not setting the firewall. I will not be creating any additional operating system accounts. You have successfully installed Linux on the first node (racnode1). make sure to select the "Disabled" option and click [Forward] to continue. Date and Time Settings Adjust the date and time settings if necessary and click [Forward] to continue. it will prompt you with another welcome screen for the "Post Installation Wizard". When this occurs. If you are installing CentOS using CDs. click [Forward] to continue. After selecting the packages to install click [Next] to continue. About to Install This screen is basically a confirmation screen. Sound Card This screen will only appear if the wizard detects a sound card. For the purpose of this article. If you chose not to define any additional operating system user accounts. click [Yes] to acknowledge a reboot of the system will occur after firstboot (Post Installation Wizard) is completed. Congratulations And that's it. You will be prompted with a warning dialog warning that changing the SELinux setting will require rebooting the system so the entire file system can be relabeled. you will be asked to switch CDs during the installation process depending on which packages you selected. The installer will eject the CD/DVD from the CD-ROM drive. click [Yes] to continue.shtml System Tools X Window System In addition to the above packages. Firewall On this screen. Create User Create any additional (non-oracle) operating system user accounts if desired and click [Forward] to continue. select any additional packages you wish to install for this node keeping in mind to NOT de-select any of the "default" RPM packages. I will be creating the "grid" and "oracle" user accounts later in this guide. On the "Welcome screen". 18 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . Post Installation Wizard Welcome Screen When the system boots into CentOS Linux for the first time. choose the "Disabled" option and click [Forward] to continue.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. Kdump Accept the default setting on the Kdump screen (disabled) and click [Forward] to continue. SELinux On the SELinux screen. When this occurs. On the sound card screen click [Forward] to continue. Take out the CD/DVD and click [Reboot] to reboot the system.

168.shtml Additional CDs On the "Additional CDs" screen click [Finish] to continue. make sure that each of the network devices are checked to "Active on boot".0 OFF ON OFF 192. Log in using the "root" user account and the password you provided during the installation. Finish this dialog off by supplying your gateway and DNS servers.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.168. Reboot System Given we changed the SELinux option to "Disabled". Click [OK] to reboot the system for normal use.152 255. this is what I configured for racnode2.1. we are prompted to reboot the system.2.(select Manual configuration) IPv4 Address Prefix (Netmask) Enable IPv6 support ON OFF 192. Second.255. ensure to configure the proper values. You may choose to use different IP addresses for both eth0 and eth1 that I have documented in this guide and that is OK. Login Screen After rebooting the machine.0 OFF Continue by manually setting your hostname. repeat the above steps for the second node (racnode2).152 255.255. The installer may choose to not activate eth1 by default. I used racnode2 for the second node. Make certain to put eth1 (the interconnect) on a different subnet than eth0 (the public network): Oracle RAC Node Network Configuration (racnode2) eth0 Enable IPv4 support Dynamic IP configuration (DHCP) . When configuring the machine name and networking. [Edit] both eth0 and eth1 as follows.(select Manual configuration) IPv4 Address Prefix (Netmask) Enable IPv6 support eth1 Enable IPv4 support Dynamic IP configuration (DHCP) .255. you are presented with the login screen. First. Perform the same installation on the second node After completing the Linux installation on the first node. Perform the same Linux installation on racnode2 19 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .255. For my installation.

3. the next step is to verify and install all packages (RPMs) required by both Oracle Clusterware and Oracle RAC.125 gcc-4.2 glibc-2. 32-bit (x86) Installations binutils-2.17.5 kernel-headers-2.14 sysstat-7.125 elfutils-libelf-devel-static-0.1.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.106 libgcc-4.2 libgomp-4.18 ksh-20060214 libaio-0. For packages that already exist and are up to date. several will be missing either because they were considered optional within the package group or simply didn't exist in any package group! The packages listed in this section (or later versions) are required for Oracle grid infrastructure 11g release 2 and Oracle RAC 11g release 2 running on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 or CentOS 5 platform.[CD #1] mkdir -p /media/cdrom mount -r /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom cd /media/cdrom/CentOS rpm -Uvh binutils-2.2 libstdc++-4.2 unixODBC-2. verify the software requirements documented in this section before starting the Oracle installs.* rpm -Uvh glibc-common-2.5 (x86). To ensure that these checks complete successfully.11 unixODBC-devel-2.0.11 Each of the packages listed above can be found on CD #1.2.2.shtml Install Required Linux Packages for Oracle RAC Install the following required Linux packages on both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster.3 elfutils-libelf-0.106 libaio-devel-0.2.50.1.125 elfutils-libelf-devel-0. While it is possible to query each individual package to determine which ones are missing and need to be installed. The Oracle Universal Installer (OUI) performs checks on your machine during installation to verify that it meets the appropriate operating system package requirements.81 pdksh-5.* rpm -Uvh glibc-2. # From CentOS 5.1. and CD #4 on the CentOS 5.1.5 for x86 CDs. Although many of the required packages for Oracle were installed during the Linux installation.1.2.1. CD #2. the RPM command will simply ignore the install and print a warning message to the console that the package is already installed.6.6 compat-libstdc++-33-3.52 glibc-headers-2.2 libstdc++-devel-4.5-24 glibc-common-2.5 glibc-devel-2.* rpm -Uvh kernel-headers-2.* rpm -Uvh elfutils-libelf-0.2 make-3. an easier method is to run the rpm -Uvh PackageName command from the four CDs as follows.2 gcc-c++-4.* 20 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .0. After installing the Linux O/S.3.* rpm -Uvh ksh-2* rpm -Uvh libaio-0. CD #3.

* rpm -Uvh libaio-devel-0.* rpm -Uvh libstdc++-devel-4.* rpm -Uvh unixODBC-2.* rpm -Uvh gcc-c++-4.* rpm -Uvh glibc-2.* rpm -Uvh libstdc++-4.[DVD #1] mkdir -p /media/cdrom mount -r /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom cd /media/cdrom/CentOS rpm -Uvh binutils-2.* rpm -Uvh libaio-devel-0.5 (x86) .* rpm -Uvh glibc-headers-2.* rpm -Uvh make-3.* cd / eject # From CentOS 5.* rpm -Uvh libgomp-4.* rpm -Uvh libgcc-4.* rpm -Uvh unixODBC-2.[CD #4] mount -r /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom cd /media/cdrom/CentOS rpm -Uvh sysstat-7.* rpm -Uvh glibc-devel-2.[CD #3] mount -r /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom cd /media/cdrom/CentOS rpm -Uvh compat-libstdc++-33* rpm -Uvh elfutils-libelf-devel-* rpm -Uvh gcc-4.* rpm -Uvh libstdc++-4.* 21 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .* rpm -Uvh glibc-headers-2.[CD #2] mount -r /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom cd /media/cdrom/CentOS rpm -Uvh libgomp-4.* rpm -Uvh gcc-c++-4.* rpm -Uvh ksh-2* rpm -Uvh libaio-0.shtml rpm -Uvh libgcc-4.* rpm -Uvh unixODBC-devel-2.* rpm -Uvh glibc-devel-2.* rpm -Uvh glibc-common-2.* rpm -Uvh libstdc++-devel-4.* cd / eject -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------# From CentOS 5.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.5 (x86).* rpm -Uvh compat-libstdc++-33* rpm -Uvh elfutils-libelf-devel-* rpm -Uvh gcc-4.* rpm -Uvh kernel-headers-2.* rpm -Uvh make-3.5 (x86) .* cd / eject # From CentOS 5.* rpm -Uvh pdksh-5.5 (x86) .* cd / eject # From CentOS 5.* rpm -Uvh elfutils-libelf-0.

125 gcc-4.1.2 (32 bit) libstdc++-4.2 (32 bit) libstdc++-devel 4.5 glibc-devel-2.14 sysstat-7.1.[CD #1] mkdir -p /media/cdrom mount -r /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom cd /media/cdrom/CentOS rpm -Uvh binutils-2.11 unixODBC-2.1.2 make-3.2 unixODBC-2.3.0.1.1.* rpm -Uvh unixODBC-devel-2.11 (32 bit) Each of the packages listed above can be found on CD #1.2 gcc-c++-4.3 (32 bit) elfutils-libelf-0.* rpm -Uvh make-3.2 glibc-2. CD #3.* cd / eject 64-bit (x86_64) Installations binutils-2.81 pdksh-5.* 22 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .2. an easier method is to run the rpm -Uvh PackageName command from the four CDs as follows.5 (x86_64).* rpm -Uvh glibc-common-2.2 libgcc-4.5 (32 bit) glibc-headers-2.2.* rpm -Uvh glibc-2.0.125 elfutils-libelf-devel-0.106 (32 bit) libaio-devel-0.1. the RPM command will simply ignore the install and print a warning message to the console that the package is already installed.5 ksh-20060214 libaio-0.3.* rpm -Uvh ksh-2* rpm -Uvh libaio-0.* rpm -Uvh libstdc++-4.11 unixODBC-devel-2.125 elfutils-libelf-devel-static-0.106 libaio-devel-0. For packages that already exist and are up to date.5-24 (32 bit) glibc-common-2.2.50.shtml rpm -Uvh pdksh-5.3.106 libaio-0.3.5-24 glibc-2.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. While it is possible to query each individual package to determine which ones are missing and need to be installed.* rpm -Uvh elfutils-libelf-0.1.3 compat-libstdc++-33-3. and CD #5 on the CentOS 5.2.2. # From CentOS 5. CD #4.6 compat-libstdc++-33-3.* rpm -Uvh sysstat-7.106 (32 bit) libgcc-4.2 libstdc++-4.5 for x86_64 CDs.5 glibc-devel-2.17.2.11 (32 bit) unixODBC-devel-2.* rpm -Uvh libgcc-4.2.

DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.* rpm -Uvh glibc-headers-2.* rpm -Uvh ksh-2* rpm -Uvh libaio-0.* rpm -Uvh elfutils-libelf-0.* rpm -Uvh libgcc-4.* rpm -Uvh libstdc++-devel-4.* cd / eject # From CentOS 5.* cd / eject # From CentOS 5.* rpm -Uvh glibc-devel-2.* rpm -Uvh elfutils-libelf-devel-* rpm -Uvh gcc-4.* rpm -Uvh gcc-c++-4.* cd / eject -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------# From CentOS 5.* rpm -Uvh unixODBC-devel-2.* rpm -Uvh glibc-2.* rpm -Uvh unixODBC-2.* rpm -Uvh glibc-common-2.* rpm -Uvh glibc-devel-2.[CD #5] mount -r /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom cd /media/cdrom/CentOS rpm -Uvh sysstat-7.* rpm -Uvh pdksh-5.5 (x86_64) .[CD #3] mount -r /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom cd /media/cdrom/CentOS rpm -Uvh elfutils-libelf-devel-* rpm -Uvh gcc-4.* rpm -Uvh unixODBC-devel-2.* rpm -Uvh sysstat-7.* rpm -Uvh make-3.shtml cd / eject # From CentOS 5.* rpm -Uvh gcc-c++-4.[CD #4] mount -r /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom cd /media/cdrom/CentOS rpm -Uvh compat-libstdc++-33* rpm -Uvh libaio-devel-0.* rpm -Uvh glibc-headers-2.* rpm -Uvh unixODBC-2.* cd / eject 23 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .* rpm -Uvh libstdc++-4.5 (x86_64) .* rpm -Uvh libstdc++-devel-4.[DVD #1] mkdir -p /media/cdrom mount -r /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom cd /media/cdrom/CentOS rpm -Uvh binutils-2.* rpm -Uvh compat-libstdc++-33* rpm -Uvh libaio-devel-0.* rpm -Uvh pdksh-5.5 (x86_64) .5 (x86_64).

The entire software stack interfaces with open source applications such as Apache. FTP. the next step is to install the Openfiler software to the network storage server (openfiler1). To learn more about Openfiler.iso (336 MB) If you are downloading the above ISO file to a MS Windows machine. I opted to install Openfiler with all default options. After downloading Openfiler. The Openfiler server will be configured to use this volume group for iSCSI based storage and will be used in our Oracle RAC 11g configuration to store the shared files required by Oracle Clusterware and the Oracle RAC database. however. Linux NFS and iSCSI Enterprise Target. The rPath Linux operating system and Openfiler application will be installed on one internal SATA disk. we will only be making use of its iSCSI capabilities to implement an inexpensive SAN for the shared storage components required by Oracle RAC 11g. version 2. Openfiler combines these ubiquitous technologies into a small. the network storage server will be configured as an iSCSI storage device for all Oracle Clusterware and Oracle RAC shared storage requirements. Powered by rPath Linux. With Linux installed on both Oracle RAC nodes. For example. there are many options for burning these images (ISO files) to a CD.3-x86_64-disc1. Later in this guide. ext3. I could have made an extra partition on the 500GB internal SATA disk for the iSCSI target. Please be aware that any type of hard disk (internal or external) should work for the shared database storage as long as it can be recognized by the network storage server (Openfiler) and has adequate space.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.com/. please visit their website at http://www. Samba. easy to manage solution fronted by a powerful web-based management interface.3 (Final Release) for either x86 or x86_64 depending on your hardware architecture.shtml Install Openfiler Perform the following installation on the network storage server (openfiler1). If you are not familiar with this process and do not have the required software to burn images to CD. here are just three of the many software packages that can be used: InfraRecorder UltraISO Magic ISO Maker Install Openfiler This section provides a summary of the screens used to install the Openfiler software. You may already be familiar with and have the proper software to burn images to CD.iso (322 MB) 64-bit (x86_64) Installations openfiler-2. 32-bit (x86) Installations openfiler-2. The only manual change required was for configuring the local network 24 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . Download Openfiler Use the links below to download Openfiler NAS/SAN Appliance. NFS. Openfiler is a free browser-based network storage management utility that delivers file-based Network Attached Storage (NAS) and block-based Storage Area Networking (SAN) in a single framework. HTTP/DAV.openfiler. A second internal 73GB 15K SCSI hard disk will be configured as a single volume group that will be used for all shared disk storage requirements. Openfiler supports CIFS. you will then need to burn the ISO image to CD.3-x86-disc1. but decided to make use of the faster SCSI disk for this example. This guide uses x86_64. For the purpose of this article. LVM2.

Media Test When asked to test the CD media. Select the option to [Remove all partitions on this system]. the server will reboot to make sure all required components. insert the CD into the network storage server (openfiler1 in this example). Make the appropriate selection for your configuration. any external hard drives (if connected) will be discovered by the Openfiler server. and mouse. monitor. Automatic Partitioning If there were a previous installation of Linux on this machine. Once the install has completed. I selected ONLY the 500GB SATA internal hard drive [sda] for the operating system and Openfiler application installation. you should have both NIC interfaces (cards) installed and any external hard drives connected and turned on (if you will be using external hard drives). After downloading and burning the Openfiler ISO image file to CD. For my example configuration. that the instructions I have provided below be used for this Oracle RAC 11g configuration. I de-selected the 73GB SCSI internal hard drive since this disk will be used exclusively later in this guide to create a single "Volume Group" (racdbvg) that will be used for all iSCSI based shared disk storage requirements for Oracle Clusterware and Oracle RAC.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. Partitioning The installer will then allow you to view (and modify if needed) the disk partitions it automatically chose for hard disks selected in the previous screen. the media burning software would have warned us.shtml settings. and answer the installation screen prompts as noted below. hit [Enter] to start the installation process. power it on. Click [Next] to continue. Keyboard Configuration The next screen prompts you for the Keyboard settings.openfiler. Welcome to Openfiler NSA At the welcome screen. If there were any errors. tab over to [Skip] and hit [Enter]. After the reboot. the next screen will ask if you want to "remove" or "keep" old partitions. I am satisfied with the installers recommended partitioning for /dev/sda.com/learn/. I also keep the check-box [Review (and modify if needed) the partitions created] selected. the installer should then detect the video card. the installer will choose 100MB for /boot. however. For more detailed installation instructions. The installer then goes into GUI mode. click [Next] to continue. After several seconds. and the rest going to the root (/) partition for that disk (or disks). please visit http://www. In almost all cases. I would suggest. services and drivers are started and recognized. In this example. Before installing the Openfiler software to the network storage server. I opted to use "Automatic Partitioning" given the simplicity of my example configuration. Select [Automatically partition] and click [Next] continue. At the boot: prompt. Disk Partitioning Setup The next screen asks whether to perform disk partitioning using "Automatic Partitioning" or "Manual Partitioning with Disk Druid". an adequate amount of swap. You will then be prompted with a dialog window asking if you really want to remove all partitions. 25 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . Boot Screen The first screen is the Openfiler boot screen. Although the official Openfiler documentation suggests to use Manual Partitioning. Click [Yes] to acknowledge this warning.

195 255. Later in this guide. the installer found the 73GB SCSI internal hard drive as /dev/sdb. Click [Next] to start the installation. The installer should have successfully detected each of the network devices. The installer will eject the CD from the CD-ROM drive. Time Zone Selection The next screen allows you to configure your time zone information. First. If everything was successful after the reboot. You must. Second. 26 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .0 OFF ON 192. For now.255.168. Congratulations And that's it. configure eth1 (the storage network) to be on the same subnet you configured for eth1 on racnode1 and racnode2: eth0 Configure using DHCP Activate on boot IP Address Netmask eth1 Configure using DHCP Activate on boot IP Address Netmask OFF ON 192.255. You have successfully installed Openfiler on the network storage server. I will "Delete" any and all partitions on this drive (there was only one. You may choose to use different IP addresses for both eth0 and eth1 and that is OK.2.255.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. Take out the CD and click [Reboot] to reboot the system. Finish this dialog off by supplying your gateway and DNS servers.168. I used a hostname of "openfiler1". I will create the required partition for this particular hard disk. however.255.0 Continue by setting your hostname manually.shtml The installer will also show any other internal hard disks it discovered. you should now be presented with a text login screen and the URL to use for administering the Openfiler server. The installer may choose to not activate eth1 by default.195 255. Network Configuration I made sure to install both NIC interfaces (cards) in the network storage server before starting the Openfiler installation.1. Make the appropriate selection for your location. About to Install This screen is basically a confirmation screen. Set Root Password Select a root password and click [Next] to continue. /dev/sdb1). [Edit] both eth0 and eth1 as follows. For my example configuration. make sure that each of the network devices are checked to [Active on boot].

or not used and you must use the same private interfaces for both Oracle Clusterware and Oracle RAC. each network adapter must support TCP/IP. it is important to not skip this section as it contains critical steps which include configuring DNS and verifying you have the networking hardware and Internet Protocol (IP) addresses required for an Oracle grid infrastructure for a cluster installation. You can bond separate interfaces to a common interface to provide redundancy. NIC bonding is not covered in this article. bond0 for the public network and bond1 for the private network). Oracle recommends that you use a dedicated switch. Use separate bonding for the public and private networks (i. so you must configure eth0 as public on both nodes. For the private network. then eth1 must be the private interface for racnode2. For the public network. For example. you cannot configure network adapters on racnode1 with eth0 as the public interface. Only attempt to log in to the console or SSH using the root user account. Network Hardware Requirements The following is a list of hardware requirements for network configuration: Each Oracle RAC node must have at least two network adapters or network interface cards (NICs) — one for the public network interface and one for the private network interface (the interconnect).shtml After installing Openfiler. You should configure the private interfaces on the same network adapters as well. a private interface. in case of a NIC failure. the interconnect must support the user datagram protocol (UDP) using high-speed network adapters and switches that support TCP/IP (minimum requirement 1 Gigabit Ethernet).e. verify you can log in to the machine using the root user account and the password you supplied during installation. and TCP is the interconnect protocol for Oracle Clusterware. Network Configuration Perform the following network configuration tasks on both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster. For the private network. Attempting to do so will result in the following error message: openfiler1 login: openfiler Password: password This interface has not been implemented yet.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. because during installation each interface is defined as a public or private interface. Although we configured several of the network settings during the Linux installation. but Oracle recommends that you do not create separate interfaces for Oracle Clusterware and Oracle RAC. Public interface names must be the same. Do not attempt to log in to the console or SSH using the built-in openfiler user account. then Oracle recommends that you use NIC bonding. The public interface names associated with the network adapters for each network must be the same on all nodes. You must identify each interface as a public interface. Oracle does not support token-rings or crossover cables for the interconnect. You can test if an interconnect interface is reachable using ping. but on racnode2 have eth1 as the public interface. UDP is the default interconnect protocol for Oracle RAC. If eth1 is the private interface for racnode1. You must use a switch for the interconnect. with our two-node cluster. the endpoints of all designated interconnect interfaces must be completely reachable on the network. Oracle recommends that you use NIC bonding. If you use more than one NIC for the private interconnect. To use multiple NICs for the public network or for the private network. There should be no node that is not connected to every private network interface. During installation of Oracle grid infrastructure. and the private interface names associated with the network adaptors should be the same on all nodes. Note that multiple 27 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . you are asked to identify the planned use for each network interface that OUI detects on your cluster node.

The following table displays the network configuration that will be used to build the example two-node Oracle RAC described in this guide. A TOE is often embedded in a network interface card (NIC) or a host bus adapter (HBA) and used to reduce the amount of TCP/IP processing handled by the CPU and server I/O subsystem and improve overall performance. The basic idea of a TOE is to offload the processing of TCP/IP protocols from the host processor to the hardware on the adapter or in the system. you no longer need to provide a private name or IP address for the interconnect. I opted not to use Grid Naming Service (GNS) for assigning IP addresses to each Oracle RAC node but instead will manually assign them in DNS and hosts files. this article will configure the iSCSI network storage traffic on the same network as the RAC private interconnect (eth1).shtml private interfaces provide load balancing but not failover. and for the purpose of this guide. In practice. I often refer to this traditional method of manually assigning IP addresses as the "DNS method" given the fact that all IP addresses should be resolved using DNS. When using the DNS method for assigning IP addresses. unless bonded. This would include the public IP address for the node. IP addresses on the subnet you identify as private are assigned as private IP addresses for cluster member nodes.2. for example). Oracle recommends that all static IP addresses be manually configured in DNS before starting the Oracle grid infrastructure installation. the RAC interconnect. If you want name resolution for the interconnect. Combining the iSCSI storage traffic and cache fusion traffic for Oracle RAC on the same network interface works great for an inexpensive test system (like the one described in this article) but should never be considered for production. and to the subnet used for the private subnet. for example) for that storage traffic using a TCP/IP offload Engine (TOE) card. Oracle Clusterware assigns interconnect addresses on the interface defined during installation as the private interface (eth1. It provides self-documentation and a set of end-points on the private network I can use for troubleshooting purposes: 192.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. You do not need to configure these addresses manually in a hosts directory. 28 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . Note that every IP address will be registered in DNS and the hosts file for each Oracle RAC node with the exception of the SCAN virtual IP.168.151 192. For the sake of brevity. Starting with Oracle Clusterware 11g release 2. The SCAN virtual IP will only be registered in DNS. then you can configure private IP names in the hosts file or the DNS. and new to 11g release 2.152 racnode1-priv racnode2-priv In a production environment that uses iSCSI for network storage. and not in DNS. the Single Client Access Name (SCAN) virtual IP. Oracle RAC Network Configuration For this guide. virtual IP address (VIP).2. it is highly recommended to configure a redundant third network interface (eth2. will cause the "Oracle Cluster Verification Utility" to fail with an [INS-20802] error during the Oracle grid infrastructure install. Note that Oracle requires you to define the SCAN domain address (racnodecluster-scan in this example) to resolve on your DNS to one of three possible IP addresses in order to successfully install Oracle grid infrastructure! Defining the SCAN domain address only in the hosts files for each Oracle RAC node. However. I will continue to include a private name and IP address on each node for the RAC interconnect.168.

168.168.2.shtml Example Two-Node Oracle RAC Network Configuration Identity Node 1 Public Node 1 Private Node 1 VIP Node 2 Public Node 2 Private Node 2 VIP SCAN VIP 1 SCAN VIP 2 SCAN VIP 3 Name racnode1 racnode1-priv racnode1-vip racnode2 racnode2-priv racnode2-vip racnode-cluster-scan racnode-cluster-scan racnode-cluster-scan Type Public Private Virtual Public Private Virtual Virtual Virtual Virtual IP Address 192.187 192.1.1.2.1.1.168.188 192.168.152 192.168.151 192.168.1.1.151 192.168.189 Resolved By DNS and hosts file DNS and hosts file DNS and hosts file DNS and hosts file DNS and hosts file DNS and hosts file DNS DNS DNS 29 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .168.168.252 192.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.251 192.1.152 192.

this section includes detailed instructions for installing a minimal DNS server on the Openfiler network storage server.info.2.idevelopment.1 Applying update job 1 of 2: Install info-named(:user)=1-1-0.info. racnode-cluster-scan.1.info. Reverse Lookup Zone 151 152 251 252 187 188 189 IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN A A A A A A A A A A A PTR PTR PTR PTR PTR PTR PTR 192.1.252 192. To learn more about the different options and parameters that can be used with the conary utility. racnode2-vip.info.1.168.151 192.152 192.187 192.idevelopment.info.195 192.info.2.idevelopment.idevelopment.idevelopment.251 192. racnode-cluster-scan.168. Install DNS on Openfiler Installing DNS on the Openfiler network storage server is a trivial task.1 Applying update job 2 of 2: 30 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .shtml Identity Name Type IP Address Resolved By DNS Configuration The example Oracle RAC configuration described in this guide will use the traditional method of manually assigning static IP addresses and therefore requires a DNS server.195 192. racnode1-vip.168.1. racnode-cluster-scan. To install or update packages on Openfiler.3_P5-1.conf File".1.1.168. racnode2. Please feel free to substitute your own domain name if needed.168. simply add the appropriate A and PTR records for Oracle RAC to your DNS and skip ahead to the next section "Update /etc/resolv.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. review the Conary QuickReference guide.151 192.1. developed by rPath.168.2.168. Use and Existing DNS If you already have access to a DNS server. Note that in the example below.info. .168.168.idevelopment. I am using the domain name idevelopment. Forward Lookup Zone racnode1 racnode2 racnode1-priv racnode2-priv racnode1-vip racnode2-vip openfiler1 openfiler1-priv racnode-cluster-scan racnode-cluster-scan racnode-cluster-scan .188 192.4.1-1 info-named:user=1-1-0. use the command-line tool conary.idevelopment. To install packages on Openfiler you need access to the Internet! To install DNS on the Openfiler server.info.152 192. run the following command as the root user account: [root@openfiler1 ~]# conary update bind:runtime Including extra troves to resolve dependencies: bind:lib=9.1. If you do not have access to a DNS server.189 racnode1.168.168.

I will be using the domain name idevelopment.*" for the public network.4.so.3_P5-1.d/named -rw-r--r-1 root root 163 2004-07-07 19:20:10 UTC /etc/logrotate.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.0.ssl] -> 9.ssl] -> 9.conf configuration file used in this example will be kept fairly simple and only contain the necessary customizations required to run a minimal DNS.conf The first step will be to create the DNS configuration file "/etc/named.~!pie.4.30 -> l -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 37404 2010-03-11 00:48:52 UTC /usr/lib/libbind9.so.30.30 -> l -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 64360 2010-03-11 00:48:51 UTC /usr/lib/liblwres.36.30.so.info.so.5 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 18 2009-07-29 17:03:01 UTC /usr/lib/liblwres.conf — (DNS configuration file) /srv/named/data/idevelopment.so.d/named -rw-r----1 root root 1435 2004-06-18 04:39:39 UTC /etc/rndc.38.4_P1-0.1 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 16 2010-03-11 00:14:00 UTC /usr/lib/libdns.30 -> -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 71428 2010-03-11 00:48:52 UTC /usr/lib/libisccfg.so.3_P5-1.so.0. The /etc/named.30.arpa.2 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 18 2009-07-29 17:03:00 UTC /usr/lib/libbind9.info and the IP range "192.2 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 18 2007-03-09 17:26:37 UTC /usr/lib/libisccc.key -rw-r--r-1 root root 1561 2006-07-20 18:40:14 UTC /etc/sysconfig/named drwxr-xr-x 1 root named 0 2007-12-16 01:01:35 UTC /srv/named drwxr-xr-x 1 named named 0 2007-12-16 01:01:35 UTC /srv/named/data drwxr-xr-x 1 named named 0 2007-12-16 01:01:35 UTC /srv/named/slaves -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 2927 2010-03-11 00:14:02 UTC /usr/bin/isc-config.shtml Update bind(:lib) (9. 31 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .0.zone — (Reverse zone definition file) /etc/named.sh -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 3168 2010-03-11 00:48:51 UTC /usr/sbin/dns-keygen -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 21416 2010-03-11 00:48:51 UTC /usr/sbin/dnssec-keygen -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 53412 2010-03-11 00:48:51 UTC /usr/sbin/dnssec-signzone -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 379912 2010-03-12 14:07:50 UTC /usr/sbin/lwresd -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 379912 2010-03-12 14:07:50 UTC /usr/sbin/named -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 7378 2006-10-11 02:33:29 UTC /usr/sbin/named-bootconf -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 20496 2010-03-11 00:48:51 UTC /usr/sbin/named-checkconf -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 19088 2010-03-11 00:48:51 UTC /usr/sbin/named-checkzone lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 15 2007-03-09 17:26:40 UTC /usr/sbin/named-compilezone -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 24032 2010-03-11 00:48:51 UTC /usr/sbin/rndc -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 11708 2010-03-11 00:48:51 UTC /usr/sbin/rndc-confgen drwxr-xr-x 1 named named 0 2007-12-16 01:01:35 UTC /var/run/named Configure DNS Configuration of the DNS server involves creating and modifying the following files: /etc/named.30 -> l -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 28112 2010-03-11 00:48:51 UTC /usr/lib/libisccc.zone — (Forward zone definition file) /srv/named/data/1. For the purpose of this guide.1.4 -> lib -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 294260 2010-03-11 00:48:52 UTC /usr/lib/libbind.3_P5-1.168.0.in-addr.4_P1-0.0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 16 2009-07-29 17:02:58 UTC /usr/lib/libisc.so. make certain to modify it in all of the files that are part of the network configuration described in this section.6 -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 2643 2008-02-22 21:44:05 UTC /etc/init.4.5-1[ipv6.1-1) Install bind:runtime=9.30.1 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 19 2009-07-29 17:03:00 UTC /usr/lib/libisccfg.4. Please feel free to substitute your own domain name if so desired.0.168.1.conf".1-1) Update bind-utils(:doc :runtime) (9.1-1 Verify the files installed by the DNS bind package: [root@openfiler1 ~]# conary q bind --lsl lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 16 2009-07-29 17:03:02 UTC /usr/lib/libbind. If you do decide to use a different domain name.~!pie.so.192.so.so.so.so.conf -rw-r----1 root named 65 2005-09-24 20:40:23 UTC /etc/rndc.36 -> lib -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 308260 2010-03-11 00:48:52 UTC /usr/lib/libisc.so.38 -> lib -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1421820 2010-03-11 00:48:52 UTC /usr/lib/libdns.3.3.5-1[ipv6.1.

}. allow-update { none.info" IN { type master.shtml The DNS configuration file described below is configured to resolve the names of the servers described in this guide. (which in my case is "/srv/named /data/idevelopment. These files will be located in the "/srv/named/data" directory.conf with at least the following content: # # # # # +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | /etc/named.info.arpa. }.1.192. This includes the two Oracle RAC nodes. The same rules apply for the reverse lookup zone which in this example would be "/srv/named/data/1. For example. the Openfiler network storage server (which is now also a DNS server!).zone".info. /srv/named/data/idevelopment. # ---------------------------------# Forward Zone # ---------------------------------zone "idevelopment. file "1. like those on the Internet.192.in-addr.zone").inaddr. Create the file /etc/named. I am using my D-Link router which is configured as my gateway to the Internet.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.168. file "idevelopment. are resolved properly.conf | | | | DNS configuration file for Oracle RAC 11g release 2 example | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ options { // FORWARDERS: Forward any name this DNS can't resolve to my router.zone". }.168. # ---------------------------------# Reverse Zone # ---------------------------------zone "1.info. For example. 32 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . and several other miscellaneous nodes. the fully qualified name for the forward lookup zone definition file described below is "/srv/named/data/idevelopment. Take note of the three entries used to configure the SCAN name for round-robin resolution to three IP addresses. In order to make sure that servers on external networks. I needed to add DNS Forwarding by defining the forwarders directive. }. This directive specifies where named will look for zone definition files.info. I could just as well have used the DNS entries provided by my ISP. if you skip forward in the DNS configuration file to the "idevelopment. we defined the forward and reverse zone definition files. }.1.192.zone". to look like the one described below. you will notice it's zone definition file is "idevelopment.info" forward lookup zone. allow-update { none.zone In the DNS configuration file above. Create and edit the file associated with your forward lookup zone. The fully qualified name for this file is derived by concatenating the directory directive and the "file" specified for that zone.arpa.zone".168.168. directory "/srv/named/data". The next directive defined in the options section is directory.arpa" IN { type master. }.info. // DIRECTORY: Directory where named will look for zone files. For the purpose of this example. anything it can't resolve should be passed to the DNS(s) listed. This directive tells the DNS.zone".in-addr. forwarders { 192.

192.168. ( 201011021 .(yyyymmdd+s) 7200 . jhunter. +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | /srv/named/data/idevelopment. serial number .251 192.info.195 ) localhost . .168.1.info | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ $ORIGIN 1. $TTL 86400 @ .168.168.in-addr.168.idevelopment.2.zone | | | | Reverse zone definition file for idevelopment.192.168.105 192. time-to-live .168.168.1. jhunter.168.0.168.zone Next.1.168.info. .2.1.1.192. .info. .info.in-addr.122 192.252 192.(1 minute) IN NS IN A IN IN IN IN IN IN A A A A A A openfiler1.168.151 192. ( 201011021 .168.idevelopment. expire .152 192.168. .idevelopment.151 192.125 192.1.1.info | +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ $ORIGIN idevelopment. 127. time-to-live .(5 minutes) 604800 .1.168.0.152 192.(1 day) IN SOA openfiler1.(2 hours) 300 .(1 week) 60 . serial number .168.1 192.arpa.168.info.in-addr. .1.245 /srv/named/data/1.168.1 192.188 racnode-cluster-scan IN A 192. Miscellaneous Nodes router packmule domo switch1 oemprod accesspoint IN IN IN IN IN IN A A A A A A 192.idevelopment. .info.info.zone | | | | Forward zone definition file for idevelopment. Oracle RAC Nodes racnode1 racnode2 racnode1-priv racnode2-priv racnode1-vip racnode2-vip .shtml .187 racnode-cluster-scan IN A 192. .121 192.zone" zone definition file for public network reverse lookups: .arpa.195 192.168.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.2.189 . refresh . we need to create the "/srv/named/data/1.idevelopment. minimum .168.1.1. +-------------------------------------------------------------------+ | /srv/named/data/1.1. Network Storage Server openfiler1 IN A openfiler1-priv IN A .arpa. retry . Single Client Access Name (SCAN) virtual IP racnode-cluster-scan IN A 192.1.1.(yyyymmdd+s) 33 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .arpa. $TTL 86400 @ .192.168.in-addr.(1 day) IN SOA openfiler1.

idevelopment. start the DNS server by starting the "named" service: [root@openfiler1 ~]# service named start Starting named: [ OK ] If named finds any problems with the DNS configuration file or zone definition files.0. domo.0.0.0.0.255.0.0.IP6. 192.info. racnode2.195#53 listening on IPv4 interface eth1.0.0.F.0.0.0.2.0.IN-ADDR.0.idevelopment.0.info. Start the DNS Service When the DNS configuration file and zone definition files are in place.idevelopment.0.idevelopment.info.255.info.ARPA automatic empty zone: B. Network Storage Server 195 IN PTR . automatic empty zone: D. oemprod. Miscellaneous Nodes 1 105 121 122 125 245 IN IN IN IN IN IN PTR PTR PTR PTR PTR PTR router.0.shtml 7200 300 604800 60 ) .idevelopment.info.0.0. Oracle RAC Nodes 151 152 251 252 IN IN IN IN PTR PTR PTR PTR . the service will fail to start and errors will be displayed on the screen.0.ARPA automatic empty zone: 254.ARPA automatic empty zone: A.idevelopment.idevelopment. Single Client Access Name (SCAN) virtual IP 187 IN PTR racnode-cluster-scan. using 1 worker thread using up to 4096 sockets loading configuration from '/etc/named.. Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: starting BIND 9.0.0.0.F.0.169. racnode1-vip.IP6.0. accesspoint. 65535] listening on IPv4 interface lo.ARPA automatic empty zone: 127.0.0. 65535] using default UDP/IPv6 port range: [1024.ARPA automatic empty zone: 8.F. . .ARPA automatic empty zone: 255.IP6.0.idevelopment. 189 IN PTR racnode-cluster-scan.E.0.0.0.0.168.0.E.info. the entries in the /var/log/messages file should resemble the following: .DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.0.info.E.idevelopment.info.0.0.0.E.1.0.0.0.1#53 listening on IPv4 interface eth0.info.0.info.0.0.0.3-P5 -u named adjusted limit on open files from 1024 to 1048576 found 1 CPU. 127. refresh retry expire minimum IN NS - (2 (5 (1 (1 hours) minutes) week) minute) openfiler1.0. .4. To troubleshoot problems with starting the named service. .0.195#53 automatic empty zone: 0.0.0. packmule.ARPA automatic empty zone: 0.0.0. check the /var/log/messages file.0.IP6.info.ARPA automatic empty zone: 2.info.info. 192.info..F.conf' using default UDP/IPv4 port range: [1024.F.IN-ADDR.IN-ADDR. If named starts successfully.0.168.0. .0. racnode2-vip. automatic empty zone: 1.IN-ADDR. racnode1.192.0.0.idevelopment.0.0.255. switch1.idevelopment.ARPA 34 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .idevelopment.0.ARPA automatic empty zone: 9.0.idevelopment.idevelopment.0.0.0.IP6.0. 188 IN PTR racnode-cluster-scan. openfiler1.idevelopment.0.info.IN-ADDR.

info/IN: loaded serial 201011021 startup succeeded running Configure DNS to Start Automatically Now that the named service is running.1.0.in-addr.168. This is accomplished by editing the "/etc/resolv.conf nameserver 192.168..195 search idevelopment.168. 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 21:35:49 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 openfiler1 named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named[7995]: named: named named[7995]: command channel listening on 127.conf" File With DNS now setup and running.1.info After modifying the /etc/resolv. issue the following commands to make sure this service starts automatically at boot time: [root@openfiler1 ~]# chkconfig named on [root@openfiler1 ~]# chkconfig named --list named 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off Update "/etc/resolv.info [root@racnode2 ~]# cat /etc/resolv.idevelopment.arpa/IN: loaded serial 201011021 zone idevelopment.conf file was successfully updated on all servers in our mini-network: [root@openfiler1 ~]# cat /etc/resolv.1.1.conf file on every server in the cluster. Verify that the /etc/resolv.168.info Server: 192.shtml Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov .168.195 Address: 192.1.192.conf file contains the following entries where the IP address of the name server and domain match those of your DNS server and the domain you have configured: nameserver 192.conf nameserver 192.168.195#53 35 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . verify that DNS is functioning correctly by testing forward and reverse lookups using the nslookup command-line utility.0.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.info [root@racnode1 ~]# cat /etc/resolv.conf" file on each server including the two Oracle RAC nodes and the Openfiler network storage server.conf nameserver 192.195 search idevelopment.1.. Make certain the /etc/resolv.1#953 command channel listening on ::1#953 no source of entropy found zone 1.168. Perform tests similar to the following from each node to all other nodes in your cluster: [root@racnode1 ~]# nslookup racnode2. the next step is to configure each server to use it for name resolution.195 search idevelopment.195 search idevelopment.info The second line allows you to resolve a name on this network without having to specify the fully qualified host name.

168.1.168. Network Configuration is a GUI application that can be started from the command-line as the root user account as follows: [root@racnode1 ~]# /usr/bin/system-config-network & Using the Network Configuration application.195 Address: 192.1.168.1.187 Name: racnode-cluster-scan.195#53 152.1.168.1.info.168.idevelopment.1.info Address: 192.1.idevelopment. we need to configure the network on both Oracle RAC nodes for access to the public network as well as their private interconnect.1.168.1. All of these tasks can be completed using the Network Configuration GUI.info.192.in-addr.1.idevelopment. It should be noted that the /etc/hosts entries are the same for both Oracle RAC nodes and that I removed any entry that has to do with IPv6.idevelopment. For example: # ::1 localhost6.info Address: 192.1.1. The easiest way to configure network settings in RHEL / CentOS is with the program "Network Configuration".arpa name = racnode-cluster-scan.195 Address: 192.152 [root@racnode1 ~]# nslookup 192.168.195 Address: 192.168.195#53 Name: racnode-cluster-scan.168.168.192.1.189 [root@racnode1 ~]# nslookup 192.168.195#53 187.188 Name: racnode-cluster-scan.152 Server: 192.1.1.168.1.info Address: 192.localdomain6 localhost6 Our example Oracle RAC configuration will use the following network settings: 36 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .idevelopment.in-addr.168.idevelopment.195 Address: 192.187 Server: 192.168.arpa name = racnode2.168. [root@racnode1 ~]# nslookup racnode-cluster-scan Server: 192.152 [root@racnode1 ~]# nslookup racnode2 Server: 192.idevelopment. Configuring Public and Private Network In our two node example. you need to configure both NIC devices as well as the /etc/hosts file and verifying the DNS configuration.info Address: 192.info Address: 192.1.168.168.shtml Name: racnode2.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.195#53 Name: racnode2.

info # Private Storage Network for Openfiler .152 racnode2.168.idevelopment.idevelopment.195 openfiler1.0 Gateway 192.1.1.168.1.168.195 search idevelopment.info 192.255.151 Subnet 255.1.idevelopment.1.0.info racnode1 racnode2 racnode1-priv racnode2-priv racnode1-vip racnode2-vip openfiler1 openfiler1-priv 37 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .168.151 192.(eth1) 192.info 192.255.168.0 255.1.idevelopment.1 Purpose Connects racnode1 to the public network Connects racnode1 (interconnect) to racnode2 (racnode2-priv) /etc/resolv.195 openfiler1-priv.1.1.251 racnode1-vip.255.151 racnode1.info # Public Virtual IP (VIP) addresses .info /etc/hosts # Do not remove the following line.conf nameserver 192.0.(eth0) 192.168.2.168.idevelopment.2.idevelopment.2.info # Private Interconnect .idevelopment.252 racnode2-vip.localdomain localhost # Public Network .255. 127.152 racnode2-priv.(racnode1) Device eth0 eth1 IP Address 192.1 localhost.(eth0:1) 192.168.shtml Oracle RAC Node 1 .168.idevelopment. or various programs # that require network functionality will fail.168.(eth1) 192.2.168.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.168.151 racnode1-priv.info 192.info 192.

shtml Oracle RAC Node 2 .251 racnode1-vip.168.idevelopment.conf nameserver 192.idevelopment. 127. or various programs # that require network functionality will fail.1.0.1 Purpose Connects racnode2 to the public network Connects racnode2 (interconnect) to racnode1 (racnode1-priv) /etc/resolv.localdomain localhost # Public Network .168.2.168.info racnode1 racnode2 racnode1-priv racnode2-priv racnode1-vip racnode2-vip openfiler1 openfiler1-priv 38 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .1.168.152 Subnet 255.info 192.255.255.idevelopment.1 localhost.0 Gateway 192.195 openfiler1.168.195 openfiler1-priv.168.152 192.0 255.(eth1) 192.idevelopment.1.(eth0) 192.info 192.151 racnode1.2.168.168.info 192.idevelopment.255.168.idevelopment.info # Private Interconnect .idevelopment.1.1.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.168.info 192.info # Public Virtual IP (VIP) addresses .168.0.1.2.151 racnode1-priv.idevelopment.info # Private Storage Network for Openfiler .2.195 search idevelopment.(eth0:1) 192.168.1.252 racnode2-vip.(eth1) 192.152 racnode2.1.255.152 racnode2-priv.info /etc/hosts # Do not remove the following line.(racnode2) Device eth0 eth1 IP Address 192.

1 localhost.255.2.0 Gateway 192.168.255.0.info /etc/hosts # Do not remove the following line.255.195 openfiler1.168.1.195 search idevelopment.195 192.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. 127.conf nameserver 192.1.255.168.1 Purpose Connects openfiler1 to the public network Connects openfiler1 to the private network /etc/resolv.168. only Oracle RAC Node 1 (racnode1) is shown.0 255.0.1.idevelopment.1. Node 1 (racnode1) 39 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .shtml Device IP Address Subnet Gateway Purpose Openfiler Network Storage Server .localdomain localhost 192.(openfiler1) Device eth0 eth1 IP Address 192. Figure 2: Network Configuration Screen.info openfiler1 In the screen shots below. Be sure to make all the proper network settings to both Oracle RAC nodes.195 Subnet 255. or various programs # that require network functionality will fail.168.

shtml Figure 3: Ethernet Device Screen. eth0 (racnode1) 40 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.

eth1 (racnode1) 41 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .shtml Figure 4: Ethernet Device Screen.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.

shtml Figure 5: Network Configuration Screen.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. DNS (racnode1) 42 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .

168.0 inet6 addr: fe80::20e:cff:fe64:d1e5/64 Scope:Link UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:120 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:48 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 RX bytes:24544 (23.168.255.1.0.0.1 Mask:255.255. /etc/hosts (racnode1) Once the network is configured.shtml Figure 6: Network Configuration Screen.1.168.0 inet6 addr: fe80::226:9eff:fe02:d3ac/64 Scope:Link UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:236549 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:264953 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 RX bytes:28686645 (27. The following example is from racnode1: [root@racnode1 ~]# /sbin/ifconfig -a eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:26:9E:02:D3:AC inet addr:192.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.0 inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1 eth1 lo 43 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .255 Mask:255.151 Bcast:192.9 KiB) TX bytes:8634 (8.2.255.0.0.255.168.3 MiB) TX bytes:159319080 (151.255 Mask:255.151 Bcast:192.4 KiB) Base address:0xddc0 Memory:fe9c0000-fe9e0000 Link encap:Local Loopback inet addr:127.2. you can use the ifconfig command to verify everything is working.9 MiB) Interrupt:177 Memory:dfef0000-dff00000 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0E:0C:64:D1:E5 inet addr:192.

The result should be that each time the nslookup is run. For example.info racnode2.idevelopment.idevelopment.idevelopment.idevelopment.187 192.1. verify the network configuration by using the ping command to test the connection from each node in the cluster to all the other nodes.189 Oracle Corporation strongly recommends configuring three IP addresses considering load balancing and high availability requirements. and must be resolvable without the domain suffix. manually configured static IP addresses in DNS: racnode-cluster-scan racnode-cluster-scan racnode-cluster-scan IN A IN A IN A 192.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.shtml RX packets:3191 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:3191 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 RX bytes:4296868 (4.idevelopment.info racnode1-priv.1. the SCAN addresses and virtual IP addresses (VIPs) should not respond to ping commands before installation.0 MiB) TX bytes:4296868 (4. resolve the issue before you proceed.info". In other words.idevelopment.info openfiler1. Since our DNS is set up to provide round-robin access to the IP addresses resolved by the SCAN entry.info openfiler1-priv. The SCAN name must be 15 characters or less in length.168.0 MiB) sit0 Link encap:IPv6-in-IPv4 NOARP MTU:1480 Metric:1 RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 RX bytes:0 (0. Verify the SCAN configuration in DNS using the nslookup command-line utility. For example. run the following commands on each node: # # # # # # # # # # # # ping ping ping ping ping ping ping ping ping ping ping ping -c -c -c -c -c -c -c -c -c -c -c -c 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 racnode1. I will configure SCAN for round-robin resolution to three. regardless of the number of servers in the cluster. Verify SCAN Configuration In this article.168.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0. run the nslookup command several times to make certain that the round-robin algorithm is functioning properly. as the root user account.1. If the ping commands for the public addresses fail. The virtual IP addresses for SCAN (and the virtual IP address for the node) should not be manually assigned to a network interface on the cluster since Oracle Clusterware is responsible for enabling them after the Oracle grid infrastructure installation.0 b) Verify Network Configuration As the root user account.idevelopment. These virtual IP addresses must all be on the same subnet as the public network in the cluster.188 192. it will 44 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . not including the domain.info racnode1 racnode2 racnode1-priv racnode2-priv openfiler1 openfiler1-priv You should not get a response from the nodes using the ping command for the virtual IPs (racnode1-vip.info racnode2-priv. "racnode-cluster-scan" must be resolvable as opposed to only "racnode-cluster-scan. racnode2-vip) or the SCAN IP addresses (racnode-cluster-scan) until after Oracle Clusterware is installed and running.168.

idevelopment.1 racnode1 localhost.189 [root@racnode1 ~]# nslookup racnode-cluster-scan Server: 192.info Address: 192.localdomain localhost it will need to be removed as shown below: 127.188 Name: racnode-cluster-scan.1.idevelopment.168. If the machine name is listed in the in the loopback address entry as below: 127.idevelopment.idevelopment.1.168.1.1.187 Name: racnode-cluster-scan.idevelopment.195#53 Name: racnode-cluster-scan.168.1.195 Address: 192.189 Name: racnode-cluster-scan.168. For example: [root@racnode1 ~]# nslookup racnode-cluster-scan Server: 192.1.info Address: 192.168.1.195 Address: 192.0.188 [root@racnode1 ~]# nslookup racnode-cluster-scan Server: 192.1.1.168.1.187 Confirm the RAC Node Name is Not Listed in Loopback Address Ensure that the node name (racnode1 or racnode2) is not included for the loopback address in the /etc/hosts file.idevelopment.info Address: 192.info Address: 192.1.168.168.168.188 Name: racnode-cluster-scan.idevelopment.1.0.195#53 Name: racnode-cluster-scan.0.1 localhost.168.168.0.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.195 Address: 192.168.1.187 Name: racnode-cluster-scan.168. you will receive the following error during the RAC installation: ORA-00603: ORACLE server session terminated by fatal error or ORA-29702: error occurred in Cluster Group Service operation 45 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .localdomain localhost If the RAC node name is listed for the loopback address.189 Name: racnode-cluster-scan.shtml return the set of three IP addresses in a different order.1.1.idevelopment.info Address: 192.168.195#53 Name: racnode-cluster-scan.168.info Address: 192.info Address: 192.info Address: 192.idevelopment.info Address: 192.

d/iptables status Firewall is stopped.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. you will need to first manually disable UDP ICMP rejections: [root@racnode1 ~]# /etc/rc. This has burned me several times so I like to do a double-check that the firewall option is not configured and to ensure udp ICMP filtering is turned off. 2. 46 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . the Oracle Clusterware software will crash after several minutes of running. If UDP ICMP is blocked or rejected by the firewall. Then.d/iptables stop Flushing firewall rules: [ OK ] Setting chains to policy ACCEPT: filter [ OK ] Unloading iptables modules: [ OK ] 3. the solution is to remove the UDP ICMP (iptables) rejection rule . I indicated to not configure the firewall option. If the firewall option is operating. The following commands should be executed as the root user account on both Oracle RAC nodes: 1.log file: 08/29/2005 22:17:19 oac_init:2: Could not connect to server. Oracle Clusterware 11g release 2 and later requires time synchronization across all nodes within a cluster where Oracle RAC is deployed.d/init. Check to ensure that the firewall option is turned off. you will have something similar to the following in the <machine_name>_evmocr. [root@racnode2 ~]# /etc/rc.d/init. If the firewall option is stopped (like it is in my example below) you do not have to proceed with the following steps. The Oracle Clusterware software will then start to operate normally and not crash. turn UDP ICMP rejections off for all subsequent server reboots (which should always be turned off): [root@racnode1 ~]# chkconfig iptables off Cluster Time Synchronization Service Perform the following Cluster Time Synchronization Service configuration on both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster.d/iptables status Firewall is stopped. By default the option to configure a firewall is selected by the installer. When the Oracle Clusterware process fails.or to simply have the firewall option turned off. Oracle Cluster Time Synchronization Service (ctssd) is designed for organizations whose Oracle RAC databases are unable to access NTP services.shtml Check and turn off UDP ICMP rejections During the Linux installation process. [root@racnode1 ~]# /etc/rc. Configuring NTP is outside the scope of this article and will therefore rely on the Oracle Cluster Time Synchronization Service as the network time protocol.d/init. clsc retcode = 9 08/29/2005 22:17:19 a_init:12!: Client init unsuccessful : [32] ibctx:1:ERROR: INVALID FORMAT proprinit:problem reading the bootblock or superbloc 22 When experiencing this type of error. Oracle provides two options for time synchronization: an operating system configured network time protocol (NTP) or the new Oracle Cluster Time Synchronization Service (CTSS).

When the installer finds that the NTP protocol is not active. run the following commands as the root user account on both Oracle RAC nodes: [root@racnode1 ~]# /sbin/service ntpd stop [root@racnode1 ~]# chkconfig ntpd off [root@racnode1 ~]# mv /etc/ntp. the Cluster Time Synchronization Service is automatically installed in active mode and synchronizes the time across the nodes. you must stop the existing ntpd service. OPTIONS="-x -u ntp:ntp -p /var/run/ntpd.original Also remove the following file: [root@racnode1 ~]# rm /var/run/ntpd. If NTP is found configured.pid" # Set to 'yes' to sync hw clock after successful ntpdate SYNC_HWCLOCK=no # Additional options for ntpdate NTPDATE_OPTIONS="" 47 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . then de-configure and de-install the Network Time Protocol (NTP) service. then the Cluster Time Synchronization Service is started in observer mode. To do this on Oracle Enterprise Linux. To confirm that ctssd is active after installation. Red Hat Linux.conf file. disable it from the initialization sequences and remove the ntp. Restart the network time protocol daemon after you complete this task.shtml Configure Cluster Time Synchronization Service . enter the following command as the Grid installation owner (grid): [grid@racnode1 ~]$ crsctl check ctss CRS-4701: The Cluster Time Synchronization Service is in Active mode. as in the following example: # Drop root to id 'ntp:ntp' by default. and Asianux systems.conf. CRS-4702: Offset (in msec): 0 Configure Network Time Protocol .(CTSS) If you want to use Cluster Time Synchronization Service to provide synchronization service in the cluster. To complete these steps on Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS. then you need to modify the NTP initialization file to set the -x flag. This section is provided for documentation purposes only and can be used by organizations already setup to use NTP within their domain. and no active time synchronization is performed by Oracle Clusterware within the cluster.pid This file maintains the pid for the NTP daemon. To deactivate the NTP service.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.(only if not using CTSS as documented above) Please note that this guide will use Cluster Time Synchronization Service for time synchronization (described above) across both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster.conf /etc/ntp. which prevents time from being adjusted backward. edit the /etc/sysconfig/ntpd file to add the -x flag. If you are using NTP and you prefer to continue using it instead of Cluster Time Synchronization Service.

shtml Then. To use Openfiler as an iSCSI storage server. configure network access. restart the NTP service. create all logical volumes.idevelopment. log in as an administrator. For example: https://openfiler1. and finally.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. modify the configuration file /etc/sysconfig/ntp with the following settings: NTPD_OPTIONS="-x -u ntp" Restart the daemon using the following command: # service ntp restart Configure iSCSI Volumes using Openfiler Perform the following configuration tasks on the network storage server (openfiler1). we use the Openfiler Storage Control Center and navigate to [Services] / [Manage Services]: 48 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . Openfiler administration is performed using the Openfiler Storage Control Center — a browser based tool over an https connection on port 446. we have to perform six major tasks — set up iSCSI services. # /sbin/service ntp restart On SUSE systems. create a new volume group. Services To control services.info:446/ From the Openfiler Storage Control Center home page. identify and partition the physical storage. create new iSCSI targets for each of the logical volumes. The default administration login credentials for Openfiler are: Username: openfiler Password: password The first page the administrator sees is the [Status] / [System Overview] screen.

. With the iSCSI target enabled. That will be accomplished later in this section by updating the ACL for each new logical volume. Also note that this step does not actually grant the appropriate permissions to the iSCSI volumes required by both Oracle RAC nodes. The ietd program implements the user level part of iSCSI Enterprise Target software for building an iSCSI storage system on Linux. we should be able to SSH into the Openfiler server and see the iscsi-target service running: [root@openfiler1 ~]# service iscsi-target status ietd (pid 14243) is running.. Note that iSCSI logical volumes will be created later on in this section. click on the 'Enable' link under the 'iSCSI target server' service name. 49 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . Network Access Configuration The next step is to configure network access in Openfiler to identify both Oracle RAC nodes (racnode1 and racnode2) that will need to access the iSCSI volumes through the storage (private) network. the 'iSCSI target server' status should change to 'Enabled'.shtml Figure 7: Enable iSCSI Openfiler Service To enable the iSCSI service. After that.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.

Next. On the Openfiler server this drive is seen as /dev/sdb (MAXTOR ATLAS15K2_73SCA). or ANY other storage can be connected to the Openfiler server and served to the clients. we will be creating the three iSCSI volumes to be used as shared storage by both of the Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster. I simply use the node name defined for that IP address. navigate to [Volumes] / [Block Devices] from the Openfiler Storage Control Center: 50 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . when entering the actual node in the 'Network/Host' field.255. The following image shows the results of adding both Oracle RAC nodes: Figure 8: Configure Openfiler Network Access for Oracle RAC Nodes Physical Storage In this section. Storage devices like internal IDE/SATA/SCSI/SAS disks. when entering actual hosts in our Class C network.shtml As in the previous section.2. When entering each of the Oracle RAC nodes. external FireWire drives.255.168.0 network have access to Openfiler resources. To see this and to start the process of creating our iSCSI volumes. This involves multiple steps that will be performed on the internal 73GB 15K SCSI hard disk connected to the Openfiler server. use a subnet mask of 255. In our case. configuring network access is accomplished using the Openfiler Storage Control Center by navigating to [System] / [Network Setup]. The "Network Access Configuration" section (at the bottom of the page) allows an administrator to setup networks and/or hosts that will be allowed to access resources exported by the Openfiler appliance. we will want to add both Oracle RAC nodes individually rather than allowing the entire 192.255. always use its IP address even though its host name may already be defined in your /etc/hosts file or DNS. we have a 73GB internal SCSI hard drive for our shared storage needs. Once these devices are discovered at the OS level. note that the 'Name' field is just a logical name used for reference only.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. Openfiler Storage Control Center can be used to set up and manage all of that storage. external USB drives. As a convention when entering nodes. Lastly. It is important to remember that you will be entering the IP address of the private network (eth1) for each of the RAC nodes in the cluster. storage arrays. For the purpose of this article.

shtml Figure 9: Openfiler Physical Storage .36 GB. Here are the values I specified to create the primary partition on /dev/sdb: Physical Disk Primary Partition Mode Partition Type Starting Cylinder Ending Cylinder Primary Physical volume 1 8924 The size now shows 68.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. most of the options can be left to their default setting where the only modification would be to change the 'Partition Type' from 'Extended partition' to 'Physical volume'. To accept that we click on the [Create] button. This results in a new partition (/dev/sdb1) on our internal hard disk: 51 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .Block Device Management Partitioning the Physical Disk The first step we will perform is to create a single primary partition on the /dev/sdb internal hard disk. By clicking on the /dev/sdb link. Since we will be creating a single primary partition that spans the entire disk. we are presented with the options to 'Edit' or 'Create' a partition.

Using the Volume Group Management screen. After that we are presented with the list that now shows our newly created volume group named "racdbvg": 52 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . From the Openfiler Storage Control Center. enter the name of the new volume group (racdbvg). click on the check-box in front of /dev/sdb1 to select that partition. navigate to [Volumes] / [Volume Groups].DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. and finally click on the [Add volume group] button.shtml Figure 10: Partition the Physical Volume Volume Group Management The next step is to create a Volume Group. We will be creating a single volume group named racdbvg that contains the newly created primary partition. or none as in our case. There we would see any existing volume groups.

From the Openfiler Storage Control Center. There we will see the newly created volume group (racdbvg) along with its block storage statistics.208 Filesystem Type iSCSI racdb-data1 33.ASM FRA Volume 1 Required Space (MB) 2.ASM CRS Volume 1 racdb .ASM Data Volume 1 racdb .DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. You will then need to click back to the "Add Volume" tab to create the next logical volume until all three iSCSI volumes are created: iSCSI / Logical Volumes Volume Name racdb-crs1 Volume Description racdb . the application will point you to the "Manage Volumes" screen.888 iSCSI racdb-fra1 33. After creating each logical volume.shtml Figure 11: New Volume Group Created Logical Volumes We can now create the three logical volumes in the newly created volume group (racdbvg). Use this screen to create the following three iSCSI logical volumes. navigate to [Volumes] / [Add Volume].888 iSCSI In effect we have created three iSCSI disks that can now be presented to iSCSI clients (racnode1 and racnode2) on the 53 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . Also available at the bottom of this screen is the option to create a new volume in the selected volume group .(Create a volume in "racdbvg").

grant both of the Oracle RAC nodes access to the new iSCSI target. an iSCSI target will need to be created for each of these three volumes. there will be a one-to-one mapping between an iSCSI logical volume and an iSCSI target. map one of the iSCSI logical volumes created in the previous section to the newly created iSCSI target. For the purpose of this article. and finally.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.shtml network. Each iSCSI logical volume will be mapped to a specific iSCSI target and the appropriate network access permissions to that target will be granted to both Oracle RAC nodes. Before an iSCSI client can have access to them. The "Manage Volumes" screen should look as follows: Figure 12: New Logical (iSCSI) Volumes iSCSI Targets At this point. however. There are three steps involved in creating and configuring an iSCSI target — create a unique Target IQN (basically. Please note that this process will need to be performed for each of the three iSCSI logical volumes created in the previous section. we have three iSCSI logical volumes. 54 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . the universal name for the new iSCSI target).

openfiler:tsn.ASM Data Volume 1 racdb . Verify the grey sub-tab "Target Configuration" is selected.com.2006-01. the following table lists the new iSCSI target names (the Target IQN) and which iSCSI logical volume it will be mapped to: iSCSI Target / Logical Volume Mappings Target IQN iqn.ASM CRS Volume 1 racdb .ae4683b67fd3": Figure 13: Create New iSCSI Target : Default Target IQN I prefer to replace the last segment of the default Target IQN with something more meaningful.com.crs1 iSCSI Volume Name racdb-crs1 Volume Description racdb . This page allows you to create a new iSCSI target.openfiler:racdb.2006-01. This three step process will need to be repeated for each of the three new iSCSI targets listed in the table above.com.data1 racdb-data1 iqn.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. An example Target IQN is "iqn.2006-01.openfiler:racdb.com.shtml For the purpose of this article. For the first iSCSI target (racdb-crs1).2006-01. navigate to [Volumes] / [iSCSI Targets]. Create New Target IQN From the Openfiler Storage Control Center.fra1 racdb-fra1 We are now ready to create the three new iSCSI targets — one for each of the iSCSI logical volumes. The example below illustrates the three steps required to create a new iSCSI target by creating the Oracle Clusterware / racdb-crs1 target (iqn.com.openfiler:racdb.2006-01.openfiler:racdb.crs1" as shown in Figure 14 below: 55 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .crs1).ASM FRA Volume 1 iqn. A default value is automatically generated for the name of the new iSCSI target (better known as the "Target IQN").ae4683b67fd3" with "racdb. I will modify the default Target IQN by replacing the string "tsn.

Under the "Target Configuration" sub-tab. click on the grey sub-tab named "LUN Mapping" (next to "Target Configuration" sub-tab). For the purpose of this article. none of settings for the new iSCSI target need to be changed. LUN Mapping After creating the new iSCSI target. Next. Your screen should look similar to Figure 15 after clicking the "Map" button for volume /dev/racdbvg/racdb-crs1: 56 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . click the [Add] button. use the pull-down menu to select the correct iSCSI target and click the [Change] button. You do not need to change any settings on this page. the next step is to map the appropriate iSCSI logical volume to it. This will create a new iSCSI target and then bring up a page that allows you to modify a number of settings for the new iSCSI target.shtml Figure 14: Create New iSCSI Target : Replace Default Target IQN Once you are satisfied with the new Target IQN. Locate the appropriate iSCSI logical volume (/dev/racdbvg/racdb-crs1 in this first example) and click the [Map] button. verify the correct iSCSI target is selected in the section "Select iSCSI Target". If not.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.

We now need to grant both of the Oracle RAC nodes access to the new iSCSI target.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. it needs to be granted the appropriate permissions. change the "Access" for both hosts from 'Deny' to 'Allow' and click the [Update] button: 57 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .shtml Figure 15: Create New iSCSI Target : Map LUN Network ACL Before an iSCSI client can have access to the newly created iSCSI target. These are the two nodes that will need to access the new iSCSI targets through the storage (private) network. we configured network access in Openfiler for two hosts (the Oracle RAC nodes). For the current iSCSI target. Awhile back. Click on the grey sub-tab named "Network ACL" (next to "LUN Mapping" sub-tab).

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Figure 16: Create New iSCSI Target : Update Network ACL

Go back to the Create New Target IQN section and perform these same three tasks for the remaining two iSCSI logical volumes while substituting the values found in the "iSCSI Target / Logical Volume Mappings" table (namely, the value in the 'Target IQN' column).

Configure iSCSI Volumes on Oracle RAC Nodes
Configure the iSCSI initiator on both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster. Creating partitions, however, should only be executed on one of nodes in the RAC cluster. An iSCSI client can be any system (Linux, Unix, MS Windows, Apple Mac, etc.) for which iSCSI support (a driver) is available. In our case, the clients are two Linux servers, racnode1 and racnode2, running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 or CentOS 5.5. In this section we will be configuring the iSCSI software initiator on both of the Oracle RAC nodes. RHEL / CentOS 5.5 includes the Open-iSCSI iSCSI software initiator which can be found in the iscsi-initiator-utils RPM. This is a change from previous versions of RHEL / CentOS (4.x) which included the Linux iscsi-sfnet software driver developed as part of the Linux-iSCSI Project. All iSCSI management tasks like discovery and logins will use the command-line interface iscsiadm which is included with Open-iSCSI. The iSCSI software initiator will be configured to automatically log in to the network storage server (openfiler1) and discover the iSCSI volumes created in the previous section. We will then go through the steps of creating persistent local SCSI device names (i.e. /dev/iscsi/crs1) for each of the iSCSI target names discovered using udev. Having a consistent local SCSI device name and which iSCSI target it maps to, helps to differentiate between the three volumes when configuring ASM. Before we can do any of this, however, we must first install the iSCSI initiator software.

This guide makes use of ASMLib 2.0 which is a support library for the Automatic Storage Management (ASM) feature of the Oracle Database. ASMLib will be used to label all iSCSI volumes used in this guide. By default, ASMLib already provides persistent paths and permissions for storage devices used with ASM. This feature eliminates the need for updating udev or devlabel files with storage device paths and permissions. For the purpose of this article and in practice, I still opt to create persistent local SCSI device

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names for each of the iSCSI target names discovered using udev. This provides a means of self-documentation which helps to quickly identify the name and location of each volume.

Installing the iSCSI (initiator) service With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 or CentOS 5.5, the Open-iSCSI iSCSI software initiator does not get installed by default. The software is included in the iscsi-initiator-utils package which can be found on CD/DVD #1. To determine if this package is installed (which in most cases, it will not be), perform the following on both Oracle RAC nodes:

[root@racnode1 ~]# rpm -qa --queryformat "%{NAME}-%{VERSION}-%{RELEASE} (%{ARCH})\n"| grep iscs

If the iscsi-initiator-utils package is not installed, load CD/DVD #1 into each of the Oracle RAC nodes and perform the following:

[root@racnode1 [root@racnode1 [root@racnode1 [root@racnode1 [root@racnode1

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mount -r /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom cd /media/cdrom/CentOS rpm -Uvh iscsi-initiator-utils-* cd / eject

Verify the iscsi-initiator-utils package is now installed on both Oracle RAC nodes:

[root@racnode1 ~]# rpm -qa --queryformat "%{NAME}-%{VERSION}-%{RELEASE} (%{ARCH})\n"| grep iscs iscsi-initiator-utils-6.2.0.871-0.16.el5 (x86_64)

[root@racnode2 ~]# rpm -qa --queryformat "%{NAME}-%{VERSION}-%{RELEASE} (%{ARCH})\n"| grep iscs iscsi-initiator-utils-6.2.0.871-0.16.el5 (x86_64)

Configure the iSCSI (initiator) service After verifying that the iscsi-initiator-utils package is installed, start the iscsid service on both Oracle RAC nodes and enable it to automatically start when the system boots. We will also configure the iscsi service to automatically start which logs into iSCSI targets needed at system startup.

[root@racnode1 ~]# service iscsid start Turning off network shutdown. Starting iSCSI daemon: [root@racnode1 ~]# chkconfig iscsid on [root@racnode1 ~]# chkconfig iscsi on

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Now that the iSCSI service is started, use the iscsiadm command-line interface to discover all available targets on the network storage server. This should be performed on both Oracle RAC nodes to verify the configuration is functioning properly:

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Manually Log In to iSCSI Targets At this point, the iSCSI initiator service has been started and each of the Oracle RAC nodes were able to discover the available targets from the Openfiler network storage server. The next step is to manually log in to each of the available iSCSI targets which can be done using the iscsiadm command-line interface. This needs to be run on both Oracle RAC nodes. Note that I had to specify the IP address and not the host name of the network storage server (openfiler1-priv) — I believe this is required given the discovery (above) shows the targets using the IP address.

[root@racnode1 ~]# iscsiadm -m node -T iqn.2006-01.com.openfiler:racdb.crs1 -p 192.168.2.195 -l [root@racnode1 ~]# iscsiadm -m node -T iqn.2006-01.com.openfiler:racdb.data1 -p 192.168.2.195 [root@racnode1 ~]# iscsiadm -m node -T iqn.2006-01.com.openfiler:racdb.fra1 -p 192.168.2.195 -l

Configure Automatic Log In The next step is to ensure the client will automatically log in to each of the targets listed above when the machine is booted (or the iSCSI initiator service is started/restarted). As with the manual log in process described above, perform the following on both Oracle RAC nodes:

[root@racnode1 ~]# iscsiadm -m node -T iqn.2006-01.com.openfiler:racdb.crs1 -p 192.168.2.195 -[root@racnode1 ~]# iscsiadm -m node -T iqn.2006-01.com.openfiler:racdb.data1 -p 192.168.2.195 [root@racnode1 ~]# iscsiadm -m node -T iqn.2006-01.com.openfiler:racdb.fra1 -p 192.168.2.195 --

Create Persistent Local SCSI Device Names In this section, we will go through the steps to create persistent local SCSI device names for each of the iSCSI target names. This will be done using udev. Having a consistent local SCSI device name and which iSCSI target it maps to, helps to differentiate between the three volumes when configuring ASM. Although this is not a strict requirement since we will be using ASMLib 2.0 for all volumes, it provides a means of self-documentation to quickly identify the name and location of each iSCSI volume. By default, when either of the Oracle RAC nodes boot and the iSCSI initiator service is started, it will automatically log in to each of the iSCSI targets configured in a random fashion and map them to the next available local SCSI device name. For example, the target iqn.2006-01.com.openfiler:racdb.crs1 may get mapped to /dev/sdb. I can actually determine the current mappings for all targets by looking at the /dev/disk/by-path directory:

[root@racnode1 ~]# (cd /dev/disk/by-path; ls -l *openfiler* | awk '{FS=" "; print $9 " " $10 " ip-192.168.2.195:3260-iscsi-iqn.2006-01.com.openfiler:racdb.crs1-lun-0 -> ../../sdb ip-192.168.2.195:3260-iscsi-iqn.2006-01.com.openfiler:racdb.data1-lun-0 -> ../../sdd ip-192.168.2.195:3260-iscsi-iqn.2006-01.com.openfiler:racdb.fra1-lun-0 -> ../../sdc

Using the output from the above listing, we can establish the following current mappings:
Current iSCSI Target Name to local SCSI Device Name Mappings
iSCSI Target Name iqn.2006-01.com.openfiler:racdb.crs1 iqn.2006-01.com.openfiler:racdb.data1 iqn.2006-01.com.openfiler:racdb.fra1 Local SCSI Device Name /dev/sdb /dev/sdd /dev/sdc

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it matches its configured rules against the available device attributes provided in sysfs to identify the device.rules on both Oracle RAC nodes: # /etc/udev/rules. the client logging in to an iSCSI target).openfiler:racdb. create the UNIX shell script /etc/udev/scripts/iscsidev. When udev receives a device event (for example.sh %b". Create the following rules file /etc/udev/rules.sh BUS=${1} HOST=${BUS%%:*} [ -e /sys/class/iscsi_host ] || exit 1 file="/sys/class/iscsi_host/host${HOST}/device/session*/iscsi_session*/targetname" target_name=$(cat ${file}) # This is not an open-scsi drive if [ -z "${target_name}" ].DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. udev provides a dynamic device directory using symbolic links that point to the actual device using a configurable set of rules. however. Let's first create a separate directory on both Oracle RAC nodes where udev scripts can be stored: [root@racnode1 ~]# mkdir -p /etc/udev/scripts [root@racnode2 ~]# mkdir -p /etc/udev/scripts Next.rules KERNEL=="sd*". The file will be named /etc/udev/rules. PROGRAM="/etc/udev/scripts/iscsidev. The first step is to create a new rules file.rules and contain only a single line of name=value pairs used to receive events we are interested in. /dev/iscsi/crs1) that will always point to the appropriate iSCSI target through reboots.d/55-openiscsi. It will also define a call-out SHELL script (/etc/udev/scripts/iscsidev.2004-04. Rules that match may provide additional device information or specify a device node name and multiple symlink names and instruct udev to run additional programs (a SHELL script for example) as part of the device event handling process. This is where the Dynamic Device Management tool named udev comes in. change it to executable: 61 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . BUS=="scsi".com.sh) to handle the event. What we need is a consistent device name we can reference (i. then exit 1 fi # Check if QNAP drive check_qnap_target_name=${target_name%%:*} if [ $check_qnap_target_name = "iqn. then target_name=`echo "${target_name%.qnap" ].*}"` fi echo "${target_name##*.}" After creating the UNIX SHELL script.com.e. after a reboot it may be determined that the iSCSI target iqn.SYMLINK+="iscsi/%c/part% We now need to create the UNIX SHELL script that will be called when this event is received. may change every time the Oracle RAC node is rebooted.crs1 gets mapped to the local SCSI device /dev/sdc.shtml This mapping.d/55-openiscsi.sh on both Oracle RAC nodes: #!/bin/sh # FILE: /etc/udev/scripts/iscsidev. For example.2006-01. It is therefore impractical to rely on using the local SCSI device name given there is no way to predict the iSCSI target mappings after a reboot.d/55-openiscsi.

2.195.com. target: iqn. target: iqn.168. Login to [iface: default. portal: 192. portal: 192.com.2. target: iqn.3 [ OK ] Let's see if our hard work paid off: [root@racnode1 ~]# ls -l /dev/iscsi/* /dev/iscsi/crs1: total 0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 Nov 6 17:32 part -> .fra1.195.2006-01. target: iqn. target: iqn.openfiler:racd Logging in to [iface: default.168.2.2 Logging out of session [sid: 2. portal: 192.com.2 Logging out of session [sid: 2.2006-01..168.2 Login to [iface: default.195. portal: 192.2006-01.openfiler:racdb.openfiler:racdb.openfiler:racdb.openfiler:racdb. target: iqn.168.2006-01. portal: 192.com.168.fra1.openfiler:racdb.2.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.fra1.2.data1. portal: 192.openfiler:racdb. target: iqn.195. portal: 192. portal: 192.168.195.2006-01.168. restart the iSCSI service on both Oracle RAC nodes: [root@racnode1 ~]# service iscsi stop Logging out of session [sid: 1. target: iqn.2006-01. portal: 192.168.data1. Starting iSCSI daemon: [ OK ] [ OK ] Setting up iSCSI targets: Logging in to [iface: default.com.fra1.fra1.sh [root@racnode2 ~]# chmod 755 /etc/udev/scripts/iscsidev.168. Logging out of session [sid: 3.2.2006-01.168.2006-01.openfiler:racdb.168.crs1. portal: 192.2006-01.2 Logout of [sid: 1.2006-01. target: iqn.168./sdd 62 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .2006-01.2006-01.168.com.data1.com.com.crs1.data1.2006-01.data1. portal: 192.2006-01. target: iqn.2006-01.195.2.168.com.openfiler:racdb.3260]: Logout of [sid: 3.2006-01.2006-01.195.openfiler:racdb.openfiler:racdb.168.195. target: iqn.2006-01.2.195.openfiler:racdb.shtml [root@racnode1 ~]# chmod 755 /etc/udev/scripts/iscsidev.fra1.168. target: iqn. target: iqn.3260]: s Stopping iSCSI daemon: [ OK ] [root@racnode2 ~]# service iscsi start iscsid dead but pid file exists Starting iSCSI daemon: [ OK ] [ OK ] Setting up iSCSI targets: Logging in to [iface: default. Logging in to [iface: default.com.com.168. [ OK ] [root@racnode2 ~]# service iscsi stop Logging out of session [sid: 1. portal: 192.crs1.openfiler:racdb. target: iqn. portal: 192.com.2006-01.168.sh Now that udev is configured.openfiler:racdb.fra1.openfiler:racdb.2./sdc /dev/iscsi/data1: total 0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 Nov 6 17:32 part -> . portal: 192. portal: 192. target: iqn.openfiler:racdb.3 Login to [iface: default.com.168. target: iqn. portal: 192.com. target: iqn.com.3260]: s Logout of [sid: 2.2.2 Logout of [sid: 1.crs1. target: iqn. Logging in to [iface: default.com. portal: 192. target: iqn.crs1. portal: 192. target: iqn.3 Login to [iface: default.com.3260]: s Stopping iSCSI daemon: [ OK ] [root@racnode1 ~]# service iscsi start iscsid dead but pid file exists Turning off network shutdown.2006-01.2.2.2006-01. portal: 192.3260]: s Logout of [sid: 2.3260]: Logout of [sid: 3. target: iqn.openfiler:racdb.168.195./.195.2006-01.data1.com.fra1.2006-01.crs1.openfiler:racdb.2006-01. target: iqn.openfiler:racd Logging in to [iface: default..openfiler:racdb. Logging out of session [sid: 3.com.openfiler:racdb. target: iqn.3 Login to [iface: default.168. portal: 192.com.195.com.data1.168.2.2.openfiler:racdb.2.openfiler:racdb.com. target: iqn..crs1. portal: 192. portal: 192..openfiler:racdb./.com. Login to [iface: default.com.

/.com.. we can safely assume that the device name /dev/iscsi /crs1/part will always reference the iSCSI target iqn.../sde The listing above shows that udev did the job it was suppose to do! We now have a consistent set of local device names that can be used to reference the iSCSI targets.shtml /dev/iscsi/fra1: total 0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 Nov 6 17:32 part -> . As mentioned earlier in this article.fra1 Local Device Name /dev/iscsi/crs1/part /dev/iscsi/data1/part /dev/iscsi/fra1/part Create Partitions on iSCSI Volumes We now need to create a single primary partition on each of the iSCSI volumes that spans the entire size of the volume. The physical database files for the clustered database will be stored in an ASM disk group named +RACDB_DATA which will also be configured for external redundancy.2006-01.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12./...com.com.2006-01.com. For example. We now have a consistent iSCSI target name to local device name mapping which is described in the following table: iSCSI Target Name to Local Device Name Mappings iSCSI Target Name iqn. and control files).openfiler:racdb.data1 iqn. I will be using Automatic Storage Management (ASM) to store the shared files required for Oracle Clusterware. the Fast Recovery Area (RMAN backups and archived redo log files) will be stored in a third ASM disk group named +FRA which too will be configured for external redundancy.crs1 iqn. The following table lists the three ASM disk groups that will be created and which iSCSI volume they will contain: Oracle Shared Drive Configuration File Types OCR and Voting Disk Oracle Database Files Oracle Fast Recovery Area ASM Diskgroup Name +CRS +RACDB_DATA +FRA iSCSI Target (short) Name crs1 data1 fra1 ASM Redundancy External External External Size 2GB 32GB 32GB ASMLib Volu ORCL:CRSVOL ORCL:DATAVO ORCL:FRAVOL 63 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM ../.openfiler:racdb. Finally. The Oracle Clusterware shared files (OCR and voting disk) will be stored in an ASM disk group named +CRS which will be configured for external redundancy./sdc 6 17:36 part -> ./sdd /dev/iscsi/data1: total 0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 Nov /dev/iscsi/fra1: total 0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 Nov 6 17:36 part -> .openfiler:racdb. the physical database files (data/index files./sde [root@racnode2 ~]# ls -l /dev/iscsi/* /dev/iscsi/crs1: total 0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 Nov 6 17:36 part -> . and the Fast Recovery Area (FRA) for the clustered database..2006-01./.openfiler:racdb..2006-01. online redo log files.crs1.

For each of the three iSCSI volumes. Syncing disks. 32 sectors/track. default 1): 1 Last cylinder or +size or +sizeM or +sizeK (1-1012. default 33888): 33888 Command (m for help): p Disk /dev/iscsi/data1/part: 35.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.shtml As shown in the table above. 62 sectors/track. we will need to create a single Linux primary partition on each of the three iSCSI volumes.e. The fdisk command is used in Linux for creating (and removing) partitions. default 1): 1 Last cylinder or +size or +sizeM or +sizeK (1-33888. you can use the default values when creating the primary partition as the default action is to use the entire disk. 33888 cylinders Units = cylinders of 2048 * 512 = 1048576 bytes 64 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . You can safely ignore any warnings that may indicate the device does not contain a valid DOS partition (or Sun. 35534143488 bytes 64 heads. SGI or OSF disklabel). I will be running the fdisk command from racnode1 to create a single primary partition on each iSCSI target using the local device names created by udev in the previous section: /dev/iscsi/crs1/part /dev/iscsi/data1/part /dev/iscsi/fra1/part Creating the single partition on each of the iSCSI volumes must only be run from one of the nodes in the Oracle RAC cluster! (i. default 1012): 1012 Command (m for help): p Disk /dev/iscsi/crs1/part: 2315 MB. racnode1) # --------------------------------------[root@racnode1 ~]# fdisk /dev/iscsi/crs1/part Command (m for help): n Command action e extended p primary partition (1-4) p Partition number (1-4): 1 First cylinder (1-1012. # --------------------------------------[root@racnode1 ~]# fdisk /dev/iscsi/data1/part Command (m for help): n Command action e extended p primary partition (1-4) p Partition number (1-4): 1 First cylinder (1-33888. 1012 cylinders Units = cylinders of 4464 * 512 = 2285568 bytes Device Boot /dev/iscsi/crs1/part1 Start 1 End 1012 Blocks 2258753 Id 83 System Linux Command (m for help): w The partition table has been altered! Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table.5 GB. In this example. 2315255808 bytes 72 heads.

default 1): 1 Last cylinder or +size or +sizeM or +sizeK (1-33888. you should now inform the kernel of the partition changes using the following command as the root user account from all remaining nodes in the Oracle RAC cluster (racnode2).5 GB. 32 sectors/track. 33888 cylinders Units = cylinders of 2048 * 512 = 1048576 bytes Device Boot /dev/iscsi/fra1/part1 Start 1 End 33888 Blocks 34701296 Id 83 System Linux Command (m for help): w The partition table has been altered! Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table. 160000000000 bytes 255 heads. default 33888): 33888 Command (m for help): p Disk /dev/iscsi/fra1/part: 35. 63 sectors/track. 33888 cylinders Units = cylinders of 2048 * 512 = 1048576 bytes 65 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . Syncing disks. This is not a concern and will not cause any problems since we will not be using the local SCSI device names but rather the local device names created by udev in the previous section. Verify New Partitions After creating all required partitions from racnode1. From racnode2.5 GB. 19452 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Device Boot /dev/sda1 * /dev/sda2 Start 1 14 End 13 19452 Blocks 104391 156143767+ Id 83 8e System Linux Linux LVM Disk /dev/sdb: 35. 35534143488 bytes 64 heads.shtml Device Boot /dev/iscsi/data1/part1 Start 1 End 33888 Blocks 34701296 Id 83 System Linux Command (m for help): w The partition table has been altered! Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table. Syncing disks.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. 35534143488 bytes 64 heads. run the following commands: [root@racnode2 ~]# partprobe [root@racnode2 ~]# fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: 160. # --------------------------------------[root@racnode1 ~]# fdisk /dev/iscsi/fra1/part Command (m for help): n Command action e extended p primary partition (1-4) p Partition number (1-4): 1 First cylinder (1-33888.0 GB. 32 sectors/track. Note that the mapping of iSCSI target names discovered from Openfiler and the local SCSI device name will be different on both Oracle RAC nodes.

com.openfiler:racdb.168..2...2006-01.. the Oracle database software).2006-01.195:3260-iscsi-iqn.openfiler:racdb.2006-01../sde ip-192.2006-01.195:3260-iscsi-iqn. The commands in this section should be performed on both Oracle RAC nodes as root to create these groups.168. 32 sectors/track. and confirm that the primary group for each grid infrastructure for a cluster installation owner has the same name and group ID which for the purpose of this guide is oinstall (GID 1000).2.168.data1-lun-0-part1 -> ../.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12./.2006-01. group. Note that the group and user IDs must be identical on both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster./.2006-01. users.crs1-lun-0 -> . and directories. This section provides the instructions on how to create the operating system users and groups to install all Oracle software using a Job Role Separation configuration..168.com./sdc ip-192.2006-01.. Administrative privileges access 66 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .168.openfiler:racdb.2.168./sde1 [root@racnode2 ~]# (cd /dev/disk/by-path.. print $9 " " $10 " ip-192.195:3260-iscsi-iqn.. directory configuration.2.data1-lun-0 -> .openfiler:racdb. A Job Role Separation privileges configuration of Oracle is a configuration with operating system groups and users that divide administrative access privileges to the Oracle grid infrastructure installation from other administrative privileges users and groups associated with other Oracle installations (e. Users./sde1 The listing above shows that udev did indeed create new device names for each of the new partitions.openfiler:racdb. We will be using these new device names when configuring the volumes for ASMlib later in this guide: /dev/iscsi/crs1/part1 /dev/iscsi/data1/part1 /dev/iscsi/fra1/part1 Create Job Role Separation Operating System Privileges Groups.fra1-lun-0-part1 -> ./sdc ip-192.2../.shtml Device Boot /dev/sdb1 Start 1 End 33888 Blocks 34701296 Id 83 System Linux Disk /dev/sdc: 35.2. 33888 cylinders Units = cylinders of 2048 * 512 = 1048576 bytes Device Boot /dev/sdc1 Start 1 End 33888 Blocks 34701296 Id 83 System Linux Disk /dev/sdd: 2315 MB./sdd ip-192./..openfiler:racdb.com.2.2006-01../.openfiler:racdb.fra1-lun-0 -> .openfiler:racdb.data1-lun-0-part1 -> ..crs1-lun-0 -> .com.2.168.195:3260-iscsi-iqn.com.195:3260-iscsi-iqn.195:3260-iscsi-iqn.195:3260-iscsi-iqn. and Directories Perform the following user.2006-01.com.2006-01.com.crs1-lun-0-part1 -> .data1-lun-0 -> .fra1-lun-0 -> .168..2. 1012 cylinders Units = cylinders of 4464 * 512 = 2285568 bytes Device Boot /dev/sdd1 Start 1 End 1012 Blocks 2258753 Id 83 System Linux As a final step you should run the following command on both Oracle RAC nodes to verify that udev created the new symbolic links for each new partition: [root@racnode1 ~]# (cd /dev/disk/by-path.2.openfiler:racdb..com.2006-01.195:3260-iscsi-iqn. print $9 " " $10 " ip-192.. ls -l *openfiler* | awk '{FS=" ".com./.2.168../..195:3260-iscsi-iqn.195:3260-iscsi-iqn.openfiler:racdb./sdd1 ip-192.g../sde ip-192.195:3260-iscsi-iqn.5 GB.com.crs1-lun-0-part1 -> ./../.../sdd ip-192./. ls -l *openfiler* | awk '{FS=" ".195:3260-iscsi-iqn./sdc1 ip-192.2. Check to make sure that the group and user IDs you want to use are available on each cluster member node.com.fra1-lun-0-part1 -> .openfiler:racdb./sdc1 ip-192. and setting shell limit tasks for the grid and oracle users on both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster.com./.168. 2315255808 bytes 72 heads. 35534143488 bytes 64 heads. 62 sectors/track.168.2006-01.openfiler:racdb..168./sdd1 ip-192.

where there is a group specifically created to grant this privilege. For the purpose of this guide. When you install Oracle software on a Linux system for the first time. This type of configuration is optional but highly recommend by Oracle for organizations that need to restrict user access to Oracle software by responsibility areas for different administrator users. OUI creates the /etc/oraInst. the operating system group whose members are granted privileges is called the OSASM group. a user created to own the Oracle grid infrastructure binaries is called the grid user. it is referred to as asmadmin. The following O/S groups will be created to support job role separation: Description Oracle Inventory and Software Owner Oracle Automatic Storage Management Group ASM Database Administrator Group ASM Operator Group Database Administrator Database Operator OS Group Name oinstall asmadmin asmdba asmoper dba oper OS Users Assigned to this Group grid. One OS user will be created to own each Oracle software product — "grid" for the Oracle grid infrastructure owner and "oracle" for the Oracle RAC software. the grid and oracle installation owners must be configured with oinstall as their primary group. and the path of the Oracle Central Inventory directory. and so that OCR and Oracle Clusterware resource permissions are set correctly. For example. network administrators.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. This user will own both the Oracle Clusterware and Oracle Automatic Storage Management binaries. The user created to own the Oracle database binaries (Oracle RAC) will be called the oracle user. When grid infrastructure installation and configuration is completed successfully. so that each Oracle software installation owner can write to the central inventory (oraInventory). oracle grid oracle oracle SYSASM SYSDBA for ASM SYSOPER for ASM SYSDBA SYSOPER Oracle Privilege Oracle Inventory Group (typically oinstall) Members of the OINSTALL group are considered the "owners" of the Oracle software and are granted privileges to write to the Oracle central inventory (oraInventory). This file identifies the name of the Oracle Inventory group (by default. and installation privileges are granted by using different installation owners for each Oracle installation. Both Oracle software owners must have the Oracle Inventory group (oinstall) as their primary group. oinstall). and designate oinstall to be the single group whose members are granted all system privileges for Oracle Clusterware. The Oracle Automatic Storage Management Group (typically asmadmin) This is a required group. Ensure that this group is available as a primary group for all planned Oracle software installation owners. if an oraInventory group does not exist. and complete all configuration tasks that require operating system root privileges. By default. Automatic Storage Management. and all Oracle Databases on the servers. Create this group as a separate group if you want to have separate administration privilege groups for Oracle ASM and Oracle Database administrators. With this type of configuration. and all privileges as installation owners. In Oracle documentation. Other organizations. and in code examples. a system administrator should only need to provide configuration information and to grant access to the database administrator to run scripts as root during an Oracle RAC installation. or storage administrators. These different administrative users can configure a system in preparation for an Oracle grid infrastructure for a cluster installation. you can designate the oracle user to be the sole installation owner for all Oracle software (Grid infrastructure and the Oracle database software). a small organization could simply allocate operating system user privileges so that you can use one administrative user and one group for operating system authentication for all system privileges on the storage and database tiers. oracle grid grid.shtml is granted by membership in separate operating system groups. have specialized system roles who will be responsible for installing the Oracle software such as system administrators.loc file. Throughout this article. Members of the OSASM group can use SQL to connect to an Oracle ASM instance as SYSASM using operating 67 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . then the installer lists the primary group of the installation owner for the grid infrastructure for a cluster as the oraInventory group. The Oracle RAC software owner must also have the OSDBA group and the optional OSOPER group as secondary groups. however.

choose the Advanced installation type to install the Oracle database software. The SYSDBA system privilege should not be confused with the database role DBA. To use this group. Database Administrator (OSDBA.1200(asmadmin). By default. typically asmdba) Members of the ASM Database Administrator group (OSDBA for ASM) is a subset of the SYSASM privileges and are granted read and write access to files managed by Oracle ASM. typically dba) Members of the OSDBA group can use SQL to connect to an Oracle instance as SYSDBA using operating system authentication. this group is asmoper. SYSASM privileges no longer provide access privileges on an RDBMS instance.asmoper -d /home/grid -s / [root@racnode1 ~]# id grid uid=1100(grid) gid=1000(oinstall) groups=1000(oinstall). Database Operator (OSOPER. OUI prompts you to specify the name of this group. and all users with OSDBA membership on databases that have access to the files managed by Oracle ASM must be members of the OSDBA group for ASM. and other storage administration tasks. typically asmoper) This is an optional group. Members of this optional group have a limited set of database administrative privileges such as managing and running backups. including starting up and stopping the Oracle ASM instance. Members of this group can perform critical database administration tasks. If you want to have an OSOPER for ASM group.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.2).asmdba. The DBA role does not include the SYSDBA or SYSOPER system privileges. In this guide. The ASM Database Administrator group (OSDBA for ASM. members of the OSASM group also have all privileges granted by the SYSOPER for ASM privilege. then the grid infrastructure for a cluster software owner (grid) must be a member of this group. The default name for this group is dba. Create this group if you want a separate group of operating system users to have a limited set of Oracle ASM instance administrative privileges (the SYSOPER for ASM privilege). Members of the ASM Operator Group (OSOPER for ASM. typically oper) Members of the OSOPER group can use SQL to connect to an Oracle instance as SYSOPER using operating system authentication. To use the ASM Operator group to create an ASM administrator group with fewer privileges than the default asmadmin group.1) is now fully separated from the SYSDBA privilege in Oracle ASM 11g release 2 (11. Providing system privileges for the storage tier using the SYSASM privilege instead of the SYSDBA privilege provides a clearer division of responsibility between ASM administration and database administration. The SYSASM privileges permit mounting and dismounting disk groups. The grid infrastructure installation owner (grid) and all Oracle Database software owners (oracle) must be a member of this group.shtml system authentication. and helps to prevent different databases using the same storage from accidentally overwriting each others files.1201(asmdba). The SYSASM privilege that was introduced in Oracle ASM 11g release 1 (11.1202(asmope 68 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . The default name for this group is oper. The SYSOPER system privilege allows access to a database instance even when the database is not open. The SYSDBA system privilege allows access to a database instance even when the database is not open. such as creating the database and instance startup and shutdown. then you must choose the Advanced installation type to install the Grid infrastructure software. Control of this privilege is totally outside of the database itself. In this case. Control of this privilege is totally outside of the database itself. Create Groups and User for Grid Infrastructure Lets start this section by creating the recommended OS groups and user for Grid Infrastructure on both Oracle RAC nodes: [root@racnode1 [root@racnode1 [root@racnode1 [root@racnode1 [root@racnode1 ~]# ~]# ~]# ~]# ~]# groupadd -g 1000 oinstall groupadd -g 1200 asmadmin groupadd -g 1201 asmdba groupadd -g 1202 asmoper useradd -m -u 1100 -g oinstall -G asmadmin.

grid # # # # # # # --------------------------------------------------.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.1200(asmadmin). New UNIX password: xxxxxxxxxxx Retype new UNIX password: xxxxxxxxxxx passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully.bashrc fi alias ls="ls -FA" 69 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .asmoper -d /home/grid -s / [root@racnode2 ~]# id grid uid=1100(grid) gid=1000(oinstall) groups=1000(oinstall).bash_profile): When setting the Oracle environment variables for each Oracle RAC node in the login script.asmdba. New UNIX password: xxxxxxxxxxx Retype new UNIX password: xxxxxxxxxxx passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully.1201(asmdba). Create Login Script for the grid User Account Log in to both Oracle RAC nodes as the grid user account and create the following login script (. then .shtml ------------------------------------------------[root@racnode2 [root@racnode2 [root@racnode2 [root@racnode2 [root@racnode2 ~]# ~]# ~]# ~]# ~]# groupadd -g 1000 oinstall groupadd -g 1200 asmadmin groupadd -g 1201 asmdba groupadd -g 1202 asmoper useradd -m -u 1100 -g oinstall -G asmadmin. make certain to assign each RAC node a unique Oracle SID for ASM: racnode1: ORACLE_SID=+ASM1 racnode2: ORACLE_SID=+ASM2 [root@racnode1 ~]# su .1202(asmope Set the password for the grid account on both Oracle RAC nodes: [root@racnode1 ~]# passwd grid Changing password for user grid.bashrc ]. ~/. [root@racnode2 ~]# passwd grid Changing password for user grid.bash_profile --------------------------------------------------OS User: grid Application: Oracle Grid Infrastructure Version: Oracle 11g release 2 --------------------------------------------------- # Get the aliases and functions if [ -f ~/.

export ORACLE_PATH # # # # # --------------------------------------------------SQLPATH --------------------------------------------------Specifies the directory or list of directories that SQL*Plus searches for a login.sql file.2. # --------------------------------------------------ORACLE_HOME=/u01/app/11. the Grid # home must not be placed under one of the Oracle base # directories. # --------------------------------------------------JAVA_HOME=/usr/local/java. 70 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . or in the home # directory of an installation owner. Forms and Menu..e. export ORACLE_BASE # --------------------------------------------------# ORACLE_HOME # --------------------------------------------------# Specifies the directory containing the Oracle # Grid Infrastructure software.) # --------------------------------------------------ORACLE_SID=+ASM1. # (i.0/grid. # Each RAC node must have a unique ORACLE_SID... +ASM2. export ORACLE_HOME # --------------------------------------------------# ORACLE_PATH # --------------------------------------------------# Specifies the search path for files used by Oracle # applications such as SQL*Plus. This change causes # permission errors for other installations. the Oracle application # uses ORACLE_PATH to locate the file. ownership of the path to the Grid # home is changed to root. If the full path to # the file is not specified. or if the file is not # in the current directory. and other logs # associated with Oracle ASM and Oracle Clusterware # are stored.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. export ORACLE_SID # --------------------------------------------------# JAVA_HOME # --------------------------------------------------# Specifies the directory of the Java SDK and Runtime # Environment. During # installation. +ASM1. # --------------------------------------------------ORACLE_BASE=/u01/app/grid. # --------------------------------------------------ORACLE_PATH=/u01/app/oracle/dba_scripts/common/sql.shtml # --------------------------------------------------# ORACLE_SID # --------------------------------------------------# Specifies the Oracle system identifier (SID) # for the Automatic Storage Management (ASM)instance # running on this node. For grid # infrastructure for a cluster installations. # This variable is used by SQL*Plus. or under Oracle home directories of # Oracle Database installation owners. export JAVA_HOME # --------------------------------------------------# ORACLE_BASE # --------------------------------------------------# Specifies the base of the Oracle directory structure # for Optimal Flexible Architecture (OFA) compliant # installations. The Oracle base directory for the # grid installation owner is the location where # diagnostic and administrative logs.

The # value of this parameter can be any valid date # format mask. # --------------------------------------------------ORA_NLS11=$ORACLE_HOME/nls/data. The default value of # this parameter is determined by NLS_TERRITORY.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. If not set. and sqlnet. # territory.ora. For example: # # NLS_DATE_FORMAT = "MM/DD/YYYY" # # --------------------------------------------------NLS_DATE_FORMAT="DD-MON-YYYY HH24:MI:SS". # must include the $ORACLE_HOME/bin directory. Used by all character mode products. export ORACLE_TERM # --------------------------------------------------# NLS_DATE_FORMAT # --------------------------------------------------# Specifies the default date format to use with the # TO_CHAR and TO_DATE functions. # --------------------------------------------------PATH=. and the value must be surrounded by # double quotation marks. export ORA_NLS11 # --------------------------------------------------# PATH # --------------------------------------------------# Used by the shell to locate executable programs. # --------------------------------------------------LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$ORACLE_HOME/lib LD_LIBRARY_PATH=${LD_LIBRARY_PATH}:$ORACLE_HOME/oracm/lib LD_LIBRARY_PATH=${LD_LIBRARY_PATH}:/lib:/usr/lib:/usr/local/lib 71 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . character set. and linguistic definition # files are stored. # --------------------------------------------------TNS_ADMIN=$ORACLE_HOME/network/admin.shtml # --------------------------------------------------# SQLPATH=/u01/app/oracle/dba_scripts/common/sql. export TNS_ADMIN # --------------------------------------------------# ORA_NLS11 # --------------------------------------------------# Specifies the directory where the language. export NLS_DATE_FORMAT # --------------------------------------------------# TNS_ADMIN # --------------------------------------------------# Specifies the directory containing the Oracle Net # Services configuration files like listener. # tnsnames.ora. export SQLPATH # --------------------------------------------------# ORACLE_TERM # --------------------------------------------------# Defines a terminal definition.ora.:${JAVA_HOME}/bin:${PATH}:$HOME/bin:$ORACLE_HOME/bin PATH=${PATH}:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/bin/X11:/usr/local/bin PATH=${PATH}:/u01/app/oracle/dba_scripts/common/bin export PATH # --------------------------------------------------# LD_LIBRARY_PATH # --------------------------------------------------# Specifies the list of directories that the shared # library loader searches to locate shared object # libraries at runtime. it # defaults to the value of your TERM environment # variable. # --------------------------------------------------ORACLE_TERM=xterm.

shtml export LD_LIBRARY_PATH # --------------------------------------------------# CLASSPATH # --------------------------------------------------# Specifies the directory or list of directories that # contain compiled Java classes.1301(oper) ------------------------------------------------- [root@racnode2 ~]# groupadd -g 1300 dba [root@racnode2 ~]# groupadd -g 1301 oper [root@racnode2 ~]# useradd -m -u 1101 -g oinstall -G dba.1201(asmdba).1300(dba). tools that create temporary files # create them in one of these directories.asmdba -d /home/oracle -s /bin/ba [root@racnode1 ~]# id oracle uid=1101(oracle) gid=1000(oinstall) groups=1000(oinstall). # --------------------------------------------------export TEMP=/tmp export TMPDIR=/tmp # --------------------------------------------------# UMASK # --------------------------------------------------# Set the default file mode creation mask # (umask) to 022 to ensure that the user performing # the Oracle software installation creates files # with 644 permissions. You can revert to the use of green # threads by setting THREADS_FLAG to the value # "green". if set. export THREADS_FLAG # --------------------------------------------------# TEMP.oper. # --------------------------------------------------THREADS_FLAG=native. TMP. # --------------------------------------------------CLASSPATH=$ORACLE_HOME/JRE CLASSPATH=${CLASSPATH}:$ORACLE_HOME/jlib CLASSPATH=${CLASSPATH}:$ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/jlib CLASSPATH=${CLASSPATH}:$ORACLE_HOME/network/jlib export CLASSPATH # --------------------------------------------------# THREADS_FLAG # --------------------------------------------------# All the tools in the JDK use green threads as a # default.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. create the the recommended OS groups and user for the Oracle database software on both Oracle RAC nodes: [root@racnode1 ~]# groupadd -g 1300 dba [root@racnode1 ~]# groupadd -g 1301 oper [root@racnode1 ~]# useradd -m -u 1101 -g oinstall -G dba. # --------------------------------------------------umask 022 Create Groups and User for Oracle Database Software Next. To specify that native threads should be # used. set the THREADS_FLAG environment variable to # "native".asmdba -d /home/oracle -s /bin/ba 72 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .oper. and TMPDIR # --------------------------------------------------# Specify the default directories for temporary # files.

.1201(asmdba). racdb1.bashrc fi alias ls="ls -FA" # # # # # # # --------------------------------------------------ORACLE_SID --------------------------------------------------Specifies the Oracle system identifier (SID) for the Oracle instance running on this node.bashrc ].. (i. then .shtml [root@racnode2 ~]# id oracle uid=1101(oracle) gid=1000(oinstall) groups=1000(oinstall).1301(oper) Set the password for the oracle account: [root@racnode1 ~]# passwd oracle Changing password for user oracle. racdb2. [root@racnode2 ~]# passwd oracle Changing password for user oracle. make certain to assign each RAC node a unique Oracle SID: racnode1: ORACLE_SID=racdb1 racnode2: ORACLE_SID=racdb2 [root@racnode1 ~]# su .bash_profile): When setting the Oracle environment variables for each Oracle RAC node in the login script. ~/.. New UNIX password: xxxxxxxxxxx Retype new UNIX password: xxxxxxxxxxx passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully. Create Login Script for the oracle User Account Log in to both Oracle RAC nodes as the oracle user account and create the following login script (.1300(dba).) 73 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . New UNIX password: xxxxxxxxxxx Retype new UNIX password: xxxxxxxxxxx passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.e.bash_profile --------------------------------------------------OS User: oracle Application: Oracle Database Software Owner Version: Oracle 11g release 2 --------------------------------------------------- # Get the aliases and functions if [ -f ~/.oracle # # # # # # # --------------------------------------------------. Each RAC node must have a unique ORACLE_SID.

and # check the status of Enterprise Manager.sql file. If the full path to # the file is not specified. # --------------------------------------------------ORACLE_BASE=/u01/app/oracle. export SQLPATH # --------------------------------------------------# ORACLE_TERM # --------------------------------------------------- 74 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . # --------------------------------------------------JAVA_HOME=/usr/local/java. # --------------------------------------------------ORACLE_PATH=/u01/app/oracle/dba_scripts/common/sql:$ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/admin. --------------------------------------------------SQLPATH=/u01/app/oracle/dba_scripts/common/sql. # This variable is used by SQL*Plus.0/dbhome_1. export ORACLE_PATH # # # # # # # --------------------------------------------------SQLPATH --------------------------------------------------Specifies the directory or list of directories that SQL*Plus searches for a login. export ORACLE_BASE # --------------------------------------------------# ORACLE_HOME # --------------------------------------------------# Specifies the directory containing the Oracle # Database software.shtml # --------------------------------------------------ORACLE_SID=racdb1. the Oracle application # uses ORACLE_PATH to locate the file.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. you # need to set the environment variables ORACLE_HOME # and ORACLE_UNQNAME to use Enterprise Manager. stop. # --------------------------------------------------ORACLE_HOME=$ORACLE_BASE/product/11. export ORACLE_HOME # --------------------------------------------------# ORACLE_PATH # --------------------------------------------------# Specifies the search path for files used by Oracle # applications such as SQL*Plus. Forms and Menu.2. # Set ORACLE_UNQNAME equal to the database unique # name. export ORACLE_UNQNAME # --------------------------------------------------# JAVA_HOME # --------------------------------------------------# Specifies the directory of the Java SDK and Runtime # Environment. With # Oracle Database 11g release 2 (11. export JAVA_HOME # --------------------------------------------------# ORACLE_BASE # --------------------------------------------------# Specifies the base of the Oracle directory structure # for Optimal Flexible Architecture (OFA) compliant # database software installations.2) and later. export ORACLE_SID # --------------------------------------------------# ORACLE_UNQNAME # --------------------------------------------------# In previous releases of Oracle Database. you were # required to set environment variables for # ORACLE_HOME and ORACLE_SID to start. # --------------------------------------------------ORACLE_UNQNAME=racdb. or if the file is not # in the current directory.

Used by all character mode products. export TNS_ADMIN # --------------------------------------------------# ORA_NLS11 # --------------------------------------------------# Specifies the directory where the language. If not set. The default value of # this parameter is determined by NLS_TERRITORY.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. character set. # --------------------------------------------------TNS_ADMIN=$ORACLE_HOME/network/admin. The # value of this parameter can be any valid date # format mask. and the value must be surrounded by # double quotation marks. # --------------------------------------------------PATH=.ora. # --------------------------------------------------LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$ORACLE_HOME/lib LD_LIBRARY_PATH=${LD_LIBRARY_PATH}:$ORACLE_HOME/oracm/lib LD_LIBRARY_PATH=${LD_LIBRARY_PATH}:/lib:/usr/lib:/usr/local/lib export LD_LIBRARY_PATH # # # # --------------------------------------------------CLASSPATH --------------------------------------------------Specifies the directory or list of directories that 75 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . # must include the $ORACLE_HOME/bin directory. it # defaults to the value of your TERM environment # variable. and sqlnet. # --------------------------------------------------ORACLE_TERM=xterm. export ORA_NLS11 # --------------------------------------------------# PATH # --------------------------------------------------# Used by the shell to locate executable programs.ora.shtml # Defines a terminal definition.ora. and linguistic definition # files are stored. export NLS_DATE_FORMAT # --------------------------------------------------# TNS_ADMIN # --------------------------------------------------# Specifies the directory containing the Oracle Net # Services configuration files like listener.:${JAVA_HOME}/bin:${PATH}:$HOME/bin:$ORACLE_HOME/bin PATH=${PATH}:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/bin/X11:/usr/local/bin PATH=${PATH}:/u01/app/oracle/dba_scripts/common/bin export PATH # --------------------------------------------------# LD_LIBRARY_PATH # --------------------------------------------------# Specifies the list of directories that the shared # library loader searches to locate shared object # libraries at runtime. For example: # # NLS_DATE_FORMAT = "MM/DD/YYYY" # # --------------------------------------------------NLS_DATE_FORMAT="DD-MON-YYYY HH24:MI:SS". export ORACLE_TERM # --------------------------------------------------# NLS_DATE_FORMAT # --------------------------------------------------# Specifies the default date format to use with the # TO_CHAR and TO_DATE functions. # --------------------------------------------------ORA_NLS11=$ORACLE_HOME/nls/data. # territory. # tnsnames.

and TMPDIR # --------------------------------------------------# Specify the default directories for temporary # files. then you do not have to create that user. 2. To determine if the user exists. If the user nobody does not exist. # --------------------------------------------------umask 022 Verify That the User nobody Exists Before installing the software. set the THREADS_FLAG environment variable to # "native".DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.shtml # contain compiled Java classes. then enter the following command to create it: [root@racnode1 ~]# /usr/sbin/useradd nobody Create the Oracle Base Directory Path [root@racnode2 ~]# /usr/sbin/useradd nobody 76 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . if set. tools that create temporary files # create them in one of these directories. enter the following command: [root@racnode1 ~]# id nobody uid=99(nobody) gid=99(nobody) groups=99(nobody) [root@racnode2 ~]# id nobody uid=99(nobody) gid=99(nobody) groups=99(nobody) If this command displays information about the nobody user. TMP. export THREADS_FLAG # --------------------------------------------------# TEMP. complete the following procedure to verify that the user nobody exists on both Oracle RAC nodes: 1. # --------------------------------------------------THREADS_FLAG=native. To specify that native threads should be # used. You can revert to the use of green # threads by setting THREADS_FLAG to the value # "green". # --------------------------------------------------CLASSPATH=$ORACLE_HOME/JRE CLASSPATH=${CLASSPATH}:$ORACLE_HOME/jlib CLASSPATH=${CLASSPATH}:$ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/jlib CLASSPATH=${CLASSPATH}:$ORACLE_HOME/network/jlib export CLASSPATH # --------------------------------------------------# THREADS_FLAG # --------------------------------------------------# All the tools in the JDK use green threads as a # default. # --------------------------------------------------export TEMP=/tmp export TMPDIR=/tmp # --------------------------------------------------# UMASK # --------------------------------------------------# Set the default file mode creation mask # (umask) to 022 to ensure that the user performing # the Oracle software installation creates files # with 644 permissions.

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The final step is to configure an Oracle base path compliant with an Optimal Flexible Architecture (OFA) structure and correct permissions. This will need to be performed on both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster as root. This guide assumes that the /u01 directory is being created in the root file system. Please note that this is being done for the sake of brevity and is not recommended as a general practice. Normally, the /u01 directory would be provisioned as a separate file system with either hardware or software mirroring configured.

[root@racnode1 [root@racnode1 [root@racnode1 [root@racnode1 [root@racnode1 [root@racnode1

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At the end of this section, you should have the following on both Oracle RAC nodes: An Oracle central inventory group, or oraInventory group (oinstall), whose members that have the central inventory group as their primary group are granted permissions to write to the oraInventory directory. A separate OSASM group (asmadmin), whose members are granted the SYSASM privilege to administer Oracle Clusterware and Oracle ASM. A separate OSDBA for ASM group (asmdba), whose members include grid and oracle, and who are granted access to Oracle ASM. A separate OSOPER for ASM group (asmoper), whose members include grid, and who are granted limited Oracle ASM administrator privileges, including the permissions to start and stop the Oracle ASM instance. An Oracle grid installation for a cluster owner (grid), with the oraInventory group as its primary group, and with the OSASM (asmadmin), OSDBA for ASM (asmdba) and OSOPER for ASM (asmoper) groups as secondary groups. A separate OSDBA group (dba), whose members are granted the SYSDBA privilege to administer the Oracle Database. A separate OSOPER group (oper), whose members include oracle, and who are granted limited Oracle database administrator privileges. An Oracle Database software owner (oracle), with the oraInventory group as its primary group, and with the OSDBA (dba), OSOPER (oper), and the OSDBA for ASM group (asmdba) as their secondary groups. An OFA-compliant mount point /u01 owned by grid:oinstall before installation. An Oracle base for the grid /u01/app/grid owned by grid:oinstall with 775 permissions, and changed during the installation process to 755 permissions. The grid installation owner Oracle base directory is the location where Oracle ASM diagnostic and administrative log files are placed. A Grid home /u01/app/11.2.0/grid owned by grid:oinstall with 775 (drwxdrwxr-x) permissions. These permissions are required for installation, and are changed during the installation process to root:oinstall with 755 permissions (drwxr-xr-x). During installation, OUI creates the Oracle Inventory directory in the path /u01/app/oraInventory. This path remains owned by grid:oinstall, to enable other Oracle software owners to write to the central inventory.

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An Oracle base /u01/app/oracle owned by oracle:oinstall with 775 permissions. Set Resource Limits for the Oracle Software Installation Users To improve the performance of the software on Linux systems, you must increase the following resource limits for the Oracle software owner users (grid, oracle):
Shell Limit Maximum number of open file descriptors Maximum number of processes available to a single user Maximum size of the stack segment of the process Item in limits.conf nofile nproc stack Hard Limit 65536 16384 10240

To make these changes, run the following as root: 1. On each Oracle RAC node, add the following lines to the /etc/security/limits.conf file (the following example shows the software account owners oracle and grid):

[root@racnode1 ~]# cat >> /etc/security/limits.conf <<EOF grid soft nproc 2047 grid hard nproc 16384 grid soft nofile 1024 grid hard nofile 65536 oracle soft nproc 2047 oracle hard nproc 16384 oracle soft nofile 1024 oracle hard nofile 65536 EOF [root@racnode2 ~]# cat >> /etc/security/limits.conf <<EOF grid soft nproc 2047 grid hard nproc 16384 grid soft nofile 1024 grid hard nofile 65536 oracle soft nproc 2047 oracle hard nproc 16384 oracle soft nofile 1024 oracle hard nofile 65536 EOF

2. On each Oracle RAC node, add or edit the following line in the /etc/pam.d/login file, if it does not already exist:

[root@racnode1 ~]# cat >> /etc/pam.d/login <<EOF session required pam_limits.so EOF [root@racnode2 ~]# cat >> /etc/pam.d/login <<EOF session required pam_limits.so EOF

3. Depending on your shell environment, make the following changes to the default shell startup file in order to change ulimit settings for all Oracle installation owners (note that these examples show the users oracle and grid): For the Bourne, Bash, or Korn shell, add the following lines to the /etc/profile file by running the following:

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[root@racnode1 ~]# cat >> /etc/profile <<EOF if [ \$USER = "oracle" ] || [ \$USER = "grid" ]; then if [ \$SHELL = "/bin/ksh" ]; then ulimit -p 16384 ulimit -n 65536 else ulimit -u 16384 -n 65536 fi umask 022 fi EOF [root@racnode2 ~]# cat >> /etc/profile <<EOF if [ \$USER = "oracle" ] || [ \$USER = "grid" ]; then if [ \$SHELL = "/bin/ksh" ]; then ulimit -p 16384 ulimit -n 65536 else ulimit -u 16384 -n 65536 fi umask 022 fi EOF

For the C shell (csh or tcsh), add the following lines to the /etc/csh.login file by running the following:

[root@racnode1 ~]# cat >> /etc/csh.login <<EOF if ( \$USER == "oracle" || \$USER == "grid" ) then limit maxproc 16384 limit descriptors 65536 endif EOF [root@racnode2 ~]# cat >> /etc/csh.login <<EOF if ( \$USER == "oracle" || \$USER == "grid" ) then limit maxproc 16384 limit descriptors 65536 endif EOF

Logging In to a Remote System Using X Terminal
This guide requires access to the console of all machines (Oracle RAC nodes and Openfiler) in order to install the operating system and perform several of the configuration tasks. When managing a very small number of servers, it might make sense to connect each server with its own monitor, keyboard, and mouse in order to access its console. However, as the number of servers to manage increases, this solution becomes unfeasible. A more practical solution would be to configure a dedicated device which would include a single monitor, keyboard, and mouse that would have direct access to the console of each machine. This solution is made possible using a Keyboard, Video, Mouse Switch —better known as a KVM Switch. After installing the Linux operating system, there are several applications which are needed to install and configure Oracle RAC that use a Graphical User Interface (GUI) and require the use of an X11 display server. The most notable of these GUI applications (or better known as an X application) is the Oracle Universal Installer (OUI) although others like the Virtual IP Configuration Assistant (VIPCA) also require the use of an X11 display server. Given the fact that I created this article on a system that makes use of a KVM Switch, I am able to toggle to each node and rely on the native X11 display server for Linux in order to display X applications.

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Configure the security settings of the X server software to permit remote hosts to display X applications on the local system. any X application will require an X11 display server installed on the client. 4. log in to the server where you want to install the software as the Oracle grid infrastructure for a cluster software owner (grid) or the Oracle RAC software (oracle). 3.grid [grid@racnode1 ~]$ DISPLAY=<your local workstation>:0. PuTTY. Instructions for setting all OS kernel parameters required by Oracle in a startup script (/etc/sysctl. 80 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . oracle). you would need to install an X11 display server on that Windows client (Xming for example).conf) will be discussed later in this section.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. or Telnet to connect to the node. From the client workstation. This section provides information about setting all OS kernel parameters required for Oracle. then perform the following actions: 1. As the software owner (grid.0 [grid@racnode1 ~]$ export DISPLAY [grid@racnode1 ~]$ # TEST X CONFIGURATION BY RUNNING xterm [grid@racnode1 ~]$ xterm & Figure 17: Test X11 Display Server on Windows. The kernel parameters discussed in this section will need to be set on both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster every time the machine is booted. Start the X11 display server software on the client workstation. If you intend to install the Oracle grid infrastructure and Oracle RAC software from a Windows workstation or other system with an X11 display server installed.shtml If you are not logged directly on to the graphical console of a node but rather you are using a remote client like SSH. set the DISPLAY environment: [root@racnode1 ~]# su . For example. 2. if you are making a terminal remote connection to racnode1 from a Windows workstation. Run xterm from Node 1 (racnode1) Configure the Linux Servers for Oracle Perform the following configuration procedures on both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster.

use 16 GB of RAM for swap space. This way you do not have to use a raw device or even more drastic. For systems with more than 16 GB RAM. use swap space equal to RAM.5 GB for grid infrastructure for a cluster. and finally.5 GB in each server. rebuild your system. Oracle recommends that you set swap space to 1. setting the IP local port range.shtml Overview This section focuses on configuring both Oracle RAC Linux servers — getting each one prepared for the Oracle 11g release 2 grid infrastructure and Oracle RAC 11g release 2 installations on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 or CentOS 5 platform. There are several different ways to set these parameters. let's say about 500MB: [root@racnode1 ~]# dd if=/dev/zero of=tempswap bs=1k count=500000 Next.5 times the amount of RAM for systems with 2 GB of RAM or less. setting the maximum number of file handles. setting shared memory and semaphores.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. As root. change the file permissions: [root@racnode1 ~]# chmod 600 tempswap Finally. type: [root@racnode1 ~]# cat /proc/meminfo | grep MemTotal MemTotal: 4038512 kB [root@racnode2 ~]# cat /proc/meminfo | grep MemTotal MemTotal: 4038512 kB To check the amount of swap you have allocated. or 2. The minimum required swap space is 1. you can add temporary swap space by creating a temporary swap file. Each of the Oracle RAC nodes used in this example are equipped with 4 GB of physical RAM.conf file. each Oracle RAC node will be hosting Oracle grid infrastructure and Oracle RAC and will therefore require at least 2. I will be making all changes permanent through reboots by placing all values in the /etc/sysctl. format the "partition" as swap and add it to the swap space: 81 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . Memory and Swap Space Considerations The minimum required RAM on RHEL/CentOS is 1. make a file that will act as additional swap space. For the purpose of this article.5 GB for grid infrastructure for a cluster and Oracle RAC. In this guide. This includes verifying enough memory and swap space. type: [root@racnode1 ~]# cat /proc/meminfo | grep SwapTotal 6094840 kB SwapTotal: [root@racnode2 ~]# cat /proc/meminfo | grep SwapTotal SwapTotal: 6094840 kB If you have less than 4GB of memory (between your RAM and SWAP). To check the amount of memory you have. how to activate all kernel parameters for the system.5 GB. For systems with 2 GB to 16 GB RAM.

many of the required kernel parameters are already set (see above). do not change it.aio-max-nr=1048576 RHEL/CentOS 5 already comes configured with default values defined for the following kernel parameters. so if your system uses a larger value.shmmax Use the default values if they are the same or larger than the required values.file-max = 6815744 # Defines the local port range that is used by TCP and UDP # traffic to choose the local port 82 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .core.sem = 250 32000 100 128 fs. The default values for these two kernel parameters is adequate for Oracle Database 11g release 2 and therefore do not need to be modified: kernel.wmem_max=1048576 fs. kernel. On both Oracle RAC nodes. This being the case.ip_local_port_range = 9000 65500 net. verify that the kernel parameters described in this section are set to values greater than or equal to the recommended values.shmmni = 4096 # Sets the following semaphore values: # SEMMSL_value SEMMNS_value SEMOPM_value kernel.core.sem = 250 32000 100 128 SEMMNI_value # Sets the maximum number of file-handles that the Linux kernel will allocate fs.shmmax = 4294967295 kernel. The values given are minimums. you can simply copy / paste the following to both Oracle RAC nodes while logged in as root: [root@racnode1 ~]# cat >> /etc/sysctl.core. Oracle recommends that you tune these values to optimize the performance of the system.conf <<EOF # Controls the maximum number of shared memory segments system wide kernel.core.ipv4.rmem_max=4194304 net. This article assumes a fresh new install of RHEL/CentOS 5 and as such. Also note that when setting the four semaphore values that all four values need to be entered on one line. Oracle Database 11g release 2 on RHEL/CentOS 5 requires the kernel parameter settings shown below.rmem_default=262144 net.file-max = 6815744 net.shmmni = 4096 kernel.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.wmem_default=262144 net. For production database systems.shmall kernel.shtml [root@racnode1 ~]# mke2fs tempswap [root@racnode1 ~]# mkswap tempswap [root@racnode1 ~]# swapon tempswap Configure Kernel Parameters The kernel parameters presented in this section are recommended values only as documented by Oracle.shmall = 2097152 kernel.

aio-max-nr=1048576 EOF [root@racnode2 ~]# cat >> /etc/sysctl.wmem_default=262144 # Maximum setting in bytes of the socket "send" buffer which # may be set by using the SO_SNDBUF socket option net.sem = 250 32000 100 128 SEMMNI_value # Sets the maximum number of file-handles that the Linux kernel will allocate fs.ipv4.core.shmmni = 4096 # Sets the following semaphore values: # SEMMSL_value SEMMNS_value SEMOPM_value kernel.file-max = 6815744 # Defines the local port range that is used by TCP and UDP # traffic to choose the local port net.core.core.ip_local_port_range = 9000 65500 # Default setting in bytes of the socket "receive" buffer which # may be set by using the SO_RCVBUF socket option net.core.wmem_max=1048576 # Maximum number of allowable concurrent asynchronous I/O requests requests fs.wmem_default=262144 # Maximum setting in bytes of the socket "send" buffer which # may be set by using the SO_SNDBUF socket option net.core.ip_local_port_range = 9000 65500 # Default setting in bytes of the socket "receive" buffer which # may be set by using the SO_RCVBUF socket option net.core.wmem_max=1048576 # Maximum number of allowable concurrent asynchronous I/O requests requests fs.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.rmem_default=262144 # Maximum setting in bytes of the socket "receive" buffer which # may be set by using the SO_RCVBUF socket option net.rmem_max=4194304 # Default setting in bytes of the socket "send" buffer which # may be set by using the SO_SNDBUF socket option net.rmem_max=4194304 # Default setting in bytes of the socket "send" buffer which # may be set by using the SO_SNDBUF socket option net.rmem_default=262144 # Maximum setting in bytes of the socket "receive" buffer which # may be set by using the SO_RCVBUF socket option net.shtml net.conf <<EOF # Controls the maximum number of shared memory segments system wide kernel.core.aio-max-nr=1048576 EOF Activate All Kernel Parameters for the System 83 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .ipv4.core.

ipv4.msgmnb = 65536 kernel.shmmax = 68719476736 kernel.shmmni = 4096 kernel.default.ipv4.accept_source_route = 0 kernel.file-max = 6815744 84 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .wmem_default = 262144 net.ipv4.msgmax = 65536 kernel.default.rmem_max = 4194304 net.core_uses_pid = 1 net.ip_forward = 0 net.ipv4.default.conf.core.core.shtml The above command persisted the required kernel parameters through reboots by inserting them in the /etc/sysctl.rp_filter = 1 net.core_uses_pid = 1 net.core.shmall = 4294967296 kernel.core.core.shmall = 4294967296 kernel.default.aio-max-nr = 1048576 Verify the new kernel parameter values by running the following on both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster: [root@racnode1 ~]# /sbin/sysctl -a | grep shm vm.ip_local_port_range = 9000 65500 net.sem = 250 32000 100 128 fs.file-max = 6815744 net.hugetlb_shm_group = 0 kernel. To activate the new kernel parameter values for the currently running system.rmem_default = 262144 net.conf.ipv4.rmem_default = 262144 net.ip_forward = 0 net.msgmax = 65536 kernel.shmmni = 4096 kernel.wmem_default = 262144 net. run the following as root on both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster: [root@racnode1 ~]# sysctl -p net.conf.shmall = 4294967296 kernel.core.shmmax = 68719476736 kernel.ip_local_port_range = 9000 65500 net.msgmnb = 65536 kernel.tcp_syncookies = 1 kernel.wmem_max = 1048576 fs.rmem_max = 4194304 net.ipv4.aio-max-nr = 1048576 [root@racnode2 ~]# sysctl -p net.sem = 250 32000 100 128 [root@racnode1 ~]# /sbin/sysctl -a | grep file-max fs.sysrq = 0 kernel.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.ipv4.shmmax = 68719476736 [root@racnode1 ~]# /sbin/sysctl -a | grep sem kernel.conf startup file.tcp_syncookies = 1 kernel. Linux allows modification of these kernel parameters to the current system while it is up and running.accept_source_route = 0 kernel.core.ipv4.shmmni = 4096 kernel.core.wmem_max = 1048576 fs.file-max = 6815744 net. so there's no need to reboot the system after making kernel parameter changes.ipv4.conf.sem = 250 32000 100 128 fs.ipv4.rp_filter = 1 net.sysrq = 0 kernel.

[rw]mem' net. the Oracle Universal Installer (OUI) uses the secure shell tools ssh and scp commands during installation to run remote commands on and copy files to the other cluster nodes. OpenSSH should be included in the Linux distribution minimal installation. Verify SSH Software is Installed The supported version of SSH for Linux distributions is OpenSSH.3p2-41.3p2-41. Oracle recommends that you use the automatic procedure provided by the OUI whenever possible. load CD #1 85 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . however. and other features that perform configuration operations from local to remote nodes. To confirm that SSH packages are installed.el5 (x86_64) openssh-4. The use of RSH will not be discussed in this guide. then install those packages for your Linux distribution.shtml [root@racnode1 ~]# /sbin/sysctl -a | grep ip_local_port_range net.core.(Optional) Perform the following optional procedures on both Oracle RAC nodes to manually configure passwordless SSH connectivity between the two cluster member nodes as the "grid" and "oracle" user. In addition to installing the Oracle software. For example.el5 (x86_64) openssh-clients-4. One of the best parts about this section of the document is that it is completely optional! That's not to say configuring Secure Shell (SSH) connectivity between the Oracle RAC nodes is not necessary. To the contrary. Passwordless SSH is required for Oracle 11g release 2 and higher.ip_local_port_range = 9000 65500 [root@racnode1 ~]# /sbin/sysctl -a | grep 'core\.wmem_max = 1048576 Configure RAC Nodes for Remote Access using SSH . The automatic configuration performed by OUI creates passwordless SSH connectivity between all cluster member nodes.el5 (x86_64) openssh-server-4. SSH must be configured so that these commands do not prompt for a password. Configuring SSH with a passphrase is no longer supported for Oracle Clusterware 11g release 2 and later releases. During the Oracle software installations.core.rmem_max = 4194304 net.3p2-41. passwordless SSH must be configured for both user accounts.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.rmem_default = 262144 net. SSH is used after installation by configuration assistants. OPatch. When SSH is not available.3p2-41. are disabled by default on most Linux systems.core.el5 (x86_64) If you do not see a list of SSH packages. The reason this section of the document is optional is that the OUI interface in 11g release 2 includes a new feature that can automatically configure SSH during the install phase of the Oracle software for the user account running the installation. the installer attempts to use the rsh and rcp commands instead of ssh and scp.core. run the following command on both Oracle RAC nodes: [root@racnode1 ~]# rpm -qa --queryformat "%{NAME}-%{VERSION}-%{RELEASE} (%{ARCH})\n"| grep ssh openssh-askpass-4. Since this guide uses grid as the Oracle grid infrastructure software owner and oracle as the owner of the Oracle RAC software. Oracle Enterprise Manager.wmem_default = 262144 net.ipv4. These services. The ability to run SSH commands without being prompted for a password is sometimes referred to as user equivalence.

These messages. and remove other security measures that are triggered during a login and that generate messages to the terminal. Check: User equivalence for user "grid" Node Name Comment -----------------------------------. Further documentation on preventing installation errors caused by stty commands can be found later in this section. have a prerequisite of its own and that is that SSH user equivalency is configured correctly for the user account running the installation. mail checks. then why provide a section on how to manually configure passwordless SSH connectivity? In fact.-----------------------racnode1 yes racnode2 yes Result: Node reachability check passed from node "racnode1" Checking user equivalence. to resolve many incomplete system configuration requirements. however... Starting with Oracle 11g 86 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . The CVU does. know that the CVU utility will fail before having the opportunity to perform any of its critical checks: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ /media/cdrom/grid/runcluvfy.shtml into each of the Oracle RAC nodes and perform the following to install the OpenSSH packages: [root@racnode1 [root@racnode1 [root@racnode1 [root@racnode1 [root@racnode1 ~]# ~]# ~]# ~]# ~]# mount -r /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom cd /media/cdrom/Server rpm -Uvh openssh-* cd / eject Why Configure SSH User Equivalence Using the Manual Method Option? So. it also has the ability to generate shell script programs.-----------------------racnode2 failed racnode1 failed Result: PRVF-4007 : User equivalence check failed for user "grid" ERROR: User equivalence unavailable on all the specified nodes Verification cannot proceed Pre-check for cluster services setup was unsuccessful on all the nodes... The CVU (runcluvfy. If you intend to configure SSH connectivity using the OUI. Check: Node reachability from node "racnode1" Destination Node Reachable? -----------------------------------. Another reason you may decide to manually configure SSH for user equivalence is to have the ability to run the Cluster Verification Utility (CVU) prior to installing the Oracle software. Please note that it is not required to run the CVU utility before installing the Oracle software. called fixup scripts. and other displays prevent Oracle software installation owners from using the SSH configuration script that is built into the Oracle Universal Installer. I decided to forgo manually configuring SSH connectivity in favor of Oracle's automatic methods included in the installer. if the OUI already includes a feature that automates the SSH configuration between the Oracle RAC nodes. If they are not disabled. for the purpose of this article.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.sh) is a valuable tool located in the Oracle Clusterware root directory that not only verifies all prerequisites have been met before software installation. One reason to include this section on manually configuring SSH is to make mention of the fact that you must remove stty commands from the profiles of any Oracle software installation owners.racnode Performing pre-checks for cluster services setup Checking node reachability. then SSH must be configured manually before an installation can be run.sh stage -pre crsinst -fixup -n racnode1.

The instructions that follow are for SSH1. Create SSH Directory and SSH Keys Complete the following steps on each Oracle RAC node.5 protocol. then the response to this command is a list of process ID number(s). Configure SSH Connectivity Manually on All Cluster Nodes To reiterate. you can use either RSA or DSA. The OUI in 11g release 2 provides an interface during the install for the user account running the installation to automatically create passwordless SSH connectivity between all cluster member nodes. The goal in this section is to setup user equivalence for the grid and oracle OS user accounts. If you have an SSH2 installation.0 protocol. If you decide to manually configure SSH connectivity. Keep in mind that this guide uses grid as the Oracle grid infrastructure software owner and oracle as the owner of the Oracle RAC software. and you cannot use SSH1. it should be performed for both user accounts. You need either an RSA or a DSA key for the SSH protocol. the DSA key is used. Note that the SSH files must be readable only by root and by the software installation user (grid. RSA is used with the SSH 1. it is not required to manually configure SSH connectivity before running the OUI. oracle). Oracle added support in 10g release 1 for using the SSH tool suite for setting up user equivalence. User equivalence enables the grid and oracle user accounts to access all other nodes in the cluster (running commands and copying files) without the need for a password. With OpenSSH. you must first create RSA or DSA keys on each cluster node. complete the following on both Oracle RAC nodes. Automatic passwordless SSH configuration using the OUI creates RSA encryption keys on all nodes of the cluster. In the examples that follow. the Oracle software owner grid will be configured for passwordless SSH. then refer to your SSH distribution documentation to configure SSH1 compatibility or to configure SSH2 with DSA. The tasks below to manually configure SSH connectivity between all cluster member nodes is included for documentation purposes only. the installer detects when minimum requirements for installation are not completed and performs the same tasks done by the CVU to generate fixup scripts to resolve incomplete system configuration requirements.shtml release 2. 87 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . Configuring Passwordless SSH on Cluster Nodes To configure passwordless SSH. You must configure passwordless SSH separately for each Oracle software installation owner that you intend to use for installation (grid. user equivalence had to be configured using remote shell (RSH). Before Oracle Database 10g. To configure passwordless SSH. enter the following command: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ pgrep sshd 2535 19852 If SSH is running. and then copy all the keys generated on all cluster node members into an authorized keys file that is identical on each node. as SSH ignores a private key file if it is accessible by others. This is the recommend approach by Oracle and the method used in this article. Checking Existing SSH Configuration on the System To determine if SSH is installed and running.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. oracle). In the example that follows. while DSA is the default for the SSH 2. Run this check on both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster to verify the SSH daemons are installed and running.

This command writes the DSA public key to the ~/. Never distribute the private key to anyone not authorized to perform Oracle software installations.ssh /id_dsa file.1200(asmadmin).ssh SSH configuration will fail if the permissions are not set to 700.1201(asmdba).shtml 1.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.pub file and the private key to the ~/. enter the commands id and id grid. Add All Keys to a Common authorized_keys File 88 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . Repeat steps 1 through 4 for all remaining nodes that you intend to make a member of the cluster using the DSA key (racnode2). The key fingerprint is: 57:21:d7:d5:54:29:4c:12:40:23:36:e9:6e:2f:e6:40 grid@racnode1 SSH with passphrase is not supported for Oracle Clusterware 11g release 2 and later releases.ssh/id_dsa. Log in to both Oracle RAC nodes as the software owner (in this example. the grid user): [root@racnode1 ~]# su . [grid@racnode1 ~]$ id grid uid=1100(grid) gid=1000(oinstall) groups=1000(oinstall).1200(asmadmin). At the prompts.ssh directory in the grid user's home directory. and set permissions on it to ensure that only the grid user has read and write permissions: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ mkdir ~/. accept the default key file location and no passphrase (simply press [Enter] three times!): [grid@racnode1 ~]$ /usr/bin/ssh-keygen -t dsa Generating public/private dsa key pair.grid 2. 3.ssh/id_dsa. If necessary.ssh/id_dsa. Passwordless SSH is required for Oracle 11g release 2 and higher.ssh [grid@racnode1 ~]$ chmod 700 ~/. create the . Enter the following command to generate a DSA key pair (public and private key) for the SSH protocol. Your public key has been saved in /home/grid/. Verify that the Oracle user group and user and the user terminal window process you are using have group and user IDs that are identical. 4. Enter file in which to save the key (/home/grid/. For example: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ id uid=1100(grid) gid=1000(oinstall) groups=1000(oinstall).ssh/id_dsa): [Enter] Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase): [Enter] Enter same passphrase again: [Enter] Your identification has been saved in /home/grid/. 5.1201(asmdba).pub. To ensure that you are logged in as grid and to verify that the user ID matches the expected user ID you have assigned to the grid user.

The public hostname will then be addedcan't known_hosts file in the yes at the prompt to of host 'racnode1 (192. The following example is being run from racnode1 and assumes a two-node cluster. with nodes racnode1 and racnode2: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ ssh racnode1 cat ~/. RSA key fingerprint is 66:65:a6:99:5f:cb:6e:60:6a:06:18:b7:fc:c2:cc:3e.ssh/authorized_keys already exists in the .1 grid oinstall 603 Nov 7 16:56 id_dsa.ssh/authorized_keys The authenticity of host 'racnode1 (192.1 grid oinstall 672 Nov 7 16:56 id_dsa -rw-r--r-.1.ssh total 8 -rw-r--r-. In most cases this will not exist since this article assumes you are working with a new install. The grid user's ~/. create it now: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ touch ~/. it is then distributed to all of the nodes in the cluster.1. use SCP (Secure Copy) or SFTP (Secure FTP) to copy the public key (~/.pub public key that was created and the blank file authorized_keys. 2. An authorized key file is nothing more than a single file that contains a copy of everyone's (every node's) DSA public key. I am using the primary node in the cluster. you will need to create an authorized key file (authorized_keys) on one of the nodes. If the file doesn't exist.ssh/id_dsa. From racnode1. you should see the id_dsa.151)' to the be established.ssh/authorized_keys file on every node must contain the contents from all of the ~/. Once the authorized key file contains all of the public keys for each node.1.ssh 89 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . From racnode1. RSA key fingerprint is 66:65:a6:99:5f:cb:6e:60:6a:06:18:b7:fc:c2:cc:3e.168.192.ssh/id_dsa.ssh directory of the owner's home directory. you will see a message similar to the following: EnterThe authenticity continue.168. Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes Warning: Permanently added 'racnode2.pub >> ~/. For the purpose of this example.pub) from both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster to the authorized key file just created (~/.168. ~/. RSA key fingerprint is 30:cd:90:ad:18:00:24:c5:42:49:21:b0:1d:59:2d:7b.ssh/id_dsa. Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes 3.shtml Now that both Oracle RAC nodes contain a public and private key for DSA.168.151)' can't be established.152' (RSA) to the list of known hosts grid@racnode2's password: xxxxx The first time you use SSH to connect to a node from a particular system.1 grid oinstall 0 Nov 7 17:25 authorized_keys -rw------. At this point.ssh/authorized_keys The authenticity of host 'racnode2 (192. we have the DSA public key from every node in the cluster contained in the authorized key file (~/.pub files that you generated on all cluster nodes.ssh directory.pub In the .ssh/authorized_keys [grid@racnode1 ~]$ ls -l ~/.1.168.1.ssh/authorized_keys). You will be prompted for the grid OS user account password for both Oracle RAC nodes accessed.152)' can't be established. this will be done from racnode1.pub >> ~/. racnode1: 1.ssh directory and you will not see this message again when you connect from this system to the same node.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.151' (RSA) to the list of known hosts grid@racnode1's password: xxxxx [grid@racnode1 ~]$ ssh racnode2 cat ~/. Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes Warning: Permanently added 'racnode1. Complete the following steps on one of the nodes in the cluster to create and then distribute the authorized key file. determine if the authorized key file ~/.192.ssh/id_dsa. Again.

ssh total 16 -rw-r--r-.hostname" Sun Nov 7 18:06:17 EST 2010 racnode1 [grid@racnode1 ~]$ ssh racnode2 "date. In this example. When running the test SSH commands in this section. 1. Change the permission of the authorized key file for both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster by logging into the node and running the following: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ chmod 600 ~/. or asks any questions. apart from the date and host name.hostname" Sun Nov 7 18:07:55 EST 2010 racnode2 90 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .1 grid oinstall 808 Nov Nov Nov Nov 7 7 7 7 17:31 16:56 16:56 17:31 authorized_keys id_dsa id_dsa.1 grid oinstall 1206 -rw------. the only remaining node is racnode2.pub known_hosts We now need to copy the authorized key file to the remaining nodes in the cluster. is modified so it acts only when the shell is an interactive shell.ssh/authorized_keys racnode2:. then the Oracle installation will fail.1 grid oinstall 672 -rw-r--r-. You should ensure that any part of a login script that generates any output.grid 2. On the system where you want to run OUI from (racnode1).DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. complete the steps in this section to ensure passwordless SSH connectivity between all cluster member nodes is configured correctly. [root@racnode1 ~]# su .ssh/authorized_keys [grid@racnode2 ~]$ chmod 600 ~/. If SSH is configured correctly. the Oracle grid infrastructure software owner will be used which is named grid. In our two-node cluster example.2KB/s 00:00 4. If any of the nodes prompt for a password or pass phrase then verify that the ~/. if you see any other messages or text.ssh/authorized_keys file on that node contains the correct public keys and that you have created an Oracle software owner with identical group membership and IDs.ssh/authorized_keys grid@racnode2's password: xxxxx authorized_keys 100% 1206 1. Use the scp command to copy the authorized key file to all remaining nodes in the cluster: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ scp ~/. log in as the grid user. you will be able to use the ssh and scp commands without being prompted for a password or pass phrase from the terminal session: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ ssh racnode1 "date.1 grid oinstall 603 -rw-r--r-.ssh/authorized_keys Enable SSH User Equivalency on Cluster Nodes After you have copied the authorized_keys file that contains all public keys to each node in the cluster. Make any changes required to ensure that only the date and host name is displayed when you enter these commands.shtml /authorized_keys) on racnode1: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ ls -l ~/.

grid [grid@racnode2 ~]$ ssh racnode1 "date. Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes Warning: Permanently added 'racnode1. Perform the same actions above from the remaining nodes in the Oracle RAC cluster (racnode2) to ensure they too can access all other nodes without being prompted for a password or pass phrase and get added to the known_hosts file: [root@racnode2 ~]# su . you should perform another test of the current terminal session to ensure that X11 forwarding is not enabled: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ ssh racnode1 hostname racnode1 [grid@racnode1 ~]$ ssh racnode2 hostname racnode2 91 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .hostname" The authenticity of host 'racnode1 (192.152' (RSA) to the list of known hosts Sun Nov 7 18:11:51 EST 2010 racnode2 [grid@racnode2 ~]$ ssh racnode2 "date. RSA key fingerprint is 30:cd:90:ad:18:00:24:c5:42:49:21:b0:1d:59:2d:7b.hostname" The authenticity of host 'racnode2 (192.168.hostname" Sun Nov 7 18:11:54 EST 2010 racnode2 4.192.1. set the environment variable DISPLAY to a valid X Windows display: Bourne. RSA key fingerprint is 66:65:a6:99:5f:cb:6e:60:6a:06:18:b7:fc:c2:cc:3e.168.152)' can't be established.1.151' (RSA) to the list of known hosts Sun Nov 7 18:08:46 EST 2010 racnode1 [grid@racnode2 ~]$ ssh racnode1 "date.151)' can't be established.168.1.192.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.168.hostname" Sun Nov 7 18:08:53 EST 2010 racnode1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------[grid@racnode2 ~]$ ssh racnode2 "date.shtml 3. The Oracle Universal Installer is a GUI interface and requires the use of an X Server. From the terminal session enabled for user equivalence (the node you will be performing the Oracle installations from). and Bash shells: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ DISPLAY=<Any X-Windows Host>:0 [grid@racnode1 ~]$ export DISPLAY C shell: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ setenv DISPLAY <Any X-Windows Host>:0 After setting the DISPLAY variable to a valid X Windows display.1. Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes Warning: Permanently added 'racnode2. Korn.

For example. . Using a text editor.bashrc or . To avoid this problem. To correct this problem. Install and Configure ASMLib 2. and you see a message similar to: "Warning: No xauth data. create a user-level SSH client configuration file for the grid and oracle OS user account that disables X11 Forwarding: 1. insert the following into the ~/. using fake authentication data for X11 forwarding. using fake authentication data for X11 forwarding. as in the following examples: Bourne.shtml If you are using a remote client to connect to the node performing the installation.ssh/config 2.0 92 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . For example: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ export DISPLAY=melody:0 [grid@racnode1 ~]$ ssh racnode2 hostname Warning: No xauth data. Bash. OUI uses SSH to run commands and copy files to the other nodes. your SSH configuration has X11 forwarding enabled.ssh /config file: Host * ForwardX11 no Preventing Installation Errors Caused by stty Commands During an Oracle grid infrastructure or Oracle RAC software installation. racnode2 Note that having X11 Forwarding enabled will cause the Oracle installation to fail. then OUI indicates an error and stops the installation.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. edit or create the file ~/. you must modify these files in each Oracle installation owner user home directory to suppress all output on STDERR. then stty intr ^C fi C shell: test -t 0 if ($status == 0) then stty intr ^C endif If there are hidden files that contain stty commands that are loaded by the remote shell. hidden files on the system (for example.cshrc) will cause makefile and other installation errors if they contain stty commands. however. During the installation. or Korn shell: if [ -t 0 ]. Make sure that the ForwardX11 attribute is set to no." then this means that your authorized keys file is configured correctly.

Keep in mind that ASMLib is only a support library for the ASM software. If you would like to learn more about Oracle ASMLib 2. In this article. there are two different methods to configure ASM on Linux: ASM with ASMLib I/O: This method creates all Oracle database files on raw block devices managed by ASM using ASMLib calls.0. control files.0 libraries and the kernel driver from OTN. All of the files and directories to be used for Oracle will be contained in a disk group — (or for the purpose of this article. I will be using the "ASM with ASMLib I/O" method. Oracle Database files (data. So. and the Fast Recovery Area. You will be required to create RAW devices for all disk partitions used by ASM. however. which is referred to as the Grid Infrastructure home. visit http://www. is ASMLib required for ASM? Not at all.18-194. ASM automatically performs load balancing in parallel across all available disk drives to prevent hot spots and maximize performance.html. even with rapidly changing data usage patterns.6.18-194. we will install and configure ASMLib 2. archived redo logs). ASM is built into the Oracle kernel and can be used for both single and clustered instances of Oracle. In this article.shtml The installation and configuration procedures in this section should be performed on both of the Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster. Download ASMLib 2. The Oracle grid infrastructure software will be owned by the user grid. three disk groups).el5 running on the x86_64 architecture: [root@racnode1 ~]# uname -a Linux racnode1 2. Oracle states in Metalink Note 275315. Those performance metrics and testing details are out of scope of this article and therefore will not be discussed. In this section.0. online redo logs. ASM will be used as the shared file system and volume manager for Oracle Clusterware files (OCR and voting disk). RAW character devices are not required with this method as ASMLib works with block devices.0 Packages We start this section by downloading the latest ASMLib 2.0 which is an optional support library for the Automatic Storage Management (ASM) feature of the Oracle Database. In fact. ASMLib allows an Oracle Database using ASM more efficient and capable access to the disk groups it is using. Creating the ASM disks. the latest release of the ASMLib kernel driver is 2. Starting with Oracle grid infrastructure 11g release 2 (11.1 that "ASMLib was provided to enable ASM I/O to Linux disks without the limitations of the standard UNIX I/O API". The ASM software will be installed as part of Oracle grid infrastructure later in this guide.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.2).oracle. ASM with Standard Linux I/O: This method does not make use of ASMLib. We need to download the appropriate version of the ASMLib driver for the Linux kernel which in my case is kernel 2. Oracle database files are created on raw character devices managed by ASM using standard Linux I/O system calls. the Automatic Storage Management and Oracle Clusterware software is packaged together in a single binary distribution and installed into a single home directory. I plan on performing several tests in the future to identify the performance gains in using ASMLib.el5 #1 SMP Fri Apr 2 14:58:14 EDT 2010 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux 32-bit (x86) Installations 93 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .5-1.6. Automatic Storage Management simplifies database administration by eliminating the need for the DBA to directly manage potentially thousands of Oracle database files requiring only the management of groups of disks allocated to the Oracle Database. Oracle ASMLib Downloads for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 5 At the time of this writing.com/technetwork/topics/linux/asmlib/index101839. will only need to be performed on a single node within the cluster (racnode1).

verify from both Oracle RAC nodes that the software is installed: [root@racnode1 ~]# rpm -qa --queryformat "%{NAME}-%{VERSION}-%{RELEASE} (%{ARCH})\n"| grep orac oracleasm-2.el########################################### [ 67%] 3:oracleasmlib ########################################### [100%] [root@racnode2 ~]# rpm -Uvh oracleasm-2.6.18-194. you need to configure and load the ASM kernel module.el5-2.4-1.5-1. download the ASMLib tools: oracleasm-support-2.el5-2.el5.rpm Install ASMLib 2.rpm oracleasmlib-2.el5-2.6.1.el5.18-194.el5.el5 (x86_64) oracleasmlib-2.5-1.i386..rpm Next.el5-2.x86_64.18-194.18-194. This task needs to be run on both Oracle RAC nodes as the root user account.el5.18-194.18-194.18-194..0.el5.0.el5.rpm: Header V3 DSA signature: NOKEY.3-1.0.1.0 Packages The installation of ASMLib 2.4-1.0.6..18-194.5-1.5-1.el5 (x86_64) oracleasm-support-2.x86_64.el5.el5 (x86_64) oracleasmlib-2.rpm oracleasmlib-2.6.x86_64.0.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. key I Preparing.el5.0.1.3-1.el5.18-194.el5.x86_64.1.x86_64.el5.i386.4-1.el5 (x86_64) Configure ASMLib Now that you have installed the ASMLib Packages for Linux.4-1.0.rpm \ > oracleasmlib-2.0.6.x86_64.0.el########################################### [ 67%] 3:oracleasmlib ########################################### [100%] After installing the ASMLib packages.el5-2.3-1.x86_64.el5 (x86_64) [root@racnode2 ~]# rpm -qa --queryformat "%{NAME}-%{VERSION}-%{RELEASE} (%{ARCH})\n"| grep orac oracleasm-2.rpm warning: oracleasm-2.el5-2.0 needs to be performed on both nodes in the Oracle RAC cluster as the root user account: [root@racnode1 ~]# rpm -Uvh oracleasm-2.0.x86_64.3-1.shtml oracleasm-2.6.6.x86_64.el5-2.0.3-1.5-1.5-1.rpm Next.0.rpm \ > oracleasm-support-2.el5.rpm \ > oracleasmlib-2.4-1.el5.x86_64.5-1. download the ASMLib tools: oracleasm-support-2.1. ########################################### [100%] 1:oracleasm-support ########################################### [ 33%] 2:oracleasm-2.1.5-1. ########################################### [100%] 1:oracleasm-support ########################################### [ 33%] 2:oracleasm-2.x86_64. 94 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .18-194.6.3-1.el5 (x86_64) oracleasm-support-2.0..6.0.6.rpm warning: oracleasm-2.4-1.rpm 64-bit (x86_64) Installations oracleasm-2.rpm: Header V3 DSA signature: NOKEY.i686.el5. key I Preparing.rpm \ > oracleasm-support-2.el5-2.

Enter the following command to load the oracleasm kernel module: [root@racnode1 ~]# /usr/sbin/oracleasm init Creating /dev/oracleasm mount point: /dev/oracleasm Loading module "oracleasm": oracleasm Mounting ASMlib driver filesystem: /dev/oracleasm 3. When that is complete. Enter the following command to run the oracleasm initialization script with the configure option: [root@racnode1 ~]# /usr/sbin/oracleasm configure -i Configuring the Oracle ASM library driver. The current values will be shown in brackets ('[]'). is not deprecated but the oracleasm binary in that path is now used typically for internal commands. Repeat this procedure on all nodes in the cluster (racnode2) where you want to install Oracle RAC. If you enter the command oracleasm configure without the -i flag.shtml The oracleasm command by default is in the path /usr/sbin. The /etc/init. [root@racnode1 ~]# /usr/sbin/oracleasm configure ORACLEASM_ENABLED=false ORACLEASM_UID= ORACLEASM_GID= ORACLEASM_SCANBOOT=true ORACLEASM_SCANORDER="" ORACLEASM_SCANEXCLUDE="" 1. I will be running these commands on racnode1. then you are shown the current configuration. It is used only by the Automatic Storage Management library to communicate with the Automatic Storage Management driver. On the other Oracle RAC node(s). The following questions will determine whether the driver is loaded on boot and what permissions it will have. Create ASM Disks for Oracle Creating the ASM disks only needs to be performed from one node in the RAC cluster as the root user account. you should then run the oracleasm listdisks command on both Oracle RAC nodes to verify that all ASM disks were created and available. Default user to own the driver interface []: grid Default group to own the driver interface []: asmadmin Start Oracle ASM library driver on boot (y/n) [n]: y Scan for Oracle ASM disks on boot (y/n) [y]: y Writing Oracle ASM library driver configuration: done The script completes the following tasks: Creates the /etc/sysconfig/oracleasm configuration file Creates the /dev/oracleasm mount point Mounts the ASMLib driver file system The ASMLib driver file system is not a regular file system. you will need to perform a scandisk to recognize the new volumes. 2.d path. Ctrl-C will abort.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. This will configure the on-boot properties of the Oracle ASM library driver. 95 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . For example. Hitting <ENTER> without typing an answer will keep that current value. which was used in previous releases.

archived redo log files. Scanning system for ASM disks. however. No support. and the Fast Recovery Area. Oracle database files like online redo logs. Use the local device names that were created by udev when configuring the three ASM volumes. This command identifies shared disks attached to the node that are marked as Automatic Storage Management disks: [root@racnode1 ~]# /usr/sbin/oracleasm listdisks CRSVOL1 DATAVOL1 FRAVOL1 [root@racnode2 ~]# /usr/sbin/oracleasm listdisks CRSVOL1 DATAVOL1 FRAVOL1 Download Oracle RAC 11g release 2 Software The following download procedures only need to be performed on one node in the cluster (racnode1).shtml In the section "Create Partitions on iSCSI Volumes". type the following: [root@racnode1 ~]# /usr/sbin/oracleasm createdisk CRSVOL1 /dev/iscsi/crs1/part1 Writing disk header: done Instantiating disk: done [root@racnode1 ~]# /usr/sbin/oracleasm createdisk DATAVOL1 /dev/iscsi/data1/part1 Writing disk header: done Instantiating disk: done [root@racnode1 ~]# /usr/sbin/oracleasm createdisk FRAVOL1 /dev/iscsi/fra1/part1 Writing disk header: done Instantiating disk: done To make the volumes available on the other nodes in the cluster (racnode2). Instantiating disk "DATAVOL1" Instantiating disk "CRSVOL1" Instantiating disk "FRAVOL1" We can now test that the ASM disks were successfully created by using the following command on both nodes in the RAC cluster as the root user account...DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. To create the ASM disks using the iSCSI target names to local device name mappings. we configured (partitioned) three iSCSI volumes to be used by ASM. database files.. This is a FREE account! Oracle offers a development and testing license free of charge. enter the following command as root on each node: [root@racnode2 ~]# /usr/sbin/oracleasm scandisks Reloading disk partitions: done Cleaning any stale ASM disks. The next step is to download and extract the required Oracle software packages from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN): If you do not currently have an account with Oracle OTN. ASM will be used for storing Oracle Clusterware files. is 96 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . you will need to create one.. control files.

32-bit (x86) Installations http://www.shtml provided and the license does not permit production use.zip Extract the Oracle Database and Oracle Examples software as the oracle user: [oracle@racnode1 [oracle@racnode1 [oracle@racnode1 [oracle@racnode1 [oracle@racnode1 [oracle@racnode1 [oracle@racnode1 [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ mkdir -p /home/oracle/software/oracle ~]$ mv linux. This section contains any remaining pre-installation tasks for Oracle grid infrastructure that have not already been discussed.x64_11gR2_database_1of2.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. racnode1.0. A full description of the license agreement is available on OTN.html You will be downloading and extracting the required software from Oracle to only one of the Linux nodes in the cluster — namely.com/technetwork/database/enterprise-edition/downloads/112010-linuxsoft-085393.x64_11gR2_grid.zip /home/grid/software/oracle ~]$ cd /home/grid/software/oracle oracle]$ unzip linux.zip oracle]$ unzip linux. Log in to the node that you will be performing all of the Oracle installations from (racnode1) as the appropriate software owner. Next. login and download the Oracle grid infrastructure software to the directory /home/grid/software /oracle as the grid user.1.2. Please note that manually running the Cluster Verification Utility (CVU) before running the Oracle installer is not 97 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .x64_11gR2_database_1of2. Download and Extract the Oracle Software Download the following software packages: Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Grid Infrastructure (11.x64_11gR2_examples.1.zip /home/oracle/software/oracle ~]$ mv linux. The Oracle installer will copy the required software packages to all other nodes in the RAC configuration using remote access (scp).zip /home/oracle/software/oracle ~]$ cd /home/oracle/software/oracle oracle]$ unzip linux.x64_11gR2_examples. For example. Extract the Oracle grid infrastructure software as the grid user: [grid@racnode1 [grid@racnode1 [grid@racnode1 [grid@racnode1 ~]$ mkdir -p /home/grid/software/oracle ~]$ mv linux.zip oracle]$ unzip linux.2.oracle.html 64-bit (x86_64) Installations http://www.com/technetwork/database/enterprise-edition/downloads/112010-linx8664soft-100572.x64_11gR2_database_2of2.x64_11gR2_grid.0.oracle.0) for Linux Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.zip Pre-installation Tasks for Oracle Grid Infrastructure for a Cluster Perform the following checks on both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster.x64_11gR2_database_2of2.zip /home/oracle/software/oracle ~]$ mv linux. You will perform all Oracle software installs from this machine.0) for Linux Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Examples (optional) All downloads are available from the same page. log in and download the Oracle Database and Oracle Examples (optional) software to the /home/oracle/software/oracle directory as the oracle user.

export CVUQDISK_GRP [root@racnode2 rpm]# CVUQDISK_GRP=oinstall. x86_64 or i386). complete the following procedures: 1.0.0.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. Set the environment variable CVUQDISK_GRP to point to the group that will own cvuqdisk. Cluster Verification Utility cannot discover shared disks. The CVU is run automatically at the end of the Oracle grid infrastructure installation as part of the Configuration Assistants process. Use the cvuqdisk RPM for your hardware architecture (for example. Locate the cvuqdisk RPM package.0. To install the cvuqdisk RPM. Copy the cvuqdisk package from racnode1 to racnode2 as the grid user account: [racnode2]: /home/grid/software/oracle/grid/rpm/cvuqdisk-1. Install the cvuqdisk Package for Linux Install the operating system package cvuqdisk to both Oracle RAC nodes. which is in the directory rpm on the installation media from racnode1: [racnode1]: /home/grid/software/oracle/grid/rpm/cvuqdisk-1.7-1.shtml required. The cvuqdisk RPM can be found on the Oracle grid infrastructure installation media in the rpm directory.. which for this article is oinstall: [root@racnode1 rpm]# CVUQDISK_GRP=oinstall.rpm 2. use the following command to install the cvuqdisk package on both Oracle RAC nodes: [root@racnode1 rpm]# rpm -iv cvuqdisk-1.rpm 3.7-1 6.7-1. Log in as root on both Oracle RAC nodes: [grid@racnode1 rpm]$ su [grid@racnode2 rpm]$ su 4.rpm Preparing packages for installation. For the purpose of this article... Without cvuqdisk.7-1 [root@racnode2 rpm]# rpm -iv cvuqdisk-1.0. export CVUQDISK_GRP 5.0. cvuqdisk-1. cvuqdisk-1. the Oracle grid infrastructure media was extracted to the /home/grid/software/oracle/grid directory on racnode1 as the grid user.7-1. and you will receive the error message "Package cvuqdisk not installed" when the Cluster Verification Utility is run (either manually or at the end of the Oracle grid infrastructure installation).rpm Preparing packages for installation.7-1.0.. In the directory where you have saved the cvuqdisk RPM. Verify the cvuqdisk utility was successfully installed: 98 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .

---------------racnode2 yes yes no failed racnode1 yes yes no failed Result: Membership check for user "grid" in group "dba" failed The check fails because this guide creates role-allocated groups and users by using a Job Role Separation configuration 99 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . Starting with Oracle Clusterware 11g release 2. If OUI detects an incomplete task. Check: User equivalence for user "grid" Node Name Comment -----------------------------------. The only failure that should be found given the configuration described in this guide is: Check: Membership of user "grid" in group "dba" Node Name User Exists Group Exists User in Group Comment ---------------. it then generates fixup scripts (runfixup. please keep in mind that it should be run as the grid user from from the node you will be performing the Oracle installation from (racnode1). You also can have CVU generate fixup scripts before installation. running the Cluster Verification Utility before running the Oracle installer is not required.racnode2 -fixup -verbose Review the CVU report.(optional) As stated earlier in this section.. you can now manually check your cluster configuration before installation and generate a fixup script to make operating system changes before starting the installation.shtml [root@racnode1 rpm]# ls -l /usr/sbin/cvuqdisk -rwsr-xr-x 1 root oinstall 9832 May 28 2009 /usr/sbin/cvuqdisk [root@racnode2 rpm]# ls -l /usr/sbin/cvuqdisk -rwsr-xr-x 1 root oinstall 9832 May 28 2009 /usr/sbin/cvuqdisk Verify Oracle Clusterware Requirements with CVU . You can run the fixup script after you click the [Fix and Check Again Button] during the Oracle grid infrastructure installation./runcluvfy. SSH connectivity with user equivalence must be configured for the grid user. Oracle Universal Installer (OUI) detects when the minimum requirements for an installation are not met and creates shell scripts called fixup scripts to finish incomplete system configuration steps.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.-----------. Once all prerequisites for running the CVU utility have been met.-----------..sh). If you decide that you want to run the CVU. [grid@racnode1 ~]$ cd /home/grid/software/oracle/grid [grid@racnode1 grid]$ .sh stage -pre crsinst -n racnode1. the CVU utility will fail before having the opportunity to perform any of its critical checks and generate the fixup scripts: Checking user equivalence. If you intend to configure SSH connectivity using the OUI.-----------------------racnode2 failed racnode1 failed Result: PRVF-4007 : User equivalence check failed for user "grid" ERROR: User equivalence unavailable on all the specified nodes Verification cannot proceed Pre-check for cluster services setup was unsuccessful on all the nodes. In addition.-----------.

/runcluvfy. This failed check can be safely ignored. Complete the following steps to install Oracle grid infrastructure on your cluster. You are now ready to install the "grid" part of the environment — Oracle Clusterware and Automatic Storage Management.shtml which is not accurately recognized by the CVU. integration with IPMI. Given the fact that this guide makes use of role-based administrative privileges and high granularity in specifying Automatic Storage Management roles. Advanced Installation The advanced installation option is an advanced procedure that requires a higher degree of system knowledge. and more granularity in specifying Automatic Storage Management roles. Again. It enables you to select particular configuration choices including additional storage and network choices. Oracle now provides two options for installing the Oracle grid infrastructure software: Typical Installation The typical installation option is a simplified installation with a minimal number of manual configuration choices. log in to racnode1 as the owner of the Oracle grid infrastructure software which for this article is grid. This new option provides streamlined cluster installations.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. Install Oracle Grid Infrastructure for a Cluster Perform the following installation procedures from only one of the Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster (racnode1). and Directories. Verify Hardware and Operating System Setup with CVU The next CVU check to run will verify the hardware and operating system setup. Verify Terminal Shell Environment Before starting the Oracle Universal Installer. if you are using a remote client to connect to the Oracle RAC node performing the installation (SSH or Telnet to racnode1 from a workstation configured with an X Server). The Oracle grid infrastructure software (Oracle Clusterware and Automatic Storage Management) will be installed to both of the Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster by the Oracle Universal Installer.racnode2 -verbose Review the CVU report. verify your X11 display server settings which were described in the section Logging In to a Remote System Using X Terminal.sh stage -post hwos -n racnode1. Users. All checks performed by CVU should be reported as "passed" before continuing with the Oracle grid infrastructure installation. The CVU fails to recognize this type of configuration and assumes the grid user should always be part of the dba group. All other checks performed by CVU should be reported as "passed" before continuing with the Oracle grid infrastructure installation. run the following as the grid user account from racnode1 with user equivalence configured: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ cd /home/grid/software/oracle/grid [grid@racnode1 grid]$ . use of operating system group authentication for role-based administrative privileges. click the Help button on the OUI page. Typical and Advanced Installation Starting with 11g release 2. especially for those customers who are new to clustering. At any time during installation. Typical installation defaults as many options as possible to those recommended as best practices. Creating a Job Role Separation configuration was described in the section Create Job Role Separation Operating System Privileges Groups. Next. if you have a question about what you are being asked to do. we will be using the "Advanced Installation" option. 100 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .

shtml Install Oracle Grid Infrastructure Perform the following tasks as the grid user to install Oracle grid infrastructure: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ id uid=1100(grid) gid=1000(oinstall) groups=1000(oinstall).DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. click the [SSH Connectivity] button.1201(asmdba).0 [grid@racnode1 ~]$ export DISPLAY [grid@racnode1 ~]$ cd /home/grid/software/oracle/grid [grid@racnode1 grid]$ .info racnode2-vip. the OUI will attempt to validate the SCAN information: Use this screen to add the node racnode2 to the cluster and to configure SSH connectivity.idevelopment.idevelopment. Enter the "OS Password" for the grid user and click the [Setup] button.1202(asmope [grid@racnode1 ~]$ DISPLAY=<your local workstation>:0. This will start the "SSH Connectivity" configuration process: 101 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM ./runInstaller Screen Name Select Installation Option Select Installation Type Select Product Languages Response Screen Shot Select "Install and Configure Grid Infrastructure for a Cluster" Select "Advanced Installation" Make the appropriate selection(s) for your environment.idevelopment.info Next.1200(asmadmin).info" according to the table below: Public Node Name racnode1. Click the [Add] button to add "racnode2.idevelopment.idevelopment. Un-check the option to "Configure GNS".info" and its virtual IP address "racnode2-vip.info Virtual Host Name racnode1-vip. Instructions on how to configure Grid Naming Service (GNS) is beyond the scope of this article.idevelopment.info Cluster Node Information racnode2. Cluster Name racnode-cluster SCAN Name racnode-cluster-scan SCAN Port 1521 Grid Plug and Play Information After clicking [Next].

Identify the network interface to be used for the "Public" and "Private" network.0/grid Since this is the first install on the host. Create an ASM Disk Group that will be used to store the Oracle Clusterware files according to the values in the table below: Create ASM Disk Group Disk Group Name CRS Redundancy External Disk Path ORCL:CRSVOL1 Specify ASM Password Failure Isolation Support For the purpose of this article. Configuring Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) is beyond the scope of this article.shtml Screen Name Response Screen Shot After the SSH configuration process successfully completes. Select "Do not use Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI)".0 192.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. you will need to create the Oracle Inventory. Finish off this screen by clicking the [Test] button to verify passwordless SSH connectivity.0 Interface Type Public Private Storage Option Information Select "Automatic Storage Management (ASM)". This article makes use of role-based administrative privileges and high granularity in specifying Automatic Storage Management roles using a Job Role Separation configuration. Privileged Operating System Groups Make any changes necessary to match the values in the table below: OSDBA for ASM asmdba OSOPER for ASM asmoper OSASM asmadmin Specify Installation Location Set the "Oracle Base" ($ORACLE_BASE) and "Software Location" ($ORACLE_HOME) for the Oracle grid infrastructure installation: Oracle Base: /u01/app/grid Software Location: /u01/app/11.2.1. I choose to "Use same passwords for these accounts".168.2. Make any changes necessary to match the values in the table below: Specify Network Interface Usage Interface Name eth0 eth1 Subnet 192. acknowledge the dialog box. Use the default values provided by the OUI: Inventory Directory: /u01/app/oraInventory oraInventory Group Name: oinstall Create Inventory 102 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .168.

Open a new console window on both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster.shtml Screen Name Response The installer will run through a series of checks to determine if both Oracle RAC nodes meet the minimum requirements for installing and configuring the Oracle Clusterware and Automatic Storage Management software.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. Automatic Storage Management (ASMCA)..oracle or /var/tmp/. When running root. you will receive output similar to the following which signifies a successful install: .0/grid/root.0/grid/root. You will be prompted to run the script as root in a separate terminal session. if necessary.loc The inventory is located at /u01/app/oraInventory 'UpdateNodeList' was successful. If OUI detects an incomplete task that is marked "fixable". After the installation completes. click the [Close] button to exit the OUI.0/grid/root.sh and /u01/app/11.2. Run the root..sh script on both nodes in the RAC cluster: [root@racnode1 ~]# /u01/app/oraInventory/orainstRoot. (starting with the node you are performing the install from). then you can easily fix the issue by generating the fixup script by clicking the [Fix & Check Again] button. and completes other operating system configuration tasks. At the end of the installation. and Oracle Private Interconnect (VIPCA). stay logged in as the root user account. it raises kernel values to required minimums. Execute Configuration scripts Configure Oracle Grid Infrastructure for a Cluster Finish The installer will run configuration assistants for Oracle Net Services (NETCA).2.sh [root@racnode2 ~]# /u01/app/oraInventory/orainstRoot. After installation is complete. When you run the script.sh The root.2. do not manually remove or run cron jobs that remove /tmp/. The fixup script is generated during installation.sh on the last node. then Oracle Clusterware could encounter intermittent hangs and you will 103 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . Run the orainstRoot. If all prerequisite checks pass (as was the case for my install). the installer (OUI) will create shell script programs called fixup scripts to resolve many incomplete system configuration requirements.2). the OUI continues to the Summary screen. The final step performed by OUI is to run the Cluster Verification Utility (CVU). you will be prompted to run the /u01/app /oraInventory/orainstRoot.sh script can take several minutes to run.oracle or its files while Oracle Clusterware is up.sh Within the same new console window on both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster.sh script on both nodes in the RAC cluster one at a time starting with the node you are performing the install from: [root@racnode1 ~]# /u01/app/11. Screen Shot Prerequisite Checks Summary Setup Click [Finish] to start the installation. Go back to OUI and acknowledge the "Execute Configuration scripts" dialog window. (starting with the node you are performing the install from). Starting with Oracle Clusterware 11g release 2 (11.sh scripts. if any check fails. The inventory pointer is located at /etc/oraInst.sh [root@racnode2 ~]# /u01/app/11. as the root user account. If you remove these files. The installer performs the Oracle grid infrastructure setup process on both Oracle RAC nodes.

....lsnr ora.er...type 0/0 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora....scan3.type 0/5 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora..E1..t1.eons... Run the following commands on both nodes in the RAC cluster as the grid user.. Verify Oracle Clusterware Installation After the installation of Oracle grid infrastructure....de2...scan1.lsnr application 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.shtml encounter error: CRS-0184: Cannot communicate with the CRS daemon Post-installation Tasks for Oracle Grid Infrastructure for a Cluster Perform the following postinstallation procedures on both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster.type 0/5 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.type 0/5 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.....type 0/0 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora..asm application 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.de2.E2....lsnr application 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora.network ora.SM1..oc4j.eons ora..gsd ora.....type 0/0 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora..rk..SM2...oc4j ora...type 0/5 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.type 0/5 0/ OFFLINE OFFLINE ora.type 0/0 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.de1.vip ora.lsnr ora.type 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora. you should run through several tests to verify the install was successful.vip ora..dg ora.asm..N3.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.scan2..ons ora...ip..er.gsd.asm ora..asm application 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora.ip.er...vip ora.ons application 0/3 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.ons..type 0/3 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.de2.ER..type 0/0 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 104 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .er..t1.de1..N1..lsnr ora..de1...vip ora.type 0/5 0/0 OFFLINE OFFLINE ora......up...ip.type 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora...ons application 0/3 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora..gsd application 0/5 0/0 OFFLINE OFFLINE ora.type 0/3 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.CRS...lsnr ora....N2..type 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora...vip ora.. Check CRS Status [grid@racnode1 ~]$ crsctl check crs CRS-4638: Oracle High Availability Services is online CRS-4537: Cluster Ready Services is online CRS-4529: Cluster Synchronization Services is online CRS-4533: Event Manager is online Check Clusterware Resources [grid@racnode1 ~]$ crs_stat -t -v Name Type R/RA F/FT Target State Host ---------------------------------------------------------------------ora..gsd application 0/5 0/0 OFFLINE OFFLINE ora...

Check Oracle Cluster Registry (OCR) [grid@racnode1 ~]$ ocrcheck Status of Oracle Cluster Registry Version Total space (kbytes) Used space (kbytes) Available space (kbytes) ID Device/File Name is as follows : : 3 : 262120 : 2332 : 259788 : 1559468462 : +CRS Device/File integrity check succeeded Device/File not configured Device/File not configured Device/File not configured Device/File not configured Cluster registry integrity check succeeded 105 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . Check Cluster Nodes [grid@racnode1 ~]$ olsnodes -n racnode1 1 racnode2 2 Check Oracle TNS Listener Process on Both Nodes [grid@racnode1 ~]$ ps -ef | grep lsnr | grep -v 'grep' | grep -v 'ocfs' | awk '{print $9}' LISTENER_SCAN2 LISTENER_SCAN3 LISTENER [grid@racnode2 ~]$ ps -ef | grep lsnr | grep -v 'grep' | grep -v 'ocfs' | awk '{print $9}' LISTENER_SCAN1 LISTENER Confirming Oracle ASM Function for Oracle Clusterware Files If you installed the OCR and voting disk files on Oracle ASM.shtml The crs_stat command is deprecated in Oracle Clusterware 11g release 2 (11.2).racnode2 ASM is enabled. then use the following command syntax as the Grid Infrastructure installation owner to confirm that your Oracle ASM installation is running: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl status asm -a ASM is running on racnode1.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.

idevelopment. ANSWER: 3. ADDITIONAL: 1 .. 86400 IN A 192.idevelopment. QUERY: 1. the scan address is resolved to 3 different ip-addresses: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ dig racnode-cluster-scan.racnode-cluster-scan.168.. Check SCAN Resolution After installing Oracle grid infrastructure.187 racnode-cluster-scan.. use the srvctl binary in the Oracle grid infrastructure home for a cluster (Grid home).1.168.idevelopment. it was highly recommended to back up the voting disk using the dd command after installing the Oracle Clusterware software. backing up and restoring a voting disk using the dd is not supported and may result in the loss of the voting disk.6-4. 192.P1. flags: qr aa rd ra.info.2 and later.195) WHEN: Mon Nov 8 16:54:02 2010 MSG SIZE rcvd: 145 Voting Disk Management In prior releases..info. 86400 IN ..168.idevelopment.168..168.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. IN A . To manage Oracle ASM or Oracle Net 11g release 2 (11.idevelopment.3. 106 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .idevelopment.. ->>HEADER<<.info.168. ADDITIONAL SECTION: openfiler1.1.info .----------------------------.1.3. ONLINE 05592be032644f19bf2b50a929efe843 (ORCL:CRSVOL1) [CRS] Located 1 voting disk(s). 86400 IN NS A openfiler1. 86400 IN A 192. <<>> DiG 9.info .idevelopment.el5_4. status: NOERROR. 86400 IN A 192. you cannot use the srvctl binary in the database home to manage Oracle ASM or Oracle Net which reside in the Oracle grid infrastructure home. .2 <<>> racnode-cluster-scan.info.. Got answer: .1. As shown in the output below.--------1.info.. .shtml Logical corruption check bypassed due to non-privileged user Check Voting Disk [grid@racnode1 ~]$ crsctl query css votedisk ## STATE File Universal Id File Name Disk group -. global options: printcmd . AUTHORITY SECTION: idevelopment.195 .opcode: QUERY. id: 37366 . verify the SCAN virtual IP. QUESTION SECTION: .. With Oracle Clusterware release 11.. AUTHORITY: 1. Query time: 0 msec SERVER: 192.idevelopment.195#53(192..info. When we install Oracle Real Application Clusters (the Oracle database software). .6-P1-RedHat-9.188 racnode-cluster-scan.2) or later installations.189 .1. ANSWER SECTION: racnode-cluster-scan.info.1.

During the installation of Oracle grid infrastructure. It tracks the operating system resource consumption at each node.racnode2.AFTER_INSTALL_NOV-08-2010 [root@racnode2 ~]# cd /u01/app/11.9 or higher. process. In real time mode.2).el5 #1 SMP Fri Apr 2 14:58:14 EDT 2010 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux If you are using a Linux kernel earlier than 2.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.2. In this section.6.sh.com/technology/products/database/clustering/ipd_download_homepage.9.sh file on both Oracle RAC nodes as root: [root@racnode1 ~]# cd /u01/app/11. The tool can provide better explanations for many issues that occur in clusters where Oracle Clusterware.5 which uses the 2.6. You can download the IPD/OS tool along with a detailed installation and configuration guide at the following URL: http://www.sh file copy. please refer to the Oracle Clusterware Administration and Deployment Guide 11g Release 2 (11. an alert is shown to the operator.sh script after you complete an installation.18 kernel: [root@racnode1 ~]# uname -a Linux racnode1 2. 107 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . The IPD/OS tool is designed to detect and analyze operating system and cluster resource-related degradation and failures. This article was written using RHEL/CentOS 5.(Optional) To address troubleshooting issues.6. and Oracle Local Registry (OLR). when thresholds are reached.sh root.sh script during the installation.sh root. and device level continuously. For root cause analysis.6.html Create ASM Disk Groups for Data and Fast Recovery Area Run the ASM Configuration Assistant (asmca) as the grid user from only one node in the cluster (racnode1) to create the additional ASM disk groups which will be used to create the clustered database.oracle. then you can recover it from the root.0/grid [root@racnode2 grid]# cp root. Instructions for installing and configuring the IPD/OS tool is beyond the scope of this article and will not be discussed. If you install other products in the same Oracle home directory. then you would use OS Watcher and RACDDT which is available through the My Oracle Support website (formerly Metalink).sh. such as node evictions. Oracle ASM and Oracle RAC are running. These new ASM disk groups will be used later in this guide when creating the clustered database.sh script.0/grid [root@racnode1 grid]# cp root. Oracle recommends that you install Instantaneous Problem Detection OS Tool (IPD/OS) if you are using Linux kernel 2.18-194. Back up the root.sh Script Oracle recommends that you back up the root. Oracle Cluster Registry (OCR). then the installer updates the contents of the existing root.AFTER_INSTALL_NOV-08-2010 Install Cluster Health Management Software . historical data can be replayed to understand what was happening at the time of failure.racnode1. It collects and analyzes cluster-wide data. we will create two additional ASM disk groups using the ASM Configuration Assistant (asmca). The voting disk data is automatically backed up in OCR as part of any configuration change and is automatically restored to any voting disk added. Back Up the root. If you require information contained in the original root. To learn more about managing the voting disks.2.shtml Backing up the voting disks in Oracle Clusterware 11g release 2 is no longer required. we configured one ASM disk group named +CRS which was used to store the Oracle clusterware files (OCR and voting disk).

If the ASMLib volumes we created earlier in this article do not show up in the "Select Member Disks" window as eligible (ORCL:DATAVOL1 and ORCL:FRAVOL1) then click on the [Change Disk Discovery Path] button and input "ORCL:*".shtml The first ASM disk group will be named +RACDB_DATA and will be used to store all Oracle physical database files (data. you will be returned to the initial dialog. Verify Terminal Shell Environment Before starting the ASM Configuration Assistant. Create Additional ASM Disk Groups using ASMCA Perform the following tasks as the grid user to create two additional ASM disk groups: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ asmca & Screen Name Disk Groups Response From the "Disk Groups" tab. archived redo logs). you can install the Oracle Database software on the one node in your cluster (racnode1) as the oracle user. click the [Create] button. Create Disk Group When creating the "Fast Recovery Area" disk group. check the ASMLib volume "ORCL:DATAVOL1" in the "Select Member Disks" section. check the ASMLib volume "ORCL:FRAVOL1" in the "Select Member Disks" section. log in to racnode1 as the owner of the Oracle grid infrastructure software which for this article is grid. Install Oracle Database 11g with Oracle Real Application Clusters Perform the Oracle Database software installation from only one of the Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster (racnode1). In the "Redundancy" section. online redo logs. After verifying all values in this dialog are correct. Finally. A second ASM disk group will be created for the Fast Recovery Area named +FRA. 108 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . Now that the grid infrastructure software is functional. Finally. The "Create Disk Group" dialog should now show the final remaining ASMLib volume. control files. In the "Redundancy" section.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. choose "External (None)". The "Create Disk Group" dialog should show two of the ASMLib volumes we created earlier in this guide. OUI copies the binary files from this node to all the other node in the cluster during the installation process. click the [OK] button. use "FRA" for the "Disk Group Name". When creating the "Data" ASM disk group. if you are using a remote client to connect to the Oracle RAC node performing the installation (SSH or Telnet to racnode1 from a workstation configured with an X Server). choose "External (None)". verify your X11 display server settings which were described in the section Logging In to a Remote System Using X Terminal. The Oracle Database software will be installed to both of the Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster by the Oracle Universal Installer using SSH. After verifying all values in this dialog are correct. click the [OK] button. Screen Shot Create Disk Group Disk Groups After creating the first ASM disk group. Disk Groups Exit the ASM Configuration Assistant by clicking the [Exit] button. Next. Click the [Create] button again to create the second ASM disk group. use "RACDB_DATA" for the "Disk Group Name".

if you are using a remote client to connect to the Oracle RAC node performing the installation (SSH or Telnet to racnode1 from a workstation configured with an X Server). Next. Acknowledge the warning dialog indicating you have not provided an email address by clicking the [Yes] button.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. un-check the security updates check-box and click the [Next] button to continue.1301(oper) [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ DISPLAY=<your local workstation>:0. Verify Terminal Shell Environment Before starting the Oracle Universal Installer (OUI).0 [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ export DISPLAY [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ cd /home/oracle/software/oracle/database [oracle@racnode1 database]$ . Select "Install database software only". click the [SSH Connectivity] button. Select the "Real Application Clusters database installation" radio button (default) and verify that both Oracle RAC nodes are checked in the "Node Name" window. log in to racnode1 as the owner of the Oracle Database software which for this article is oracle./runInstaller Screen Name Configure Security Updates Installation Option Response For the purpose of this article. Select "Enterprise Edition". Product Languages Database Edition Make the appropriate selection(s) for your environment.1300(dba). verify your X11 display server settings which were described in the section Logging In to a Remote System Using X Terminal. Finish off this screen by clicking the [Test] button to verify passwordless SSH connectivity. Enter the "OS Password" for the oracle user and click the [Setup] button. Install Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Software Perform the following tasks as the oracle user to install the Oracle Database software: [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ id uid=1101(oracle) gid=1000(oinstall) groups=1000(oinstall). acknowledge the dialog box.1201(asmdba). This will start the "SSH Connectivity" configuration process: Screen Shot Grid Options After the SSH configuration process successfully completes.shtml For the purpose of this guide. The clustered database will be created later in this guide using the Database Configuration Assistant (DBCA) after all installs have been completed. Next. 109 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . we will forgo the "Create Database" option when installing the Oracle Database software.

you have the option to install the Oracle Database 11g Examples.2. (starting with the node you are performing the install from). as the root user account.2. OUI copies the binary files from this node to all the other node in the cluster during the installation process. Install Oracle Database 11g Examples (formerly Companion) Perform the Oracle Database 11g Examples software installation from only one of the Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster (racnode1).0/dbhome_1/root. if any checks fail. If OUI detects an incomplete task that is marked "fixable". the OUI continues to the Summary screen.0/dbhome_1/root. Starting with 11g release 2 (11.sh [root@racnode2 ~]# /u01/app/oracle/product/11. The Oracle Database Examples software will be installed to both of Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster by the Oracle Universal Installer using SSH. if necessary.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. Now that the Oracle Database 11g software is installed.0/dbhome_1 Select the OS groups to be used for the SYSDBA and SYSOPER privileges: Database Administrator (OSDBA) Group: dba Database Operator (OSOPER) Group: oper The installer will run through a series of checks to determine if both Oracle RAC nodes meet the minimum requirements for installing and configuring the Oracle Database software. The installer performs the Oracle Database software installation process on both Oracle RAC nodes.2.sh Go back to OUI and acknowledge the "Execute Configuration scripts" dialog window. click the [Close] button to exit the OUI. Open a new console window on both Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster.shtml Screen Name Response Specify the Oracle base and Software location (Oracle_home) as follows: Screen Shot Installation Location Oracle Base: /u01/app/oracle Software Location: /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2). and completes other operating system configuration tasks.sh script on all nodes in the RAC cluster: [root@racnode1 ~]# /u01/app/oracle/product/11. the Examples software is only installed from one node in your cluster (racnode1) as the oracle user. The fixup script is generated during installation.sh script on both Oracle RAC nodes. After the installation completes. it raises kernel values to required minimums. When you run the script.0/dbhome_1/root. you will be prompted to run the /u01/app /oracle/product/11. Like the Oracle Database software install. You will be prompted to run the script as root in a separate terminal session. Verify Terminal Shell Environment 110 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . Finish At the end of the installation. If all prerequisite checks pass (as was the case for my install). Execute Configuration scripts Run the root.2. then you can easily fix the issue by generating the fixup script by clicking the [Fix & Check Again] button. to resolve many incomplete system configuration requirements. Operating System Groups Prerequisite Checks Summary Install Product Click [Finish] to start the installation. the installer (OUI) will create shell script programs called fixup scripts.

Setting environment variables in the login script for the oracle user account was covered in the section "Create Login Script for the oracle User Account". You should also verify that all services we have installed up to this point (Oracle TNS listener. Oracle Clusterware processes. At the end of the installation.grid -c "crs_stat -t -v" Password: ********* 111 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . the OUI continues to the Summary screen. Install Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Examples Perform the following tasks as the oracle user to install the Oracle Database Examples: [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ cd /home/oracle/software/oracle/examples [oracle@racnode1 examples]$ . Use the Oracle Database Configuration Assistant (DBCA) to create the clustered database.shtml Before starting the Oracle Universal Installer (OUI).2.2). Create the Oracle Cluster Database The database creation process should only be performed from one of the Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster (racnode1). if necessary. if you are using a remote client to connect to the Oracle RAC node performing the installation (SSH or Telnet to racnode1 from a workstation configured with an X Server). etc. click the [Close] button to exit the OUI. Starting with 11g release 2 (11.2.0/dbhome_1 The installer will run through a series of checks to determine if both Oracle RAC nodes meet the minimum requirements for installing and configuring the Oracle Database Examples software. When you run the script. You will be prompted to run the script as root in a separate terminal session. log in to racnode1 as the owner of the Oracle Database software which for this article is oracle. the installer (OUI) will create shell script programs called fixup scripts. to resolve many incomplete system configuration requirements. If OUI detects an incomplete task that is marked "fixable". Before executing the DBCA. make certain that the $ORACLE_HOME and $PATH are set appropriately for the $ORACLE_BASE/product/11. Next.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.) are running on both Oracle RAC nodes before attempting to start the clustered database creation process: [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ su . if any checks fail. then you can easily fix the issue by generating the fixup script by clicking the [Fix & Check Again] button. verify your X11 display server settings which were described in the section Logging In to a Remote System Using X Terminal. it raises kernel values to required minimums. and completes other operating system configuration tasks.0/dbhome_1 environment. The fixup script is generated during installation. If all prerequisite checks pass (as was the case for my install). The installer performs the Oracle Database Examples software installation process on both Oracle RAC nodes./runInstaller Screen Name Response Specify the Oracle base and Software location (Oracle_home) as follows: Screen Shot Installation Location Oracle Base: /u01/app/oracle Software Location: /u01/app/oracle/product/11. Prerequisite Checks Summary Install Product Finish Click [Finish] to start the installation.

SM2..asm application 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora...gsd ora..de1.ip..er..oc4j ora.vip ora.....E1.FRA.er...lsnr application 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.type 0/0 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.asm..CRS...type 0/3 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.ons.type 0/3 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora....eons ora.type 0/5 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.gsd ora...N1.lsnr ora.er.vip ora..scan3...type 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.N3....type 0/0 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora..up.vip ora..lsnr ora....ons application 0/3 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora.lsnr ora..vip ora..type 0/3 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora..DATA.t1.type 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora..vip ora.DATA...asm application 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora..grid -c "crs_stat -t -v" Password: ********* Name Type R/RA F/FT Target State Host ---------------------------------------------------------------------ora.type 0/0 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora.lsnr ora..up..type 0/5 0/0 OFFLINE OFFLINE ora..ons ora.ip.type 0/5 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora..dg ora.ip...type 0/0 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.eons.....t1..lsnr ora..gsd application 0/5 0/0 OFFLINE OFFLINE ora.t1.ip.type 0/5 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora....vip ora.type 0/0 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora..lsnr ora.de2....N2.type 0/5 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora..de2..ons application 0/3 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora..de1.N2..er.ons application 0/3 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.er.type 0/0 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora..type 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.up..ons.dg ora.er..type 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora.E2.lsnr application 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora...E1.lsnr application 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora...ons application 0/3 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora..type 0/5 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.....de1..dg ora.gsd...scan1.de2......dg ora....vip ora..SM1....de1.gsd application 0/5 0/0 OFFLINE OFFLINE ora.scan2...vip ora.type 0/5 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora..oc4j...E2.up.up.de2.ons ora.de2....rk.type 0/5 0/0 OFFLINE OFFLINE ora..asm application 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora......rk...vip ora..oc4j.network ora...type 0/5 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora..........type 0/0 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora...N1.dg ora.ER...network ora..asm application 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12...de2....gsd application 0/5 0/0 OFFLINE OFFLINE ora..type 0/5 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.asm.type 0/3 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora...eons ora..vip ora...ip.type 0/0 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 Verify Terminal Shell Environment Before starting the Database Configuration Assistant (DBCA)..SM1.type 0/5 0/ OFFLINE OFFLINE ora.....type 0/0 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 [oracle@racnode2 ~]$ su .scan2.gsd application 0/5 0/0 OFFLINE OFFLINE ora..type 0/0 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora...type 0/5 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.t1..lsnr application 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora..........type 0/5 0/ OFFLINE OFFLINE ora..lsnr ora.N3.type 0/5 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.type 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.type 0/5 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.eons...FRA. log in to racnode1 as the owner of the Oracle Database 112 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM ..gsd..up.ER...type 0/5 0/ ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ora.asm ora..dg ora.shtml Name Type R/RA F/FT Target State Host ---------------------------------------------------------------------ora...asm ora.ip.lsnr ora.scan1...type 0/5 0/0 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora.SM2....de1.....er.de1.scan3..oc4j ora.CRS.er.....

Check the option for Specify Fast Recovery Area. Cluster database configuration. My disk group has a size of about 33GB.shtml software which for this article is oracle. Enter the password (twice) and make sure the password does not start with a digit number. Screen Shot Database Identification Management Options Database Credentials Leave the default options here. Configuration Type: Admin-Managed Database naming. which is to Configure Enterprise Manager / Configure Database Control for local management. For the Fast Recovery Area.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. I used a Fast Recovery Area Size of 30 GB (30413 MB). Next. Keep in mind that this domain does not have to be a valid DNS domain. use the entire volume minus 10% for overhead — (33-10%=30 GB). When defining the Fast Recovery Area size. run the following as the oracle user: [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ dbca & Screen Name Welcome Screen Operations Database Templates Response Select Oracle Real Application Clusters database. Database File Locations Storage Type: Automatic Storage Management (ASM) Storage Locations: Use Oracle-Managed Files Database Area: +RACDB_DATA Specify ASMSNMP Password Specify the ASMSNMP password for the ASM instance.info for the database domain. Select Custom Database. Click the [Select All] button to select all servers: racnode1 and racnode2. Database Content I left all of the Database Components (and destination tablespaces) set to their default value although it is perfectly OK to select the Sample Schemas. if you are using a remote client to connect to the Oracle RAC node performing the installation (SSH or Telnet to racnode1 from a workstation configured with an X Server). click the [Browse] button and select the disk group name +FRA. Recovery Configuration 113 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . I selected to Use the Same Administrative Password for All Accounts.idevelopment. You may use any database domain. Select Create a Database. Node Selection.info SID Prefix: racdb Note: I used idevelopment. Create the Clustered Database To start the database creation process. This option is available since we installed the Oracle Database 11g Examples. Global Database Name: racdb. Specify storage type and locations for database files. verify your X11 display server settings which were described in the section Logging In to a Remote System Using X Terminal.

the database creation will start. you will have a fully functional Oracle RAC 11g release 2 cluster running! Verify Clustered Database is Open [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ su .ons ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Cluster Resources -------------------------------------------------------------------------------ora. Screen Shot Creation Options End of Database Creation At the end of the database creation.network ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora.grid -c "crsctl status resource -w \"TYPE co 'ora'\" -t" Password: ********* -------------------------------------------------------------------------------NAME TARGET STATE SERVER STATE_DETAILS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Local Resources -------------------------------------------------------------------------------ora.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.CRS. After acknowledging the database creation report and script generation dialog. Keep the default option Create Database selected.RACDB_DATA. Change any parameters for your environment.gsd OFFLINE OFFLINE racnode1 OFFLINE OFFLINE racnode2 ora. When the DBCA has completed.dg ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora. I left them all at their default settings.lsnr 1 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 114 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .lsnr ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora.lsnr 1 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora. Click OK on the "Summary" screen.dg ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora. I left them all at their default settings. exit from the DBCA.LISTENER.shtml Screen Name Initialization Parameters Database Storage Response Change any parameters for your environment. Click Finish to start the database creation process.FRA.LISTENER_SCAN2.asm ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 Started ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 Started ora.dg ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora.LISTENER_SCAN1.eons ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 ONLINE ONLINE racnode2 ora.net1. I also always select to Generate Database Creation Scripts.

racnode1.idevelopment.0. All rights reserved. The URL for this example is: https://racnode1.dbora.scan3.LISTENER_SCAN3.vip 1 ONLINE ONLINE racnode1 racnode1 racnode2 racnode1 racnode2 racnode2 racnode1 racnode1 Open Open Oracle Enterprise Manager If you configured Oracle Enterprise Manager (Database Control).scan1.info:1158/em [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ emctl status dbconsole Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Database Control Release 11.oc4j 1 OFFLINE OFFLINE ora.lsnr 1 ONLINE ONLINE ora.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. 2009 Oracle Corporation.0/dbhome_1/racnode1_racdb/sysman/l 115 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . -----------------------------------------------------------------Logs are generated in directory /u01/app/oracle/product/11.racdb.vip 1 ONLINE ONLINE ora.info:1158/em/console/aboutApplication Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g is running.db 1 ONLINE ONLINE 2 ONLINE ONLINE ora.shtml ora. https://racnode1.vip 1 ONLINE ONLINE ora.scan2.vip 1 ONLINE ONLINE ora.0 Copyright (c) 1996.1. it can be used to view the database configuration and current status of the database.2.racnode2.racdb.vip 1 ONLINE ONLINE ora.2.idevelopment.

Oracle tracks and logs all changes to database blocks in online redolog files.sql script to recompile all invalid PL/SQL packages now instead of when the packages are accessed for the first time. This step is optional but recommended. Re-compile Invalid Objects Run the utlrp.shtml Figure 18: Oracle Enterprise Manager . Once an online redolog fills.(Database Console) Post Database Creation Tasks . In an Oracle RAC environment.sql Enabling Archive Logs in a RAC Environment Whether a single instance or clustered database. each instance will have its own set of online redolog files known as a thread. Oracle moves to the 116 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.(Optional) This section offers several optional tasks that can be performed on your new Oracle 11g in order to enhance availability as well as database management. [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ sqlplus / as sysdba SQL> @?/rdbms/admin/utlrp. Each Oracle instance will use its group of online redologs in a circular manner.

Shutdown all instances accessing the clustered database as the oracle user: [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl stop database -d racdb 3. use the following tasks to put a RAC enabled database into archive log mode. Oracle writes to its online redolog files in a circular manner. Log in to one of the nodes (i. The single instance must contain at least two online redologs (or online redolog groups). SQL> startup mount ORACLE instance started. however most DBA's opt to bypass this option during initial database creation. 2009. Oracle allows the DBA to put the database into "Archive Log Mode" which makes a copy of the online redolog after it fills (and before it gets reused). racnode1) as oracle and disable the cluster instance parameter by setting cluster_database to FALSE from the current instance: [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ sqlplus / as sysdba SQL> alter system set cluster_database=false scope=spfile sid='racdb1'.shtml next one. Note however that this will require a short database outage. I will use the node racnode1 which runs the racdb1 instance: 1. In cases like this where the database is in no archive log mode. A thread must contain at least two online redologs (or online redolog groups). each instance can read another instance's current online redolog file to perform instance recovery if that instance was terminated abnormally. however. Enable archiving: 117 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . The same holds true for a single instance configuration. MOUNT the database: [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ sqlplus / as sysdba SQL*Plus: Release 11.0. If the database is in "Archive Log Mode".1. It is therefore a requirement that online redo logs be located on a shared storage device (just like the database files). 4. The size of an online redolog file is completely independent of another instance's' redolog size. To facilitate media recovery. As already mentioned. Oracle. Using the local instance. Oracle will make a copy of the online redo log before it gets reused. 2. it is a simple task to put the database into archive log mode. It is also worth mentioning that each instance has exclusive write access to its own online redolog files. When the current online redolog fills. Connected to an idle instance. Although in most configurations the size is the same.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. For the purpose of this article. Oracle will switch to the next one.e. From one of the nodes in the Oracle RAC configuration. The Database Configuration Assistant (DBCA) allows users to configure a new database to be in archive log mode. Total System Global Area 1653518336 bytes Fixed Size 2213896 bytes Variable Size 1073743864 bytes Database Buffers 570425344 bytes Redo Buffers 7135232 bytes All rights reserved.0 Production on Sat Nov 21 19:26:47 2009 Copyright (c) 1982.2. System altered. This is a process known as archiving. it may be different depending on the workload and backup / recovery considerations for each node. In a correctly configured RAC environment.

2. OLAP Data Mining and Real Application Testing options SQL> archive log list Database log mode Automatic archival Archive destination Oldest online log sequence Next log sequence to archive Current log sequence Archive Mode Enabled USE_DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DEST 68 69 69 After enabling Archive Log Mode. Oracle. Shutdown the local instance: SQL> shutdown immediate ORA-01109: database not open Database dismounted. Connected to: Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release 11.0 Production on Mon Nov 8 20:07:48 2010 Copyright (c) 1982. 2009.0.64bit Production With the Partitioning.shtml SQL> alter database archivelog. Database altered.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. 5. Although these views provide a simple and easy mechanism to query critical information regarding the database. 6.1. ORACLE instance shut down. Real Application Clusters. each instance in the RAC configuration can automatically archive redologs! Download and Install Custom Oracle Database Scripts DBA's rely on Oracle's data dictionary views and dynamic performance views in order to support and better manage their databases. System altered.0. Re-enable support for clustering by modifying the instance parameter cluster_database to TRUE from the current instance: SQL> alter system set cluster_database=true scope=spfile sid='racdb1'.2. 118 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . All rights reserved. 7.0 . Bring all instances back up as the oracle account using srvctl: [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl start database -d racdb 8. Automatic Storage Management. Login to the local instance and verify Archive Log Mode is enabled: [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ sqlplus / as sysdba SQL*Plus: Release 11.1.

verify the following environment variable is set and included in your login shell script: ORACLE_PATH=$ORACLE_BASE/dba_scripts/common/sql:.288 ---------------.idevelopment.:$ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/admin export ORACLE_PATH The ORACLE_PATH environment variable should already be set in the . Mgt.600 511. For the purpose of this example. the dba_scripts_archive_Oracle.---------------.bash_profile login script that was created in the section Create Login Script for the oracle User Account. For UNIX.760 948.043.952. unzip the archive file to the $ORACLE_BASE directory.448 MANUAL 75. For example.967.2. perform the following on both nodes in the Oracle RAC cluster as the oracle user account: [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ mv dba_scripts_archive_Oracle.264 MANUAL 209.715. download the dba_scripts_archive_Oracle.info/data/Oracle/DBA_scripts /dba_scripts_archive_Oracle. Tablespace Name ----------------SYSAUX UNDOTBS1 USERS SYSTEM EXAMPLE UNDOTBS2 TEMP TS Type -----------PERMANENT UNDO PERMANENT PERMANENT PERMANENT UNDO TEMPORARY Ext.AUTO 629.200 20.840.zip /u01/app/oracle [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ cd /u01/app/oracle [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ unzip dba_scripts_archive_Oracle.145. Tablespace Size Used (in bytes) P --------. The DBA Scripts Archive for Oracle can be downloaded using the following link http://www.232 MANUAL 1. and session management.336.200 703.061.---------------.400 85.131.472 66.003.135. Mgt. As the oracle user account. security.048.sql script: SQL> @help.497. In this section you will download and install a collection of Oracle DBA scripts that can be used to manage many aspects of your database including space management.shtml it helps to have a collection of accurate and readily available SQL scripts to query these views.sql ======================================== 119 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . Now that the DBA Scripts Archive for Oracle has been unzipped and the UNIX environment variable ($ORACLE_PATH) has been set to the appropriate directory. ---------LOCAL LOCAL LOCAL LOCAL LOCAL LOCAL LOCAL Seg.zip The final step is to verify (or set) the appropriate environment variable for the current UNIX shell to ensure the Oracle SQL scripts can be run from within SQL*Plus while in any directory.zip.776 AUTO 5.060. For example.512 2.576 MANUAL 734. to query tablespace information while logged into the Oracle database as a DBA user: SQL> @dba_tablespaces Status ------ONLINE ONLINE ONLINE ONLINE ONLINE ONLINE ONLINE avg sum 7 rows selected.227.---------------.744 AUTO 157. run the help. performance. backups.242. Next.059. you should now be able to run any of the SQL scripts in the $ORACLE_BASE/dba_scripts/common/sql while logged into SQL*Plus.328 To obtain a list of all available Oracle DBA scripts while logged into SQL*Plus.zip archive will be copied to /u01/app/oracle.869.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.286.880 1.zip archive to the $ORACLE_BASE directory of each node in the cluster.

sql < --.260. file_name from dba_data_files union select tablespace_name. If you are using a large drive for the shared storage. When working through this section.sql wm_get_workspace.703530435 +RACDB_DATA/racdb/datafile/sysaux.259.sql wm_workspaces.sql wm_disable_versioning.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.sql ======================================== Workspace Manager ======================================== wm_create_workspace.703530397 +RACDB_DATA/racdb/tempfile/temp.sql perf_top_sql_by_disk_reads.sql wm_goto_workspace.sql wm_remove_workspace.262.703530441 TABLESPACE_NAME --------------EXAMPLE SYSAUX SYSTEM TEMP UNDOTBS1 UNDOTBS2 120 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . we left all tablespaces set to their default size.sql ======================================== Automatic Storage Management ======================================== asm_alias.703530411 +RACDB_DATA/racdb/datafile/system.sql asm_templates.shtml Automatic Shared Memory Management ======================================== asmm_components.sql asm_disks.sql Create / Alter Tablespaces When creating the clustered database.sql asm_files.264. FILE_NAME -------------------------------------------------+RACDB_DATA/racdb/datafile/example.sql wm_enable_versioning.sql wm_freeze_workspace.sql asm_files2.sql wm_refresh_workspace. file_name from dba_temp_files. substitute the data file names that were created in your environment where appropriate. you may want to make a sizable testing database.263.SNIP --.703530423 +RACDB_DATA/racdb/datafile/undotbs2.703530429 +RACDB_DATA/racdb/datafile/undotbs1. Please keep in mind that the database file names (OMF files) used in this example may differ from what the Oracle Database Configuration Assistant (DBCA) creates for your environment.sql wm_merge_workspace.sql asm_disks_perf.sql asm_clients. The following query can be used to determine the file names for your environment: SQL> 2 3 4 5 select tablespace_name. Below are several optional SQL commands for modifying and creating all tablespaces for the test database.sql wm_unfreeze_workspace.> perf_top_sql_by_buffer_gets.sql asm_diskgroups.261.sql asm_drop_files.

201.703530423' resize 1 Database altered.264 AUTO 1.260.703530441' resize 1 Database altered.073.741.288 121 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .741. SQL> grant dba.AUTO 1. SQL> alter database tempfile '+RACDB_DATA/racdb/tempfile/temp.043. resource. +RACDB_DATA/racdb/datafile/users. SQL> alter database datafile '+RACDB_DATA/racdb/datafile/users. Grant succeeded. SQL> alter database datafile '+RACDB_DATA/racdb/datafile/undotbs1. Tablespace altered.265.---------------.280 AUTO 157.824 948.703530429' resize 1024m Database altered.048.261.400 85.147. Tablespace Size Used (in bytes) P --------.741.259.152 MANUAL 1.703530447 [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ sqlplus "/ as sysdba" SQL> create user scott identified by tiger default tablespace users.824 512. SQL> alter database datafile '+RACDB_DATA/racdb/datafile/undotbs2.703530411' resize 102 Database altered.060. Here is a snapshot of the tablespaces I have defined for my test database environment: Status ------ONLINE ONLINE ONLINE ONLINE ONLINE ONLINE ONLINE ONLINE Tablespace Name ----------------SYSAUX UNDOTBS1 USERS SYSTEM EXAMPLE INDX UNDOTBS2 TEMP TS Type -----------PERMANENT UNDO PERMANENT PERMANENT PERMANENT PERMANENT UNDO TEMPORARY Ext.262.073.824 1.073. SQL> alter tablespace users add datafile '+RACDB_DATA' size 1024m autoextend off.073. SQL> alter database datafile '+RACDB_DATA/racdb/datafile/system.131.073.264.073.703530447' resize 1024 Database altered.703530397' resize 102 Database altered. Tablespace created.741. User created.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.098.824 20.448 MANUAL 1. ---------LOCAL LOCAL LOCAL LOCAL LOCAL LOCAL LOCAL LOCAL Seg.304 MANUAL 1.shtml USERS 7 rows selected.576 MANUAL 1.648 2.840.265.776 AUTO 2. Mgt. Mgt.483. SQL> alter database datafile '+RACDB_DATA/racdb/datafile/sysaux.741.824 66. connect to scott.---------------.286. SQL> 2 3 4 create tablespace indx datafile '+RACDB_DATA' size 1024m autoextend on next 100m maxsize unlimited extent management local autoallocate segment space management auto.824 703.741.097.

avg sum 8 rows selected. You can use CRSCTL commands to perform several operations on Oracle Clusterware. depending on the operation.088 Verify Oracle Grid Infrastructure and Database Configuration The following Oracle Clusterware and Oracle RAC verification checks can be performed on any of the Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster. start. Most of the checks described in this section use the Server Control Utility (SRVCTL) and can be run as either the oracle or grid OS user.---------------.shtml ---------------. such as: Starting and stopping Oracle Clusterware resources Enabling and disabling Oracle Clusterware daemons Checking the health of the cluster Managing resources that represent third-party applications Integrating Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) with Oracle Clusterware to provide failure isolation support and to ensure cluster integrity Debugging Oracle Clusterware components For the purpose of this article (and this section). For the purpose of this article.521. parsing and calling Oracle Clusterware APIs for Oracle Clusterware objects. 8.2) introduces cluster-aware commands with which you can perform check.220.992 2.747.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. I will only be performing checks from racnode1 as the oracle OS user. You can run these commands from any node in the cluster on another node in the cluster. Oracle also provides the Oracle Clusterware Control (CRSCTL) utility. CRSCTL is an interface between you and Oracle Clusterware. Oracle Notification Services. and stop operations on the cluster.338. or on all nodes in the cluster. There are five node-level tasks defined for SRVCTL: Adding and deleting node-level applications Setting and un-setting the environment for node-level applications Administering node applications Administering ASM instances Starting and stopping a group of programs that includes virtual IP addresses. Oracle Clusterware 11g release 2 (11. and Oracle Enterprise Manager agents (for maintenance purposes).2): crs_stat crs_register crs_unregister crs_start crs_stop crs_getperm crs_profile crs_relocate crs_setperm crsctl check crsd crsctl check cssd crsctl check evmd crsctl debug log 122 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . listeners. we will only make use of the "Checking the health of the cluster" operation which uses the Clusterized (Cluster Aware) Command: crsctl check cluster Many subprograms and commands were deprecated in Oracle Clusterware 11g release 2 (11.

DBA Tips Archive for Oracle

file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.shtml

crsctl set css votedisk crsctl start resources crsctl stop resources
Check the Health of the Cluster - (Clusterized Command)

Run as the grid user.

[grid@racnode1 ~]$ crsctl check cluster CRS-4537: Cluster Ready Services is online CRS-4529: Cluster Synchronization Services is online CRS-4533: Event Manager is online

All Oracle Instances - (Database Status)

[oracle@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl status database -d racdb Instance racdb1 is running on node racnode1 Instance racdb2 is running on node racnode2

Single Oracle Instance - (Status of Specific Instance)

[oracle@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl status instance -d racdb -i racdb1 Instance racdb1 is running on node racnode1

Node Applications - (Status)

[oracle@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl status nodeapps VIP racnode1-vip is enabled VIP racnode1-vip is running on node: racnode1 VIP racnode2-vip is enabled VIP racnode2-vip is running on node: racnode2 Network is enabled Network is running on node: racnode1 Network is running on node: racnode2 GSD is disabled GSD is not running on node: racnode1 GSD is not running on node: racnode2 ONS is enabled ONS daemon is running on node: racnode1 ONS daemon is running on node: racnode2 eONS is enabled eONS daemon is running on node: racnode1 eONS daemon is running on node: racnode2

Node Applications - (Configuration)

[oracle@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl config nodeapps VIP exists.:racnode1 VIP exists.: /racnode1-vip/192.168.1.251/255.255.255.0/eth0 VIP exists.:racnode2

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VIP exists.: /racnode2-vip/192.168.1.252/255.255.255.0/eth0 GSD exists. ONS daemon exists. Local port 6100, remote port 6200 eONS daemon exists. Multicast port 24057, multicast IP address 234.194.43.168, listening port 2

List all Configured Databases

[oracle@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl config database racdb

Database - (Configuration)

[oracle@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl config database -d racdb -a Database unique name: racdb Database name: racdb Oracle home: /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_1 Oracle user: oracle Spfile: +RACDB_DATA/racdb/spfileracdb.ora Domain: idevelopment.info Start options: open Stop options: immediate Database role: PRIMARY Management policy: AUTOMATIC Server pools: racdb Database instances: racdb1,racdb2 Disk Groups: RACDB_DATA,FRA Services: Database is enabled Database is administrator managed

ASM - (Status)

[oracle@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl status asm ASM is running on racnode1,racnode2

ASM - (Configuration)

$ srvctl config asm -a ASM home: /u01/app/11.2.0/grid ASM listener: LISTENER ASM is enabled.

TNS listener - (Status)

[oracle@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl status listener Listener LISTENER is enabled Listener LISTENER is running on node(s): racnode1,racnode2

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TNS listener - (Configuration)

[oracle@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl config listener -a Name: LISTENER Network: 1, Owner: grid Home: /u01/app/11.2.0/grid on node(s) racnode2,racnode1 End points: TCP:1521

SCAN - (Status)

[oracle@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl status scan SCAN VIP scan1 is enabled SCAN VIP scan1 is running on node racnode2 SCAN VIP scan2 is enabled SCAN VIP scan2 is running on node racnode1 SCAN VIP scan3 is enabled SCAN VIP scan3 is running on node racnode1

SCAN - (Configuration)

[oracle@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl config scan SCAN name: racnode-cluster-scan, Network: 1/192.168.1.0/255.255.255.0/eth0 SCAN VIP name: scan1, IP: /racnode-cluster-scan.idevelopment.info/192.168.1.188 SCAN VIP name: scan2, IP: /racnode-cluster-scan.idevelopment.info/192.168.1.189 SCAN VIP name: scan3, IP: /racnode-cluster-scan.idevelopment.info/192.168.1.187

VIP - (Status of Specific Node)

[oracle@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl status vip -n racnode1 VIP racnode1-vip is enabled VIP racnode1-vip is running on node: racnode1 [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl status vip -n racnode2 VIP racnode2-vip is enabled VIP racnode2-vip is running on node: racnode2

VIP - (Configuration of Specific Node)

[oracle@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl config vip -n racnode1 VIP exists.:racnode1 VIP exists.: /racnode1-vip/192.168.1.251/255.255.255.0/eth0 [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl config vip -n racnode2 VIP exists.:racnode2 VIP exists.: /racnode2-vip/192.168.1.252/255.255.255.0/eth0

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.-----------------------racnode1 passed Result: CTSS resource check passed Querying CTSS for time offset on all nodes...-----------------------.0 passed Time offset is within the specified limits on the following set of nodes: "[racnode1]" Result: Check of clock time offsets passed Oracle Cluster Time Synchronization Services check passed Verification of Clock Synchronization across the cluster nodes was successful. All running instances in the cluster .1. Check of Clusterware install passed Checking if CTSS Resource is running on all nodes.racnode1 End points: TCP:1521 Verifying Clock Synchronization across the Cluster Nodes [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ cluvfy comp clocksync -verbose Verifying Clock Synchronization across the cluster nodes Checking if Clusterware is installed on all nodes.0 msecs Check: Reference Time Offset Node Name Time Offset Status -----------.255..: /racnode2-vip/192.252/255.0/eth0 GSD exists. Owner: grid Home: /u01/app/11.-----------------------racnode1 Active CTSS is in Active state. Check: CTSS Resource running on all nodes Node Name Status -----------------------------------.: /racnode1-vip/192.0/grid on node(s) racnode2.:racnode2 VIP exists.:racnode1 VIP exists.shtml [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl config nodeapps -a -g -s -l -l option has been deprecated and will be ignored. Proceeding with check of clock time offsets on all nodes.. ONS daemon exists...-----------------------racnode1 0. Check: CTSS state Node Name State -----------------------------------.(SQL) SELECT 126 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .168.168.251/255.0/eth0 VIP exists.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. VIP exists.255.255.2.. Local port 6100. Result: Query of CTSS for time offset passed Check CTSS state started.1.. remote port 6200 Name: LISTENER Network: 1. Reference Time Offset Limit: 1000.255..

-------.703533499 +RACDB_DATA/racdb/controlfile/current. database_status db_status .703530429 19 rows selected.703533499 +RACDB_DATA/racdb/tempfile/temp.260.(SQL) select union select union select union select name from v$datafile member from v$logfile name from v$controlfile name from v$tempfile.703533497 +RACDB_DATA/racdb/onlinelog/group_4.265.703530391 +RACDB_DATA/racdb/onlinelog/group_2.256.257.259.703530397 +RACDB_DATA/racdb/datafile/undotbs1. instance_number inst_no .262.703533497 +FRA/racdb/onlinelog/group_4.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.703530393 +FRA/racdb/onlinelog/group_3.257.264.shtml inst_id .259.703530441 +RACDB_DATA/racdb/datafile/users. instance_name inst_name . INST_ID INST_NO INST_NAME -------.261.---------1 1 racdb1 2 2 racdb2 PAR --YES YES STATUS ------OPEN OPEN DB_STATUS -----------ACTIVE ACTIVE STATE --------NORMAL NORMAL HOST ------racnode1 racnode2 All database files and the ASM disk group they reside in .256. PATH ---------------------------------ORCL:CRSVOL1 ORCL:DATAVOL1 127 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .269. ASM Disk Volumes . status .703530447 +RACDB_DATA/racdb/datafile/users.703530389 +RACDB_DATA/racdb/datafile/example.(SQL) SELECT path FROM v$asm_disk.703530423 +RACDB_DATA/racdb/datafile/undotbs2.703530411 +RACDB_DATA/racdb/datafile/system. host_name host FROM gv$instance ORDER BY inst_id.703530391 +FRA/racdb/onlinelog/group_2.263.270. active_state state .267.703530389 +FRA/racdb/onlinelog/group_1.703530435 +RACDB_DATA/racdb/datafile/indx.266. NAME ------------------------------------------+FRA/racdb/controlfile/current.703530393 +RACDB_DATA/racdb/onlinelog/group_3.260.703542993 +RACDB_DATA/racdb/datafile/sysaux.703542943 +RACDB_DATA/racdb/onlinelog/group_1.258. parallel .258.

the Oracle Database. If you have followed the instructions in this guide.vip' on 'racnode1' succeeded CRS-2672: Attempting to start 'ora.LISTENER_SCAN3.RACDB_DATA.LISTENER_SCAN3.vip' on 'racnode2' succeeded CRS-2676: Start of 'ora.racnode1. Or you may find that Enterprise Manager is not running and need to start it.scan2.scan2.lsnr' on 'racnode2' succeeded <-CRS-2676: Start of 'ora. We also have a fully functional clustered database running named racdb.lsnr' on 'racnode2' CRS-2672: Attempting to start 'ora.scan3.RACDB_DATA.LISTENER.dg' on 'racnode1' succeeded CRS-2677: Stop of 'ora.LISTENER_SCAN2.LISTENER_SCAN2.lsnr' on 'racnode1' succeeded CRS-2673: Attempting to stop 'ora. you may ask.vip' on 'racnode2' <-CRS-2676: Start of 'ora.0/grid/bin/crsctl stop cluster CRS-2673: Attempting to stop 'ora.shtml ORCL:FRAVOL1 Starting / Stopping the Cluster At this point.vip' on 'racnode1' succeeded CRS-2672: Attempting to start 'ora.racnode1. ASM.vip' on 'racnode1' succeeded CRS-2672: Attempting to start 'ora. however.asm' on 'racnode1' CRS-2677: Stop of 'ora.lsnr' on 'racnode2' succeeded <-CRS-2677: Stop of 'ora.CRS.ons' on 'racnode1' 'racnode1' Notice racnode1 VIP Notice SCAN3 VIP mov Notice SCAN2 VIP mov Notice LISTENER_SCAN Notice LISTENER_SCAN 128 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .vip' on 'racnode2' CRS-2677: Stop of 'ora.racnode1. everything has been installed and configured for Oracle RAC 11g release 2.lsnr' on 'racnode1' CRS-2677: Stop of 'ora.db' on 'racnode1' CRS-2673: Attempting to stop 'ora.racdb.LISTENER_SCAN3.scan3.dg' on 'racnode1' succeeded CRS-2673: Attempting to stop 'ora.eons' on 'racnode1' CRS-2673: Attempting to stop 'ora. including Oracle Clusterware.lsnr' on 'racnode2' CRS-2676: Start of 'ora.lsnr' on 'racnode1' CRS-2673: Attempting to stop 'ora.lsnr' on 'racnode1' succeeded CRS-2673: Attempting to stop 'ora. The following stop/start actions need to be performed as root.crsd' on 'racnode1' CRS-2790: Starting shutdown of Cluster Ready Services-managed resources on CRS-2673: Attempting to stop 'ora.2.scan3.LISTENER_SCAN2.LISTENER.FRA.vip' on 'racnode2' succeeded <-CRS-2672: Attempting to start 'ora.vip' on 'racnode1' CRS-2677: Stop of 'ora.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.racnode1.vip' on 'racnode1' CRS-2677: Stop of 'ora.FRA. After all of that hard work. Oracle grid infrastructure was installed by the grid user while the Oracle RAC software was installed by oracle.vip' on 'racnode1' CRS-2677: Stop of 'ora. This section provides the commands necessary to stop and start the Oracle Clusterware stack on a local server (racnode1).scan2.lsnr' on 'racnode1' CRS-2673: Attempting to stop 'ora.dg' on 'racnode1' CRS-2673: Attempting to stop 'ora.scan3. SCAN.LISTENER_SCAN3.dg' on 'racnode1' CRS-2673: Attempting to stop 'ora. and so on should start automatically on each reboot of the Linux nodes.scan2. network.racdb.vip' on 'racnode2' CRS-2677: Stop of 'ora. when you might want to take down the Oracle services on a node for maintenance purposes and restart the Oracle Clusterware stack at a later time. all services. "OK.dg' on 'racnode1' CRS-2677: Stop of 'ora. There are times.vip' on 'racnode2' succeeded <-CRS-2676: Start of 'ora. Stopping the Oracle Clusterware Stack on the Local Server Use the "crsctl stop cluster" command on racnode1 to stop the Oracle Clusterware stack: [root@racnode1 ~]# /u01/app/11.dg' on 'racnode1' succeeded CRS-2677: Stop of 'ora.asm' on 'racnode1' succeeded CRS-2673: Attempting to stop 'ora. so how do I start and stop services?".db' on 'racnode1' succeeded CRS-2673: Attempting to stop 'ora.lsnr' on 'racnode1' succeeded CRS-2673: Attempting to stop 'ora. VIP.LISTENER_SCAN2.CRS.

shtml CRS-2677: CRS-2673: CRS-2677: CRS-2677: CRS-2792: CRS-2677: CRS-2673: CRS-2673: CRS-2673: CRS-2673: CRS-2677: CRS-2677: CRS-2677: CRS-2677: CRS-2673: CRS-2677: CRS-2673: CRS-2677: Stop of 'ora.diskmon' on 'racnode1' Stop of 'ora. Also note that you can stop the Oracle Clusterware stack on all servers in the cluster by specifying -all.asm' on 'racnode1' Stop of 'ora.2.ctssd' on 'racnode1' Attempting to stop 'ora.ons' on 'racnode1' succeeded Attempting to stop 'ora.asm' on 'racnode1' succeeded Attempting to stop 'ora.crsd' on 'racnode1' succeeded You can choose to start the Oracle Clusterware stack on all servers in the cluster by specifying -all: [root@racnode1 ~]# /u01/app/11.diskmon' on 'racnode1' CRS-2676: Start of 'ora.evmd' on 'racnode1' succeeded CRS-2676: Start of 'ora.2.cssd' on 'racnode1' succeeded CRS-2672: Attempting to start 'ora.cssdmonitor' on 'racnode1' succeeded Stop of 'ora.ctssd' on 'racnode1' succeeded CRS-2672: Attempting to start 'ora. then the entire command fails.eons' on 'racnode1' succeeded Shutdown of Cluster Ready Services-managed resources on 'racnode1' has completed Stop of 'ora.crsd' on 'racnode1' CRS-2676: Start of 'ora.net1. Use the -f option to unconditionally stop all resources and stop the Oracle Clusterware stack.0/grid/bin/crsctl start cluster -all You can also start the Oracle Clusterware stack on one or more named servers in the cluster by listing the servers 129 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .evmd' on 'racnode1' succeeded Stop of 'ora.diskmon' on 'racnode1' succeeded If any resources that Oracle Clusterware manages are still running after you run the "crsctl stop cluster" command.cssd' on 'racnode1' Stop of 'ora. The following will bring down the Oracle Clusterware stack on both racnode1 and racnode2: [root@racnode1 ~]# /u01/app/11.0/grid/bin/crsctl start cluster CRS-2672: Attempting to start 'ora.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.network' on 'racnode1' Stop of 'ora.ctssd' on 'racnode1' succeeded Stop of 'ora.cssd' on 'racnode1' succeeded Attempting to stop 'ora.diskmon' on 'racnode1' succeeded CRS-2676: Start of 'ora.asm' on 'racnode1' CRS-2672: Attempting to start 'ora.ctssd' on 'racnode1' CRS-2676: Start of 'ora.net1.evmd' on 'racnode1' Attempting to stop 'ora.crsd' on 'racnode1' succeeded Attempting to stop 'ora.0/grid/bin/crsctl stop cluster -all Starting the Oracle Clusterware Stack on the Local Server Use the "crsctl start cluster" command on racnode1 to start the Oracle Clusterware stack: [root@racnode1 ~]# /u01/app/11.cssd' on 'racnode1' CRS-2672: Attempting to start 'ora.cssdmonitor' on 'racnode1' succeeded CRS-2672: Attempting to start 'ora.cssdmonitor' on 'racnode1' Attempting to stop 'ora.network' on 'racnode1' succeeded Stop of 'ora.cssdmonitor' on 'racnode1' CRS-2676: Start of 'ora.2.asm' on 'racnode1' succeeded CRS-2672: Attempting to start 'ora.evmd' on 'racnode1' CRS-2676: Start of 'ora.

0/grid/bin/crsctl start cluster -n racnode1 racnode2 Start/Stop All Instances with SRVCTL Finally.2.(Configuring SCAN without DNS) 130 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .shtml separated by a space: [root@racnode1 ~]# /u01/app/11. Configuring SCAN without DNS Defining the SCAN in only the hosts file (/etc/hosts) and not in either Grid Naming Service (GNS) or DNS is an invalid configuration and will cause the Cluster Verification Utility to fail during the Oracle grid infrastructure installation: Figure 19: Oracle Grid Infrastructure / CVU Error . you can start/stop all instances and associated services using the following: [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl stop database -d racdb [oracle@racnode1 ~]$ srvctl start database -d racdb Troubleshooting This section contains a short list of common errors (and solutions) that can be encountered during the Oracle RAC installation described in this article.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.

then echo "Server: 24.187 with your SCAN IP address: #!/bin/bash HOSTNAME=${1} if [[ $HOSTNAME = "racnode-cluster-scan" ]].1 on the My Oracle Support web site.24.154.168.187" else /usr/bin/nslookup...1. Please note that the workaround documented in this section is only for the sake of brevity and should not be considered for a production implementation..1.original $HOSTNAME fi Finally.1.original Next.original [root@racnode2 ~]# mv /usr/bin/nslookup /usr/bin/nslookup. racnode-cluster-scan with your SCAN host name.34#53" echo "Non-authoritative answer:" echo "Name: racnode-cluster-scan" echo "Address: 192. and 192. it is OK to ignore this check and continue by clicking the [Next] button in OUI and move forward with the Oracle grid infrastructure installation.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.original on both Oracle RAC nodes: [root@racnode1 ~]# mv /usr/bin/nslookup /usr/bin/nslookup.168.. change the new nslookup shell script to executable: [root@racnode1 ~]# chmod 755 /usr/bin/nslookup [root@racnode2 ~]# chmod 755 /usr/bin/nslookup Remember to perform these actions on both Oracle RAC nodes.13 ERROR: PRVF-4657 : Name resolution setup check for "racnode-cluster-scan" (IP address: 192. create a new shell script on both Oracle RAC nodes named /usr/bin/nslookup as shown below while replacing 24. Although Oracle strongly discourages this practice and highly recommends the use of GNS or DNS resolution. Checking name resolution setup for "racnode-cluster-scan". ERROR: PRVF-4657 : Name resolution setup check for "racnode-cluster-scan" (IP address: 216. a total hack) to the nslookup binary that allows the Cluster Verification Utility to finish successfully during the Oracle grid infrastructure install. First. some readers may not have access to a DNS.1.34 with your primary DNS.34" echo "Address: 24.168. The instructions below include a workaround (Ok. rename the original nslookup binary to nslookup.1. 131 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . If on the other hand you want the CVU to complete successfully while still only defining the SCAN in the hosts file. simply modify the nslookup utility as root on both Oracle RAC nodes as follows.1 ERROR: PRVF-4664 : Found inconsistent name resolution entries for SCAN name "racnode-cluster-sca Verification of SCAN VIP and Listener setup failed Provided this is the only error reported by the CVU.154. This is documented in Doc ID: 887471.shtml INFO: INFO: INFO: INFO: INFO: INFO: INFO: INFO: INFO: Checking Single Client Access Name (SCAN).154.

1 racnode1 localhost.187 Verification of SCAN VIP and Listener setup passed Verification of scan was successful.0.-----------racnode-cluster-scan racnode1 true ListenerName -----------LISTENER Port -----------1521 Running? -----------true Checking name resolution setup for "racnode-cluster-scan".-----------. SCAN Name IP Address Status -----------.0.. SCAN Name IP Address Status -----------.localdomain localhost it will need to be removed as shown below: 127.localdomain localhost If the RAC node name is listed for the loopback address.0.-----------racnode-cluster-scan racnode1 true ListenerName -----------LISTENER Port -----------1521 Running? -----------true Checking name resolution setup for "racnode-cluster-scan".168. SCAN VIP name Node Running? ---------------. The CVU will now pass during the Oracle grid infrastructure installation when it attempts to verify your SCAN: [grid@racnode1 ~]$ cluvfy comp scan -verbose Verifying scan Checking Single Client Access Name (SCAN)......-----------------------.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12. otherwise..-----------. Comment ---------- =============================================================================== [grid@racnode2 ~]$ cluvfy comp scan -verbose Verifying scan Checking Single Client Access Name (SCAN).-----------------------. you will receive the following error during the RAC installation: 132 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM . Comment ---------- Confirm the RAC Node Name is Not Listed in Loopback Address Ensure that the node name (racnode1 or racnode2) is not included for the loopback address in the /etc/hosts file.-----------------------racnode-cluster-scan 192.1 localhost.1.1.168. SCAN VIP name Node Running? ---------------. it calls the original nslookup binary..shtml The new nslookup shell script simply echo's back your SCAN IP address whenever the CVU calls nslookup with your SCAN host name.-----------------------passed racnode-cluster-scan 192. If the machine name is listed in the in the loopback address entry as below: 127.187 passed Verification of SCAN VIP and Listener setup passed Verification of scan was successful.0.

Logical Volumes Not Active on Boot One issue that I have run into several times occurs when using a USB drive connected to the Openfiler server. When the Openfiler server is rebooted.version 0. it is not able to load the logical volumes and writes the following message to /var/log/messages . Method 1 One of the first steps is to shutdown both of the Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster .shtml ORA-00603: ORACLE server session terminated by fatal error or ORA-29702: error occurred in Cluster Group Service operation Openfiler .94 GB] inherit '/dev/rac1/asm3' [115. you should first check the status of all logical volumes using the lvscan command from the Openfiler server: # lvscan inactive inactive inactive inactive inactive '/dev/rac1/crs' [2. It may occur with other types of drives. the system is able to recognize the USB drive however. from the Openfiler server.(the status for each logical volume on a working system would be set to ACTIVE). both of which are described below. manually set each of the logical volumes to ACTIVE for each consecutive reboot: # # # # lvchange lvchange lvchange lvchange -a -a -a -a y y y y /dev/rac1/crs /dev/rac1/asm1 /dev/rac1/asm2 /dev/rac1/asm3 133 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .(racnode1 and racnode2).94 GB] inherit '/dev/rac1/asm2' [115.14 iotype_init(91) register fileio iotype_init(91) register blockio iotype_init(91) register nullio open_path(120) Can't open /dev/rac1/crs -2 fileio_attach(268) -2 open_path(120) Can't open /dev/rac1/asm1 -2 fileio_attach(268) -2 open_path(120) Can't open /dev/rac1/asm2 -2 fileio_attach(268) -2 open_path(120) Can't open /dev/rac1/asm3 -2 fileio_attach(268) -2 open_path(120) Can't open /dev/rac1/asm4 -2 fileio_attach(268) -2 Please note that I am not suggesting that this only occurs with USB drives connected to the Openfiler server. however I have only seen it with USB drives! If you do receive this error.DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.94 GB] inherit '/dev/rac1/asm4' [115.4.(also available through dmesg): iSCSI Enterprise Target Software .00 GB] inherit '/dev/rac1/asm1' [115. Then. I currently know of two methods to get Openfiler to automatically load the logical volumes on reboot.94 GB] inherit Notice that the status for each of the logical volumes is set to inactive .

..DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.. verify the external drives are powered on and then reboot the Openfiler server. Method 2 This method was kindly provided by Martin Jones.94 GB] inherit '/dev/rac1/asm4' [115.........(racnode1 and racnode2). reboot the Openfiler server to ensure each of the logical volumes will be set to ACTIVE after the boot process........... Finally. then /sbin/dmsetup ls --target multipath --exec "/sbin/kpartx -a" fi fi if [ -x /sbin/dmraid ]..94 GB] inherit As a final test. Found volume group "rac1" using metadata type lvm2 # vgchange -ay 5 logical volume(s) in volume group "rac1" now active After setting each of the logical volumes to active. take 2 if [ -c /dev/mapper/control ]. After making the changes to the /etc/rc.sysinit script to basically wait for the USB disk (/dev/sda in my example) to be detected...... This may take a while... The following is a small portion of the /etc/rc......sysinit script on the Openfiler server with the changes (highlighted in blue) proposed by Martin: ....00 GB] inherit '/dev/rac1/asm1' [115......... then modprobe dm-mirror > /dev/null 2>&1 /sbin/dmraid -i -a y fi #----- 134 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM .static ]. restart each of the Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster ... check that the iSCSI target service is running: # service iscsi-target status ietd (pid 2668) is running. use the lvscan command again to verify the status: # lvscan ACTIVE ACTIVE ACTIVE ACTIVE ACTIVE '/dev/rac1/crs' [2.... then if [ -x /sbin/multipath....static -v 0 if [ -x /sbin/kpartx ]. After you have verified that each of the logical volumes will be active on boot.94 GB] inherit '/dev/rac1/asm3' [115. His workaround includes amending the /etc/rc... then modprobe dm-multipath >/dev/null 2>&1 /sbin/multipath....shtml # lvchange -a y /dev/rac1/asm4 Another method to set the status to active for all logical volumes is to use the Volume Group change command as follows: # vgscan Reading all physical volumes.94 GB] inherit '/dev/rac1/asm2' [115....sysinit script (described below).. # LVM2 initialization....

shtml #----#----- MJONES . While the hardware used for this guide is stable enough for educational purposes.. In this section..000... for those DBA's that want to become more familiar with the features and benefits of database clustering will find the costs of configuring even a small RAC cluster costing in the range of US$15..so. This article has hopefully given you an economical solution to setting up and configuring an inexpensive Oracle 11g release 2 RAC Cluster using Red Hat Enterprise Linux (or CentOS) and iSCSI technology.. much of the content regarding the history of Oracle RAC can be found in his very popular book Oracle Database 10g Real Application Clusters Handbook. do [ -r $file ] && restorecon $file >/dev/null 2>&1 done fi ..DBA Tips Archive for Oracle file:///D:/rac11gr2/CLUSTER_12.." sleep 5 done echo "INFO . restart each of the Oracle RAC nodes in the cluster . I would like to thank Bane Radulovic from the Server BDE Team at Oracle... then if /sbin/lvm......static vgscan > /dev/null 2>&1 . then action $"Setting up Logical Volume Management:" /sbin/lvm..Customisation END if [ -x /sbin/lvm..........static vgchange -a y --ignorelockingfailure fi fi fi # Clean up SELinux labels if [ -n "$SELINUX" ].." #----#----#----- MJONES .static ].. Bane was also involved with hardware recommendations and testing... Conclusion Oracle RAC 11g release 2 allows the DBA to configure a clustered database solution with superior fault tolerance and load balancing." echo "Waiting.. but shared with me his experience and knowledge of the product and how to best utilize it for Oracle RAC... Although I was able to author and successfully demonstrate the validity of the components that make up this configuration... then for file in /etc/mtab /etc/ld.....Customisation Start # Check if /dev/sda is ready while [ ! -e /dev/sda ] do echo "Device /dev/sda for first USB Drive is not yet ready. A special thanks to K Gopalakrishnan for his assistance in delivering the Oracle RAC 11g Overview section of this article.(racnode1 and racnode2)....static vgscan --mknodes --ignorelockingfailure && /sbin/lvm.... His research and hard work made the task of configuring Openfiler seamless.... it should never be considered for a production environment.. However. This book comes highly recommended for both DBA's and Developers 135 of 136 4/18/2011 10:17 PM ..... Acknowledgements An article of this magnitude and complexity is generally not the work of one person alone...700 and will provide the DBA with a fully functional Oracle 11g release 2 RAC cluster.. Finally.. The RAC solution presented in this article can be put together for around US$2..Device /dev/sda for first USB Drive is ready.. there are several other individuals that deserve credit in making this article a success. Bane not only introduced me to Openfiler.cache .. First...000 to US$20...

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