ASMLib is optional software to simplify the use of Automatic Storage Management (ASM) for Oracle databases on Linux.
ASMLib ensures consistent naming of devices across RAC clusters, and also maintains permissions on devices across reboots, a feature that was important until UDEV rules were added to Linux with the 2.5 kernel.
EMC Powerpath is an advanced multi-pathing host based solution that works with EMC arrays to intelligently load balance I/O across all available paths as well as provide fault tolerance by automatically re-routing traffic around failed paths. EMC Powerpath is significantly more powerful and robust that native Linux MPIO.
The KFOD tool is an Oracle supplied command line tool for inspecting available disks.
Since many of the issues associated with failed RAC installs are caused by shared disk, using KFOD to ensure that ASMLib or UDEV has correctly presented disks with the correct permissions to all nodes, before launching the Grid installer can save a good deal of time and effort.
However, since it is the Grid installer that installs KFOD, this can be tricky.
In this post we show how to leverage KFOD before the Grid Infrastructure is installed:
A couple of weeks ago, Oracle released the long awaited Oracle 12c database, with lots of exciting new features.
A couple of great blog posts have already been done on how to install this, but from what I have seen they rely on Oracle’s OVM technology and/or Oracle Enterprise Linux.
This blog post is a detailed step-by-step of Oracle 12cR1 RAC using VMware Workstation and CentOS 6.4.
Time Required: 20 minutes
- Completed Oracle 12c install
The next step is to create a new 12c database!
The dbca is still the method used to create a new database in 12c. But before we launch the installer, we will modify the /etc/oratab file.
Time Required: 60 minutes
- Oracle 12cR1 Database software
The next step is to install the Oracle 12c database software.
The database install process is largely unchanged from the 11g installer, so this should be familiar terriroty to most DBAs.
Oracle 12cR1 188.8.131.52 2-node RAC on CentOS 6.4 on VMware Workstation 9 – Part IX
Time Required: 60 minutes
- Oracle 12cR1 Grid Infrastructure software
Now that we have completed all the preparation steps and the grid pre-install steps, we can install the 12c Oracle Grid Infrastructure software.
The Grid Infrastructure will provide the Cluster software that allows the RAC nodes to communicate, as well as the ASM software to manage the shared disks.
Time Required: 30 minutes
- Oracle 11gR2 Grid Infrastructure software
Next we are going to perform some final steps before we can launch the Oracle Grid Infrastructure install.
The Grid Infrastructure will provide the cluster software that allows the RAC nodes to communicate, as well as the ASM software to manage the shared disks.
To begin, download the zip files from the Oracle software download website and unzip on Ruggero. Make sure you are logged in as the oracle user so that oracle owns the unzipped files.