Oracle 11gR2 2-node RAC on VMware Workstation 8 – Part X

Time Required: 60 minutes

Class Materials:

  • Oracle 11gR2 Database software

Next we are going to install the Oracle Database 11gR2 software.

This is the last part of our ten-part process of installing a two node RAC on VMware Workstation 8.

To begin, download the zip file from the Oracle software download website and unzip on Orpheus. Make sure you are logged into Orpheus as the oracle user so that oracle owns the unzipped files.

There are two zip files for 11gR2 Linux 64-bit called and

Unlike with older released where each file would be unzipped into a different directory, with 11g both zip files need to unzipped into the same directory. If you fail to do this the install will fail with a spectacularly unhelpful error message about half way through.

Having unzipped the files, we should have a directory called database. It is important to be logged into Orpheus through the VM desktop and not through a non graphical interface such as Putty or SecureCRT. You may also use a tool such as VNC.

Change into the database directory and we will find a script called runInstaller.

We will launch this script as follows:

[oracle@orpheus database]$ ./runInstaller &

This will start the graphical installer and present the following menu:

Since this is not production I leave the email address blank and uncheck I wish to receive security updates via My Oracle Support. The installer demands confirmation of this stance before proceeding to the next screen.

Select Create and configure a database

At the next screen select Server Class

At the next screen select Real Application Clusters database installation and ensure both Orpheus and Eurydice are checked.

At the next screen select Advanced install

At the next screen select the languages you want to install. Since I am happy with just English I will just click Next

At the next screen select Enterprise Edition (4.29GB).

At the next screen choose where to install the Oracle Base and the Database home. The Base should match the same one you used in Part IX. Unlike the Grid install, the database home is fine being installed under the base directory structure.

At the next screen select General Purpose/Transaction Processing.

At the next screen you get to name your new database. I have chosen to name my database amore, after the spirit that guides Orpheus and Eurydice out of Hades. Since I choose to use a domain name of hadesnet my fully qualified database name is amore.hadesnet.

At the next screen we can set the memory size and management, the characterset, security policies and sample schemas of the new database. I choose all defaults but I do choose to install the sample schemas.

At the next screen select Use Database Control for database management.

At the next screen select Automatic Storage Management, and enter the password you set for the ASM database back in Part IX.

At the next screen select Do not enable automatic backups.

At the next screen select the DATA disk group for the new database.

At the next screen select Use the same passwords for all accounts and enter a password to use. Since this is for demo purposes I choose something very simple like oracle. The installer will object but you can override it and continue.

At the next screen we get to set the OS groups for the OSDBA and OSPER privileged functions. In this case I simply use DBA for both.

At the next screen you can review the settings you have provided. If everything looks good then you can select Finish

The installer process will now install the database software on all nodes.

After the software install completes the DBCA tool launches to create our sample database.

When the DBCA tool completes it will offer the ability to set passwords and unlock accounts.

At the conclusion of the install process, the installer prompts to execute scripts on all nodes. Open a terminal window and log in as root to execute the scripts:

[root@orpheus grid]# cd /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_1
[root@orpheus dbhome_1]# ./
Running Oracle 11g script...

The following environment variables are set as:
    ORACLE_OWNER= oracle
    ORACLE_HOME=  /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_1

Enter the full pathname of the local bin directory: [/usr/local/bin]: 
The file "dbhome" already exists in /usr/local/bin.  Overwrite it? (y/n) 
[n]: y
   Copying dbhome to /usr/local/bin ...
The file "oraenv" already exists in /usr/local/bin.  Overwrite it? (y/n) 
[n]: y
   Copying oraenv to /usr/local/bin ...
The file "coraenv" already exists in /usr/local/bin.  Overwrite it? (y/n) 
[n]: y
   Copying coraenv to /usr/local/bin ...

Entries will be added to the /etc/oratab file as needed by
Database Configuration Assistant when a database is created
Finished running generic part of script.
Now product-specific root actions will be performed.
Finished product-specific root actions.
[root@orpheus dbhome_1]#

Repeat the process on Eurydice. Then press OK

The final screen shows us the URL of the Enterprise Manager interface. Click Close to complete the install.

The process is now complete. Congratulations if you made it this far. I don’t know about you, but I am certainly ready for a drink!

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20 thoughts on “Oracle 11gR2 2-node RAC on VMware Workstation 8 – Part X

  1. Hi Gruff
    I want to re-install the RAC to SSD disk but it’s only 70GB free disk ,
    do you have any suggestion of 2-nodes and share-disk disk allocation?

    Thanks in advance! 🙂

    • Both Orpheus and Eurydice ended up at about 15GB each, and the shared disk is 5GB, so you should be able to re-install to the SSD with some room to spare.

      I stage the install binaries to a USB stick so that the VMDK’s do not grow larger during the install, it saves about 5GB on the first node.


  2. Hi Gruff!

    According your steps, I was concerning why not set the $ORACLE_SID & $ORACLE_HOME in the oracle’s profile?

    • Hi Jason,

      I don’t like setting the HOME and SID in the profile because it tends to confuse the Grid installer, and I prefer to set my ORACLE_SID explicitly using the .oraenv script.

      This also avoids the problem in production of accidentally connecting to the wrong database, something I have done once or twice in the past.

      It’s a personal preference thing, so if you prefer to set it in the profile, then go ahead.


  3. Hi Gruff,

    Finally i have created RAC Database. Now its time to practice more in sweet home…

    I can’t thank you enough…


    • After installing the the Grid i reboot my VMware because i had to increase the swap memory after resatrting while i tried to install the Database , i can not see my nodes to select which you did after selecting server class installation. Please help.

  4. Hi Gruff,

    Everything was going fine till step IX of yous and in Last step the below scenario. Please put me out of this situation.
    While installing Oracle Database my guest OS keeps restarting when it is 22% that is copying files process.

    VMWARE WORKSTATION 10 used in Compatibility mode for VMWARE WORKSTATION 8 according to your steps.
    RedHatLinux 5.5
    Oracle 11gR2

    • Raghuveergupta,

      Check your Linux messages log to see if it records the reason for the reboot:


      Also check the CRS logs on the primary node:


  5. Hi,
    I have not seen simple steps like you have mention here for creating RAC environment. i really appreciate your way of representation.

    i am working with your steps since 1 month and i have done all steps but when dbca is starting to create datafiles it show some errors like.

    ORA-0153: CREATE CONTROLFILE failed.
    ORA-01565: error in identifying ‘+DATA/amore/system01.dbf’
    ORA-17503: ksfdopn:2 Failed to open file +DATA/amore/system01.dbf’
    ORA-15055: unable to connect to ASM instance.
    ORA-27140: attach to post/wait facility failed
    ORA-27300: OS system dependent operation:invalid_egid failed with status:1
    ORA-27301: OS failure message: Operation not permitted.
    ORA-27302:failure occurred at: skgpwinit6
    ORA-27303: additional information: startup egid=505(oinstall), current egid = 504 (asmadmin)

    all coming in one shot while DBCA creating datafiles on the disk.
    Please help me out, i am just about to complete these steps.


  6. Hi Gruff,

    When executing on node2,I got the below error in alerthostname.log.On checking with MOS,the solution is rebuild one of the cluster with different name.Why did this happen?

    [gpnpd(21209)]CRS-2332:Error pushing GPnP profile to
    cname=underworld,host=racnode1,pid=16550/gpnpd h:racnode1 c:underworld”.

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