Oracle 11gR2 11.2.0.3 2-node RAC on Windows 2008 on VMware Workstation 9 – Intro

A while back I put together a very detailed ten step process to create a simple two-node RAC on VMware Workstation using Red Hat Linux 5.5.

There were already many blog posts on creating RAC systems, including some using VMware, but partly because I felt that none of them were detailed for someone not already an expert in Linux, and partly because I wanted to learn for myself, I created my own.

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Oracle 11gR2 11.2.0.3 2-node RAC on Windows 2008 on VMware Workstation 9 – Part VIII

Time Required: 60 minutes

Class Materials:

  • Oracle 11gR2 Grid Infrastructure software for Windows

Next we are going to install the 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.

To begin, download the zip file from the Oracle software download website and unzip on Rodolfo.

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Oracle 11gR2 11.2.0.3 2-node RAC on Windows 2008 on VMware Workstation 9 – Part X

Time Required: 10 minutes

Class Materials:

  • none

Next we are going to create a new RAC database using DBCA.

Open a new command window to make sure all environment settings are established. Do not re-use the same window you used to install the Grid and Database.

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Oracle 11gR2 11.2.0.3 2-node RAC on Windows 2008 on VMware Workstation 9 – Part IX

Time Required: 60 minutes

Class Materials:

  • Oracle 11gR2 Database software for Windows

Next we are going to install the Oracle Database 11gR2 11.2.0.3 software.

To begin, download the two zip files from the MOS and unzip on Rodolfo. Make sure you are logged into Rodolfo as the oracle user.

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Oracle 11gR2 11.2.0.3 2-node RAC on Windows 2008 on VMware Workstation 9 – Part VII

Time Required: 30 minutes

Class Materials:

  • 5GB of disk space
  • an ASCII text editor

Next we are going to add a shared disk to our two Windows VMs.

VMware Workstation makes the allocation of shared disk to VMs very simple. Shared disk has been the biggest obstacle to create Oracle RAC clusters at home, but VMware gives us a reliable and portable solution that does not require fire-wire hacks, your own NFS server or a SCSI disk array.

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Oracle 11gR2 11.2.0.3 2-node RAC on Windows 2008 on VMware Workstation 9 – Part VI

Time Required: 20 minutes

Class Materials:

  • none

We are now ready to clone our VM. From this point forward we will have two machines, and we will start to think of them individually.

Make sure your Windows VM is shutdown.

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Oracle 11gR2 11.2.0.3 2-node RAC on Windows 2008 on VMware Workstation 9 – Part V

Time Required: 20 minutes

Class Materials:

  • none

Next we are going to add a DNS server to our Windows VM.

The DNS server is needed to support the SCAN address. If you have an existing DNS server available to you, then by all means use it, but in my case I do not, so I am going to create one on my Windows VM.

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