Building Oracle RAC: Install virtual disk and network card (Part II)

his is Part II of Step by Step RAC configuration on your laptop/desktop without investing anything extra on hardware (Free) using virtual server, virtual hard disk and virtual network cards.

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RAC Part I – Install Virtual Machine and Linux

In this Part II, We will install required linux operating package for clusterware & database, additional hard disk (voting disk, ocr and ASM), network card for interconnect and configure newly added hard disk and network card.

Install rpm’s

Install following rpm’s (These rpm’s are in Red Hat ES CD’s or download them from ) and install them using root account

(compat-glibc-7.x-, gnome-libs-, sysstat-4.0.7-4.EL3.3.i386.rpm )

rpm –ivh compat-glibc-7.x-
rpm –ivh gnome-libs-
rpm –ivh sysstat-4.0.7-4.EL3.3.i386.rpm

Create Shared Disk on Virtual Machine for Cluster Registry, Voting Disk and ASM
–Shutdown linux machine RAC1 (installed in part I) as “shutdown now” (from root user)
–Create folder “shared” in location “c:\atul\VMWARE” (or any other location of your choice)
–From VM Ware Console Press Ctrl + D to see Virtual Machine Settings

Or from screen

Click on Edit Virtual Machine Setting

Click on Add

Click on Next

Select Hard Disk as shown here and click Next

Select Create a New Virtual Disk and click Next

Select SCSI and click Next

Select 5.0 GB for voting disk and 5.0 GB for ocr (add second disk of 5 GB for ocr using same method) and 8 GB for asm (add third disk of 8 GB for ASM using same method)

Enter location and disk file name in folder shared created above.

Note* Select votingDisk for disk one created , ocr for second disk created and asm for third disk created . This name doesn’t matter and this is for our understanding only.
Click Finish

Repeat above step of adding disk for ocr and asm. Finally you should see Hard Disk 2,3,4

Hard Disk 2 : for votingDisk (5 GB)
Hard Disk 3 : for ocr (5 GB)
Hard Disk 4 : for ASM (8GB)

This completes addition of hard disk (How to configure and share these hard disks coming next ..)

Adding Network Card for Interconnect

Next step is to create network card, there is already an existing network card which is used as public connection for connecting to this machine and database isnatance on this machine and new card will be used oracle clusterware as private inerconnect between two nodes of RAC i.e. RAC1 and RAC2. This private interconnect is used for clusterware talking to all remote nodes in cluster.
From VMWare Console press Ctrl + D

Select Ethernet Adapter this time and click Next

Select Bridged and click Finish

Now Start your linux Virtual Machine

On start of linux Virtual Machine you linux machine will detect newly added network card which you can configure now (at boot time only) or you can configure later as well.

Press Any Key to enter into setup part of network card

Select Configure and click enetr or you can configure it later as well

Enter following details
IP Address —————–
Netmask ——————-
Default Gateway ———
Primary Nameserver —-

and select OK and press enter

Login as Root User when prompted to login
Above we configured newly added network card eth1 (used for interconnect).
With below method we will configure original network card (for public connection)

Syetem Setting -> Network

select eth0 and click Edit

Add entry like
Subnet Mask
Default Gateway Address

Click OK and activate this netowrk card

Activate eth0 by clicking on Activate button

Click on Yes, when prompted to save network configuration

Now you should see both network card eth0 and eth1 as Active

ifconfig , from root should show you result as shown in screenshot

Format and Configure Virtual disks (voting disk, ocr and asm )

In this step We will format and configure Virtual Disks created above.

From user root

fdisk –l (This is to see list of disks, You will see entry like /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc, /dev/sdd doesn’t contain valid partition table)

fdisk /dev/sdb (Means we are dealing with /dev/sdb)
n (Create new disk)
p (Of type primary partition)
1 (First Cylinder)
Enter (carriage return)
Enter (carriage return)
w (Save table to disk and exit)

(For more information check man fdisk or below screenshot)

Repeat above step for /dev/sdc and /dev/sdd

So now fdisk –l you should details of /dev/sdb, dev/sdc, dev/sdd
–Add These disks as raw devices in file /etc/sysconfig/rawdevices as
/dev/raw/raw1 /dev/sdb1
/dev/raw/raw2 /dev/sdc1
/dev/raw/raw3 /dev/sdd1
–Restart rawdevices service as service rawdevices restart

Create directory /apps/oracle/oradata (For storing voting disk, ocr and ASM) as

mkdir –p /apps/oracle/oradata (From Root Account)

–>Create symbolic link pointing to these raw devices so that we know which one is for what (Optional)

ln –s /dev/raw/raw1 /apps/oracle/oradata/ocr
ln –s /dev/raw/raw2 /apps/oracle/oradata/votingdisk
ln –s /dev/raw/raw3 /apps/oracle/oradata/asm
–Change ownership of these directories to oracle:oracle
chown oracle:oracle /dev/raw/raw1
chown oracle:oracle /dev/raw/raw2
chown oracle:oracle /dev/raw/raw3

Shutdown this machine as this is now ready to clone and to create RAC2 machine.

Coming Next
-Cloning RAC1 to RAC2
-Changing RAC2 network and hostname details
-Configuring user equivalency
-Installing clusterware
-Installing Oracle rac database
-Tips and Tricks of troubleshooting Oracle RAC Database and clusterware…..

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