Posts Tagged ‘Oracle’

Oracle ACFS autostart on Oracle RAC stand alone (Oracle Restart)

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

I would like to start with a declaration – I would prefer not to use ACFS for a stand-alone system. It binds the “normal” order of startup and mounts to the cluster. Not only that – but while until version 12.1, RAC stand alone had a built-in service for ACFS, this is no longer the case for 12.2 and above. This resource/service exists only for a two (and above) node clusters.

If you have upgraded from a 12.1 (or 11.2) stand alone RAC to 12.2 or above, you will no longer be able to automatically mount your ACFS disks. This (and some minor bugs I’ve found with ACFS) is part of the reason I would recommend against using ACFS for stand alone system. HOWEVER – there are cases where you have no choice – either because you are using ACFS replication/snapshots, or because you are using Oracle ASM redundancy model (using either “normal” or “high” redundancy) over a JBoD – which forces you to use ADVM and with it – ACFS is only a small addition.

As I’ve written before – ACFS won’t auto start on 12.2 stand alone GI. A possible solution I thought of (but did not apply, and thus – cannot show it here) is to use a method of creating a 3rd party application service (as described in a document called “TWP-Oracle-Clusterware-3rd-party” to implement a custom service which will actually mount your ACFS for you, when the cluster is ready to do so. I would have done it like that in a recent project, however, a nice person called Pierre has done it for me, slightly differently – he used a systemd services to run custom scripts which attempted to run in loop until the cluster was ready to perform the required actions. I have tested it, and it works well. My only comment about it, which you will be able to see in his blog post, was that if your ORACLE_HOME resides on a dedicated mount point (which is my case, usually), you should force your systemd unit to require this mount as well as its prerequisites. Other than that – his solution worked well, and I thank him for his time and efforts. Kudos Pierre!

Oracle 12.2 Grid Infrastructure installation tips

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

There are many sites explaining how to install Oracle GI 12.2, however, there are some special tricks which can simplify GI installation.

For once, when installing GI and then installing the huge PatchSet (which is usually around 1.4GB in size) – it takes time. A lot of time. A simple but not very well documented trick is to run the installer with a specific flag, pointing to the extracted PSU. You can obtain the PSU from Oracle document ID 2118136.2 (Oracle support plan required).

After extracting the contents of the oracle grid home to the destination directory, and after extracting the contents of the PSU to a known (other) location, run from the oracle grid home directory the following command:

./ -applyPSU /path/to/PSU

(case sensitive). You will need a working $DISPLAY because following the patch apply phase, an installation window will pop up.

That said, make sure you remove (rpm -e –nodeps stix-fonts) if you are on RHEL/OEL/Centos version newer than 7.4. These fonts will prevent the GUI installer from starting (java would crash) and will cause great frustration. You can later on restore this package if you feel the urge.

Additional trick I’ve seen, but yet to try, is how to run the GI installer unattended. This can be done like this:

./ -silent -responseFile /path/to/response/file.rsp
< run as directed >
./ -executeConfigTools -all -silent -responseFile /path/to/response/file.rsp

Hope this helps.

Attach multiple Oracle ASM snapshots to the same host

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

The goal – connecting multiple Oracle ASM snapshots (same source LUNs, of course) to the same machine. The next process will demonstrate how to do it.

Problem: ASM disks use a disk label called ASMLib to maintain access even when the logical disk path might change (like adding a LUN with a lower ID and rebooting the server). This solves a major problem which was experienced with RAW devices, when order changed, and the ‘wrong’ disks took the place of others. ASM labels are a vital part in managing ASM disks and ASM DiskGroups. Also – the ASM DiskGroup name should be unique. You cannot have multiple DiskGroups with the same name.

Limitations – you cannot connect the snapshot LUNs to the same server which has access to the source LUNs.


  1. Take a snapshot of the source LUN. If the ASM DiskGroup spans across several LUNs, you must create a consistency group (each storage device has its own lingo for the task).
  2. Map the snapshots to the target server (EMC – prepare EMC Snapshot Mount Points (SMP) in advance. Other storage devices – depending)
  3. Perform partprobe on all target servers.
  4. Run ‘service oracleasm scandisks‘ to scan for the new ASM disk labels. We will need to change them now, so that the additional snapshot will not use duplicate ASM labels.
  5. For each of the new ASM disks, run ‘service oracleasm force-renamedisk SRC_NAME TGT_NAME‘. You will want to rename the source name (SRC_NAME) to a unique target name, with some correlation to the snapshot name/purpose. This is the reasonable way of making some sense of a possibly very messy setup.
  6. As the Oracle user, with the correct PATH variables ($ORACLE_HOME should point to the CRS_HOME) and the right ORACLE_SID (for example – +ASM1), run: ‘renamedg phase=both dgname=SRC_DG_NAME newdgname=NEW_DG_NAME verbose=true‘. The value ‘SRC_DG_NAME’ represents the original (on the source) DiskGroup name, and the NEW_DG_NAME represents the new name. Much like when renaming the disks – the name should have some relationship with either the snapshot name, so you can find your hands and legs in this mess (again – imagine having six snapshots, each of a DiskGroup with four LUNs. Now – this is a mess).
  7. You can now mount the DiskGroup (named NEW_DG_NAME in my example) on both nodes


  1. Oracle GI is up and running all through this process
  2. I tested it with Oracle Other versions of 11.2.0.x might work, I have no clue about previous 11.1.x versions, or any earlier versions.
  3. It was tested on Linux. My primary work platform. It was, to be exact, on RHEL 6.4, but it should work just the same on any RHEL-like platform. I believe it will work on other Linux platforms. I have no clue about running it on any other Unix/Windows platform.
  4. The DiskGroup should not be mounted (no reason for it to be mounted right on discovery). Do not manually mount it prior to performing this procedure.

Good luck, and post a comment if you find this explanation either unclear, or if you encounter any problem.




BackupExec 2012 (14) on newer Linux

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

In particular – Oracle UEK, which “claims” to be 2.6.39-xxx, but is actually 3.0.x with a lower version number. Several misbehaviors (or differences) of version 3 can be found. One of them is related to BackupExec. The service would not start on OEL6 with UEK kernels. The cause of it is an incorrect use of a function – getIfAddrs. Everything can be seen in this amazing post. The described patch works, at least to allow the service to start. Check out the comments for some insights about how to identify the correct call.

I am re-posting it here, so it can be found for Oracle Universal Enterprise Kernel (UEK) as well.

Things to remember…

Monday, October 24th, 2011

As my work takes me to various places (where technology is concerned), I collect lots of browser tab of things I want to keep for later reference.
I have to admit, sadly, that I lack the time to sort them out, to make a real good and nice post about them. I do not want to lose them, however, so I am posting now those which I find or found in the past as more useful to me. I might expand either of them one day into a full post, or elaborate further on them. Either or none. For now – let’s clean up some tab space:
Reading IPMI sensors. Into Cacti, and into Nagios, with some minor modifications by myself (to be disclosed later, I believe):
This is somewhat info of the plugin check_ipmi_sensor
And its wiki (in German. Use Google for translation)
XenServer checks:
Checking XenServer using NRPE
But I did not care about Dom0 performance parameters, as they meant very little regarding the hypervisor’s behavior. So I have combined into it the following XenServer License Check. Unfortunately, I could run it only on the XenServer domain0, due to python version limitations on my Cacti /Nagios server.
You can obtain XenServer SDK
This plugin looks interesting for various XenServer checks, but I have never tried it myself.
Backing up (exporting) XenServer VMs as a scheduled task. I have had it modified extensively to match my requirements, but I am allowed to, it has some of its sources based on my blog 🙂
Installing Dell OpenManage on XenServer 5.6.1, and the nice thing is that it works fine on XenServer 6 as well.
Oracle ASM recovery tips . One day I will take it further, and investigate possible human errors and methods of fixing them. Experience, they say, has a value 🙂
A guide dealing with changing from raw to block devices in Oracle ASM . This is only a small part of it, but it’s the thing that interests me.
Understanding Steal Time in Linux Xen-based VMs.
Because I always forget, and I’m too lazy to search again and again (and reach the same page again and again): Upgrading PHP to 5.2 on Centos 5
And last – a very nice remote-control software fomr my Android phone. Don’t leave home without it. Seriously.

Reduced to only 23 tabs is excellent. This was a very nice job, and these links will be useful. To me, for sure. I hope that to you as well.