Red Hat 6 and Oracle, status of certification

Red Hat 6 has been there a while, so what about certification with Oracle and when? Nothing yet on the Oracle support site, no press releases (maybe I missed one..). But Red Hat had a blog-post about it a while ago (august 2011):

We’re pleased to announce that on Tuesday, August 9, we formally submitted to Oracle full certification test results of the Oracle 11gR2 database (Single Instance and RAC (including ASM) for x86 and x86-64) on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. Oracle database certification is a self-certification program whereby operating system vendors perform extensive testing and submit the results to Oracle for audit and approval.

By |August 24th, 2011|Categories: Database|Tags: , , |1 Comment

My RAC project with Openfiler, part I – Openfiler

My current job doesn’t offer me at the moment the opportunity to play with RAC or other stuff, so I decided to build my own RAC on my Windows7-desktop (64-bits, 8GB RAM), using 3 VM’s (VM-workstation , 7.1.3 build-324285) :

  • 2 VM’s (VMware, not OracleVM!) for two RAC-nodes, based on OEL 5.5, for infra and database.
  • 1 VM as my own storage, based on Openfiler 2.3 (free) and ASM as storage manager.


Powered by rPath Linux, Openfiler is a free browser-based network storage management utility that delivers file-based Network Attached Storage (NAS) and block-based Storage Area Networking (SAN) in a single framework. Openfiler supports CIFS, NFS, HTTP/DAV, FTP, however, we will only be making use of its iSCSI capabilities to implement an inexpensive SAN for the shared storage components required by Oracle RAC 11g. A 500GB internal hard drive will be connected to the network storage server (sometimes referred to in this article as the Openfiler server) through an internal embedded SATA II controller. The Openfiler server will be configured to use this disk for iSCSI based storage and will be used in our Oracle RAC 11g configuration to store the shared files required by Oracle Clusterware as well as all Oracle ASM volumes.

This piece of text is taken from another website:


My goal: just a little bit hands-on experience with Openfiler, and do some testing with RAC 11gr2, and especially Maybe it’s helpful for somebody else, so I’ll post my experiences. Steps I’m gonna perform.

–          The first post (this post) :

1.       Planning my installation
2.       Create a VM with OpenFiler
3.       Configure Openfiler

–          The second post:

4.       Create a VM as node rac1 and configure ASM
5.       Create a VM as node rac2
6.       Install Oracle RAC Infrastructure
7.       Install Oracle RAC Database software

8.       Install Oracle RAC Database

By |January 17th, 2011|Categories: Database, RAC|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

Database security: personalized accounts at O.S.-level

Attended a workshop about “Oracle database security” (by Frits Hoogland), though the subject  could also be named  like “O.S.-security of an Oracle Database”.  Most of the times the database will be installed by an ‘oracle’ account, and all the DBA’s are using this account for administrative purpose.
Nothing wrong with that, but logging/auditing of this oracle account is modifyable (=useless) and who did what on this machine?
So it’s quite understandable that an organization will choose for personalized, controlled accounts for DBA’s. Quite scary for a DBA by the way, his kingdom and freedom is vanishing…

What follows is a template to setup such personalized account.
Root – create users and groups
# groupadd -g 54321 oracle
# groupadd -g 54322 oinstall
# groupadd -g 54323 dba
# groupadd -g 54324 oper
# groupadd -g 54325 asm
# useradd -d /home/oracle -m -g oracle -G dba,asm,users,oinstall -s /bin/bash \
-u 54321 -c “Oracle software owner” oracle

For X-windows:
grep the X-cookie, from server console:
# env |grep XAUT
Make this cookie accessable for other users:
# chmod 644 $XAUTHORITY

Become ‘oracle’
# su – oracle
$ export XAUTHORITY=/tmp/.gdmXXXXXX

By |July 12th, 2009|Categories: Database|Tags: , , |0 Comments