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Oracle 11gR2 Real Application Cluster (RAC) installation on VMWare Fusion and OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

I put together a video on a recent flight (September 11, 2009) from Toronto to Vancouver while killing time.  I just happened to have all the distribution downloaded and ready to install, so I whipped up a few Virtual Machines, iSCSI based shared storage (No, I don’t use openfiler; rolled my own iSCSI Enterprise Target (iet) based VM), and Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL 5.2).

I messed up the NTP configuration, so the during the Grid Infrastructure install failed.  My intention is to build up a demo environment to show off all the features of 11gR2 as best as possible, all in Virtual Machines so that you can simulate the same educational environment on your own poor-man’s-garage-cluster. =)

I’ll whip up some documentation and procedures some time next week if there’s any interest from the community.  If no interest is expressed, I shall just keep my own notes for personal purposes and publish tidbits that might mean very little to others, so let me know (via comments or otherwise) what you think, and what you’d like to see.

Host machine: MacBook Pro (my portable lab) with 4GB of ram and built-in HD for all VM storage; VMWare Fusion 2.0.5; 2 Nodes attempted with Grid Infrastructure (ASM and Oracle Clusterware components).


  1. Beginner wrote:

    How much memory did you give to each of the VM’s?
    11gr2′s requirement for Clusterware is 1.5 GB for each node minimum.

    How was the performance after all?
    Dan you demonstrate the performance of all the installed product?
    Thank you

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 5:26 am | Permalink
  2. franck ferrer wrote:


    i have a question about memory.
    i have an iMac 2,8 with 4 GB.
    Installed openfiler and 2 RAC nodes. But i have a lot of problems : rhel (5,3) hangs.
    Your work and videos are great. I’m doing the same work, but in in a Word document… I tested at home with my iMac and Fusion but never reach to work normally with 2 rac nodes and one openfiler within vmware fusion (v2 and 3).
    So, now, i’m installing 11gr2 rac and openfiler (i’m waiting for our new clariion) at work on hp dl360g6 with a lot of memory.
    But i’m very frustrated because i cannot test at home !
    I was wondering about buy an mac server vith 2 quad cores and a lot of memory.
    But i saw your video, and i’m in doubts.
    Can you explain me, in a few words ? ;o)

    Thanks a lot and sorry for my poor english (…).

    Franck from Marseille (France).

    PS: have you tested OEM with 11gr2 RAC ?

    Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Permalink
  3. venky ram wrote:

    Hi, I am trying to impliment the RAC on Oracle Vm 2.2. The networking part and assigning IP is very much challenging.

    I would appreciate if you can provide some steps to setup Virtual NIC on oracle vm and then assigning ip address.

    Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Permalink
  4. venky ram wrote:

    I am trying to install RAC 11g R2 on Oracle enterprise linux on ORacle VM 2.2.

    If I select GNS the installation is going but at the end vips are not starting saying. DHCP is not configured. IF I go thru manual option. Its says {INS-40931} The following nodes do not h ave interfaces configured on a subnet matching the SCAN VIP subnet:[hostname].

    Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

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