There are different ways to convert a single instance database to RAC.
In this post we will see step by step manual method to convert a single instance database to RAC. Later on I will also try to cover other methods
Following are the single instance details
Datafile location = /u03/oradata/prod — /u03 is a ocfs shared file system. So we are going to keep the datafiles are same location while converting to RAC.
In case your files are at some other slot or disk and not in shared file system, you need to copy the same and then rename the files when you mount the instance.
Database version = 10g R2 (10.2.0.1.0)
Steps to convert single instance to RAC
Step 1) Install clusterware on the nodes on which you want to setup RAC
For detailed steps on installing clusterware on the nodes, you can refer to my previous post – https://avdeo.com/oracle-real-application-cluster-10g/
or you can refer to any other post over the internet. Basically you need to setup the IP addresses and other OS related files and variables before you can install the clusterware.
Your clusterware version must be greater then or equal to the single instance RDBMS version. Make sure you do this step correct.
Following are cluster installation details
Cluster name : crs
Cluster install location : /u01/app/oracle/product/10.2.0/crs
OCR File location : /u03/oracrs/ocr.ora
Voting disk location : /u03/oracrs/vote.crs
Step 2) Install Oracle Database 10g Real Application Cluster software
Again for this step, you can refer to my previous post – https://avdeo.com/oracle-real-application-cluster-10g/ or any post on the internet.
Just install the s/w. The RDBMS software version must be same as your single instance RDBMS software version
Following are the details of installation
Number of instances = 2
Node names for 2 instances = ocvmrh2103, ocvmrh2190
/u01 is a individual filesystem and is not mounted commonly on both nodes. This is a separate ORACLE_HOME architecture.
Step 3) Take the backup of single instance database and restore the same to the shared file system location.
This step is not required in my case as I created the database on a shared filesystem only. But this is only for demo purpose. For real time scenario, you need to copy datafiles to shared filsystem.
Step 4) Copy init.ora file of single instance and add following parameters
bash-3.00$ cp initprod.ora /tmp/initprod.ora
In my case the database name is “prod” and I am converting this single instance database to a 2 node RAC. So in my case instance 1 name becomes prod1 and instance 2 name becomes prod2
So add following parameters to /tmp/initprod.ora file
*.cluster_database = TRUE *.cluster_database_instances = 2 *.undo_management=AUTO prod1.undo_tablespace=UNDOTBS1 prod1.instance_name=prod1 prod1.instance_number=1 prod1.thread=1 prod1.local_listener=listener_ocvmrh2103 prod2.instance_name=prod2 prod2.instance_number=2 prod2.local_listener=listener_ocvmrh2190 prod2.thread=2 prod2.undo_tablespace=UNDOTBS2
Step 5) change the location of controlfile in the above /tmp/initprod.ora file
In my case the controlfiles are present in /u03 location which is a OCFS shared filesystem. So I dont have to change the locaiton of controlfiles in my init.ora
Incase you have moved the controlfiles along with the datafiles to shared filesystem location, then you need to change the path of controlfile in the above init.ora file copied in/tmp location
Step 6) Create SPFILE from PFILE
SQL> select name from v$database; NAME --------- PROD SQL> create spfile='/u03/oradata/prod/spfileprod.ora' from pfile='/tmp/initprod.ora'; File created. SQL>
Step 7) Copy spfile to the RAC ORACLE_HOME/dbs location of instance 1 and create pfile
bash-3.00$ cp spfileprod.ora /u01/app/oracle/product/10.2.0/db/dbs/spfileprod.ora bash-3.00$ pwd /u01/app/oracle/product/10.2.0/db/dbs bash-3.00$ cat initprod1.ora spfile='/u01/app/oracle/product/10.2.0/db/dbs/spfileprod.ora'
Step 8) Create new password file for prod1 instance under RAC oracle home
bash-3.00$ orapwd file=orapwprod1 password=welcome1
Step 9) Start database in mount stage and rename datafiles and redo log files to new shared location
In my case since the datafiles and online redo logs are placed at same shared location, I dont need to do this step. However in real time scenario, this step is required.
make sure that your ORACLE_HOME variable is set to RAC ORACLE_HOME
bash-3.00$ echo $ORACLE_HOME /u01/app/oracle/product/10.2.0/db bash-3.00$ echo $ORACLE_SID prod1 SQL> startup mount pfile=initprod1.ora ORACLE instance started. Total System Global Area 838860800 bytes Fixed Size 1222168 bytes Variable Size 213912040 bytes Database Buffers 620756992 bytes Redo Buffers 2969600 bytes Database mounted. SQL>
Step 10) Add second thread to database which will be for instance 2
SQL> alter database add logfile thread 2 group 4 ('/u03/oradata/prod/redo2_01.dbf') size 50M, group 5 ('/u03/oradata/prod/redo2_02.dbf') size 50M, group 6 ('/u03/oradata/prod/redo2_03.dbf') size 50M; Database altered. SQL> ALTER DATABASE OPEN; Database altered. SQL> alter database enable public thread 2; Database altered.
Step 11) Create undo tablespace for instance 2
The name of the undo tablespace should be same as you specified in the init.ora file in step 4 above.
SQL> CREATE UNDO TABLESPACE UNDOTBS2 DATAFILE '/u03/oradata/prod/undotbs2_01.dbf' size 25M; Tablespace created.
Step 12) Run $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/admin/catclust.sql to create cluster database specific views within the existing instance 1
On the second node, set ORACLE_HOME and SID for instance 2
bash-3.00$ export ORACLE_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/product/10.2.0/db bash-3.00$ export ORACLE_SID=prod2
Create initprod2.ora on second node similar to node 1. In this case you have to copy spfile to second node as well. You can also keep spfile in shared location (/u03 in my case) and put same path in initprod2.ora
bash-3.00$ pwd /u01/app/oracle/product/10.2.0/db/dbs bash-3.00$ ls -lrt spfileprod.ora -rw-r----- 1 oracle oinstall 3584 Feb 19 12:36 spfileprod.ora bash-3.00$ cat initprod2.ora spfile='/u01/app/oracle/product/10.2.0/db/dbs/spfileprod.ora'
Step 14) Create new password file for instance 2
bash-3.00$ orapwd file=orapwprod2 password=welcome1
Step 15) Start the second instance
SQL> startup pfile=initprod2.ora ORACLE instance started. Total System Global Area 838860800 bytes Fixed Size 1222168 bytes Variable Size 213912040 bytes Database Buffers 620756992 bytes Redo Buffers 2969600 bytes Database mounted. Database opened.
You might face some issue while starting second instance as bdump, udump and cdump dir location will be that of single instance ORACLE_HOME which is not present in node2.
Also you might hit following error
SQL> startup ORA-09925: Unable to create audit trail file Linux Error: 2: No such file or directory Additional information: 9925 SQL> Disconnected
Make sure you alter following parameters to a valid location and copy spfileprod.ora again to node2
audit_file_dest background_dump_dest user_dump_dest core_dump_dest
Step 16) Add the converted database to cluster
move the spfile to the common location such as /u03/oradata/prod and modify both the pfiles so that both pfiles refers to same spfile and there are no 2 copies.
bash-3.00$ srvctl add database -d prod -o /u01/app/oracle/product/10.2.0/db -p /u03/oradata/prod/spfileprod.ora bash-3.00$ srvctl add instance -d prod -i prod1 -n OCVMRH2103 bash-3.00$ srvctl add instance -d prod -i prod2 -n OCVMRH2190
7 thoughts on “Converting a Single Instance Database to RAC Manually – Oracle RAC 10g”
Very Good Documents you have in your Blog, thanks for making it very simple to understand
Please post a document for RMAN & BACKUPS, I guess thats one of the Hot topics you are left with
Its a humble request to post Backup and Recovery Document , user managed etc..
Thanks in Advance
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Can you please let me know the minimum system configuration needed to Install Rac 10g. I have a PC with Windows 2007 installed with 2 GB Ram. Will I be able to install RAC successfully without any issue.
Install VMware workstation and upgrade your ram to 4gb, which i did it and sucessfully installed the 10g RAC