Oracle Database 11g Release 2 RAC On Linux Using VirtualBox

This article describes the installation of Oracle Database 11g release 2 (11.2 64-bit) RAC on Linux (Oracle Linux 5.5 64-bit) using VirtualBox (3.2.8) with no additional shared disk devices.


One of the biggest obstacles preventing people from setting up test RAC environments is the requirement for shared storage. In a production environment, shared storage is often provided by a SAN or high-end NAS device, but both of these options are very expensive when all you want to do is get some experience installing and using RAC. A cheaper alternative is to use a FireWire disk enclosure to allow two machines to access the same disk(s), but that still costs money and requires two servers. A third option is to use virtualization to fake the shared storage.

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Instalación de Oracle ASM 11g sobre redhat 5.7 Desktop virtualizado

1 Instalación de VirtualBox 4.1.2 sobre Ubuntu 10.0.4

  1. Se agrega en Synaptic, el repositorio correspondiente:
    deb lucid contrib non-free
  2. Del sitio web de VirtualBox se descarga la clave pública oracle_vbox.asc, y se la agrega al sistema:
    sudo apt-key add oracle_vbox.asc
  3. Se procede con la instalación:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.1
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How to install ASMLIB from Oracle’s public YUM

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There are several ways to get ASMLIB, we can download it from the OTN here, or we can download it from from ULN (Unbreakable Linux Network).

Also it comes in the the Unbreakable Linux media, but if you are not subscribed to ULN and you are not using Unbreakable Linux then most people go to the OTN, where you have to select your Linux flavor and then navigate to the correct file according to the linux kernel and then download the 3 files one by one.

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