dbca – Creating RAC Database using dbca in silent mode

Posted on December 16, 2008. Filed under: Database, DBA/Admin Tips, Linux, RAC, TroubleShooting | Tags: , , |

During the course of the DBA life, we all know how irritating it is to create a DB or to install a Oracle Software on a UNIX Flavour box from a remote machine using a X – Server. Each click would take minutes to react (My favourite is the tab button on the keyboard) but still at-times we have to make use of the mouse. Anyways, recently we installed 10203 on a HP server which already has cluster setup. Everything went good in terms of 10201 installation, 10203 upgrade (both binaries) and even dbca 14 screens. But nothing happened when clicked on the finish button in dbca (14th screen). No useful information in the log files. I pressed cancel and re-launched it again and did the dbca exercise all the way till the end, still no luck. By this time my patience level was minus 25.  It is at this stage i thought how about creating the database in silent mode and you know what, creating the DB in silent mode is 200 times faster than the GUI and the db creation completed in less than 5 minutes.

Syntax to create a General Purpose RAC Database on a Cluster File System.

dbca -silent -createDatabase -templateName General_Purpose.dbc -gdbName opitstop -sid opitstop -sysPassword opitstop123 -systemPassword opitstop123 -emConfiguration NONE -datafileDestination /opt/oracle/oradata/opitstop -storageType CFS -nodelist RAC_NODE_1,RAC_NODE_2 -characterSet WE8IS08859P15 -listeners opitstop -memoryPercentage 30 -continueOnNonFatalErrors true

Place above command in a .sh file (shell script) say and just run it. Before running the script make sure the cluster services (crs) are running and also you have user equivelance between the rac nodes for the oracle owner ie., eg. if the oracle owner username is oraracdb in RAC_NODE_1 and RAC_NODE_2 then when you do a ssh from RAC_NODE_1 to RAC_NODE_2 it should go without asking for the password.

There are more options available with dbca. Some of them are -createDatabase, -createTemplateFromDB, -createCloneTemplate, -generateScripts, -deleteDatabase, -configureASM, -deleteInstance. For a complete list of the usage execute dbca -help.

DBCA Log Location: $ORACLE_HOME/cfgtoollogs/dbca/[SID]

Happy DB creation(s) !!!


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Raw Devices on RHEL 5 or OEL 5

Posted on February 15, 2008. Filed under: Linux | Tags: , , , , |

Be aware that raw device technology had been deprecated in RedHat Linux 5 (RHEL5) and Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 OEL5). / Linux Kernel 2.6
Does this mean we cannot use Rawdevices in RHEL5 or OEL5? As always there’s a workaround to make this happen by means of UDEV technique and Oracle 11g & 10gR2 has options to configure components to access the block devices directly instead of rawdevices.
Before we jump into the workaround, let see what exactly is missing at the O/S level rawdevices in RHEL5 and OEL5,

  1. /etc/sysconfig/rawdevices file doesn’t exist
  2. /dev/raw doesn’t exist.
  3. Service by the name “rawdevices” doesn’t exist.

Trying to run the command “service rawdevices restart” will result in “rawdevices: unrecognized service”.

Now lets see an example of configuring rawdevices in RHEL4 and RHEL5.


To map a rawdevice to a block device /dev/sdf1

Step 1: Make an entry in /etc/sysconfig/rawdevices file

/dev/raw/raw1 /dev/sdf1

Step 2: For the mapping to have immediate effect, restart the rawdevices service.

$>service rawdevices restart

Step 3: Change ownership to oracle user

$>chown oracle:dba /dev/raw/raw1


Step 1: Make an entry in /etc/udev/rules.d/60-raw.rules or create your own file viz., /etc/udev/rules.d/<any_no_above_60>-oracle-raw.rules (eg. 63-oracle-raw.rules)

ACTION==”add”, KERNEL==”sdf1″, RUN+=”/bin/raw /dev/raw/raw1 %N”

Step 2: For the mapping to have immediate effect, run below command

$>/bin/raw /dev/raw/raw1 /dev/sdf1

So if you or your system administrator have plans to upgrade an existing release of RHEL or OEL to RHEL5 / OEL5 or planning to perform a new installation of RAC on RHEL5 / OEL5, wherein rawdevices will be / are used, please do take additional care.

For more information you can refer to following
Metalink notes

RAC FAQ: 220970.1 (look for “What storage option should I use for RAC 10g on Linux? ASM / OCFS / Raw Devices / Block Devices / Ext3 ?”)
How to map raw device on RHEL5 and OEL5 – Note 443996.1
Linux 2.6 Kernel Deprecation Of Raw Devices – Note:357492.1
How to install Oracle Clusterware with shared storage on block devices – Note:401132.1

Blogs / Forums – Thanks to Frits Hoogland for sharing this information and also for the article on configuring 11g with ASM on CentOS on VMware. – Thanks to Rupan for the explanation on Rawdevices and Block Devices.


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