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  Oracle RAC 10g Release 2 / VMware 5.0 / RHEL4 U2 — (02-January-2006)

Over the past few years, I have been writing about solutions that allow Oracle 
DBA's to install and configure Oracle RAC using inexpensive hardware. One of 
the more popular solutions I have used in the past was to deploy FireWire 
technology as the shared storage component of the RAC cluster. This allows the 
Oracle DBA to experience the benefits of RAC for testing, learning, and 
development purposes without incurring the high cost of the requirement 
hardware.

This month I present a similar solution that makes use of a single computer and 
VMware 5.0. Two virtual machines will be created on a single host computer. The 
shared storage will be created by configuring VMware to virtualize several hard 
disks. By making a few modifications to each of the virtual machine's 
configuration files, VMware will allow one or more disks to be shared as 
required by Oracle RAC.

The article entitled "Create an Oracle RAC 10g using VMware Workstation 5.0 - 
(CentOS Enterprise Linux 4.2)" can be found at:

http://www.idevelopment.info/data/Oracle/DBA_tips/VMware_Workstation_50/VMWARE_31.shtml

Over the next several weeks, I will be verifying this installation with the 
latest VMware 5.5.

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Jeffrey M. Hunter
Sr. Database Administrator
jhunter@idevelopment.info
http://www.idevelopment.info
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