Install Cookbooks

cookbookAs I build database systems to use Violin Memory arrays on various flavours of Linux and the Oracle software, I’m documenting each installation process to form a series of Install Cookbooks.

Before I begin listing them, it’s important to understand something: 4k sector sizes. Many modern storage systems, including Violin Memory arrays, use 4k sector sizes rather than the legacy 512 byte sector size you’ll find on older disk drives, for example.

Standard Cookbooks

These cookbooks allow for a simple installation of Oracle on Violin using a 512 byte sector size. The only additional part is then to recreate the database online redo logs as having a 4k blocksize.

Advanced Cookbooks

These cookbooks involve configuring ASM to have a 4k sector size. I do this for testing purposes, but there’s no real reason you need to do this. You can achieve excellent performance by configuring Oracle on Violin in way I did for the Starndard Cookbooks. Make sure you read and understand this post before deciding to follow any of these guides.

These cookbooks detail the process of configuring the OS, the multipathing software and Oracle Grid Infrastructure. The subsequent installation of the Oracle Database is documented here:

Other Guides

In addition I have a guide for configuring the multipath and UDEV settings when using Violin with Oracle VM:

I have also posted an article on how to use the Oracle Preinstall RPM when using the Red Hat Network:

A friend of mine (AKS) once said that there’s a difference between blogging and just cut and pasting the output of your PuTTy session. Wise words :-)

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