First encounters of the ACFS kind

Introduction:

This weeks challenge has become to set up ACFS on two new to be implemented Real Application Clusters. As with any tooling first question will be , what is your goal if you want to start using it. My purpose is to start using ACFS as a shared mountpoint between the servers, nodes in the cluster in order to have each instance do its logging (ADR), audit and listener log  on that mount.

This blog will tell you about my setting it up,  the  issues i came across and the way it is implemented in a working way.

To share the plot of the story:  After implementing I  had the issue that  right after cluster reboot all services where launched automatiocally BUT  the instances would NOT start automatically. In the end i ended up with ACFS being defined as  a shared home for an Oracle RDBMS installation. And it worked/works after cluster reboot  cause all resources are happy and online now.

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Missing Disk in Fra Diskgroup in ASM , and work your way back

Introduction

A single instance/Db  11gr2 under control of 11gr2 grid infrastructure with ASM as storage solution. In ASM the disks are defined as external redundancy due to  business rules ( no shooting the messenger please). I was Informed that a database  had crashed . Grid Infra structure ( nor manual actions ) were able to start the database again.  So I was asked  please go take look and fix asap . The good thing was that I was aware of maintenance in the ASM Disk group on that Tuesday September 4th. So when alarms started to go off  I had first clues (even Sherlock Holmes needs a  first clue right ?). As always the alert log was first place to check for me.  This document follows a number of steps during the analyses and the end status which was a proper database open (without reset logs). Bottom-line is give not up too fast. BUT also in this specific scenario it had been better if we had kicked the disk and started from scratch instead of trying to repair. But that being said I know that sounds wise when looking back ….

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