Oracle 11g RAC On Linux Using VMware Server 2…


I mentioned in a previous post I had taken the plunge and upgraded to VMware Server 2 on my laptop. Now I’ve also upgraded my main machine at home and it seems to be working fine. Probably the most complicated thing I run at home is a virtual RAC, so I wrote a new article to document the installation:

From a user point of view, the only difference between VMware Server 1.x and 2 is the new web-based managment interface. The VM setup itself is almost identical and as you would expect, so is the Oracle installation.

So far so good.



Author: Tim...

DBA, Developer, Author, Trainer.

8 thoughts on “Oracle 11g RAC On Linux Using VMware Server 2…”

  1. Hey Tim,

    Are you booting into Vista with Disable Driver Signing Enforcement, or does VMware Server 2.0 have signed drivers now?

    Me thinking upgrade too.


  2. Hi.

    I don’t run any Vista VMs, if that’s what you mean.

    I run VMware Server on a Vista host on my laptop and on CentOS 5 for my main machine. It works fine on both with no special mods.



  3. No, I did mean Vista host … I’m running Vista 64bit and VMware server 1.0.4 … working fine other than your noted problem about first VM startup taking a while, and the Disable Driver Signing Enforcement…


  4. Hi Tim, That is a great help for lots of people like me. I tried doing that with a host OEL5 but could not boot VM through dvd for guest OEL5 install. So far have not been able to fix that moreover that bridged network never worked. I will give it another shot soon.

    Anyway I am trying Oracle’s alternative using Oracle VM server | VM mananger , paravirtualized OEL 5 and 11g RAC. I have not been able to find a good writeup, whatever info is available expects another machine for Oracle VM manager. Oracle certifies 11g RAC with Oracle VM . It should have been faster for a single standalone physical server and good learning tool .
    Sorry for rant,

  5. Hi Tim,
    Thanks for this article. It has been a great help. I am trying to install 11g R1 rac on a 64bit enterprise linux 5 guest.

    The host is a Red hat linux 5 and I am using vmware server 2. I am using DELL Precission with Xeon processor and 6GB RAM.

    The clusterware installation goes fine but when I try to start 11g rac sofware installation, one of the node gets evicted during the installation. The CRS and linux logs do not show anything significant.

    The crs alert log on the survived node shows that the other node stopped responding and it is evicting it.

    It appears to me that when there is a heavy I/O on the machine the clusterware evicts one of the node.

    I have tried it many times even with a CentOS guest but I see the same behaviour.

    Please let me know if you have any suggestion or if you have experienced something similar.


  6. Hi.

    When you get heavy CPU usage, the TCP will be starved of resources, so your network connection may appear to be dead (or timeout) so the clusterware will think the node is dead and force an eviction.

    The solution is to use a box with enough resources. I typically do this type of install on a quad core with 8 gig of ram and it always works, but it is a little slow at times.



  7. Thanks Tim,
    I am using Quad core Xeon and I have also tried it with 8GB RAM but it seems like that there is an issue with the shared disk. Everything goes fine until I start installing Oracle 11g RAC software. The only difference between your document and my installation is that I am using 64bit OS while you installed it on 32bit. I do not think that should be an issue but I cannot think of anything else. Anyways, thanks for your quick reply.

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