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SMO Support for RedHat Enterprise Linux 6 using ASM

Hi,

we are heading to set up a new Oracle database cluster.

The components in question are:

  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 6, preferably 6.4, alternatively Oracle Unbreakable Linux 6.4
  • SnapManager for Oracle 3.3
  • Oracle Database 11gR2 (11.2.0.3+)
  • SnapDrive for UNIX (Linux)
  • NetApp Metrocluster on OnTAP 8.1

The setup should be a Oracle RAC cluster on two HP DL380gen8 servers using ASM.

As far as I know, Oracle ASM is supported under RedHat EL 6.4 as of 07/22/2013, and it is needed for SMO to work (which I don't understand).

The question is:

Is the combination above supported ?

Re: SMO Support for RedHat Enterprise Linux 6 using ASM

Hi Stefan,

      One quick clarification on Data ONTAP. Is it 8.1 7-mode or 8.1 Clustered ONTAP?

Thanks,

Ashwath

Re: SMO Support for RedHat Enterprise Linux 6 using ASM

It is 8.1 7-mode.

Re: SMO Support for RedHat Enterprise Linux 6 using ASM

I forgot to say:

The storage connection is via FC not NFS.

Re: SMO Support for RedHat Enterprise Linux 6 using ASM

Hi Stefan,

      The above configuration is supported. However, SMO/SDU is not qualified/tested on Metrocluster.

Thanks,

Ashwath

Re: SMO Support for RedHat Enterprise Linux 6 using ASM

A NetApp engineer told us this configuration can't be built,

it won't work, as there are technical issues.

Could you please clarify this ?

Re: SMO Support for RedHat Enterprise Linux 6 using ASM

Do you mean the part of this config is not supported or the entire config itself is unsupported?

Thanks,

Ashwath

Re: SMO Support for RedHat Enterprise Linux 6 using ASM

He said that the installation of SnapManager for Oracle under RedHat 6.4 could not be installed.

And (if one could install) it would not be possible to create snapshots.

Re: SMO Support for RedHat Enterprise Linux 6 using ASM

I don't believe Snap Manager for Oracle requires ASM.

The problem used to be that asmlib wasn't supported, and didn't function, on RHEL 6. Snap Manager for Oracle has to have asmlib to work, if you use ASM.

Looking at the support matrix, Redhat 6.4, SnapManager 3.3, FC, and Oracle 11.2.0.3 are compatible.

That said, you want to be 100% certain your intended configuration is supported and tested before you start. Getting this all to function for us wasn't what I'd call easy.

Re: SMO Support for RedHat Enterprise Linux 6 using ASM

SDU 5.2 doesn't work under RHEL 6.4.

The support matrix is wrong. It's not just a Netapp issue. None of the other storage vendors have tools that work with 6.4.