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Data Guard remove/create configuration Tips

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonDecember 10, 2015

Upgrading to Oracle10g Data Guard with remove configuration and create configuraton

Upgrading to Oracle10g database software in a Data Guard environment involves the following activities:

  • If the Data Guard configuration is managed by Data Guard broker, the broker configuration needs to be removed using the existing version of database software.  In other words, remove the Oracle9i configuration before upgrading to Oracle10g. Execute the following remove command after connecting to any site in the configuration using DGMGRL to remove the configuration:


  • Install Oracle10g database software. The Data Guard feature is not available with the Standard edition, so the Enterprise edition must be installed. Additionally, install Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) 10.1 in order to manage the configuration using Data Guard Manager GUI interface, which is tightly integrated with OEM.

  • The primary and standby databases should be upgraded to Oracle10g. The log management services should be stopped during the primary database upgrade.  All of the redo logs generated during the database upgrade should be applied manually on each standby database. For more information on upgrading to Oracle10g, refer to the documentation, "Oracle Database Upgrade Guide 10g Release 1(10.1)".

  • Update the initialization parameter files or server parameter files on the primary database and all the standby databases to include the parameter db_unique_name. The database unique name must be identical on all the databases in a configuration.

Once all the databases in the Data Guard configuration are upgraded to Oracle10g, the broker configuration file will have to be created in order to manage Data H]Guard with the Data Guard broker. Execute the following create configuration command, connecting to the primary database using DGMGRL, to recreate the broker configuration file and to add standby databases:


Architectural Changes

Data Guard architecture has been fine tuned in Oracle10g to support some of the previously unsupported features. These architectural modifications have primarily been around log management services. Moreover, the integration of Data Guard technology and Flashback database has resulted in a couple of useful techniques available to database administrators. This section looks further into these changes and their impact.


The above text is an excerpt from the book: Oracle Data Guard Handbook

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