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RAC on Windows Tips

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonFebruary 28, 2015

Question:  How do I learn about Oracle RAC on Windows?

Answer:  Oracle RAC in Windows can be challenging.  Installing and configuring Oracle RAC on Windows is quite complex, and many shops hire experienced Oracle RAC Windows consulting.

Windows OCFS for RAC

The Oracle Cluster File System (OCFS) for Windows RAC is a shared file system specifically designed for Real Application Clusters. It allows multiple nodes to share Oracle Home and databases on a single SAN volume. All nodes in the RAC Windows cluster have concurrent ownership and access to the shared disks.

For installing OCFS on Windows RAC, Oracle supports all database files and installation of the Oracle software. It was designed for use of an Oracle database, not a new general-purpose file system. The single shared Oracle Home aids the install process by providing a consistent image of binaries and metadata across the RAC cluster.

However, according to Oracle MOSC Note # 225550.1, the current version of OCFS for RAC does not support access from mapped drives in the Windows environments.

If you want to install Oracle RAC on Windows yourself, in lieu of the Oracle RAC training, I recommend the book Oracle Grid and RAC.

For installing RAC on a Windows PC, there is a whole book dedicated to installing and configuring RAC on a PC by Edward Stoever.

If you are a neophyte in RAC, it's best to get the step-by-step directions from the book "Personal Oracle RAC Clusters: Create Oracle 10g Grid Computing at Home".

Related RAC Windows install notes

See my related notes in installing RAC on a Windows server:

  • Oracle Windows RAC installation

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