Can Oracle RAC (10gR2) be built on WiindowXP (32bit) and how?

I checked the Oracle doc, but I could not find any contents on how to build Oracle RAC (10gR2) on Windows XP with sp 2 or 3. Is is possible? What kind of attention needs to be paid?
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jl66Connect With a Mentor Author Commented:
Tolomir:
I tried to follow this doc. even though I use XP (not 2000). I did encounter the network problem. I am using Comcast. I did not  have DNS server running. Do you know any doc., which is for it? Some paper says, I should have
net use rac1/D$
net use rac2/D$
What privileges should I have to ba able to do that? I own the rac computers, but I still can't execute the commands. I must miss something.

Jeff

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jl66Author Commented:
Is there anyone who can give me some ideas?
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TolomirConnect With a Mentor AdministratorCommented:
Hmmm,

is there any reason to use windows xp as platform?

Oracle RAC is best run on a server operating system. Especially on Linux.

It also requires shared disk space and a dedicated network for beaconing the nodes.

How about running that RAC under vmware?

http://www.oracle-base.com/articles/10g/OracleDB10gR2RACInstallationOnCentos4UsingVMware.php
http://www.oracle-base.com/articles/10g/OracleDB10gR2RACInstallationOnWindows2003UsingVMware.php

Tolomir

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jl66Author Commented:
Tolomir,
Thanks for your info. I tried not to use VMWare,but real one with XP. Is there anyone who did the same thing?
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TolomirConnect With a Mentor AdministratorCommented:
You need 2 computers with 2 network cards each for a start, also a standard RAC comes with a physical shared storage (so nothing like smb or nfs, but low level shared access): That is the voting disk to avoid a split brain when the network connection between these 2 (or more) nodes is disrupted.

To avoid this you can go with vmware.

Could you please tell some more details why you need / want to setup a RAC? Often a physical standby database is a good solutiuon too and much easier to handle (at least with oracle grid control)

Tolomir



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jl66Author Commented:
Tolomir,
I have 3 computers, each of which has two NICs and there is a switch controling the 2nd NIC. I am trying to use the 3rd computer as a physical shared storage since its virtual ip is connected to that switch. The 3rd one also servers as the database server. Do you have any opinion on this setting?
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TolomirConnect With a Mentor AdministratorCommented:
This is what I've found


http://oracle.sabkuchindia.com/Installing-Oracle-Database-10g-on-Windows-Using-Real-Application-Clusters-(RAC)-and-Automated-Storage-Management-(ASM).php

Take a look at it. Oracle itself seems to have deleted all references to windows and RAC.

Tolomir


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jl66Author Commented:
Accept the solution.
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jl66Author Commented:
Tolomir,
You should get all the points. If not, please let me know.
Jeff
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TolomirAdministratorCommented:
net use \\rac1\D$ is the windows command to connect to the remote drive d: on the server rac1 (from rac2) and vice versa. rac1 is the windows name not dns based. The command doesn't bind the remote drive not to a local drive letter it just creates a connection.

It should be sufficient thought to use the IP "names" like net use \\192.168.0.1\D$  (for rac1) and net use \\192.168.0.2\D$ (for rac2)

"net use rac1/D$" looks strange to me in the windows world
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