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How to Install a Clustered SQL Server 2012 Instance – Part 2

In continuation of our series on how to install a SQL Server 2012 clustered instance, let´s begin the actual installation, starting from the first node. The objective of this second blog post in my series of three is to demonstrate how to install the first node of a clustered SQL Server 2012 instance and how to basically…

OCFS2 for Shared Appl_Top in Oracle E-Business Suite

Shared appltop setup in Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) is very common nowadays, for obvious reasons. It cuts down the patching downtime enormously on large multi middle tier environments, as we just have apply the patches on only one node instead of all nodes.  Any apps patch or apps techstack patch need to be applied only…

Online Storage Migration without ASM

I recently blogged about Playing with ASM Online Migration and still soul searching from not having jumped on the ASM band wagon. How can online storage migration be performed before ASM came about? One option is using Logical Volume Manager (LVM) and I will demonstrate: Display Volume Group [root@lax ~]# vgdisplay –verbose vg02 Using volume…

SQL Server 2012 – Installation Failed

Today I will discuss a strange SQL Server installation failure scenario,where the setup was failing with a misguided error message. This blog post will be helpful in avoiding any SQL Server installation issues due to bad media if the steps mentioned are followed properly. This will be helpful when one ISO file is used for…

Increasing the availability of your clustered instance using CSV

The new face on SQL Server 2014, the “Clustered Shared Volumes” technology, or simply CSV, is not that new in the Microsoft world. CSV was used to make the Virtual Machine management easier on Windows environments, facilitating the access to VHD files through a shared and accessible to all nodes volume. Supported from Windows 2008…

SMB File Share and SQL Server: An option to consider

Introduction When we relate file share and databases, many people will turn up their noses – but today this is a reality that we can use even in production. Microsoft spent the last years working on improvements to the Server Message Block (SMB) which is much more reliable today, than ever before. In the past,…

Running JRE7 alongside JRE6 for Oracle Forms

DBAs working in a managed services environment often run into situations where some customers are still running JRE6 while others have upgraded to latest JRE7. When JRE7 is installed on a Windows desktop, it becomes the default JRE and gets invoked when users access Oracle forms. This creates all kinds of issues for users who…

Oracle RAC on the Cloud, Part 2

In part 1 of this series, we talked about some of the challenges of setting up Oracle RAC on a public cloud provider, and went on to order some VMs from provider Gandi, and finally configuring a NFS server for shared storage. In this post, we move on to configuring the rac servers themselves, rac01 and rac02.

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