thanks davey...ur so nice helping other people...well everyone here is good.
So u mean i cant install RAC w/o raw device. Yes we have it clustered.
My problem really is ....
We have an older set of server AIX 4.3.3 on IBM rs600, also clustered
and with Oracle 8.1.7 OPS and our current production apps are running
on it now. This was configured by an 3rd party ORACLE consultant. The
configuration was so complexed its making me crazy. Then our company
wants to migrate it to 10g rac on the new IBM P5 AIX 5L.
How do i attack this work pls.
Can u give me links of procedures how to migrate OPS to RAC ...and
from AIX 4.3.3 TO AIX 5L ... and from 8.1.7 DB to 10g?
Okay... On AIX you can get clustered filesystem using either IBM HACMP or Veritas HA. Both are very expensive. As an alternative in Oracle 10g you can use Oracle CRS and ASM combination. ASM uses RAW devices but presents them as filesystem for Oracle database (only). Starting from 10g2 you have asmtool to browse this filesystem.
Your data migration strategy will depend on how much down time you can afford. It can be CTAS across a database link, replication, transportable tablespace, RMAN, export/import, or OS cp command.
If you do a little of RTFM on tahiti.oracle.com you will be able to find a detailed migration plan in Oracle Database Upgrade Guide book.