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    Oracle RAC Interview questions and answers

    Post  Raj on Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:35 pm

    What are Oracle Clusterware processes for 10g on Unix and Linux?

    Cluster Synchronization Services (ocssd) — Manages cluster node membership and runs as the oracle user; failure of this process results in cluster restart.

    Cluster Ready Services (crsd) — The crs process manages cluster resources (which could be a database, an instance, a service, a Listener, a virtual IP (VIP) address, an application process, and so on) based on the resource's configuration information that is stored in the OCR. This includes start, stop, monitor and failover operations. This process runs as the root user

    Event manager daemon (evmd) —A background process that publishes events that crs creates.

    Process Monitor Daemon (OPROCD) —This process monitor the cluster and provide I/O fencing. OPROCD performs its check, stops running, and if the wake up is beyond the expected time, then OPROCD resets the processor and reboots the node. An OPROCD failure results in Oracle Clusterware restarting the node. OPROCD uses the hangcheck timer on Linux platforms.

    RACG (racgmain, racgimon) —Extends clusterware to support Oracle-specific requirements and complex resources. Runs server callout scripts when FAN events occur.

    What are Oracle database background processes specific to RAC?

    •LMS—Global Cache Service Process

    •LMD—Global Enqueue Service Daemon

    •LMON—Global Enqueue Service Monitor

    •LCK0—Instance Enqueue Process

    To ensure that each Oracle RAC database instance obtains the block that it needs to satisfy a query or transaction, Oracle RAC instances use two processes, the Global Cache Service (GCS) and the Global Enqueue Service (GES). The GCS and GES maintain records of the statuses of each data file and each cached block using a Global Resource Directory (GRD). The GRD contents are distributed across all of the active instances.

    What are Oracle Clusterware Components?

    Voting Disk — Oracle RAC uses the voting disk to manage cluster membership by way of a health check and arbitrates cluster ownership among the instances in case of network failures. The voting disk must reside on shared disk.

    Oracle Cluster Registry (OCR) — Maintains cluster configuration information as well as configuration information about any cluster database within the cluster. The OCR must reside on shared disk that is accessible by all of the nodes in your cluster

    How do you troubleshoot node reboot ?

    Please check metalink ...

    Note 265769.1 Troubleshooting CRS Reboots
    Note.559365.1 Using Diagwait as a diagnostic to get more information for diagnosing Oracle Clusterware Node evictions.

    How do you backup the OCR?

    There is an automatic backup mechanism for OCR. The default location is : $ORA_CRS_HOME\cdata\"clustername"\

    To display backups :
    #ocrconfig -showbackup
    To restore a backup :
    #ocrconfig -restore

    With Oracle RAC 10g Release 2 or later, you can also use the export command:
    #ocrconfig -export -s online, and use -import option to restore the contents back.
    With Oracle RAC 11g Release 1, you can do a manaual backup of the OCR with the command:
    # ocrconfig -manualbackup

    How do you backup voting disk?

    #dd if=voting_disk_name of=backup_file_name

    How do I identify the voting disk location ?

    #crsctl query css votedisk

    How do I identify the OCR file location ?

    check /var/opt/oracle/ocr.loc or /etc/ocr.loc ( depends upon platform)
    or
    #ocrcheck

    Is ssh required for normal Oracle RAC operation ?

    "ssh" are not required for normal Oracle RAC operation. However "ssh" should be enabled for Oracle RAC and patchset installation.

    What is SCAN?

    Single Client Access Name (SCAN) is s a new Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) 11g Release 2 feature that provides a single name for clients to access an Oracle Database running in a cluster. The benefit is clients using SCAN do not need to change if you add or remove nodes in the cluster.

    Click here for more details from Oracle

    What is the purpose ofPrivate Interconnect ?

    Clusterware uses the private interconnect for cluster synchronization (network heartbeat) and daemon communication between the the clustered nodes. This communication is based on the TCP protocol.
    RAC uses the interconnect for cache fusion (UDP) and inter-process communication (TCP). Cache Fusion is the remote memory mapping of Oracle buffers, shared between the caches of participating nodes in the cluster.

    Why do we have a Virtual IP (VIP) in Oracle RAC?

    Without using VIPs or FAN, clients connected to a node that died will often wait for a TCP timeout period (which can be up to 10 min) before getting an error. As a result, you don't really have a good HA solution without using VIPs.
    When a node fails, the VIP associated with it is automatically failed over to some other node and new node re-arps the world indicating a new MAC address for the IP. Subsequent packets sent to the VIP go to the new node, which will send error RST packets back to the clients. This results in the clients getting errors immediately.

    What do you do if you see GC CR BLOCK LOST in top 5 Timed Events in AWR Report?

    This is most likely due to a fault in interconnect network.
    Check netstat -s
    if you see "fragments dropped" or "packet reassemblies failed" , Work with your system administrator find the fault with network.

    How many nodes are supported in a RAC Database?

    10g Release 2, support 100 nodes in a cluster using Oracle Clusterware, and 100 instances in a RAC database.

    Srvctl cannot start instance, I get the following error PRKP-1001 CRS-0215, however sqlplus can start it on both nodes? How do you identify the problem?

    Set the environmental variable SRVM_TRACE to true.. And start the instance with srvctl. Now you will get detailed error stack.

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