New Features for Release 2 (11.2)
The following is a list of new features for installation of Oracle Clusterware and Oracle
ASM 11g release 2 (11.2):
Automatic Storage Management and Oracle Clusterware Installation
With Oracle grid infrastructure 11g release 2 (11.2), Oracle Automatic Storage
Management (Oracle ASM) and Oracle Clusterware are installed into a single home
directory, which is referred to as the Grid Infrastructure home. Configuration
assistants start after the installer interview process that configures Oracle ASM and
The installation of the combined products is called Oracle grid infrastructure.
However, Oracle Clusterware and Automatic Storage Management remain separate
Automatic Storage Management and Oracle Clusterware Files
With this release, Oracle Cluster Registry (OCR) and voting disks can be placed on
Oracle Automatic Storage Management (Oracle ASM).
This feature enables Oracle ASM to provide a unified storage solution, storing all the
data for the clusterware and the database, without the need for third-party volume
managers or cluster filesystems.
For new installations, OCR and voting disk files can be placed either on Oracle ASM,
or on a cluster file system or NFS system. Installing Oracle Clusterware files on raw or
block devices is no longer supported, unless an existing system is being upgraded.
Oracle ASM Job Role Separation Option with SYSASM
The SYSASM privilege that was introduced in Oracle ASM 11g release 1 (11.1) is now
fully separated from the SYSDBA privilege. If you choose to use this optional feature,
and designate different operating system groups as the OSASM and the OSDBA
groups, then the SYSASM administrative privilege is available only to members of the
OSASM group. The SYSASM privilege also can be granted using password
authentication on the Oracle ASM instance.
You can designate OPERATOR privileges (a subset of the SYSASM privileges,
including starting and stopping ASM) to members of the OSOPER for ASM group.
Providing system privileges for the storage tier using the SYSASM privilege instead of
the SYSDBA privilege provides a clearer division of responsibility between Oracle
ASM administration and database administration, and helps to prevent different
databases using the same storage from accidentally overwriting each other's files.
Cluster Time Synchronization Service
Cluster node times should be synchronized. With this release, Oracle Clusterware
provides Cluster Time Synchronization Service (CTSS), which ensures that there is a
synchronization service in the cluster. If Network Time Protocol (NTP) is not found
during cluster configuration, then CTSS is configured to ensure time synchronization.
Enterprise Manager Database Control Provisioning
Enterprise Manager Database Control 11g provides the capability to automatically
provision Oracle grid infrastructure and Oracle RAC installations on new nodes, and
then extend the existing Oracle grid infrastructure and Oracle RAC database to these
provisioned nodes. This provisioning procedure requires a successful Oracle RAC
installation before you can use this feature.
Fixup Scripts and Grid Infrastructure Checks
With Oracle Clusterware 11g release 2 (11.2), the installer (OUI) detects when
minimum requirements for installation are not completed, and creates shell script
programs, called fixup scripts, to resolve many incomplete system configuration
requirements. If OUI detects an incomplete task that is marked "fixable", then you can
easily fix the issue by generating the fixup script. by clicking the Fix & Check Again
The fixup script. is generated during installation. You are prompted to run the script. as
root in a separate terminal session. When you run the script, it raises kernel values to
required minimums, if necessary, and completes other operating system configuration
You also can have Cluster Verification Utility (CVU) generate fixup scripts before
Grid Plug and Play
In the past, adding or removing servers in a cluster required extensive manual
preparation. With this release, you can continue to configure server nodes manually, or
use Grid Plug and Play to configure them dynamically as nodes are added or removed
from the cluster.
Grid Plug and Play reduces the costs of installing, configuring, and managing server
nodes by starting a grid naming service within the cluster to allow each node to
perform. the following tasks dynamically:
■ Negotiating appropriate network identities for itself
■ Acquiring additional information it needs to operate from a configuration profile
■ Configuring or reconfiguring itself using profile data, making hostnames and
addresses resolvable on the network
Because servers perform. these tasks dynamically, the number of steps required to add
or delete nodes is minimized.
Oracle Clusterware Out-of-place Upgrade
With this release, you can install a new version of Oracle Clusterware into a separate
home from an existing Oracle Clusterware installation. This feature reduces the
downtime required to upgrade a node in the cluster. When performing an out-of-place
upgrade, the old and new version of the software are present on the nodes at the same
time, each in a different home location, but only one version of the software is active.
Oracle Clusterware Administration with Oracle Enterprise Manager
With this release, you can use Enterprise Manager Cluster Home page to perform. full
administrative and monitoring support for both standalone database and Oracle RAC
environments, using High Availability Application and Oracle Cluster Resource
When Oracle Enterprise Manager is installed with Oracle Clusterware, it can provide a
set of users that have the Oracle Clusterware Administrator role in Enterprise
Manager, and provide full administrative and monitoring support for High
Availability application and Oracle Clusterware resource management. After you have
completed installation and have Enterprise Manager deployed, you can provision
additional nodes added to the cluster using Enterprise Manager.
SCAN for Simplified Client Access
With this release, the single client access name (SCAN) is the hostname to provide for
all clients connecting to the cluster. The SCAN is a domain name registered to at least
one and up to three IP addresses, either in the domain name service (DNS) or the Grid
Naming Service (GNS). The SCAN eliminates the need to change clients when nodes
are added to or removed from the cluster. Clients using the SCAN can also access the
cluster using EZCONNECT.
SRVCTL Command Enhancements for Patching
With this release, you can use srvctl to shut down all Oracle software running
within an Oracle home, in preparation for patching. Oracle grid infrastructure
patching is automated across all nodes, and patches can be applied in a multi-node,
Typical Installation Option
To streamline cluster installations, especially for those customers who are new to
clustering, Oracle introduces the Typical Installation path. Typical installation defaults
as many options as possible to those recommended as best practices.
Voting Disk Backup Procedure Change
In prior releases, backing up the voting disks using a dd command was a required
postinstallation task. With Oracle Clusterware release 11.2 and later, backing up and
restoring a voting disk using the dd command is not supported.
Backing up voting disks manually is no longer required, as voting disks are backed up
automatically in the OCR as part of any configuration change and voting disk data is
automatically restored to any added voting disks.