Oracle Database 10g Real Application Clusters Handbook / Edition 1

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Learn cutting-edge technology from Oracle experts

Written by Oracle insiders, this comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about Real Application Clusters -- low-cost hardware platforms that can rival and exceed the quality of service, availability, and scalability of the most expensive mainframe systems.

  • Concepts covered are applicable to all previous versions of Oracle
  • Tuning and troubleshooting tips, providing insight on the most advanced diagnostics available
  • Detailed coverage of advanced RAC concepts
  • Working code for all examples available online
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071465090
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/22/2006
  • Series: Oracle Press Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 421
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

K Gopalakrishnan (Gopal) is a senior principal consultant with the Advanced Technology Services group at Oracle


specializing exclusively in performance tuning, high availability, and disaster recovery. He is a recognized expert in Oracle RAC and Database Internals and has used his extensive expertise in solving many vexing performance issues all across the world for telecom giants, banks, financial institutions, and universities. Gopal has more than a decade of Oracle expertise backed by an engineering degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Madras, India.

Gopal has previously co-authored an award-winning Oracle Press book, Oracle Wait Interface: A Practical Guide to Performance Diagnostics and Tuning. He was awarded an Editor's Choice award for Oracle Author of the Year by Oracle Magazine in 2005. Gopal was also chosen as an Oracle ACE by Oracle Technology Network ( in 2006.

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Table of Contents

Part I: High Availability Architecture and Clusters

Chapter 1: Introduction to High Availability and Scalability

Chapter 2: Clustering Basics and History

Chapter 3: RAC Architecture
Part II: Installation, Configuration, and Storage

Chapter 4: RAC Preinstallation

Chapter 5: RAC Installation

Chapter 6: Automatic Storage Management
Part III: RAC Administration and Management

Chapter 7: RAC Basic Administration

Chapter 8: RAC Advanced Administration

Chapter 9: RAC Backup and Recovery

Chapter 10: RAC Performance Management
Part IV: Advanced Concepts in RAC

Chapter 11: Global Resource Directory

Chapter 12: A Closer Look at Cache Fusion

Chapter 13: Workload and Connection Management

Chapter 14: RAC Troubleshooting
Part V: Deploying RAC

Chapter 15: RAC Extensions

Chapter 16: Developing Applications for RAC
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  • Posted December 13, 2011

    Don't bother... don't waste your time and money...

    I'm a beginner in RAC although I have the OCA and OCP certifications. So i was looking for an easy book to guide me through RAC technology. To start off, this book was printed in draft mode. Remember your printer: you have three options to save ink: best, normal and draft (less ink/toner). The book was printed in draft mode. Very poor quality. Secondly, to save even more on printing costs, they used a very, very small font size. You better wear glasses. Thirdly, the most difficult part in using RAC is when you want to install the clusterware because there are a lot of requirements to be set up before you can actually install the clusterware. This book DOES NOT TEACH YOU how to configure network cards, set up private ip numbers or create a vip address. It does not even tell you how to create users and groups. The author used Linux as his chosen platform to run Oracle. So you better be very, very familiar with Linux specially in networking, using ssh to run commands in other computers, switching privileges/users using su/sudo. The author assumes you are an expert in linux but he does not mention that on the book. He simply skips this steps on the book. Fourthly, this book is just a bunch of fancy technical concepts. Real hands-on examples with step by step details is not on this book. The problem with this author is that he might think we're on the same level of knowledge he is and therefore, many things are simply ASSUMED that you and I know. Fithly, this books DOES NOT tell you anything about the GRID technology and architecture. There's no mention about grid management, including Enterprise Manager or Grid Control. After all, I can tell you this: if you buy this book, you better have the Oracle 10g Online documentation ready and also a very, very good book about Linux just to start off. In the end, you're better off without this book. Oracle 10g online documentation has a step by step on how to install and configure RAC on linux. But there's hope: luckly, i found this book 'ORACLE 10G RAC GRID, SERVICES AND CLUSTERING' by Murali Vallath. This book guides you through the step by step of doing everything including how to set up and configure network cards, private ip, vip addresses, creating users and groups, modifying folders properties on linux, using ssh to execute commands in other machines, switching users and privileges with su/sudo. With this book, you don't need Oracle online documentation or a linux book. It also provides step by step on how to do the same things on windows. It has a vast chapter about ASM with ton's of scripts to convert your database to ASM. So if you are a beginner or intermediate on RAC technology, you definitely should read this book.

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