RAC Attack - Oracle Cluster Database at Home/Install Instant Client

In order to test failover it would be best to connect from a client outside the cluster, so we'll start by downloading and installing Oracle's Basic Instant Client (English-only) and the Instant Client SQLPlus package.

  1. Login to the node collabn1 as user oracle and open a connection to the database as SYSDBA and unlock the SH user account. Also grant DBA access. SQL> alter user sh identified by sh account unlock; User altered. SQL> grant dba to sh; Grant succeeded.
  2. Download Oracle's Basic (English-only) Instant Client and Oracle's Instant Client SQLPlus package. The lab instructor may have made them available, or they can also be downloaded from Oracle's website here: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/winsoft-085727.html The two files you need are:
    • instantclient-basiclite-*.zip
    • instantclient-sqlplus-*.zip
  3. Each archive contains a folder named "instantclient_11_2". Extract this folder (from both archives) into C:\. (In Explorer you can drag-and-drop or you can choose "Extract All" from the File menu.)
  4. Edit c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts and add IP addresses for the RAC nodes.	collab-scan.vm.ardentperf.com collab-scan	collabn1-vip.vm.ardentperf.com collabn1-vip	collabn2-vip.vm.ardentperf.com collabn2-vip	collabn1.vm.ardentperf.com collabn1	collabn2.vm.ardentperf.com collabn2

  5. Test your Instant Client installation by connecting to the database. C:\instantclient_11_2> sqlplus sh/sh@//collab-scan/RAC.vm.ardentperf.com

  6. Create a TNSNAMES files and copy the RAC, RAC1 and RAC2 entries from either cluster database node. C:\instantclient_11_2> notepad C:\instantclient_11_2\tnsnames.ora RAC = (DESCRIPTION = (ADDRESS = (PROTOCOL = TCP)(HOST = collab-scan)(PORT = 1521)) (CONNECT_DATA = (SERVER = DEDICATED) (SERVICE_NAME = RAC.vm.ardentperf.com) ) ) RAC2 = (DESCRIPTION = (ADDRESS = (PROTOCOL = TCP)(HOST = collabn-scan)(PORT = 1521)) (CONNECT_DATA = (SERVER = DEDICATED) (SERVICE_NAME = RAC.vm.ardentperf.com) (INSTANCE_NAME = RAC2) ) ) RAC1 = (DESCRIPTION = (ADDRESS = (PROTOCOL = TCP)(HOST = collabn-scan)(PORT = 1521)) (CONNECT_DATA = (SERVER = DEDICATED) (SERVICE_NAME = RAC.vm.ardentperf.com) (INSTANCE_NAME = RAC1) ) )
  7. Test your TNSNAMES by setting the TNS_ADMIN environment variable and running SQLPLUS. C:\instantclient_11_2>set TNS_ADMIN=c:\instantclient_11_2 C:\instantclient_11_2>sqlplus sh/sh@RAC