Experiences installing Oracle Application Server 10g (9.0.4) Cold Failover Cluster on AIX 5L

The objective of this document is to provide assistance to those involved with the installation of Oracle® Application Server 10g (9.0.4) (AS10g) "Cold Failover Cluster" (CFC) solution on IBM AIX 5L™ (5200) operating system. Two high availability cluster solutions are currently offered by Oracle for AS10g—Cold Failover Cluster and "Active Failover Cluster" (AFC).

CFC provides high availability for the Identity Management (IM) and Metadata Repository (MR) components of an AS10g deployment by relying on an active/passive two-node cluster. AFC delivers high availability of IM and MR functions by leveraging Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC) technology. As the CFC solution is the focus of this document, please visit Oracle’s High Availability FAQ for Application Server 10g at: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/ias/904ha-faq-083340.html (link resides outside of ibm.com) for additional information on high availability offerings for AS10g, including AFC.

This paper will address the preparation of the hardware infrastructure for a CFC deployment of AS10g, the installation of the Oracle AS10g software stack, and some validation tests for your installation. The configuration presented is for functional validation of this solution only. This paper assumes that the reader is familiar with Oracle Application Server 10g (9.0.4) from a conceptual and functional standpoint, and IBM AIX 5L, and HACMP™.

This document's primary focus is to supplement "Oracle Application Server 10g Installation Guide Part No. B13658-02's" chapter 9 entitled: "Installing in High availability Environments". We recommend that you use this document in conjunction with the Oracle Installation Guide during your CFC installation. Also, be sure to examine the "References" portion of this document to identify sources for greater depth on the topics covered in this text.

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