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Creating a RAC 12.1 Data Guard Physical Standby environment (4)

In the previous three parts of this series a lot of preparation work, needed for the configuration of Data Guard, was performed. In this part of the mini-series they all come to fruition. Using the Data Guard broker a switchover operation will be performed. A couple of new features in 12c make this easier. According to the “Changes in This Release for Oracle Data Guard Concepts and Administration” chapter of the 12.1 Data Guard Concepts and Administration guide:

When [you, ed.] perform a switchover from an Oracle RAC primary database to a physical standby database, it is no longer necessary to shut down all but one primary database instance.

I have always wanted to test that in a quiet moment…

Fast-Start Failover for Maximum Protection in #Oracle 12c

Fast-Start Failover is supported with Maximum Protection in 12cR2. Also Multiple Observers can now monitor the same Data Guard Configuration simultaneously. I will show both in this article. Starting with a (Multitenant) Primary in Maximum Protection mode with two Standby Databases. It is still not recommended to have the highest protection mode configured with only one standby. So this is my starting point:

DGMGRL> show configuration;

Configuration - myconf

Protection Mode: MaxProtection
Members:
cdb1 - Primary database
cdb1sb - Physical standby database
cdb1sb2 - Physical standby database

Fast-Start Failover: DISABLED

Configuration Status:
SUCCESS (status updated 57 seconds ago)

All three databases have flashback turned on. I want to have a setup like this in the end:

Creating a RAC 12.1 Data Guard Physical Standby environment (2)

In the first part of this mini-series you saw me define the environment as well as creating a primary database. With that out of the way it’s time to think about the standby. Before the standby can be created, a few preparations are necessary both on the primary as well as the standby cluster.

NOTE: As always, this is just a demonstration using VMs in my lab, based on my notes. Your system is most likely different, so in real-life you might take a different approach. The techniques I am using here were suitable for me, and my own small scale testing. I tried to make sure they are valid, but you may want to allocate more resources in your environment. Test, test, test on your own environment on test kit first!

Preparing the Creation of the Standby Database

Auto Sync for Password Files in #Oracle 12c Data Guard

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Creating a RAC 12.1 Data Guard Physical Standby environment (1)

I have just realised that the number of posts about RAC 12c Release 1 on this blog is rather too small. And since I’m a great fan of RAC this has to change :) In this mini-series I am going to share my notes about creating a Data Guard setup on my 2 node 12.1.0.2.161018 RAC primary + identical 2 node RAC standby system in the lab.

NOTE: As always, this is just a demonstration using VMs in my lab, based on my notes. Your system is most likely different, so in real-life you might take a different approach. The techniques I am using here were suitable for me, and my own small scale testing. I tried to make sure they are valid, but you may want to allocate more resources in your environment. Test, test, test on your own environment on test kit first!

The lab Environment

My environment consists of the following entities:

How to reinstate the old Primary as a Standby after Failover in #Oracle

You have done a failover to your Standby database so it becomes the new Primary. It may be possible to convert the old Primary into a Standby database now instead of having to do a time consuming duplicate again. The old Primary must have been running in flashback mode before the failover. The playground:

Another reason why you should use the Data Guard Broker for your #Oracle Standby

The Data Guard Broker is recommended for various reasons, this one is less obvious: It prevents a Split-Brain problem that may otherwise occur in certain situations. Let me show you:

FASTSYNC Redo Transport for Data Guard in #Oracle 12c

FASTSYNC is a new LogXptMode for Data Guard in 12c. It enables Maximum Availability protection mode at larger distances with less performance impact than LogXptMode SYNC has had before. The old SYNC behavior looks like this:

LogXptMode=SYNC

LogXptMode=SYNC

The point is that we need to wait for two acknowledgements by RFS (got it & wrote it) before we can write the redo entry locally and get the transaction committed. This may slow down the speed of transactions on the Primary, especially with long distances. Now to the new feature:

Little things worth knowing: Data Guard Broker Setup changes in 12c

One of the problems I have seen when deploying Data Guard for systems such as RAC One Node and policy managed databases was the static listener configuration you needed in 11.2. This has changed with 12c for the better if you are using Grid Infrastructure.

http://docs.oracle.com/database/121/DGBKR/install.htm

In the section about static listener registration a little addendum can be found (thanks to Patrick Hurley/@phurley for pointing this out to me!):

“A static service needs to be defined and registered only if Oracle Clusterware or Oracle Restart is not being used.”

This is good news, let’s put it to the test; I’m a great fan of Oracle Restart. If I ever find the time I’d like to repeat this test with clustered Grid Infrastructure. I think the quote mentioned earlier still stands true but I would like to see it with my own eyes.

Become an #Oracle Certified Expert for Data Guard!

It is with great pride that I can announce a new certification being available – Oracle Database 12c: Data Guard Administration.

We wanted this for years and finally got it now, after having put much effort and expertise into the development of the exam. It is presently in beta and offered with a discount. Come and get it!