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Re: RAC w/ASM - scanorder with EMC powerpath devices

From: Steve Perry <>
Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2006 16:04:25 -0500
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I agree that I'm lucky compared to others, but I'm stuck with ASM. It's Oracle's requirement for SE RAC.

On Jul 23, 2006, at 03:52 PM, Kevin Closson wrote:

> Using a "loosely coupled" cluster like this, bad things
> happen...I'd say you should be overjoyed your
> entire ASM raw disk space didn't get corrupted.
> I don't wish bad things on people, for sure, but
> this is a mild trainwreck compared to others
> I've heard of.
> From: [mailto:oracle-l-
>] On Behalf Of Steve Perry
> Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2006 12:49 PM
> To: Freelists
> Subject: RAC w/ASM - scanorder with EMC powerpath devices
> for those of you running ASM on RHEL4, you might want to make sure
> the scanorder is setup properly in /etc/sysconfig/oracleasm.
> I got called last week about a node being down on 2-node RAC SE
> with ASM.
> node 1 was crashed and node 2 was running.
> the error in the logs said it had a corrupt control file. After
> looking into it a little bit more, I saw there was emergency SAN
> maintenance done around the same time.
> suspicious, I kept looking around. It shouldn't have been a problem
> because we have redundancy built into it (dual HBAs, multiple paths
> to the EMC array...)
> ASM was up and running, but trying to start the instance generated
> a bunch of errors.
> Oracle said the controlfile was gone, but I didn't believe it
> because node2 was working.
> the SAN admin and myself were talking about and I mentioned that we
> point to the pseudo device and not the real paths.
> That made want to go and double check. I looked at node 2 and it
> was using "emcpowera1" for asm.
> I went over to node1 (crashed node) and it was using "sdb1" ( which
> was a path SPB that was replaced during maintenance).
> I looked at the oracleasm_scanorder and it was missing from node1.
> node2 had it set to "emcpower sd".
> made the additional change and rebooted it. asm used it, but the
> cluster wouldn't come up. Oracle said it was in a split brain
> condition. I rebooted both nodes, ASM chose the emc power devices
> for both and both instances came up - no corrupt controlfile.
> found much information on ASM and rhel3.

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