Re: Oracle Taining Hardware for 5+ people

From: Alex Fatkulin <>
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2009 14:38:02 -0400
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  1. You buy a physical server which supports the required amount of memory.
  2. You install VMWare.
  3. You create a VM on this server with OpenFiler which will act as you iSCSI target server. It can provide iSCSI/NFS/what-want-you.
  4. Now you create your RAC clusters as separate VMs using VM with OpenFiler as storage provider.
  5. Your students will connect to these VMs for training.

Remember that to the outside observer a VM looks like a normal host. So you can be running 20 VMs on that one physical server which will looks, smell and taste as if you have 20 separate computers running in the same room.

This will eliminate NICs problem as well as you would be able to create virtual switches to separate public/private/iscsi traffic for educational purposes the only concern would be to have a switch to allow outside connectivity but even that can be done using wireless network these days i.e. no need for a lot of ports or even cables.

On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 2:20 PM, Sanjay Mishra <> wrote:
> Alex
> Can you please clarify this point "you can do server part on a single
> physical host".
> Thanks
> Sanjay
> ________________________________
> From: Alex Fatkulin <>
> To:
> Cc: ORACLE-L <>
> Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 11:38:52 AM
> Subject: Re: Oracle Taining Hardware for 5+ people
> Keep in mind that you can do server part on a single physical host
> (this is what I do at home :)
> One of the ways you can get shared storage for RAC ASM is to use iSCSI
> target (which itself can be hosted on one of the VMs, I'm using
> OpenFiler at home which should do OK for training purposes as well) or
> just use NFS and though you can use ASM over NFS that's going to be a
> bit "unusual" plus you're not going to get "look and feel" of having
> true devices which may (or may not) be important for your ASM
> training.
> On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 11:18 AM, Sanjay Mishra <>
> wrote:
>> Hi
>> One of my friend is working on the hardware selection to setup Oracle
>> Training environment for 5-10 people. He is going to use Oracle VMWARE/OEL
>> 5
>> for the setup. Does anybody has such hardware configuration that can be
>> used
>> to setup the environment which can handle 5-10 User. One of the main
>> consideration is Oracle 10/11g RAC which need Shared Storage and also the
>> ASM as the are using ASM for all Oracle environment. So Keeping RAC and
>> ASM
>> in mind. I appreciate if somebody can share his experience like Network
>> Card/HBA/Switches and Storage. His budget is around 15-20K.
>> TIA
>> Sanjay
> --
> Alex Fatkulin,
> --

Alex Fatkulin,
Received on Tue Sep 22 2009 - 13:38:02 CDT

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