Re: Configuration of BIND (named) for GNS in 11.2 RAC

From: Scott Sibert <>
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 09:21:19 -0500
Message-ID: <>

Can you do both a forward and reverse nslookup of each of your nodes from each of your nodes?
nslookup node1

We had some problems when reverse-lookup was not properly registered.

Also, I usually put a "domain" entry in my resolv.conf.


On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 4:54 AM, Martin Bach <>wrote:

> Hello group,
> I am trying to get my head around GNS but somehow I am unable to install
> Grid Infrastructure for RAC. OUI complains about INS-40904, unable to
> resolve the hostname I put in.
> INFO: Completed validating state <CRSNodeInformationUI>
> INFO: Terminating all background operations
> INFO: Terminated all background operations
> INFO: Transition aborted
> INFO: Rolled back to state <CRSNodeInformationUI>
> INFO: Waiting for completion of background operations
> INFO: Completed background operations
> INFO: Validating view at state <CRSNodeInformationUI>
> INFO: Completed validating view at state <CRSNodeInformationUI>
> INFO: Validating state <CRSNodeInformationUI>
> INFO: Performing Generic Validations
> INFO: Performing generic checks
> SEVERE: [FATAL] [INS-40904] ORACLE_HOSTNAME does not resolve to a valid
> host name.
> CAUSE: The value provided for ORACLE_HOSTNAME does not resolve to a
> valid host name.
> ACTION: Provide a valid host name for ORACLE_HOSTNAME, and restart the
> installer.
> This is RHEL 5.4 32bit, bind and dhcpd are configured and running. I am
> pretty sure that name resolution works as I can ping the hosts without
> entries in /etc/hosts. /etc/resolve.conf and /etc/nsswitch.conf are as
> follows, I have attached my bind configuration (the custom one) to the
> email. I also used the advanced installation as explained in the
> documentation section 2.7.3 DNS Configuration for Domain Delegation to
> Grid Naming Service
> More info:
> [root_at_node1 OraInstall2009-09-28_08-48-53PM]# cat /etc/resolv.conf
> options attempts: 2
> options timeout: 1
> #search
> search
> nameserver
> [root_at_node1 OraInstall2009-09-28_08-48-53PM]# grep hosts
> /etc/nsswitch.conf
> hosts: dns files
> Any pointers greatly appreciated. BTW there is nothing on google or
> metalink about the particular error.... The gns-server VIP is not assigned
> to a host (can't ping it). The DNS server host can't reach the Internet,
> bind occasionally complains about not being able to resolve "." zone
> (which I don't want it to)
> Regards,
> Martin

Received on Tue Sep 29 2009 - 09:21:19 CDT

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