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Validated Configuration Details
Configuration SummaryOracle Linux 5 Update 8 x86_64 on HP ProLiant DL385 G7 and EMC Clariion CX4-240 with Oracle Database 11g Release 2
Publication Date02-MAY-12
Version1.0
Server PlatformHPE ProLiant DL385 G7
Storage ModelEMC Clariion CX4-240
Oracle SoftwareOracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.3) for Linux x86-64
Linux DistributionOracle Linux 5 Update 8 x86_64
Server and Storage Platform Details
Server Model2 X HPE ProLiant DL385 G7
Processors2 X 12 Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 6172 2.1GHz
Memory45GB RAM
OnBoardStorage 214.7Gb SAS drives
RAIDHP Company Smart Array P410i
Network/Interconnect4 X Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme II BCM5709 Gigabit Ethernet
HBA Dual Port QLogic Corp. ISP2532-based 8Gb Fibre Channel to PCI Express HBA
Storage ModelEMC Clariion CX4-240 , EMC CX4-960,CX4-480,CX4-120,CX4-240 and CX3 family SAN Storage array
 
Switch Details
Switch Model2 x HP StorageWorks SAN Switch 4/16
Switch TypeFC Switch
Additional Info.None
 
Switch ModelHP ProCurve 1810G-24
Switch TypeNetwork Switch
Additional Info.None
 
Linux Distribution Details
OSOracle Linux 5 Update 8 x86_64
Kernel2.6.32-300.10.1.el5uek or higher
 
Additional Packages Needed From Distribution
bc-1.06-21.x86_64.rpm
bind-utils-9.3.6-20.P1.el5.x86_64.rpm
binutils-2.17.50.0.6-20.el5.x86_64.rpm
compat-libstdc++-33-3.2.3-61.i386.rpm
compat-libstdc++-33-3.2.3-61.x86_64.rpm
elfutils-libelf-devel-0.137-3.el5.x86_64.rpm
ethtool-6-4.el5.x86_64.rpm
gcc-4.1.2-52.el5.x86_64.rpm
gcc-c++-4.1.2-52.el5.x86_64.rpm
glibc-2.5-81.i686.rpm
glibc-2.5-81.x86_64.rpm
glibc-common-2.5-81.x86_64.rpm
glibc-devel-2.5-81.i386.rpm
glibc-devel-2.5-81.x86_64.rpm
glibc-headers-2.5-81.x86_64.rpm
initscripts-8.45.42-1.0.1.el5.x86_64.rpm
ksh-20100621-5.el5.x86_64.rpm
libICE-1.0.1-2.1.i386.rpm
libSM-1.0.1-3.1.i386.rpm
libXp-1.0.0-8.1.el5.x86_64.rpm
libXt-1.0.2-3.2.el5.i386.rpm
libXtst-1.0.1-3.1.i386.rpm
libaio-0.3.106-5.i386.rpm
libaio-0.3.106-5.x86_64.rpm
libaio-devel-0.3.106-5.i386.rpm
libaio-devel-0.3.106-5.x86_64.rpm
libgcc-4.1.2-52.el5.i386.rpm
libgcc-4.1.2-52.el5.x86_64.rpm
libstdc++-4.1.2-52.el5.i386.rpm
libstdc++-4.1.2-52.el5.x86_64.rpm
libstdc++-devel-4.1.2-52.el5.i386.rpm
make-3.81-3.el5.x86_64.rpm
module-init-tools-3.3-0.pre3.1.60.el5_5.1.x86_64.rpm
pam-0.99.6.2-6.el5_5.2.i386.rpm
pam-0.99.6.2-6.el5_5.2.x86_64.rpm
procps-3.2.7-17.el5.x86_64.rpm
sysstat-7.0.2-11.el5.x86_64.rpm
unixODBC-2.2.11-10.el5
unixODBC-devel-2.2.11-10.el5
util-linux-2.13-0.59.0.1.el5.x86_64.rpm
xorg-x11-utils-7.1-2.fc6.x86_64.rpm
xorg-x11-xinit-1.0.2-15.el5.x86_64.rpm
Oracle Packages
oracle-validated-1.1.0-15.el5.x86_64.rpmoracle-validated installs the packages required for Oracle Database and sets the recommended system parameters. It is not required but is recommended to save time in getting the system setup.It is available in ULN channels, Oracle Linux media, and public-yum.oracle.com. NOTE: oracle-validated does not install gdb. Oracle support recommends to install gdb for supportability and diagnosability.
oracleasm-support-2.1.7-1.el5.x86_64.rpmRequired for DB on ASM
oracleasmlib-2.0.4-1.el5.x86_64.rpmRequired for DB on ASM
Configuration Files
Conf File Settings Comments
/etc/security/limits.conforacle soft nofile 131072# depending on size of db, these may need to be larger
 oracle hard memlock 50000000 
 oracle soft memlock 50000000# set memlock greater than or equal to the sga size to allow oracle to use hugepages if configured
 oracle soft core unlimited 
 oracle hard core unlimited 
 oracle hard nproc 131072 
 oracle soft nproc 131072 
 oracle hard nofile 131072 
/etc/sysctl.conffs.aio-max-nr = 3145728 
 fs.file-max = 6815744 
 net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range = 9000 65500 
 net.core.rmem_max = 4194304 
 net.core.wmem_max = 1048576 
 kernel.shmmax = 4398046511104 
 net.core.wmem_default = 262144 
 net.core.rmem_default = 262144 
 kernel.shmmni = 4096 
 kernel.sem = 250 32000 100 142 
 kernel.shmall = 1073741824 
 kernel.msgmax = 8192 
 kernel.msgmnb = 65536 
 kernel.sysrq = 1 
 kernel.msgmni = 2878 
Filesystems Tested
Filesystem Mount Options Details
ASMNoneUsing Automatic Storage Management Library Driver (asmlib) on device-mapper devices for OCR,VOTE and datafiles
Driver Modules
Driver ModuleBroadcom NetXtreme II Gigabit Ethernet Driver bnx2
Versionv2.1.11 or higher
SettingsNone
Additional Info.The driver is supplied with Oracle Linux 5
 
Driver ModuleHBA driver module (qla2xxx)
Versionv8.03.07.08.32.1-k or higher
SettingsNone
Additional Info.The driver is supplied with Oracle Linux 5
 
Miscellaneous
Two gigabit networks, 1 for public and 1 private.
The swap partition is 47GB.
Oracle Software Details
ProductOracle Database 11g Release 2, Single Instance and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) for Linux x86-64
Version11.2.0.3
Patchesnone
 
Configuration Feedback
Bug No12375075
SummaryProcess get killed or hang when the count of free hugepages becomes less than that of the number of reserved hugepages.
AffectsSystems on OEL 5.7/OEL 5.8
SymptomWhen number of hugepages is reduced through /proc/sys/vm/nr_hugepages; user processes may get killed by the kernel or hang, when trying to fault in a new hugepage.
Solution/WorkaroundContact Oracle Support.
 
Bug No12800965
SummaryWith I/O queuing enabled, DM MP fails to flush all multipath devices when all paths to storage goes down.
AffectsSystems on OEL 5.7/OEL 5.8
SymptomThe DM MP devices are not cleaned up completely when all the paths to storage goes down with IO running over device mapper multipath devices; as the output of /proc/partitions, multipath -ll do not display the device information correctly.
Solution/WorkaroundContact Oracle support.
 
Bug No9466221
SummaryDmesg displays "Task XXXX: blocked for more than 120 seconds" under load
AffectsSystems on OEL5.5/RHEL5.5
SymptomFollowing messages may be seen in dmesg - "Task XXXX: blocked for more than 120 seconds"
Solution/WorkaroundThese messages are only for information;newly added in OEL5.5/RHEL5.5. To disable this messages echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/hung_task_timeout_secs"
 
Bug No10056679
Summaryunable to start X
AffectsX environment
SymptomOn some hardware startup of X environment may fail after upgrading to Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel with following Error:#Fatal server error:#Cannot run in framebuffer mode. Please specify busIDs for all framebuffer devices.
Solution/Workaroundreconfigure X using command "X -configure" and use generated configuration file to start X environment.
 
Bug No10381916
SummaryDuring the network failure on one rac node, oracle shadow processes failover to surviving nodes but after some time oracle shadow processes crashes on survived nodes with following error in alertlogs "Fatal NI connect error 12547, connecting to:(LOCAL=NO)"
Affects11gR2 RAC
SymptomOracle shadow processes crashes on survived nodes with following error in alertlogs "Fatal NI connect error 12547, connecting to:(LOCAL=NO)" after network failure on one node.
Solution/WorkaroundReduce the load or Contact Oracle support for higher loads
 
Bug No6140224
SummarySQLPLUS FAILS TO LOAD LIBNNZ11.SO WITH SELINUX ENABLED ON EL5/RHEL5
Affects11gR1 and 11gR2
Symptomsqlplus fails with the following error message "cannot restore segment prot after reloc: Permission denied"
Solution/WorkaroundDisable selinux
 
Bug No9100826
SummaryFlashback Archive: Error ORA-942 in database alert and trace logs.
Affects11gR2
SymptomDuring database creation following messages are seen in database alert log and trace files: "Flashback Archive: Error ORA-942 in SQL select ROWID from SYS_FBA_FA where ROWNUM = 1".
Solution/WorkaroundContact Oracle Support.
 
Bug No9126894
Summary"ORA-24010: QUEUE SYS.AQ_SRVNTFN_TABLE_Q_1 does not exist" in database trace files
Affects11gR2
SymptomError message "Exception Occured, Error msg: ORA-24010: QUEUE SYS.AQ_SRVNTFN_TABLE_Q_1 does not exist" seen in trace log files
Solution/WorkaroundFixed in 11.2.0.3
 
Bug No9391048
Summary"ERROR: SGA Memory leak detacted" error during database shutdown
Affects11gR2
SymptomError message "ERROR: SGA memory leak detected" seen in trace log files during database shutdown.
Solution/WorkaroundContact Oracle Support.
 
Bug No8451866
SummaryIncorrect multipath.conf setting affects RAC node failover. Settings(features = "1 queue_if_no_path") and/or (no_path_retry = queue) causes the node hang if io path fails. no_path_retry has to be set to the numeric value explicitly.
AffectsAll applications using device mapper multipath devices which have contingency plan in case of io path failure.
SymptomRAC node hangs if io path fails.
Solution/WorkaroundIn configuration file /etc/multipath.conf,set no_path_retry and polling_interval to the numeric values, for example, "no_path_retry=5" and "polling_interval=10" so as to disable queuing. These values depend on system workload.
 
Bug No8265418
Summarykexec/kdump not working as expected on HP Smart Array P400i Controller
Affectsvmcore generation on cciss disks (HP Smart Array P400i Controller Firmware Version: 1.18)
SymptomAfter booting from crash kernel, machine will hang with following messages on console: cciss:using PCI PM to reset controller cciss:controller message 03:00 timed out
Solution/WorkaroundRemove reset_devices from KDUMP_COMMANDLINE_APPEND argument in /etc/sysconfig/kdump
 
 
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