And I second the recommendation for openfiler. I have done this several times, both virtually and with physical hardware. I have an old but reliable machine I used for the physical openfiler, and it worked just fine. The only trick is finding the appropriate documentation on how to configure the iscsi targets in openfiler, but you can probably figure it out on your own if you look through the web front end enough. The basic trick I found is that you have to enable the iscsi target server before you can create a target and assign shares to it.. On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 10:38 AM, Niall Litchfield < niall.litchfield@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: > I entirely second this recommendation for your setup - windows users will > probably want to look at starwind free edition which supports the persistent > reservations used by shared windows 2008 storage clustering. but yes this is > a great approach. > > On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 2:40 PM, Martin Bach < > development@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > >> Hi! >> >> Upendra N wrote: >> >>> I am trying to build a test lab with Oracle RAC: >>> I have 2 servers dedicated for this purpose each with 2 gigabit >>> interfaces. >>> They have 1 CPU Quad core with 8GB memory, they will be running RHEL4 >>> 64-bit. >>> Do you have any recommendation for networking and storage equipment that >>> is reasonably priced (~$500) ? >>> >> >> Why don't you ty to use openfiler or another free iSCSI implementation? >> Easy enough for me to set up and all you need is Ethernet cables. If you are >> interested in openfiler, you might want to check the following blog entries >> (WARNING: shameless plug here!) >> >> >> http://martincarstenbach.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/getting-started-with-iscsi-part-i-openfiler-fundamentals/ >> >> http://martincarstenbach.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/getting-started-with-iscsi-part-ii-presenting-storage/ >> >> http://martincarstenbach.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/getting-started-with-iscsi-part-iii-mounting-storage/ >> >> You could also use your machines to run Oracle VM and virtualise RAC on >> them, which is supported and documented on metalink,. >> >> It would be great if you could provide model numbers or high level specs. >>> >> >> Then again, on the other hand there are lots of small NAS appliances out >> that that can do iSCSI too. Openfiler requires that you already have >> hardware available. >> >> Thank you >>> -Upendra >>> >> >> Hope that helps. >> >> -- >> Martin Bach >> >> http://martincarstenbach.wordpress.com >> -- >> http://www.freelists.org/webpage/oracle-l >> >> >> > > > -- > Niall Litchfield > Oracle DBA > http://www.orawin.info > -- Andrew W. Kerber 'If at first you dont succeed, dont take up skydiving.'