Re: converting from a single instance database to RAC

Ryan
   
  There are several thing that can come to picture
   
  1. What is your current Database storage. It look like is standard 
filesystem. In RAC, you have to use shared file system which can be netApp or 
ASM or so. Now if it is ASM that you will use for RAC, then you cannot do 
switchover you planned until your existing primary database is not in ASM.
   
  If you want to go more detail on such an environment, look for the following 
link which is for Oracle 11g RAC but applied completely to ORacle 10g. 
  http://www.datasoftech.com/11gRAC.html
   
  Now if you want to follow your procedure like to utilize standby and 
Switchover procedure, you can test the following
   
  Configure Primary with ASM instance
  Configure RAC as per the above link or Oracle doc with RAC ASM instance 
running
  Setup your Standby on Node 1 using RAC ASM instance
  Do switchover to Standby Instance
  Convert into RAC using rconfig and same ASM set up as document in the above 
extensive doc list. I really like the rconfig part which is provided with 
screenshot and step by step. Always validate the xml script before executing 
the script so as to make sure that all information is correct.
   
   
  Exp or expdp is not a good procedure for very big database as they need lots 
of downtime. Moreover 10g allows to do SHRINK and so high water mark can be 
reduced very easily which earlier need exp/imp process
   
  Anyway it is the test that can give you the correct answer. But the reason it 
will work is that everybody is creating same kind of environment mostly in 
their setup where Primary environment is RAC and standby is non RAC single node 
and we do the switchover as required 
   
  What I think is to configure the RAC environment with ASM instance running. 
Setup the ASM dikgr

       
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