dbca and ASM

  • From: "Herring Dave - dherri" <Dave.Herring@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 14:19:33 -0500


I'm trying to create a database on my RAC cluster with ASM.  This is on and RHEL4 64bit.  ASM is up and running on both nodes (only 2-node 
cluster) and I've got valid diskgroups in each.  Checking crsstat it shows all 
services are up, as in ASM, LISTENER, gsd, ons, vip on both nodes.

Now for creating a database.  I thought dbca would be the way.  But in the 
process, I believe step 7, I'm asked for the storage to use.  I pick ASM, then 
"next".  At this point I get the message: "DBCA could not startup the ASM 
instance configured on this node.  To proceed with database creation using ASM 
you ...".

I can't figure out why dbca can't see my ASM instance.  I've tried setting 
ORACLE_SID=, ORACLE_SID=+ASM, ORACLE_SID=+ASM1 (local instance on this server 
of ASM), all run out of $ORACLE_HOME/bin, not $ORA_ASM_HOME/bin.  Each try 
gives me the same error.

Any clue how to get dbca see your existing ASM instances?  Is there any way to 
find out what exactly is failing behind the scenes?  I've set tracing for dbca 
(-DTRACING.ENABLED=true -DTRACING.LEVEL=2 in the last line of dbca), but that 
doesn't output anything after first starting up.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.  Thanks.


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