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1 About Oracle Database Appliance

Use Oracle Database Appliance Getting Started Guide to understand and manage Oracle Database Appliance and related software. The book applies to all versions of Oracle Database Appliance hardware. Unless the text refers to a specific version, the term "Oracle Database Appliance" implies all hardware versions.

This chapter contains two main sections, the first is an overview of the book's contents and the second is an overview of the product with guidelines on integrating Oracle Database Appliance into your network.

About Oracle Database Appliance Getting Started Guide

Oracle Database Appliance Getting Started Guide focuses primarily on software configuration, deployment, and management of Oracle Database Appliance. For information about physical hardware preparation and installation, see Oracle Database Appliance Owner's Guide and Oracle Database Appliance Service Manual.

This section of Chapter 1 outlines the content of this and the remaining chapters. The next section, About Oracle Database Appliance, includes descriptions of Oracle Database Appliance hardware, software, network requirements and deployment steps.

Chapter 2 has two sections. The first section cover steps that you could complete prior to delivery of Oracle Database Appliance. These steps include:

  • Choosing your configuration and deployment options.

  • Collecting information, for which you might want to print check list tables in Chapter 2 to record your findings

  • Running the standalone Oracle Appliance Manager configurator to build a configuration file for later deployment on Oracle Database Appliance

The rest of Chapter 2, like most of this book, assumes that you have already received and installed Oracle Database Appliance hardware as described in Oracle Database Appliance Owner's Guide. This means that your system is located in an environment with the necessary power outlets, sufficient air-conditioning, and access to the front and rear panels, all of which are covered in the Owner's Guide.

The second part of Chapter 2 covers tasks such as:

  • cabling interconnects, storage units, and public network connections

  • powering on the system

  • configuring Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (Oracle ILOM)

  • creating an initial network for downloading software

Once Oracle Database Appliance is running, deploy the basic software and optionally configure your initial database. These tasks are covered in Chapter 3. After the deployment, perform the necessary post-install steps, such as applying required patches, as described in Chapter 4.

Ongoing management and maintenance tasks for Oracle Database Appliance are covered in the remaining chapters of this Getting Started Guide:

  • Chapter 5, "Managing Virtual Machines on Oracle Database Appliance"

    This chapter is only relevant if you installed Oracle Database Appliance Virtualized Platform. The chapter covers setting up, using, and removing, one or more virtual machine domains to run virtual images independently of your primary database domain.

  • Chapter 6, "Managing Oracle Database on Oracle Database Appliance"

    See this chapter when you need general information on managing Oracle Database on Oracle Database Appliance and when you have specific tasks, including:

    • Managing or adding database homes, databases, and instances

    • Creating additional Oracle Grid Control administrative users

    • Converting single-instance databases to Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) or Oracle RAC One Node

    • Upgrading Oracle Database to newer releases

    • Running database health checks

  • Chapter 7, "Validating and Troubleshooting Oracle Database Appliance"

    This chapter, describes the tools and Oracle Appliance Manager commands that can help you validate, troubleshoot, and solve problems on Oracle Database Appliance.

The final section of the the Oracle Database Appliance Getting Started Guide contains Appendices with information that is relevant to tasks described throughout the book. The four appendices are:

  • Appendix A, "Oracle Database Appliance Reference Information"

    This Appendix contains the following topics:

    • Specifications for hardware and software, including CPU sizes and numbers, disk group sizes, and default passwords.

    • Description of the GridInst.pl command line tool.

    • Tables for use when collecting configuration information prior to installing and configuring the software. These tables are designed to be printed out so that they can be filled in by the appropriate personnel.

  • Appendix B, "Core Count and Capacity-on-Demand"

    This Appendix describes how to use the Capacity-on-Demand feature to update the core count licensing information as demands for resources change.

  • Appendix C, "Database Sizing for Oracle Database Appliance"

    This Appendix explains how to use templates when creating databases so that each database is assigned an appropriate set of resources without impinging on the resources being used by other databases.

  • Appendix D, "Oracle Appliance Manager Command-Line Interface"

    This Appendix contains the syntax for Oracle Appliance Manager command-line interface. The appendix lists the commands, including the objects with which the commands can be used, the available options (parameters), and, in most cases, examples of common usage. Some commands could be unavailable or have different options in earlier releases of Oracle Database Appliance.

About Oracle Database Appliance

Oracle Database Appliance simplifies deployment, maintenance, and support for high availability database solutions built from Oracle Database templates designed for optimal performance on this platform. Oracle Database Appliance provides a reliable, resilient, self-managing database system that is scalable for small and large businesses.

Oracle Database Appliance Provides Capacity-on-Demand Licensing

Deploy as few or as many processors in Oracle Database Appliance as your workload requires, within the the limits described below. Capacity-on-Demand software licensing enables you to scale quickly to more processor cores without incurring the excessive costs and downtime usually associated with hardware upgrades.

Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 scales from a minimum of 4 processor cores up to 48 processor cores. If you deploy Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 Virtualized Platform, license processor cores for your ODA_BASE domain only, from a minimum of 2 processor cores to a maximum of 48 processor cores.

Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 scales from a minimum 4 processor cores up to 32 processor cores. If you deploy Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 Virtualized Platform, license processor cores for your ODA_BASE only, from a minimum of 2 processor cores to a maximum of 32 processor cores.

Oracle Database Appliance scales from 2 processor cores up to 24 processor cores on bare metal or Oracle Database Appliance Virtualized Platform.

The decision to use bare metal or Oracle Database Appliance Virtualized Platform depends on your company policies and the benefits that each implementation offers your company.

See Also:

Appendix B, "Core Count and Capacity-on-Demand" for more information about Capacity-on-Demand licensing.

Oracle Database Appliance Software

The following table lists the software available with Oracle Database Appliance Release 2.10.

Table 1-1 Software for Oracle Database Appliance

Component Component Contents Component Required On Installed or Downloaded

Oracle Database Appliance Operating System Image

Oracle Appliance Manger command-line interface

Oracle Appliance Manager configurator (graphical user interface)

Oracle Linux

Hardware drivers

All deployments

Installed

Oracle Database Appliance Patch-Set Bundle

Basic input/output system (BIOS)

Hardware drivers

Oracle Linux

Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (Oracle ILOM)

Oracle Database clone binaries

Oracle Grid Infrastructure clone binaries

All deployments

Downloaded

Oracle Database Appliance End-User Bundle

Oracle Database clone binaries

Oracle Database templates, customized for Oracle Database Appliance deployments

Oracle Grid Infrastructure clone binaries

Bare metal deployments

Downloaded

ODA_BASE template

Oracle Database clone binaries

Oracle Database templates, customized for Oracle Database Appliance deployments

Oracle Grid Infrastructure clone binaries

Virtualized platform deployments

Downloaded


Overview of Oracle Database Appliance Deployment

Deployment consists of three major steps:

  1. Preparing for and setting up the Oracle Database Appliance

    This step includes:

    • Setting up the server site.

    • Registering your Support Identifier (SI) for Oracle Database Appliance with My Oracle Support to obtain software and support from Oracle.

    • Configuring network names and addresses on your Domain Name System (DNS) server.

      Use the Oracle Appliance Manager configurator to generate the network names and addresses or to validate your existing network names and addresses. The standalone configurator is available for download from Oracle Technology Network. As described in Chapter 2, you could create a configuration file on a local machine before delivery of your Oracle Database Appliance.

      Note:

      Download the standalone Oracle Appliance Manager configurator from this URL: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/engineered-systems/database-appliance/overview/index.html
    • Mounting Oracle Database Appliance hardware into a rack at the server site.

      See Also:

      Oracle Database Appliance Owner's Guide for more information about setting up your Oracle Database Appliance hardware.
    • Connecting power and network cables to Oracle Database Appliance.

    • Creating an initial network configuration to load external files.

    The Oracle Database Appliance Owner's Guide and Chapter 2 of this book contain details for completing Step 1.

  2. Install and deploy software on Oracle Database Appliance

    This step includes:

    • Downloading and copying the Oracle Database Appliance software package to Oracle Database Appliance.

    • Running the Oracle Appliance Manager configurator and selecting or entering the required information.

      During deployment, you configure a two-node Oracle Grid Infrastructure installation (Oracle Clusterware and Oracle Automatic Storage Management). You also have the option to configure Oracle Database Enterprise Edition, Oracle RAC, or Oracle RAC One Node. After the initial deployment, you might add databases, configure core count and instance caging, and add virtual domains if you have deployed Oracle Database Appliance.

    Chapter 3, "Deploying Oracle Software on Oracle Database Appliance" contains details for completing this step.

  3. Completing post-installation tasks

    This step includes:

    • Downloading patches to apply after deployment.

    • Resetting default passwords

    Chapter 4, "Oracle Database Appliance Postinstallation Tasks" contains details for completing this step.