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Oracle® Fail Safe Installation Guide
Release 3.3.3 for Windows
Part No. B12072-01
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2 Installing Oracle Fail Safe

This chapter provides step-by-step instructions for installing Oracle Fail Safe Manager, Oracle Services for MSCS, and additional server components specific to Oracle Fail Safe.


If you are upgrading Oracle Fail Safe from an earlier release, see Appendix A for information about performing a rolling upgrade.

The discussions in this chapter assume that you have already set up your hardware configuration and installed Microsoft Windows and the corresponding version of Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS). If you plan to configure Oracle products or other components with Oracle Fail Safe, install the component software prior to installing Oracle Fail Safe.

The following topics are discussed in this chapter:

Procedure Reference
Review the Before You Install Checklist
Section 2.1
Install the Oracle Fail Safe Software
Section 2.2

2.1 Review the Before You Install Checklist

Check these conditions before beginning the installation procedure:

2.2 Install the Oracle Fail Safe Software

Install Oracle Fail Safe on all cluster nodes, but perform the Oracle Services for MSCS installation sequentially on only one node at a time. Optionally, you can install Oracle Fail Safe Manager on the cluster nodes at the same time.

To install Oracle Fail Safe software on the cluster nodes, they must be running the following software:

To install Oracle Fail Safe Manager on client systems, they must be running Microsoft Windows.

See the Oracle Fail Safe Release Notes for information regarding the required versions of Microsoft Windows and MSCS.


If you decide to update a Microsoft Windows service pack from one supported version to another, you can do so regardless of whether or not Oracle Fail Safe or the software for resources that Oracle Fail Safe supports has been installed.

Step 1 Start Oracle Universal Installer.

Oracle Universal Installer, which is included in the Oracle Fail Safe software kit, must be used to install Oracle Fail Safe.

Typically, after you insert the CD-ROM the Oracle Fail Safe Autorun window opens and presents three choices: Install/Deinstall Products, Explore CD, and Browse Documents. Click Install/Deinstall Products to begin the installation. If the Oracle Fail Safe Autorun window does not open when you insert the CD-ROM, run the Oracle Fail Safe setup.exe program, which is on the CD-ROM.

Oracle Universal Installer automatically performs the installation procedure in the same language used by the operating system. For example, if the node operating system is in Japanese, Oracle Universal Installer automatically performs the installation in Japanese.

When Oracle Universal Installer begins, a command interpreter window opens indicating that the installer is checking prerequisites. If all prerequisites are met, the Welcome window opens; if some or all prerequisite checks fail, you are asked if you want to continue. If you choose to continue, the installation may fail.

Step 2 Welcome Window: Verify installed components and Oracle homes.

When the Welcome window opens, you can optionally click Installed Products to view the Oracle components that are already installed and the Oracle homes where they reside. Click Next when ready to proceed.

Step 3 Specify File Locations Window: Specify the Oracle home directory for the Oracle Fail Safe installation.

In the Specify File Locations window, you specify the source and destination paths, as well as the Oracle home, as follows:

  1. Under Source, in the Path box, check the default source path from which the software will be installed. A default value is supplied by the installer. Typically, you do not need to change the path that is supplied.

  2. Under Destination, in the Name box, enter a unique name for the Oracle home where you want to install the Oracle Fail Safe software.

  3. Under Destination, in the Path box, enter the directory specification for the Oracle home entered in the previous step.

  4. Click Next.

Note the following:

Step 4 Installation Types Window: Select an installation type.

In the Installation Types window, you specify the type of installation to perform, as follows:

  1. Select an Installation type:

    • Select Typical to install Oracle Fail Safe Manager and Oracle Services for MSCS. Typical is the default installation type.

    • Select Client Only to install Oracle Fail Safe Manager.

    • Select Custom or Reinstall to specify one-by-one which components you want to install or reinstall, including the sample databases.

  2. Click Next.

Step 5 Available Product Components window: Select components.

If you selected Typical or Client Only in step 4, go to step 6. If you selected Custom or Reinstall in step 4, this window lets you specify which components to install, as follows:

  1. To install the manager, select Oracle Fail Safe Manager.

  2. To install Oracle Fail Safe server components and Oracle Services for MSCS, leave them selected.

    By default, Oracle Fail Safe server components and Oracle Services for MSCS are preselected. You must deselect the components that you do not want to install.

    The Oracle Fail Safe server components have a dependency on Oracle Services for MSCS. Do not deselect one and not the other. However, you can choose to install just the manager (by deselecting both Oracle Fail Safe server components and Oracle Services for MSCS) or you can choose to install just the server software (by deselecting Oracle Fail Safe Manager).

  3. Select Sample Databases to install the sample database files used when you issue the Create Sample Database command from Oracle Fail Safe Manager.

    If you select Sample Databases, the installer checks to see which database releases are installed on the cluster node and installs the sample database files in the same Oracle home as Oracle Fail Safe.

    The Oracle Fail Safe installation kit includes sample Oracle 8.0.5 and Oracle 8.1.5 database files and the seed database files for Oracle9i or later. Oracle Universal Installer installs one or a combination of these files, depending on which database versions you currently have installed on the server node. Thus, if only an Oracle8 database is installed on the node, then only Oracle 8.0.5 sample database files are installed. If the cluster node has Oracle8 and Oracle8i installed, then Oracle 8.0.5 and Oracle 8.1.5 sample database files are installed to match the installed database configuration. If the server node has Oracle9i or later installed, Oracle Fail Safe issues a Database Configuration Assistant (DBCA) command and uses the seed database files to create a sample database for you when you issue a Create Sample Database command.

    Later, if you issue a command to create a sample database, Oracle Fail Safe checks to see if all necessary sample files are located in the Oracle home where you installed Oracle Fail Safe. If the sample database files are not in the Oracle home, Oracle Fail Safe checks to see if the Oracle Fail Safe CD-ROM is online. If Oracle Fail Safe finds the sample files in either the Oracle home or on the CD-ROM, the Create Sample Database operation will succeed. Otherwise, it will return an error message.

At this point, Oracle Universal Installer displays a window informing you that you must restart the node at the end of the installation. (Step 9 in these instructions provides more information about restarting the node.) This window is not displayed if you have previously installed Oracle Fail Safe and the changes to the system path have been made and detected previously.

Step 6 Summary Window: Verify the component installations.

The Summary window lists the components selected for this installation.

Verify that the information in the Summary window is correct. If the summary includes a component that you do not want to install, click Previous to back up through the installation dialog and deselect the component.

The Oracle Fail Safe documentation is installed automatically and cannot be deselected.


If your system has insufficient space to perform the installation, the text below Space Requirements is displayed in red.

If the information in the Summary window is correct, click Install to start the installation.

The Install window displays the progress of the installation, including the names of the files that are being installed.

Typically, the installation completes in 1 to 5 minutes.

Step 7 Configuration Tools Window and Associated Dialog Box: Enter a domain user account for Oracle Services for MSCS.

If the installation is successful, the Configuration Tools window and the Oracle Services for MSCS Account/Password dialog box open. In the Oracle Services for MSCS Account/Password dialog box enter:

  1. A value in the Domain\Username box for a user account that has Administrator privileges

    For example, if you are using the NEDCDOMAIN and your username is cluadmin, enter NEDCDOMAIN\cluadmin. If you are using a Microsoft Windows 2000 domain, you can enter a user principal name in the form Username@DnsDomainName in the Domain\Username box.

  2. The password for the account in the Password and Confirm Password boxes

Oracle Services for MSCS will use the account you specify to access the cluster. Oracle Services for MSCS runs as a Microsoft Windows service (called OracleMSCSServices) under a user account that must be a domain user account (not the system account) that has Administrator privileges on all nodes of this cluster. The account must be the same on all nodes of this cluster, or you will receive an error message when you attempt to connect to a cluster using Oracle Fail Safe Manager.

Step 8 End of Installation Window: Confirm the Installation and view the Oracle Fail Safe Release Notes.

Oracle Universal Installer displays the End of Installation window. You can confirm the installation of Oracle Fail Safe and any additional components by clicking Installed Products.

Click Release Information to view the Oracle Fail Safe Release Notes.

Step 9 Reboot the cluster node if you are instructed to do so.

If a window was presented that instructed you to reboot the cluster node, then do so after you exit the installer.

Step 10 Verify the Oracle Fail Safe installation.

See Chapter 3 for information about verifying the Oracle Fail Safe installation.