If you are upgrading Oracle Fail Safe from an earlier release, see Rolling Upgrades and Patches for information about performing a rolling upgrade.
The discussions in this chapter assume that you have set up your hardware configuration, installed Microsoft Windows, and configured Microsoft Windows Failover Clusters. To configure Oracle products or other components with Oracle Fail Safe, install the component software before installing Oracle Fail Safe.
The following topics are discussed in this chapter:
Validate the release of any other Oracle software or third-party software that you plan to use with Oracle Fail Safe against the software compatibility guidelines that are documented in Oracle Fail Safe Release Notes for Microsoft Windows.
Configure Windows Failover Clusters and ensure that its validation checks execute successfully.
If your applications uses MSDTC then configure it for the cluster. Consult the Microsoft documentation for more information on how to setup MSDTC.
If necessary, install the Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for client only installations.
Validate that the cluster is up and running on all nodes.
Remove the previous version of Oracle Fail Safe, if necessary.
Install additional components that you want to configure with Oracle Fail Safe (such as Oracle Database and so on).
Log on to the cluster nodes using the same domain user account that has Administrator privileges. The account from which you run Oracle Universal Installer must have Administrator privileges. This account only needs local system Administrator privileges. It does not require domain Administrator privileges.
After you have installed Microsoft Windows Server, and have configured and validated the Microsoft Windows Failover Clusters as described in the Microsoft documentation, you are ready to install Oracle Fail Safe. Install Oracle Fail Safe on all cluster nodes, but perform the Oracle Fail Safe 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 Manager on client systems, you must be running Microsoft Windows. If Oracle Fail Safe detects that the Microsoft Windows Failover Cluster Manager is installed, then it creates an MMC console named Cluster Tools. This console contains both the Microsoft Windows Failover Cluster Manager and the Oracle Fail Safe Manager MMC snap-ins. It also provides the ability to use both the tools in a single interface.
See Oracle Fail Safe Release Notes for Microsoft Windows for information about the required versions of Microsoft Windows Server.
You can update a Microsoft Windows service pack from one supported version to another, regardless of whether Oracle Fail Safe or the software for resources that Oracle Fail Safe supports has been installed.
Perform the following steps to install Oracle Fail Safe:
Use Oracle Universal Installer, which is included in the Oracle Fail Safe software kit, to install Oracle Fail Safe.
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, then 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, then the Welcome window opens. If some or all prerequisite checks fail, then you are asked whether you want to continue. If you choose to continue, then the installation may fail.
When the Welcome window opens, you can optionally click Installed Products to view the Oracle components that are installed and the Oracle homes where they reside. Click Next when ready to proceed.
In the Installation Types window, specify the type of installation to perform, as follows:
In the Specify Home Details window, specify the Oracle home and its destination path, as follows:
You must install Oracle Fail Safe on a private disk, not on a shared cluster disk.
You must install Oracle Fail Safe server software using the same home name and path on each cluster node.
You cannot install Oracle Fail Safe into a home directory which is used by another product, such as Oracle Database.
If you have selected Typical installation in Select Installation Type Window: Select an installation type, then proceed to Oracle Fail Safe Server Username Window: Enter a domain user account for Oracle Fail Safe.
If you have selected Client Only in Select Installation Type Window: Select an installation type, then proceed to Summary Window: Validate the component installations.
If you have selected Custom or Reinstall in Select Installation Type Window: Select an installation type, then this window lets you specify which components to install, as follows:
By default, all Oracle Fail Safe components are selected. You must deselect the components that you do not want to install.
You can deselect Oracle Fail Safe Server, Oracle Universal Installer (OUI), or Oracle Fail Safe Manager.
Once you select the required Oracle Fail Safe components, click Next.
If you chose to install the Oracle Fail Safe server in Select Installation Type Window: Select an installation type, then this window lets you specify the username as follows:
In the Oracle Fail Safe Server Username window:
The user account only needs local node Administrator privileges. It does not require domain Administrator privileges.
For example, if you are using the
EXAMPLEDOMAIN and your user name is admin, then enter
Oracle Fail Safe uses the account you specify to access the cluster. Oracle Fail Safe runs as a Microsoft Windows service (called Oracle Fail Safe) 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, otherwise you will receive an error message when you try to attempt clusterwide operations, such as Validate, Add Resource, and so on.
If you chose to install the Oracle Fail Safe server in Select Installation Type Window: Select an installation type, then the window allows you to specify the password. In the Oracle Fail Safe Server Password window, enter the following:
The Summary window lists the components selected for this installation.
Validate that the information in the Summary window is correct. If the summary includes a component that you do not want to install, then click Back button to go back to the installation dialog box and deselect the component.
If the information in the Summary window is correct, then click Install to start the installation.
The Install window displays the progress of the installation.
Typically, the installation completes in 1 to 5 minutes.
If the installation is successful, then the Configuration Assistants window opens displaying the tool name, status of the configuration process, and type.
Oracle Universal Installer displays the End of Installation window. To confirm the installation of Oracle Fail Safe and any additional components, click Installed Products.
See Getting Started for information about Validating the Oracle Fail Safe installation.