D Oracle Data Guard and Oracle Real Application Clusters

An Oracle Data Guard configuration can consist of any combination of single-instance and Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) multiple-instance databases. This chapter summarizes the configuration requirements and considerations that apply when using Oracle Data Guard with Oracle RAC databases. It contains the following sections:

D.1 Configuring Standby Databases in an Oracle RAC Environment

You can configure a standby database to protect a primary database using Oracle RAC. The following table describes the possible combinations of instances in the primary and standby databases:

Instance Combinations Single-Instance Standby Database Multi-Instance Standby Database

Single-instance primary database

Yes

Yes

Multi-instance primary database

Yes

Yes

In each scenario, each instance of the primary database transmits its redo data to an instance of the standby database.

D.1.1 Setting Up a Multi-Instance Primary with a Single-Instance Standby

Figure D-1 illustrates an Oracle RAC database with two primary database instances (a multi-instance primary database) transmitting redo data to a single-instance standby database.

Figure D-1 Transmitting Redo Data from a Multi-Instance Primary Database

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Description of "Figure D-1 Transmitting Redo Data from a Multi-Instance Primary Database"

In this case, Instance 1 of the primary database archives redo data to local archived redo log files 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and transmits the redo data to the standby database destination, while Instance 2 archives redo data to local archived redo log files 32, 33, 34, 35, 36 and transmits the redo data to the same standby database destination. The standby database automatically determines the correct order in which to apply the archived redo log files.

Although Figure D-1 does not show standby redo logs, it is a best practice to configure standby redo logs at the standby for both instances of the primary (see Managing Standby Redo Logs for more information about standby redo logs). The redo from the primary online redo log files at Instance 1 and Instance 2 would then be received first in the standby redo logs for Instance 1 and Instance 2, respectively, and then archived.

To Configure a Primary Database in an Oracle RAC Environment

Before you create a standby database you must first ensure the primary database is properly configured. To do so, you must perform some preparatory steps, after which the database is prepared to serve as the primary database for one or more standby databases.

Follow the instructions in Creating a Physical Standby Database (for physical standby database creation) or Creating a Logical Standby Database (for logical standby database creation) to configure each primary instance.

To Configure a Single Instance Standby Database

To specify the location of the archived redo log files and standby redo log files, define the LOG_ARCHIVE_DEST_n and LOG_ARCHIVE_FORMAT parameters as described in Creating a Physical Standby Database (for physical standby database creation) and Creating a Logical Standby Database (for logical standby database creation).

D.1.2 Setting Up Oracle RAC Primary and Standby Databases

This section describes how to configure an Oracle RAC primary database to send redo data to an Oracle RAC standby database.

D.1.2.1 Configuring an Oracle RAC Standby Database to Receive Redo Data

Perform the following steps to configure an Oracle RAC standby database to receive redo data from a primary database:

  1. Create a standby redo log on the standby database. The redo log files in the standby redo log must reside in a location that can be accessed by all of the standby database instances, such as on a cluster file system or Oracle ASM instance. See Managing Standby Redo Logs for more information about creating a standby redo log.
  2. Configure standby redo log archival on each standby database instance. The standby redo log must be archived to a location that can be accessed by all of the standby database instances, and every standby database instance must be configured to archive the standby redo log to the same location.

D.1.2.2 Configuring an Oracle RAC Primary Database to Send Redo Data

Configure each instance of the Oracle RAC primary database to send its redo data to the Oracle RAC standby database. Configuring an Oracle Database to Send Redo Data describes how to configure an Oracle database instance to send redo data to another database.

Oracle recommends the following best practices when configuring an Oracle RAC primary database to send redo data to an Oracle RAC standby database:

  1. Use the same LOG_ARCHIVE_DEST_n parameter on each primary database instance to send redo data to a given standby database.

  2. Set the SERVICE attribute of each LOG_ARCHIVE_DEST_n parameter that corresponds to a given standby database to the same net service name.

  3. The net service name should resolve to an Oracle Net connect descriptor that contains an address list, and that address list should contain connection data for each standby database instance.

D.2 Configuration Considerations in an Oracle RAC Environment

This section contains the Oracle Data Guard configuration information that is specific to Oracle RAC environments. It contains the following topics:

D.2.1 Format for Archived Redo Log Filenames

The format for archived redo log filenames is in the form of log_%parameter, where %parameter can include one or more of the parameters in Table D-1.

Table D-1 Directives for the LOG_ARCHIVE_FORMAT Initialization Parameter

Directives Description

%a

Database activation ID.

%A

Database activation ID, zero filled.

%d

Database ID.

%D

Database ID, zero filled.

%t

Instance thread number.

%T

Instance thread number, zero filled.

%s

Log file sequence number.

%S

Log file sequence number, zero filled.

%r

Resetlogs ID.

%R

Resetlogs ID, zero filled.

For example:

LOG_ARCHIVE_FORMAT = log%d_%t_%s_%r.arc

The thread parameters %t or %T are mandatory for Oracle RAC to uniquely identify the archived redo log files with the LOG_ARCHIVE_FORMAT parameter.

D.2.2 Data Protection Modes

If any instance of an Oracle RAC primary database loses connectivity with a standby database, all other primary database instances stop sending redo to the standby database for the number of seconds specified on the LOG_ARCHIVE_DEST_n REOPEN attribute, after which all primary database instances attempt to reconnect to the standby database.

The following list describes the behavior of the protection modes in Oracle RAC environments:

  • Maximum protection configuration

    If a lost destination is the last participating SYNC destination, then the instance loses connectivity and is shut down. Other instances in an Oracle RAC configuration that still have connectivity to the standby destinations recover the lost instance and continue sending redo to their standby destinations. Only when every instance in an Oracle RAC configuration loses connectivity to the last standby destination is the primary database shut down.

  • Maximum availability and maximum performance configurations

    Other instances in an Oracle RAC configuration that still have connectivity to the standby destination recover the lost instance and continue sending redo to their standby destinations. When every instance in an Oracle RAC configuration loses connectivity to the standby destination, the primary database continues operation in maximum performance mode. The maximum performance mode ensures very minimal data loss except when the entire standby fails.

    The maximum availability protection mode ensures zero data loss except in the case of certain double faults, such as failure of the primary database after the failure of all standby databases.