Restrictions and Guidelines for Oracle ACFS

Review these topics as part of your storage plan for using Oracle ACFS for single instance and cluster configurations.

  • Oracle Automatic Storage Management Cluster File System (Oracle ACFS) provides a general purpose file system.

  • You can only use Oracle ACFS when Oracle ASM is configured.

  • Note the following general guidelines and restrictions for placing Oracle Database and Oracle Grid Infrastructure files on Oracle ACFS:

    • You can place Oracle Database binaries, data files, and administrative files (for example, trace files) on Oracle ACFS.

    • Oracle ACFS does not support replication or encryption with Oracle Database data files, tablespace files, control files, and redo logs.

    • You can place Oracle Database homes on Oracle ACFS only if the database release is Oracle Database 11g Release 2, or more recent releases. You cannot install earlier releases of Oracle Database on Oracle ACFS.

    • For installations on Oracle Clusterware, you cannot place Oracle Clusterware files on Oracle ACFS.

    • For policy-managed Oracle Flex Cluster databases, Oracle ACFS can run on Hub Nodes, but cannot run on Leaf Nodes. For this reason, Oracle RAC binaries cannot be placed on Oracle ACFS located on Leaf Nodes.

  • Oracle Restart does not support root-based Oracle Clusterware resources. For this reason, the following restrictions apply if you run Oracle ACFS on an Oracle Restart Configuration:

    • Oracle Restart does not support Oracle ACFS resources on all platforms.

    • Starting with Oracle Database 12c, Oracle Restart configurations do not support the Oracle ACFS registry.

    • You must manually load Oracle ACFS drivers after a system restart.

    • You must manually mount an Oracle ACFS file system, and unmount it after the Oracle ASM instance has finished running.

    • Creating Oracle data files on an Oracle ACFS file system is not supported in Oracle Restart configurations. Creating Oracle data files on an Oracle ACFS file system is supported on Oracle Grid Infrastructure for a cluster configurations.

  • Oracle ACFS and Oracle ADVM are not supported on IBM AIX Workload Partitions (WPARs).