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Oracle 19c RAC and Oracle 19c database on VMware Workstation Player

I'm trying to configure Oracle 19c RAC and Oracle 19c database on VMware Workstation Player

This would be 2 Oracle Linux 7.9 VMs, shared storage between the 2 VMs, and then configure the networking.

Then once RAC and database are installed, I'd like to be able to clone the 2 VMs along with the shared storage and networking, then rename the 2 original VMs, start the 2 cloned VMs, and then have the Oracle cluster and Oracle databases in working order.

 

Is this possible using the Free version of VMware Workstation Player or perhaps using vSphere Hypervisor?

 

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I’m pretty sure this would work with vSphere as it has shared SCSI buses. I remember doing this a few years ago, but you’d need to do some tweaking to the config. Would not surprise me if there’s a white paper or posts out there on how to do it.  

I don’t think Workstation supports shared initiators that you’ll need to configure virtual hard drives as shared drives needed for RAC.

However, add a VM configured with virtual NAS  software and have it serve up NFS shares or iSCSI disks to your RAC VMs and you should be able to get RAC to work. 

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I’m pretty sure this would work with vSphere as it has shared SCSI buses. I remember doing this a few years ago, but you’d need to do some tweaking to the config. Would not surprise me if there’s a white paper or posts out there on how to do it.  

I don’t think Workstation supports shared initiators that you’ll need to configure virtual hard drives as shared drives needed for RAC.

However, add a VM configured with virtual NAS  software and have it serve up NFS shares or iSCSI disks to your RAC VMs and you should be able to get RAC to work. 

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I also have another off the wall thing that will work for RAC, but it’s not free. . I used to work with the Veritas Technologies InfoScale product (some of you old-timers might know it as “Storage Foundation”). It provides clustered shared disks that don’t require a shared storage bus,,NFS or iSCSI. . It also supports RAC and works (yes, I did it). but it’s a bit more complex to set up. 

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