This document will serve as a guide for the Kernel and OS upgrade activities for
- Single Instance on ASM using raw devices
- RAC with ASM (using ASMlib) and OCFS2
Upgrading the Kernel and OS is easy and will just need some few commands. The critical part is the dependencies once the Kernel gets updated, so if you’re using ASMlib and OCFS2 you’ll notice that after the upgrade they’re not working anymore… you can’t startup the ASM, then if your OCR and Voting Disk are on OCFS2 the CRS stack wont start all because the RPMs of ASMlib and OCFS2 are kernel dependent, also there are similar components/softwares that are kernel dependent so you have to check them out and do a risk analysis before doing the upgrade.
I’ve been busy this February “playing around/studying” on the following:
1) Oracle Security products (Advance Security Option, Database Vault, Audit Vault, Data Masking, etc. etc.). Well, every organization must guard their digital assets against any threat (external/internal) because once compromised it could lead to negative publicity, lost revenue, litigation, lost of trust.. and the list goes on.. I’m telling you, Oracle has a lot to offer (breadth of products and features, some of them are even free!) on this area and you just need to have the knowledge to stitch them..
I’ve been using the newest and the greatest version of Ubuntu (Intrepid 8.10) for almost a month now and I’m happy with it :) Finally I’m using a Linux OS, and not even dual booting.. I’m an RHCT who’s aiming to be an RHCE by this first quarter of 2009.. So why not CentOS 5? Or other Linux distros?