Diagnosing and Resolving “gc block lost” 34

Last week, one of our clients had a sudden slow down on all of their applications which is running on two node RAC environment

Below is the summary of the setup:
- Server and Storage: SunFire X4200 with LUNs on EMC CX300
- OS: RHEL 4.3 ES
- Oracle 10.2.0.3 (database and clusterware)
- Database Files, Flash Recovery Area, OCR, and Voting disk are located on OCFS2 filesystems
- Application: Forms and Reports (6i and also lower)

As per the DBA, the workload on the database was normal and there were no changes on the RAC nodes and on the applications. Hmm, I can’t really tell because I haven’t really looked into their workload so I don’t have past data to compare.

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Single Instance and RAC Kernel/OS upgrade Reply

This document will serve as a guide for the Kernel and OS upgrade activities for

  1. Single Instance on ASM using raw devices
  2. 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.

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