Deployment Guide: Oracle on Microsoft
Windows and Dell PowerEdge Servers,
a White Paper sponsored by Dell, Oracle and Microsoft
By Brian Thomas and Larry Pedigo, Performance Tuning Corporation
Migrating traditional Oracle® databases to Oracle Real Application Clusters has become
an emerging trend in the IT field. The reasons are clear: Oracle RAC offers a way to
obtain high availability and high performance benefits at a relatively low cost. Dell
PowerEdge™ servers are one of the most popular platforms for Oracle RAC
Much of the available literature regarding Oracle RAC focuses on Linux and UNIX
implementations. Nonetheless, Microsoft® Windows® Server is one of the most popular
platforms for implementing new Oracle databases, and Oracle supports Windows as a
tier-1 platform for development and deployment.
The purpose of this white paper is to identify the issues involved in configuring Oracle
RAC on Windows with Dell hardware and to provide a template for successful
implementations. Topics covered include installing the Operating System for Oracle,
configuring the Cluster hardware, installing Oracle software, creating the RAC database,
and post-installation tasks. The focus will be on Dell best practices for Oracle RAC
implementations. Both Oracle9i and Oracle10g implementations will be covered.
To get the greatest benefit from this white paper, you should seek the answers to certain
key questions before you proceed:
• What applications are going to be connecting to the Oracle RAC cluster?
• Why do you want to deploy Oracle RAC? (high availability? increased
• What is the size of the database?
• How many users are going to be connecting directly to the database?
Answering these key questions will help you to choose among the various installation
options presented in this paper, and should lead to a successful implementation of Oracle
on Microsoft Windows and Dell PowerEdge servers.