Oracle 11g R1/R2 Real Application Clusters Essentials – Book Review

The review for Oracle 11g R1/R2 Real Application Clusters Essentials book was pending for long time, so decided to finally complete it 🙂

I would like to start by thanking and congratulating the authors Ben Prusinski and Syed Jaffer Hussain who have jointly written an excellently book.The books starts with High availability concept and the high availability solutions provided by Oracle, definitely one being RAC.
The 2nd chapter describes the RAC architecture. This chapter touches the Hardware,Storage,Network requirements and the Oracle RAC 11g components, very well.
Chapters 3 and 4 discuss Oracle Clusterware installation including grid infrastructure and ASM. The chapter 4 includes overview of ASMCMD and 11gR1 and 11gR2 new ASM features.
Chapter 5 is about managing and troubleshooting Oracle 11g Clusterware, and its one of my favorite chapter.
Chapter 6 includes creating database using DBCA,workload management and “What’s new” in Oracle 11gR1 and 11gR2 database.
Chapter 7 deals with back up and recovery of RAC databases, which is one of the most important task for DBA.
Chapter 8,9, 10 focuses on Performance Tuning, Clusterware Upgrade and Real world Scenarios.Chapter 10 is again one of my favorite chapter.
Chapter 11 describe that how to use the RAC for EBS.
Chapter 12, the last chapter of the book deals with Maximum availability like Oracle streams,Data Guard , their best practices and usage with RAC. The Appendix of the book contains vast amount of Oracle RAC commands and tips making it again one of my favorite.

So,all in all, its a highly recommended book for DBA working on RAC and also for those who are new to Oracle RAC technology.

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