Hybrid Columnar Compression (hcc) is quite a new feature of oracle database, that was introduced in revision, where it was available if the tablespaces resided on an Exadata storage.
With, oracle made it possible to use hcc also on ZFS Appliances. That’s nice, because now you don’t have to sell your house any more just to afford an exadata to get the benefit of hcc.

In this lab, we will setup a testing environment and see, what you can achieve with hcc.

4.1.) Get yourself a database

In this section, you will install an oracle database in your virtual linux machine.
I will keep this section as briefly as possible, because it exceeds the scope of this lab. If you already have a (virtual) machine running at least oracle, you can skip this part and head to 4.2 on the next page.

4.1.1.) Prepare the virtual machine Network connection

To be able to download the software and patches, the virtual linux machine will need a connection to the internet.

Inside the virtual machine, go to system -> preferences -> network connections
Select eth1 and click edit. Switch to the IP4-Settings Tab, click add and set Method to “Automatic(DHCP)”:

In the Virtual Box main window, select your machine and click Config. Go to network and set adapter 1 to “Bridged Network”

Reboot the machine and login as root. you should now be able to connect to the internet. Add a bigger disk

Remember the third disk, we created in Lab1 for the linux machine? Now, we are going to mount it inside the machine.

Login to your machine as user root, open a shell window and identify the disk using fdisk. You will see several entrys, but only one with the size of 20GB. This should be /dev/sdd

[root@oraclelinux6 ~]#  fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sdd: 21.5 GB, 21474836480 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2610 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000


Create a filesystem on this disk:

[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# mkfs -t ext3 /dev/sdd
mke2fs 1.41.12 (17-May-2010)
/dev/sdd is entire device, not just one partition!
Proceed anyway? (y,n) y


Mount the disk to /u01:

[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# mkdir /u01
[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# echo "/dev/sdd /u01 ext3 defaults 0 0" >> /etc/fstab 
[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# mount /u01
[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdd               20G  173M   19G   1% /u01 Meet prerequirements for the oracle installation

If you ever have installed an oracle database in your life before, you will remember, that there is a ton of stuff to be done, before actually running the installer.
Luckily, most of those prerequirements are already implemented in the linux machine, but some things you will have to do anyway.
Just run the following commands from a shell:

[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# groupadd oinstall
[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# groupadd dba
[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# usermod -g oinstall -G dba oracle
[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# id -a oracle
uid=500(oracle) gid=502(oinstall) groups=502(oinstall),503(dba)
[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# mkdir -p /u01/app
[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# mkdir -p /u01/downloads
[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# chown -R oracle:oinstall /u01/app
[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# chmod 775 /u01/app
[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# echo " oraclelinux6 oraclelinux6.localdomain" >> /etc/hosts
[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# yum install compat-libcap1 compat-libstdc++-33 libstdc++-devel gcc-c++ ksh libaio-devel

That will create the necessary folders and groups as well as download some additional packages, that are needed for the installer.

4.1.2.) Download and install oracle binaries

Inside the linux machine, open firefox and browse to “http://support.oracle.com
Download patch 13390677 (only disk 1 and 2) for linux x86-64

To do this, go to “patches&updates”, insert the patch number and the plattform (Linux86-64) and click “search”.
You will get exactly onw result from that qeury. Click the link and click “download”. A window will pop up, where you can select the first two disks. If you want to benchmark your internet connection, you may download the remaining five disks as well, but you won’t need them for this lab.

Download both files to /u01/downloads and make them accessible for the oracle user

[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# chown -R oracle:oinstall /u01/downloads
[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# chmod -R 775 /u01/downloads

Become user oracle, unzip the downloaded files and start the installer

[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# ssh oracle@localhost (password oracle)
[oracle@oraclelinux6 downloads]$ cd /u01/downloads
[oracle@oraclelinux6 downloads]$ unzip p13390677_112040_Linux-x86-64_1of7.zip 
[oracle@oraclelinux6 downloads]$ unzip p13390677_112040_Linux-x86-64_2of7.zip 
[oracle@oraclelinux6 downloads]$ cd database
[oracle@oraclelinux6 downloads]$ ./runInstaller.sh

I won’t add any screenshots of the installer here, but these are the settings, you should make on the single pages. Basically, leave almost everything on default and keep hitting “next“:

  • do not wish to receive security updates
  • skip software updates
  • create and configure a database
  • server class
  • single instance database
  • advanced install
  • selected language: english
  • enterprise edition
  • oracle base: /u01/app/oracle
  • software location: /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_1

  • oracle inventory: /u01/app/oraInventory
  • group name: oinstall

  • general purpose
  • database name and SID: orcl
  • enable automatic memory management
  • set the slide to 400MB (should be default)
    in tab Character Sets –> Use unicode (AL32UTF8)

  • use oracle enterprise manager
  • file system location: /u01/app/oracle/oradata
  • not enable automatic backups
  • same password for all accounts (set it to… you guessed it, “oracle”)
  • set all groups to dba

You will most certainly get some failed prerequisite checks. Click “fix and check again“. A popup will open and tell you to run a script as root – user. Leave the popoup open, start a shell as user root and run the script.

[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# /tmp/CVU_11.

After the script is done, click ok in the popup.

The installer will do his checks again and most certainly still have some complaints about the physical memory. Since this is just a test installation, we can ignore these. Mark the checkbox "ignore all" in the upper right and click next.
Finally click install and...
... wait.

You might receive an error because oracle net configuration assistant failed. In a real installation, this would be reason for concern, but in our testing environment, you can just ignore this and just click on "skip".

At the end of the installation, you will be asked to run two more scripts as the root user. Again, do not close the popup, but start a shell as root and run the scripts..

[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# /u01/app/oraInventory/orainstRoot.sh
[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_1/root.sh 

When you are done, hit ok in the popup window.
And you are done.

4.1.3.) Finish the installation

Well... almost done.
There are just two additional steps, before you can start the actual lab.

First, add the following lines to the bash_profile of the oracle user

[oracle@oraclelinux6 downloads]$ vi ~/.bash_profile
export PATH

When you open a shell and become the user oracle, you now should be able to login to your shiny new database.

[root@oraclelinux6 ~]# su - oracle
[oracle@oraclelinux6 ~]$ sqlplus / as sysdba

Second, you have to reset the network settings to the original state.

Inside your linux machine, go to system -> preferences -> network connections
Select eth1 and click edit
In the tab ipv4-settings, set the following:
Netmask: 24

In the virtualBox main window, select your machine and click Config. Go to network and set adapter 1 to "Host-only".
Restart the machine and you should be able to connect to the virtual ZFS Appliance again.

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