Experiences with Oracle 11gR2 on Linux on System z

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 22 November 2013

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ISBN-10: 0738438715
ISBN-13: 9780738438719
IBM Form #: SG24-8104-00
(416 pages)

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Authors: Ivan Dobos, Sam Amsavelu, Kathryn Arrell, Gaylan Braselton, Armelle Cheve, Damian Gallagher, Helne Grosch, Michael MacIsaac, Romain Pochard, Barton Robinson, David Simpson, Richard Smrcina


Linux on System z offers many advantages to customers who rely on the IBM® mainframe systems to run their businesses. Linux on System z makes use of the qualities of service in the System z® hardware and in z/VM®, making it a robust industrial strength Linux. This provides an excellent platform for hosting Oracle solutions that run in your enterprise.

This IBM Redbooks® publication is divided into several sections to share the following experiences that are gained while Oracle Database 11gR2 is installed and tested:

  • Setting up Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 for Oracle
  • Managing an Oracle on Linux on System z environment
  • Provisioning Linux guests using several tools

It also includes many general hints and tips for running Oracle products on IBM System z with Linux and z/VM.

Interested readers include database consultants, installers, administrators, and system programmers. This book is not meant to replace Oracle documentation but to supplement it with our experiences while Oracle products are installed and used.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Why customers are choosing to use Oracle products on Linux on IBM System z
Part 1. Setting up and installing Oracle 11gR2 on Linux on System z
Chapter 2. Getting started on a proof of concept project for Oracle Database on Linux on System z
Chapter 3. Network connectivity options for Oracle on Linux on IBM System z
Chapter 4. Setting up SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 for an Oracle 11gR2 database
Chapter 5. Using the Cloud Control agent to manage Oracle databases
Part 2. Managing an Oracle environment on Linux on System z
Chapter 6. Using z/VM Live Guest Relocation to relocate a Linux guest
Chapter 7. Tuning z/VM, Linux, and Oracle to run on IBM System z
Chapter 8. Cross-platform migration overview
Chapter 9. High Availability and Disaster Recovery environment for Oracle
Part 3. Provisioning an Oracle environment on Linux on System z
Chapter 10. Automating Oracle on System z
Chapter 11. Provisioning an Oracle environment
Chapter 12. Using z/Pro as a Cloud infrastructure for Oracle
Appendix A. Setting up Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 for Oracle
Appendix B. Installing Oracle and creating a database on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Appendix C. Working effectively with Oracle support
Appendix D. Additional material

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