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Thanks, that MOS note helps quite a bit, certainly on the procedure side. I'm still trying to reconcile the shut everything down in the note you posted with the it may be possible in note 1072552.1. Perhaps it is because of the change in ocfs2 and oracleasm.
Can the patching be done in a rolling fashion? That is, can we shutdown node 1, apply the kernel rpm, the ocfs2 rpm, and the oracleasm rpm, then start node 1 and then stop node 2 for the patching, or will we need to stop node 2 before re-starting node 1?I didn't find any doc about it, but I believe you can patch your OS in a rolling fashion manner, since nothing change on version of ASMLib or OCFS2, you will need to update your ASMLib and OCFS2 due kernel support.
Is it actually neccessary to patch the ocfs2 and oracleasm? The rpms available seem to be the same versions of both (i.e 1.4.7-1 for ocfs2 and 2.0.5-1 for oracleasm), except for the kernel version.OCFS2 Kernel Upgrade.
Red Hat's RHEL and Oracle's EL distributions, the kernel component is available as a separate package. This package needs to be installed when upgrading the kernel.
In the distributions in which the kernel component is provided separately, care should be taken to install the appropriate package. This is not to say that installing an incorrect package will cause harm. It won't. But it will not work.
ASMLib Kernel Driver
The Oracle Linux ASMLib (herein "ASMLib") is composed of two pieces. The first piece is the actual ASMLib library. This is a userspace library loaded by Oracle at Oracle startup. The second is a kernel driver that is loaded into the OS kernel at system boot. The kernel driver is specific to the OS kernel.
The system administrator must install the proper kernel driver for the currently running kernel. So, if you update your OS kernel you must update your ASMLib kernel driver too.
Finally, are there any good links out there for the process? Almost everything I can find is either related to Clusterware (which apparently started in 11) or to installing and configuring ocfs2 and oracleasm. There does not seem to be anything about applying the rpms to an existing install.Here step by step:
*How To Upgrade ASMLib Kernel Driver as Part of Kernel Upgrade? [ID 1391807.1]*
*Upgrade of OCFS2 on EL4/5 by example [ID 975913.1]*
Edited by: Levi Pereira on Oct 17, 2012 10:34 PM