Set up an Oracle Cluster File System

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You want to start your clustering experiences with an Oracle Cluster File System. Here is how. This is an example using SUSE Linux 11.2. As shared storage we use an iscsi storage.


We assume here they are named node1 and node2 and have the IP addresses and

On both nodes, configure your iscsi initiator, install everything that yast proposes:

yast2 iscsi-client

On both nodes, install ocfs2 software

yast -i ocfs2-tools ocfsconsole ocfs2-tools-o2cb

On both nodes, make the cluster services start at boot

/etc/init.d/o2cb enable

You get a message "cluster not known". That is okay.

  • Start ocfs2console
    • Choose Cluster->Configure Nodes...
    • write the cluster nodes in with their local host names (what the command "hostname" returns).
    • Choose Cluster->Propagate Configuration...


Unable to access cluster service


In ocfs2console when adding nodes you get the error message

o2cb_ctl: Unable to access cluster service while creating node
Could not add node node1

Solution 1

The following solution worked once: Delete /etc/ocfs2/cluster.conf

rm /etc/ocfs2/cluster.conf

Solution 2

The following solution worked once: Write /etc/ocfs2/cluster.conf manually:

        name = node1
        cluster = ocfs2
        number = 0
        ip_address =
        ip_port = 7777

        name = node2
        cluster = ocfs2
        number = 1
        ip_address =
        ip_port = 7777

        name = ocfs2
        node_count = 2

you see files only on one node


You have your filesystem mounted and add a file on one node, but do not see it on the other node.

Reason 1

In one case the reason for this was that the user had forgotten to "propagate configuration" AND node2 could not be reached over the network.