About This Guide

This guide provides information about configuring IRIS FailSafe 2.0 systems with the IRIS FailSafe 2.0 Oracle database option. This option enables Oracle database resources to be failed over from one node to another if a component fails. This guide is intended as a supplement to the information about configuring IRIS FailSafe included in the IRIS FailSafe 2.0 Administrator's Guide .

This guide was prepared in conjunction with the initial release of the IRIS FailSafe 2.0 Oracle option and the 1.1 Release of the IRIS FailSafe software product. It describes IRIS FailSafe Oracle software for Oracle 7.3 and Oracle 8.0.3.


This guide is written for system administrators who are responsible for configuring and administering an IRIS FailSafe system with the optional IRIS FailSafe Oracle software. These system administrators must be able to customize several shell scripts and must be familiar with Oracle configuration and Oracle startup and shutdown procedures.

Structure of This Document

This guide contains the following chapters:

Related Documentation

For Oracle installation information, see the Oracle817 for MIPS ABI Systems Installation and Configuration Guide.

Besides this guide, other documentation for the IRIS FailSafe system includes

  • IRIS FailSafe 2.0 Administrator's Guide

  • IRIS FailSafe 2.0 Programmer's Guide

  • IRIS FailSafe 2.0 INFORMIX Administrator's Guide

  • IRIS Failsafe 2.0 Netscape Server Administrator's Guide

  • IRIS Failsafe 2.0 NFS Administrator's Guide

The IRIS FailSafe reference pages are as follows:

  • failsafe(7M)

  • ha_cilog(1M)

  • ha_cmsd(1M)

  • ha_exec2(1M)

  • ha_filelock(1M)

  • ha_fileunlock(1M)

  • ha_fsadm(1M)

  • ha_fsd(1M)

  • ha_gcd(1M)

  • ha_http_ping2(1M) (IRIS FailSafe Web option)

  • ha_ifdadmin(1M)

  • ha_ifd(1M)

  • ha_ifmx2(1M) (IRIS FailSafe INFORMIX option)

  • ha_macconfig2(1M)

  • ha_mom(1M)

  • ha_srmd(1M)

  • ha_statd2(1M)

Release notes are included with each IRIS FailSafe product. The names of the release notes are as follows:

Table 1. IRIS FailSafe Release Notes

Release Note



IRIS FailSafe 2.0


IRIS FailSafe 2.0 NFS


IRIS FailSafe 2.0 Netscape




IRIS FailSafe 2.0 Oracle

Conventions Used in This Guide

These type conventions and symbols are used in this guide:


New terms, manual/book titles, command names and command line arguments, file names, directory names, resource types, variable command line arguments, and variables to be supplied by the user in examples, code, and syntax statements

Fixed-width type  

Examples of command output and code

Bold fixed-width type  

Commands and text that you are to type literally in response to shell and command prompts


IRIX shell prompt for the super user (root)