Oracle Real Application Clusters 12c Essentials

Oracle Real Application Clusters 12c Essentials

The Oracle Real Application Clusters 12c Essentials Exam (1Z0-432) is designed for individuals who possess a strong foundation and expertise in selling and implementing Oracle Real Application Clusters 12c solutions. This certification covers topics such as: Oracle Grid Infrastructure and Real Application Clusters (RAC), Installing a RAC Environment, Automatic Storage Management, Cloud FS, Managing and Monitoring Oracle RAC Environments, Oracle Clusterware, RAC Networking, and RAC 12c New Features. This certification differentiates candidates in the marketplace by providing a competitive edge through proven expertise. Up-to-date training and field experience are recommended.

This certification is available to all candidates but is geared toward members of the Oracle PartnerNetwork. OPN members earning this certification will be recognized as OPN Certified Specialists. This certification qualifies as competency criteria for the Oracle Real Application Clusters 12c specialization.

Exam Number:
120 minutes
Associated Certifications:
Oracle Real Application 12c Certified Implementation Specialist

OPN Certified Specialist
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Exam Price:
US$ 245

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Passing score subject to change. View Details.
Exam Validation:
Exam validated against release 12c
Exam Format:
Multiple Choice


Recommended Training and Preparation Additional Training Additional Information & Resources Exam Topics Fraudulent Activity Policy

Recommended Training

OPN Guided Learning Path
Oracle Real Application Clusters 12c - Exam Study Guide
Oracle Real Application Clusters 12c - Implementation Specialist


Additional Training
Coming soon!


Additional Information & Resources
Exam Retake Policy
Specialization Catalog (PDF) for all launched and planned Specializations
Product Mapping to Specialization (XLS)


Exam Topics

Overview of Oracle Grid Infrastructure and Real Application Clusters (RAC)

  • Describe the Oracle Clusterware architecture for Oracle RAC
  • Describe the Automatic Storage Management (ASM) architecture
  • Describe RAC Architecture and Processing
  • Describe Server Pools and Policy Managed Databases
  • Describe an Oracle RAC environment and the components
  • Explain considerations for deploying Oracle RAC databases

Installing a RAC Environment

  • Install Oracle Grid Infrastructure
  • Upgrade Oracle Grid Infrastructure
  • Configure Storage for Grid Infrastructure and RAC
  • Configure the Operating System for Grid Infrastructure and RAC
  • Configure Networks for Grid Infrastructure and RAC
  • Install Grid Infrastructure for a cluster
  • Complete the Grid Infrastructure post-installation procedures
  • Upgrade to Grid Infrastructure 12cR1
  • Clone Oracle RAC

Automatic Storage Management

  • Explain the Oracle ASM Cluster Configuration with Oracle RAC
  • Describe Oracle ASM Disk groups and components
  • Explain how ASM protects data integrity using mirroring and failure groups
  • Explain file storage in Oracle ASM and the types of files that are supported
  • Describe online storage reconfigurations and dynamic rebalancing in ASM
  • Perform disk maintenance on disk groups
  • Perform mount and dismount operations
  • Explain allocation units and their importance in ASM
  • Define best practices and prepare storage resources for Oracle ASM
  • Configure Multipathing
  • Use ASMLIB to configure storage
  • Use ASMCA, ASMCMD, SRVCTL to manage Oracle ASM

Cloud FS

  • Define the Oracle ASM Storage Layers
  • Define ACFS Best Practices
  • Manage Oracle ACFS with Command-Line Tools
  • Create an Oracle ACFS File System
  • Manage Oracle ACFS and Oracle ADVM with ASMCA
  • Use the Oracle ASM Dynamic Volume Manager
  • Manage Oracle ACFS Snapshots
  • Define how Oracle ACFS integrates with Oracle ASM

Managing and Monitoring Oracle RAC Environments

  • Use SRVCTL or SQL*Plus to manage an Oracle RAC environment
  • Monitor and perform administration tasks on an Oracle RAC using Enterprise Manager
  • Stop and start Instances using SRVCTL, CRSCTL or SQL*Plus
  • Perform instance recovery in Oracle RAC
  • Manage the Oracle Local Registry (OLR)
  • Explain RMAN Restore Scenarios for Oracle RAC
  • Handle failures in Oracle RAC
  • Add and delete nodes in an Oracle RAC
  • Manage an Oracle Clusterware environment with available tools and utilities
  • Add, move, or delete instances and services
  • Check Oracle Clusterware and RAC clusters for problems

Oracle Clusterware Overview

  • Describe Oracle Cluster Configuration
  • Use the Oracle Cluster Registry to store and manage information in Oracle Clusterware
  • Describe the Cluster Ready Services Technology Stack
  • Describe the High Availability Services Technology Stack
  • Explain Oracle Clusterware version compatibility
  • Explain how Server Pools work
  • Use Server Pool Attributes to create a server pool
  • Describe the difference between a standard cluster and an Oracle Flex Cluster
  • Change a standard Cluster to an Oracle Flex Cluster
  • Add nodes to a cluster
  • Implement best practices around OCR location configuration

RAC Networking

  • Identify network requirements for Oracle RAC
  • Describe IP address types
  • Explain the Single Client Access Name feature (SCAN)
  • Implement cluster interconnect best practices
  • Describe services using server pools
  • Describe the Grid Naming Service (GNS)
  • Convert cluster networks using DNS to GNS
  • Perform workload management with Dynamic Database Services

RAC 12c New Features

  • Implement the available Oracle Flex ASM Configurations
  • Migrate OCR and voting files from raw to Oracle ASM
  • Configure Oracle ACFS and Oracle ADVM in Oracle Flex ASM
  • Use the What If Command Evaluation
  • Set up Oracle Flex ASM
  • Perform administrative tasks on Oracle Flex ASM
  • Change the mode of a standard Oracle Clusterware to an Oracle Flex Cluster
  • Describe Flex ASM architecture
  • Use SRVCTL to manage Flex ASM
  • Describe the effects of failure in Flex Clusters


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