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A question about Oracle DataGuard / DataGuard Broker agent

Created: 06 Jun 2014 • Updated: 29 Jul 2014 | 5 comments
Julio Pacheco's picture
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I'm currently implementing a DR platform for one of our customers as follows:


The platform is composed (currently) of two one-node clusters in a GCO setup

  • 2 IBM POWER 750 LPARs running AIX 6.1 (one per site)
  • Oracle 11g R2 and Data Guard configured (non-RAC)
  • No shared storage
  • VCS 6.0.3 with the latest relevant agents form SORT

As of today, the setup works as expected, but the customer requires that we use the DataGuard Broker agent to manage the database replication, to avoid impacting other administration procedures.

The problem with that is that the current available version of the AIX agent ( does not support using the broker agent in a non-RAC configuration, as opposed, for example, to the Solaris version (, that includes the necessary functionality.

Now, the questions are:

  • Why the AIX agent does not currently support DG Broker in non-RAC configuration?
  • Is this functionality on the development roadmap for the agent?
  • If the answer to the previous question is "yes", is there an expected release date for the updated agent?

Best regards,


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Gaurav Sangamnerkar's picture


I would suggest to post this in Ideas section once, developers/engineering team may be able to answer this:


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mikebounds's picture

According to pdf at, dated March 2014 for agent, the version is supported on all UNIX platforms - AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, but the matrix on SORT, as you say, lists latest version for AIX as, Solaris as and also, HP-UX as and Linux as

Most agents are written in shell and/or perl and so the code is usually the same between platforms with any platform specific code dealt with using "if statements".

So it is not clear if the document you can download at is wrong and there is some speific reason why the agent has diverged into different branches per platform, or whether the agent should be available for AIX.

I will escalate this for you to see if I can get an answer.


UK Symantec Consultant in VCS, GCO, SF, VVR, VxAT on Solaris, AIX, HP-ux, Linux & Windows

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Kimberley's picture

Thanks for escalating this, Mike!

@Julio Pacheco, I work with the product management team to review Ideas submitted on a monthly basis, so you've found a gap in response on this one. I'll forward directly to the product manager and see if he has a quick reply for you. Thanks for your patience!



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jdangelo_symc's picture


I am happy to report that the Data Guard Broker Agent has now been certified for AIX.  The SORT landing page for agents has not been updated yet, but as soon as it is ready I will post another message.  Please let me know if you have any questions.


Joe D

jdangelo_symc's picture


SORT has been updated to reflect the ehanced Data Guard Agent for AIX.

Let us know if you have any other questions.

Joe D