Symantec Veritas Cluster Server GCO query
The current VCS environment conists of a 2-node cluster at primary site and one node with VCS software at the DR site. The service groups were configured to provide failover for Oracle Apps and DB tier. VCS software was also configured at the DR site with one-node to provide failover for Oracle Apps and DB tier. However, when using GCO, we noticed that to bring up the database and the application service groups at the DR site, some amount of user inputs were required. This was actually the limitation from Oracle Apps - some SQL queries needed to be executed and the user was not comfortable performing the same. The user decided to remove the GCO componet and just name the server at the DR site with the same hostname of one of the cluster nodes at the primary site and then the database and application started working fine.
My question is related to license - Is VCS license required at all for the DR site? I know that this is not the recommended way of configuration, but can anyone please suggest what are the other disadvantages? I was looking at GCO and global service groups where a user cannot accidentaly bring up the application and DB at both the sites. We were using VCS agents for controlling NetApp SnapMirror replication which is also not possible now.