ASM Failed to Start as ASMCA Reported ORA-00838 ORA-01078 (Doc ID 1086706.1)

Last updated on OCTOBER 22, 2014

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 11.2.0.1 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

ASMCA failed with following error:

$ORACLE_BASE/cfgtoollogs/asmca/asmca_1004083PM1008.log

[main] [ 2010-04-08 15:10:26.927 EDT ] [SQLEngine.done:2148]  Done called
[main] [ 2010-04-08 15:10:26.929 EDT ] [USMInstance.configureLocalASM:2753]  ORA-00838: Specified value of MEMORY_TARGET is too small, needs to be at least 1328M
ORA-01078: failure in processing system parameters


[main] [ 2010-04-08 15:10:27.739 EDT ] [UsmcaLogger.logException:171]  SEVERE:method oracle.sysman.assistants.usmca.backend.USMInstance:configureLocalASM
[main] [ 2010-04-08 15:10:27.740 EDT ] [UsmcaLogger.logException:172]  ORA-01034: ORACLE not available
..
[main] [ 2010-04-08 15:10:27.804 EDT ] [UsmcaLogger.logInfo:141]  ASM failed to start. Check /fwk04/u0001/oracle/cfgtoollogs/asmca/asmca-1004083PM1008.log for details.
[main] [ 2010-04-08 15:10:27.805 EDT ] [OsUtilsBase.deleteFile:1712]  OsUtilsBase.deleteFile: /fwk04/u0001/11.2.0/grid/dbs/init+ASM1.ora
[main] [ 2010-04-08 15:10:27.807 EDT ] [UsmcaLogger.logInfo:141]  deleting temp ora file. for sid: /fwk04/u0001/11.2.0/grid/dbs/init+ASM1.ora

The error could happen while running root script ( likely 11gR2 Grid Infrastructure root.sh or rootupgrade.sh); if thats the case, root script will fail with following error:

CRS-2672: Attempting to start 'ora.ctssd' on 'rac1'
CRS-2676: Start of 'ora.ctssd' on 'rac1' succeeded

ASM failed to start. Check /grid_base/cfgtoollogs/asmca/asmca_1004083PM1008.log
for details.

Configuration of ASM failed, see logs for details
Did not succssfully configure and start ASM
CRS-2500: Cannot stop resource 'ora.crsd' as it is not running
CRS-4000: Command Stop failed, or completed with errors.

Cause

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