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H Frequently Asked Questions About Installation

Use the following guidelines to decide how to install Oracle Database components:

Note:

Some Oracle Database components may not be available on all platforms. Consult your platform-specific installation guide or release notes.

H.1 Installing Oracle Database or Oracle Database

The following are frequently asked questions with respect to installing Oracle database:

I only need one instance of Oracle Database or I just want to install a test database to get familiar with the product. How do I install Oracle Database for these situations?

How can I create an Oracle database that can handle transaction-heavy or data warehousing applications?

If you want to create a starter database designed for transaction-heavy or data warehousing applications, then refer to this guide for more details. Select the Advanced Installation method, and then select the database type you want on the Select Database Configuration screen.

See Also:

Oracle Database Data Warehousing Guide after installation

Alternatively, you can install Oracle OLAP during the Oracle Database installation. Oracle OLAP provides optimal support for database environments that must meet OLAP requirements. To do so, select Advanced Installation, then Custom, and on the Available Product Components screen, select Oracle OLAP.

What's the best way to install multiple Oracle databases?

Use this guide to install Oracle Database using either of the following methods:

How do I configure client connections to an Oracle database?

  1. Install Oracle Database on a server by using this guide for more information.

  2. Use platform-specific Oracle Database Client Installation Guide to install Oracle Client on each client node, and select the Instant Client installation type.

    If you have many client nodes, consider staging the software centrally, mapping the drive, and running Oracle Universal Installer in the noninteractive mode.

    If the client nodes only require a default installation into a new Oracle home directory, consider using this guide for more information.

What is the best way to install Oracle Client if my client nodes have limited disk space?

  1. Install Oracle Database onto a server by using this guide for more details.

  2. Use platform-specific Oracle Database Client Installation Guide to install Oracle Client on each client node, and select the Instant Client installation type.

    If you have many client nodes, then consider running Oracle Universal Installer in noninteractive mode.

How do I upgrade Oracle Database?

Refer to Oracle Database Upgrade Guide.

See Also:

Oracle Database Administrator's Guide if you want to use software cloning to upgrade Oracle Database

The computers at my site have been configured to run as a cluster. How should I install Oracle Database?

Use any of the following installation scenarios:

Refer to platform-specific Oracle Clusterware Installation Guide and Oracle Real Application Clusters Installation Guide for Linux and UNIX for the platform to install Oracle Clusterware or Oracle Real Application Clusters. Oracle Clusterware is available on the Oracle Clusterware installation media. Refer to this guide which explains how to install Automatic Storage Management and Oracle Database.

Oracle Clusterware is a key component required by Oracle Real Application Clusters installations. Oracle Clusterware is an integrated cluster management solution that can bind multiple servers together to act as a single system. This is referred to as a cluster. It performs workload management and component restart. For example, when an instance supporting a particular service fails, Oracle Clusterware restarts the service on the next available instance that you have configured for that service. Oracle Clusterware can monitor non-Oracle programs, as long as they are defined within the Oracle Clusterware environment using the High Availability API.

How do I migrate my non-Oracle databases to Oracle Database?

Use Oracle Migration Workbench to migrate your non-Oracle databases and applications to Oracle. Oracle Migration Workbench software and documentation are available at:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/index.html

H.2 Installing Oracle Database Tools

The following are frequently asked questions with respect to installing Oracle database tools:

How do I install Oracle Application Server?

Refer to Oracle Application Server Installation Guide. How you install Application Server depends on whether you already have Oracle Database installed:

How can I administer and monitor my Oracle Database products?

To perform regular administrative functions such as creating, configuring, or deleting databases, or managing database templates, use one of the following methods:

To manage only the single database and listener that you are installing:

  1. Use this guide to install Oracle Database.

  2. From Oracle Database, use Database Configuration Assistant to manage your databases.

    You can also administer and monitor the database with Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control, which is installed by default with Oracle Database. Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control includes the Oracle Management Agent, Oracle Management Service, and Oracle Management Repository, and Grid Control, a browser-based central console through which administrators can perform all monitoring, administration, and configuration tasks for the enterprise.

    See Also:

    Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control Installation and Basic Configuration available on the Enterprise Manager Grid Control installation media

To perform advanced administration tasks, such as monitoring Oracle Database and managing multiple hosts, application servers, and databases including the one that you are installing, install Oracle Enterprise Manager as follows:

  1. Use this guide to install Oracle Database.

    If you plan to use Oracle Real Application Clusters, then install Oracle Database by using platform-specific Oracle Clusterware Installation Guide and Oracle Real Application Clusters Installation Guide for Linux and UNIX.

  2. Use Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control Installation and Basic Configuration to install and configure Oracle Enterprise Manager. For postconfiguration tasks, use Oracle Enterprise Manager Advanced Configuration.

How do I manage security for my Oracle Database products?

Oracle provides a wide range of security solutions for your enterprise environment, including centralized administration and security features integrated with Oracle Internet Directory. The set of Oracle security services called Oracle Platform Security integrates the security features built into Oracle Database, Oracle Application Server, and the Oracle Identity Management infrastructure. Combined, these features enable the development and deployment of secure e-business applications.

Oracle Identity Management includes Oracle Internet Directory, a centralized repository that simplifies administration of users and applications in the Oracle environment by means of the following components:

Oracle Database includes the Oracle Internet Directory client tools, but not the Oracle Internet Directory server components. To install the Oracle Internet Directory server components, run Oracle Universal Installer from an Oracle 10g Application Server installation.

How do I use Oracle Database to manage my XML data?

Use Oracle XML DB, which is installed as part of Oracle Database. Oracle XML DB enables you to efficiently store, generate, retrieve, query, and manage XML data on your site. Oracle XML DB provides all the advantages of a relational database, for example, allowing you to control the referential integrity of XML data with constraints and triggers. It works well with large amounts of XML data by storing it in a parsed, relational form, which improves access performance.

Oracle XML DB supports XML Type, which is a native data type for XML data, for which you can choose various storage options depending on your needs. In addition, Oracle XML DB supports XML Schema processing, structured and unstructured storage, a content repository that you can access by using common protocols (FTP, HTTP(S), and WebDAV), and SQL/XML, which is a standard for SQL with XML. For Oracle Database 11g Release 1 (11.1), Oracle XML DB introduced support for the XQuery language for querying, transforming, and constructing XML; the ability for users to define their own metadata for schema-based XML; a set of new SQL functions for DML operations on XML data; and more.

You can use Oracle XML DB in conjunction with Oracle XML Developer's Kit (XDK) to build applications that run on either Oracle Database or Oracle Application Server.

Does Oracle Database provide OLAP tools so that I can analyze data such as trends and time series in my database?

Yes, install Oracle OLAP, which is provided in the Oracle Database installation. Oracle OLAP provides optimal support for database environments that must meet OLAP requirements.

Use either of the following methods in Oracle Database Installation Guide to install Oracle OLAP:

Does Oracle Database provide data mining tools that I can use to discover hidden meaning in my data and predict likely outcomes based on my data?

Yes. Install Oracle Data Mining, which is provided in the Oracle Database installation. With the Oracle Data Mining option, you can create and execute predictive and descriptive data mining models that use a variety of algorithms.

Use the following method in this guide to install Oracle Data Mining:

  1. When you run Oracle Universal Installer, select the Enterprise Edition installation type.

  2. In the Select Database Configuration screen, select the General Purpose/Transaction Processing configuration.

How do I perform backup and recovery operations for Oracle Database?

Use Oracle Database Recovery Manager (RMAN), which is a backup and recovery tool integrated into Oracle Database. This tool satisfies the pressing demands of high-performance, manageable backup, and recovery. Recovery Manager is native to the database server, automatically tracks database structure changes, and optimizes operations accordingly. In addition, Recovery Manager is integrated with leading tape media management products, so that Oracle database backups can be integrated with your existing networked data protection infrastructure.

Is Oracle Workflow included with Oracle Database 11g?

Starting with Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Workflow is no longer released with the database. Oracle Workflow will be available with the Oracle E-Business Suite releases.

See Also:

Oracle Workflow statement of direction http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/ias/overview/index.html

Is there a migration plan for customers that have built solutions using Oracle Workflow?

Starting January 2006, customers are encouraged to re-create and implement workflows using Oracle BPEL Process Manager. Oracle is in the process of creating a technical migration guide that will provide detailed recommendations for migrating Oracle Workflow processes to Oracle BPEL Process Manager.

See Also:

Oracle Workflow statement of direction http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/ias/overview/index.html

H.3 Installing Oracle Database with Oracle Applications

The following are frequently asked questions with respect to installing Oracle database with Oracle applications:

How do I install my Oracle applications with Oracle Database?

In most cases, install Oracle Database itself, then install the Oracle application. The Oracle Universal Installer for that application prompts you for the connection information. Check the application documentation requirements.

If you need to implement your applications with Oracle Real Applications Clusters databases, refer to Oracle Real Application Clusters Installation Guide for Linux and UNIX and platform-specific Oracle Clusterware Installation Guide.

How can I create Web applications that communicate with Oracle Database?

Install Oracle Application Express and a web server:

Use this guide to install Oracle Database. Oracle Application Express is automatically installed, when you install Oracle database.

Which Web server can my Oracle applications use?

Install Oracle HTTP Server, which ships on the Oracle Fusion Middleware Web Tier Utilities 11g (11.1.1.2.0) media in your media pack, or use the XML DB HTTP Protocol Server and the embedded PL/SQL Gateway that installs with Oracle Database 11g Release 1.

Use this guide to install Oracle Database.

How can I migrate my non-Oracle applications to Oracle?

Use Oracle Migration Workbench to migrate your non-Oracle applications to Oracle. Oracle Migration Workbench software and documentation are available at:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/index.html

H.4 Installing Oracle Database Heterogeneous Connectivity Tools (Gateways)

The following section discusses about Gateway products:

How can my Oracle applications access data in a non-Oracle database system?

How can my Oracle applications access data in a non-Oracle database system?

You can use Oracle Database Gateway as the connectivity tool to enable Oracle applications to access data in non-Oracle databases. The following are the functions of Oracle Database Gateway:

You can install the Gateway product on a computer independent of the Oracle application, Oracle database, and non-Oracle database.

For example, suppose you have the following scenario:

You have the option of installing the Database Gateway for DRDA on the Solaris computer where DB2 is running, on UNIX where Oracle is running, or on a third computer.

Table H-1 lists the non-Oracle database systems that you can access from Oracle applications, and the Gateways products that are available for those systems.

Table H-1 Oracle Gateway Products

Non-Oracle Database Oracle Gateway Products and Documentation

IBM DB2 Universal Database (UDB)

Oracle Database Gateway for DRDA.

Use Oracle Database Gateway Installation and Configuration Guide for AIX 5L Based Systems (64-Bit), HP-UX PA-RISC (64-Bit), Solaris Operating System (SPARC 64-Bit), Linux x86, and Linux x86-64 and Oracle Database Gateway for DRDA User's Guide.

IBM DB2 z/OS

Oracle Database Gateway for DRDA.

Use Oracle Database Gateway Installation and Configuration Guide for AIX 5L Based Systems (64-Bit), HP-UX PA-RISC (64-Bit), Solaris Operating System (SPARC 64-Bit), Linux x86, and Linux x86-64 and Oracle Database Gateway for DRDA User's Guide.

IBM DB2/400

Oracle Database Gateway for DRDA.

Use Oracle Database Gateway Installation and Configuration Guide for AIX 5L Based Systems (64-Bit), HP-UX PA-RISC (64-Bit), Solaris Operating System (SPARC 64-Bit), Linux x86, and Linux x86-64 and Oracle Database Gateway for DRDA User's Guide.

WebSphere MQ

Oracle Database Gateway for WebSphere MQ.

Oracle Database Gateway for WebSphere MQ Installation and User's Guide.

CICS/TS

IMSTM

Oracle Database Gateway for APPC.

Use Oracle Database Gateway for APPC Installation and Configuration Guide for AIX 5L Based Systems (64-Bit), HP-UX PA-RISC (64-Bit), Solaris Operating System (SPARC 64-Bit), and Linux x86.

SQL Server

Oracle Database Gateway for SQL Server.

Use Oracle Database Gateway Installation and Configuration Guide for AIX 5L Based Systems (64-Bit), HP-UX PA-RISC (64-Bit), Solaris Operating System (SPARC 64-Bit), Linux x86, and Linux x86-64 and Oracle Database Gateway for SQL Server User's Guide.

Sybase Adaptive Server

Oracle Database Gateway for Sybase.

Use Oracle Database Gateway Installation and Configuration Guide for AIX 5L Based Systems (64-Bit), HP-UX PA-RISC (64-Bit), Solaris Operating System (SPARC 64-Bit), Linux x86, and Linux x86-64 and Oracle Database Gateway for Sybase User's Guide.

Teradata

Oracle Database Gateway for Teradata.

Use Oracle Database Gateway Installation and Configuration Guide for AIX 5L Based Systems (64-Bit), HP-UX PA-RISC (64-Bit), Solaris Operating System (SPARC 64-Bit), Linux x86, and Linux x86-64 and Oracle Database Gateway for Teradata User's Guide.

Informix Server

Oracle Database Gateway for Informix.

Use Oracle Database Gateway Installation and Configuration Guide for AIX 5L Based Systems (64-Bit), HP-UX PA-RISC (64-Bit), Solaris Operating System (SPARC 64-Bit), Linux x86, and Linux x86-64 and Oracle Database Gateway for Informix User's Guide.

IMS

Oracle Database Gateway for IMS.

Use Oracle Database Gateway for IMS, VSAM, and Adabas Installation and Configuration Guide for AIX 5L Based Systems (64-Bit), HP-UX PA-RISC (64-Bit), Solaris Operating System (SPARC 64-Bit), Linux x86, and Linux x86-64, Oracle Database Gateway for IMS User's Guide and Oracle Connect for IMS, VSAM, and Adabas Gateways Installation and Configuration Guide for IBM z/OS

VSAM

Oracle Database Gateway for VSAM.

Use Oracle Database Gateway for IMS, VSAM, and Adabas Installation and Configuration Guide for AIX 5L Based Systems (64-Bit), HP-UX PA-RISC (64-Bit), Solaris Operating System (SPARC 64-Bit), Linux x86, and Linux x86-64, Oracle Database Gateway for VSAM User's Guide and Oracle Connect for IMS, VSAM, and Adabas Gateways Installation and Configuration Guide for IBM z/OS.

Adabas

Oracle Database Gateway for Adabas.

Use Oracle Database Gateway for IMS, VSAM, and Adabas Installation and Configuration Guide for AIX 5L Based Systems (64-Bit), HP-UX PA-RISC (64-Bit), Solaris Operating System (SPARC 64-Bit), Linux x86, and Linux x86-64, Oracle Database Gateway for Adabas User's Guide and Oracle Connect for IMS, VSAM, and Adabas Gateways Installation and Configuration Guide for IBM z/OS.