Oracle8i Parallel Server Setup and Configuration Guide
Release 8.1.5






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The Oracle8i Parallel Server Setup and Configuration guide provides the information you need to install, configure and manage Oracle Parallel Server in an Oracle8i environment.

This preface includes the following topics:

Intended Audience

The information in this guide is intended primarily for network or database administrators (DBAs) responsible installation and configuration of Oracle Parallel Server.


This guide assumes that you are familiar with:


This guide contains eight chapters and three appendices.

Chapter 1, "Introducing Oracle Parallel Server"

Describes the main features and components of Oracle Parallel Server.

Chapter 2, "Pre-Installation"

Describes the specific hardware and software, raw device, and pre-installation requirements for installing Oracle Parallel Server.

Chapter 3, "Installation"

Describes how to install the components needed for Oracle Parallel Server.

Chapter 4, "Configuring Oracle Parallel Server"

Describes how to configure and start an Oracle Parallel Server database, as well as configure networking components.

Chapter 5, "Installing and Configuring Oracle Parallel Server Management"

Describes the tasks to install and configure Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Performance Manager for parallel server management.

Chapter 6, "Administering Oracle Parallel Server"

Describes Oracle Parallel Server initialization files and administration of Oracle Parallel Server with the Oracle Enterprise Manager Console.

Chapter 7, "Monitoring Performance with Oracle Parallel Server Management Charts"

Describes how to use Oracle Performance Manager to generate metric charts for Oracle Parallel Server databases.

Chapter 8, "Adding Instances and Nodes"

Describes how to add nodes to an existing cluster, and how to migrate from an single-instance database to multiple instances.

Appendix A, "Directory Structure"

Describes the directory structure for Oracle Parallel Server.

Appendix B, "Oracle Parallel Server Management on UNIX Reference"

Provides reference information for Oracle Parallel Server Management on UNIX.

Appendix C, "Troubleshooting"

Describes how to resolve common Oracle Parallel Server configuration problems.


Provides brief descriptions of terms used throughout this guide.

Related Documents

For more information, see the following user guides:

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