Oracle Database Installation Methods

You can choose the following installation methods to install Oracle Database:

Interactive Installation Types

Review the different interactive installation methods in this section.

When you use the interactive method to install Oracle Database by selecting the Create and configure a database option, Oracle Universal Installer displays a series of screens. The screens enable you to specify all the required information to install the Oracle Database software and create a database.

Oracle Universal Installer provides you the following options:

  • Desktop Class: Select this option if you are installing on a laptop or desktop class system. This option includes a starter database and allows minimal configuration. This option is designed for those who want to quickly set up a database.

  • Server Class: Select this option if you are installing on a server class system, such as when deploying Oracle in a production data center. This option allows for more advanced configuration options. Advanced configuration options available using this option include Oracle RAC, Oracle Automatic Storage Management, backup and recovery configuration, integration with Enterprise Manager Cloud Control, and more fine-grained memory tuning, among others.

    Furthermore, the Server Class option provides you with the following installation types:

    • Typical: Select this installation method to quickly install Oracle Database. This installation type requires minimal user input. It installs the software and optionally creates a general-purpose database using the information that you specify on the screen. It is the default installation type.

    • Advanced: Select this installation type to complete any of the following tasks:

      • Select a database character set or different product languages

      • Create the EXAMPLE tablespace during the installation

      • Create a database on a different file system from the software

      • Specify different passwords for administrative schemas

      • Configure recovery options

      • Configure Oracle Configuration Manager

      • In the Select Database Edition screen, if you select Enterprise Edition, then Oracle Universal Installer automatically selects the components most customers need for their Oracle Database installation.

Automated Installation Methods Using Response Files

By creating a response file and specifying this file when you start Oracle Universal Installer, you can automate some or all of the Oracle Database installation.

These automated installation methods are useful if you must perform multiple installations on similarly configured systems.

When you use a response file, you can run Oracle Universal Installer in the following modes, depending on whether you specify all of the required information or not:

  • Silent Mode: Oracle Universal Installer runs in silent mode if you use a response file that specifies all the required information, and specify the -silent option when starting Oracle Universal Installer. None of the Oracle Universal Installer screens are displayed.

  • Response File Mode: Oracle Universal Installer runs in response file mode if you do not specify all the required information in the response file.