Installing Oracle Software in a New Oracle Home

Choose a new location for Oracle Home and then install the new Oracle Database Software for single-instance.

Choose a New Location for Oracle Home when Upgrading

You must choose a location for Oracle home for the new release of Oracle Database that is separate from the Oracle home of your current release.

Using separate installation locations enables you to keep your existing Oracle software installed along with the new Oracle software. By using separate installation locations, you can test the upgrade process on a test database before replacing your production environment entirely.

When you upgrade a database, you must install the new Oracle home in a new location (an out-of-place upgrade).

If you are upgrading a PDB by using an unplug/plug upgrade, then the target CDB into which you plug the PDB is the location for the PDB. There is no need to choose a new location for installing the target Oracle homes, because the target CDB already has its Oracle home.

Installing the New Oracle Database Software for Single Instance

Use this procedure overview to assist you to install the software for the new Oracle Database release for a single instance deployment.

To install the new Oracle Database software for this release:

  1. Follow the instructions in your Oracle operating system-specific documentation to prepare for installation of Oracle Database software.

  2. Start Oracle Universal Installer, and select a software-only installation.

    When installation of Oracle Database software has completed successfully, click Exit to close Oracle Universal Installer.

  3. If you use Oracle Label Security, Oracle Database Vault, or both, then select Enterprise Edition on the Select Database Edition page, click Select Options, and enable one or both components from the components list.