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Oracle® 11g For Dummies® by Michael Wessler, Chris Ruel, Chris Zeis

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Chapter 16. Top Ten Oracle Installation Do's

In This Chapter

  • Reading documentation

  • Seeing the Oracle Optimal Flexible Architecture

  • Profiling

  • Getting the wrong bit

  • Forgetting to mask

  • Becoming an Oracle

  • Fighting stage fright

  • Patching

  • Fawning over user and group IDs

  • Backing that thing up

In this chapter we focus things you shouldn't overlook when installing Oracle. Getting off to a good start with a solid, proper installation is key to success. By recognizing the common pitfalls up front, you experience less heartache and pain later on.

Read the Documentation

Every OS that runs Oracle has a corresponding documentation set. This documentation covers things like operating system packages, kernel parameters, network configuration, and other installation prerequisites.

Every operating system is different. Even if you think they're the same, you're wrong. UNIX is UNIX, right? Wrong. HP-UX, AIX, and Solaris each have very distinct prerequisites. Go to Oracle's documentation on the Internet and download the latest and greatest install guide for your OS. Read it thoroughly before you begin. We even recommend listing all the little things that have to be checked before you begin. If you make this a practice, you will find far fewer problems during and after installation.

The quickest way to get to Oracle's documentation is here:

  1. Go to http://docs.oracle.com.

  2. Select the version you're interested in.

  3. When you enter the 11g documentation set, open the Installing and Upgrading folder.

    The folder's on the left side ...

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