Windows: The easy option for Oracle…

I mentioned this when I blogged about my 11gR2 Virtual RAC install on Windows 2008. It came up in a conversation with Niall Litchfield at UKOUG 2011 and I’m reminded of it again today, after doing an 11gR2 install on Windows XP to double-check my answer to a question. Oracle database installs on Windows are so incredibly easy!

Now I’m not saying I would want to run Oracle on Windows out of choice. I’m a Linux fanboy, as you probably know, but even the most staunch Linux fan would have to agree that Oracle installs on Linux require quite a few prerequisite steps, even with the oracle-validated package. There is just nothing to do on Windows except put in the CD (iso image) and go…

Anyway, having spent a minute thinking about the “dark side”, I’m going back to Linux… πŸ™‚

Cheers

Tim…

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DBA, Developer, Author, Trainer.

7 thoughts on “Windows: The easy option for Oracle…”

  1. It is not the installation that troubles me on Windows. It is the different architecture (threads vs. processes), the lack of tools which are available by default, the difficulty of finding knowledge about the inner working of the Operating System and the lack of automation tools tools. And most of the time the lack of knowledge of the administrators of the operating system.

  2. Perhaps a new install is easy. But a major patch or version upgrade is easier on Linux, you don’t have the registry and the windows services can end up pointing at the wrong Oracle home if you are not careful. I prefer Linux but glad Oracle supports Windows.

  3. To atone for your abomination you must answer every Windows ORA-12154 question every newbie ever posts.

  4. Actually, Windows Enterprise Server is not bad at all. It has a lot of the command-line functionality that is missing from others and is a lot easier to tune for db servers.
    But vanilla Windows Server is hopeless…

  5. Joel: My response will be, RTFM! πŸ™‚

    Noons: I’m not a Windows fan, but I’m not a major hater either. The post was just to mention the installation was real easy. Scripting and long term management are a different issue entirely. I think I would use Perl for anything that required scripting. Saves learning yet another shell. πŸ™‚

    Cheers

    Tim…

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