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Re: Copying Oracle software between Unix servers

From: Robyn <>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 11:24:46 -0700
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I've done this with 9i installations, so I'd like to hear if there are drawbacks. If you're installations are very consistent, and you are installing the same options from server to server, I think it can work well. AFAIK, a relink all should let you know if there are problems with the installation.

In one sense, if each installation is done via the installer, then testing a patch application on the development environment is not a true test of what you will encounter when you apply the patch on production. Right now, I'm patching servers and every one was done slightly differently; different paths and different options. I've had an easier time 'fixing' Oracle inventories for installations built from cloning than from installations.

If I could be missing a hidden problem, someone please let me know ...


On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 11:39:15 -0600, jungwolf <> wrote:
> On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 08:19:06 -0500, Luc Demanche <> wrote:
> > A friend of mine was telling me that in his shop, they don't install
> > Oracle software by the Installer anymore. They 'tar' one ORACLE_HOME
> > from a unix server and copy it to the new server. It seem to work
> > properly.
> >
> > Do you have some bad stories about that?
> I was in a shop that did this all the time in the v7 and v8 days. We
> had one box that we kept "legit" and then would copy its ORACLE_HOMEs
> out to the other servers as needed. This was for both DEV and PROD.
> I haven't tried it for 9i and I don't have any plans to. If pressed I
> might try it for DEV but I'd keep all the PROD servers legit,
> especially now that RAC is on the scene.
> Steven
> --

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