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From: Marquez, Chris <>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 14:52:02 -0400
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>> Others like Context are more difficult
>> sign a letter stating that your not using it.

Comes with all versions according to a doc I got in MAY-2004.         

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PS I blame ALL of the OPTIONS/Licensing confusion on Oracle. Without confusion you couldn't have "deals" Dick put it.

Chris Marquez
Oracle DBA

-----Original Message-----
From: on behalf of Goulet, Dick Sent: Thu 5/19/2005 12:25 PM
To:; Subject: RE: Oracle Options  

Having been through an Oracle audit, you can safely install any and all options, if you want, without penalty provided that you are not actively using them. There are some that install without your consent because they are "needed" by the base product. Also if you do a quick install they all get installed by default. Thankfully Oracle appears to understand that and not hold you responsible. Now for some options, like partitioning, they can query the data dictionary and tell that your using it or not. Others like Context are more difficult in which case they'll ask the CIO to sign a letter stating that your not using it. It's on the honor system for sure & as it has been explained to me several times by Oracle folk your free to "experiment" with the options for 90 days after install and so long as you do not use them for a production purpose. Violate either of those & they want their pound of flesh. And when you look at it, why should they not leave those doors open. If you play with the option, and find it valuable you'll probably want to keep it & pay for it. It's sorta like free money to them.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Hallas, John, Tech Dev
Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2005 11:46 AM
Subject: FW: Oracle Options

I understood that Partitioning works out at roughly =3DA310k per CPU. You can install EE without installing Partitioning so I still see it as =3D
a an licensable option.
If it is installed you owe Oracle the money basically, whether you are = =3D
using it or not.

There is a means of removing partitioning though without a full =3D re-install (there is no de-install option within the installer). However =3D
I cannot find details on Metalink (surprise, surprise) or even Google.

It is definitely there though. I saw it only about 3 weeks ago. We =3D decided not to run it though as we were a bit concerned about the impact =3D
on the existing system.

Funnily enough even on a non partitioned installed installation there = =3D
are partitioned tables. Weird hey.


-----Original Message-----
From: =3D
[] On Behalf Of Thomas Day Sent: 18 May 2005 15:56
To: Oracle-L
Subject: Re: Oracle Options

No. If you need the data in the database then do a full export, drop the database, de-install Oracle, re-install Oracle with the options that you want, create a database and import your data.

On the other hand, you might question why you want the options dropped.

As I understand it, partitioning is available only with the Enterprise Edition (EE). If you have the Enterprise Edition, then you're paying for the Enterprise Edition whether or not you use partitioning.

As always, your milage may varry. Research the options and find out if they are priced separately or are just a part of the particular edition of the Oracle that you are using. I'm not in procurement so I don't have these details handy.



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