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Re: Oracle 7 > Oracle 9 question

From: Ed Stevens <nospam_at_noway.nohow>
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2004 07:44:39 -0500
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On 27 Apr 2004 02:03:49 -0700, (DjPaolo) wrote:

>Ed Stevens <nospam_at_noway.nohow> wrote in message news:<>...
>> On 26 Apr 2004 04:58:37 -0700, (DjPaolo) wrote:
>> >Hi,
>> >
>> >I have a Windows NT 4 Server (SP6a) with Oracle 7.3.4. There are 2
>> >things I would like to do:
>> >
>> >1. Upgrade Win NT 4 to Win 2000 Server (servername will change too)
>> >2. Install/upgrade Oracle 7.3.4 to Oracle 9I
>> >
>> >I thought of the following method to do this:
>> >
>> >- Delete Oracle 7.3.4
>> >- Upgrade NT to 2000
>> >- Install Oracle 9I
>> >
>> >Because this server has more financial applications it is not an
>> >option to install a clean installation of Windows 2000.
>> >
>> >Is this the right way for installation or can I expect some problems
>> >here?
>> >
>> >Thanks,
>> >Paolo
>> As you've outlined it here, you can expect huge problems. You've said
>> nothing about upgrading your database, so it looks like you're
>> thinking all you have to do is install a newer version of oracle and
>> your older database will come up just hunky-dorey. It just doesn't
>> work that way. There is a very definite upgrade procedure for Oracle
>> databases, documented with each version. Off hand, I'm not sure that
>> it is even possible to upgrade directly from 7x to 9x.
>> First off, I would not do this as a single, in-place upgrade. I'd get
>> a second server, Install Win2k and Oracle 9.2 on it. Check to see if
>> you can imp into 9.2 from a 7.3 exp. If so, there you go. If not,
>> you'll have to step it up thru 8-something, possibly both 8.0 and 8.1.
>> I'm not sure off the top of my head, but reading the release notes
>> should answer it.
>Upgrading the database is not a problem because I've tested the export
>& import from 7 to 9 with success. The most important part is the
>possibility to install Oracle 9 on a server which had Oracle 7 on it.
>Maybe there are a lot of registry keys that are left behind by Oracle
>Thanks for the support.

Ok, if you've already tested and proven your DB upgrade plan, you're mostly there. It's not a problem having multiple versions of the Oracle binaries on one server, though it is a bit more confusing on Windows than Unix. All you have to do is install each version into it's own ORACLE_HOME (version specific set of directories). From this angle, the Windows platform is even easier, because the installer will suggest a default. If I recall, for version 7x the default was d:\orant. When they got to 8.1, the default became OFA compliant, so with 9.2, the default will be c:\oracle\ora92. After its installed, drill down from your Start menu thru the Oracle groups and find the Oracle Home Selector. Use that to make sure your default Oracle Home is for 9.2 Received on Tue Apr 27 2004 - 07:44:39 CDT

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