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Oracle® Database

Client Quick Installation Guide

11g Release 2 (11.2) for Microsoft Windows (32-Bit)

E16785-01

November 2010

This guide describes how to quickly install the Oracle Database Client product on 32-bit Windows systems. It includes information about the following:

  1. Review Information About this Guide

  2. Hardware Requirements

  3. Software Requirements

  4. Web Browser Support

  5. Default Share Configuration Requirement

  6. Install the Oracle Database Client Software

  7. What's Next?

  8. Documentation Accessibility

1 Review Information About this Guide

Note:

This guide describes how to install Oracle Database Client on a system that does not have any Oracle software installed on it. If there is an existing Oracle software installation on this system, see Oracle Database Client Installation Guide for Microsoft Windows for more detailed installation instructions.

This guide describes how to complete a default installation of Oracle Database Client that does not have any Oracle software installed on it. It describes how to install one of the following installation types:

See Also:

Oracle Call Interface Programmer's Guide for more information about the Instant Client feature

This guide does not describe how to install the Custom installation type.

Where to Get Additional Installation Information

For more detailed information about installing Oracle Database Client, see Oracle Database Client Installation Guide for Microsoft Windows.

This guide is available on the product media. To access it, use a Web browser to open the welcome.html file from the top-level directory of the installation media. Platform-specific documentation is available in PDF and HTML formats in the Documentation section.

2 Hardware Requirements

Table 1 lists the required hardware components for Oracle Database Client.

Table 1 Hardware Requirements

Requirement Minimum Value

Physical memory (RAM)

512 MB minimum, 1 GB recommended

On Windows 7, 1 GB minimum

Virtual memory

Double the amount of RAM

Hard disk space

Total ranges between 300–1160 MB. See Table 2 for details.

Processor Type

Intel (x86), AMD64, and Intel EM64T

Video adapter

256 colors

Screen Resolution

1024 X 768 minimum


2.1 Hard Disk Space Requirements

This section lists system requirements for Windows platforms that use the NT File System (NTFS). Oracle strongly recommends that you install the Oracle database home (Oracle database binaries, trace files, and so on) on Oracle ACFS or NTFS; the database files themselves must be placed on Oracle ASM if using Oracle ACFS; otherwise they can be placed on NTFS. Usage of Oracle ACFS and Oracle ASM or NTFS instead of FAT32 is recommended to ensure security of these files.

The NTFS system requirements listed in this section are more accurate than the hard disk values reported by the Oracle Universal Installer Summary window. The Summary window does not include accurate values for disk space, the space required to create a database or the size of compressed files that are expanded on the hard drive.

The hard disk requirements for Oracle Database Client components include space required to install Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and Oracle Universal Installer on the partition where the operating system is installed. If sufficient space is not detected, then installation fails and an error message appears.

Table 2 lists the space requirements on NTFS.

Table 2 Disk Space Requirements on NTFS

Installation Type TEMP Space SYSTEM_DRIVE:\Program Files\Oracle\Inventory Oracle Home Total

Instant Client

130 MB

1.1 MB

175 MB

306.1 MB

Administrator

130 MB

1.1 MB

1024 MB

1155.1 MB

Runtime

130 MB

1.1 MB

735 MB

866.1 MB


* Disk space requirements vary, depending on the components selected.

See Also:

"About NTFS File System and Windows Registry Permissions" in Oracle Database Platform Guide for Microsoft Windows

2.2 Verifying Hardware Requirements

To ensure that the system meets these requirements, follow these steps:

  1. Determine the physical RAM size. For example, on a Windows 2003 computer, double-click System in the Windows Control Panel and select the General tab.

    On a Windows Server 2008 R2 computer, click System and Security in the Windows Control Panel, then click System.

    If the size of the physical RAM installed in the system is less than the required size, then you must install more memory before continuing.

  2. Determine the size of the configured virtual memory (also known as paging file size). For example, on a Windows 2003 computer, double-click System, click the Advanced tab, and click Settings in the Performance section. Then select the Advanced tab.

    On a Windows Server 2008 R2 computer, click System and Security, then click System, click Advanced System Settings, click the Advanced tab on System Properties page, and then click Settings in the Performance section. Then select the Advanced tab on Performance Options page.

    The virtual memory is listed in the Virtual Memory section.

    If necessary, see your operating system documentation for information about how to configure additional virtual memory.

  3. Determine the amount of free disk space on the system. For example, on a Windows 2003 computer, double-click My Computer, right-click the drive where the Oracle software is to be installed, and select Properties.

    On a Windows Server 2008 R2 computer, right-click My Computer and click Open.

  4. Determine the amount of disk space available in the temp directory. This is equivalent to the total amount of free disk space, minus what will be needed for the Oracle software to be installed.

    If there is less than 500 MB of disk space available in the temp directory, then delete all unnecessary files. If the temp disk space is still less than 500 MB, then set the TEMP or TMP environment variable to point to a different hard drive location.

    For example, to change the environment variables on a Windows Server 2003 computer, double-click System, click the Advanced tab, and click Environment Variables

    On a Windows Server 2008 R2 computer, click System and Security, then click System, click Advanced System Settings, click the Advanced tab on System Properties page, and then click Environment Variables.

3 Software Requirements

Table 3 lists the software requirements for Oracle Database Client.

Table 3 Software Requirements

Requirement Value

Operating System

Oracle Database Client for Windows is supported on the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2003 - all editions

  • Windows Server 2003 R2 - all editions

  • Windows XP Professional

  • Windows Vista - Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions

  • Windows Server 2008 - Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, Web, and Foundation editions. The specific operating system component that is not supported is Server Core. For information about Hyper-V support, visit My Oracle Support (formerly OracleMetaLink) at

    https://support.oracle.com

  • Windows 7 - Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions

Windows Multilingual User Interface Pack is supported.

Compiler

Pro*Cobol has been tested and certified with Net Express 5.0.

The following components are supported with the Microsoft Visual C++ .NET 2005 8.0, Microsoft Visual C++ .NET 2008 9.0. and Intel 10.1 C compilers:

  • Oracle Call Interface

  • External callouts

  • Pro*C/C++

  • XDK

Oracle C++ Call Interface is supported with

  • Microsoft Visual C++ .NET 2005 8.0

  • Microsoft Visual C++ .NET 2008 9.0 - OCCI libraries are installed under ORACLE_HOME\oci\lib\msvc\vc9. When developing OCCI applications with MSVC++ 9.0, ensure that the OCCI libraries are correctly selected from this directory for linking and executing.

  • Intel 10.1 C++ compiler with the relevant Microsoft Visual C++ .NET STLs.

Network Protocol

The Oracle Net foundation layer uses Oracle protocol support to communicate with the following industry-standard network protocols:

  • TCP/IP

  • TCP/IP with SSL

  • Named Pipes


3.1 Instant Client Light Language and Character Set Requirements

In addition to the requirements described in the previous section, if you plan to use Instant Client Light, the applications must use the following languages and character sets:

  • Language: Any language that is supported by Oracle, but only US English error messages are returned for errors generated on the client side.

  • Territory: Any territory that is supported by Oracle.

  • Character sets:

    • Single byte

      • US7ASCII

      • WE8DEC

      • WE8ISO8859P1

      • WE8MSWIN1252

    • Unicode

      • UTF8

      • AL16UTF16

      • AL32UTF8

Instant Client Light can connect to databases having one of the following database character sets. An error is returned if a character set other than those in the list is used as the client or database character set.

  • US7ASCII

  • WE8DEC

  • WE8MSWIN1252

  • WE8ISO8859P1

  • WE8EBCDIC37C

  • WE8EBCDIC1047

  • UTF8

  • AL32UTF8

Instant Client Light can also operate with the OCI Environment handles created in the OCI_UTF16 mode.

The language, territory, and character sets are determined by the NLS_LANG parameter, which is stored in the registry under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ORACLE\KEY_HomeName\NLS_LANG subkey, where HomeName is the unique name identifying the Oracle home.

Caution:

AL32UTF8 is the Oracle Database character set that is appropriate for XMLType data. It is equivalent to the IANA registered standard UTF-8 encoding, which supports all valid XML characters.

Do not confuse Oracle Database database character set UTF8 (no hyphen) with database character set AL32UTF8 or with character encoding UTF-8. Database character set UTF8 has been superseded by AL32UTF8. Do not use UTF8 for XML data. UTF8 supports only Unicode version 3.1 and earlier; it does not support all valid XML characters. AL32UTF8 has no such limitation.

Using database character set UTF8 for XML data could potentially cause an irrecoverable error or affect security negatively. If a character that is not supported by the database character set appears in an input-document element name, a replacement character (usually "?") is substituted for it. This terminates parsing and raises an exception.

4 Web Browser Support

The following Web browsers are supported for Oracle Enterprise Manager Database Control:

5 Default Share Configuration Requirement

The prerequisite checks during Oracle Database installation require that the system drive on your computer has default share configured on it. Use the net use command to verify, for example:

C:\>net use \\hostname\c$
The command completed successfully.

Ensure that the current user, the user in the Administrator group, has all the privileges on the default share.

6 Install the Oracle Database Client Software

The following sections describe how to install the Oracle software:

6.1 Installation Consideration on Windows Vista and Later

On Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows 7, command prompts should be opened with Administrator privileges.

6.2 Guidelines for Installing Oracle Database Client

In most cases, you use the graphical user interface (GUI) provided by Oracle Universal Installer to install Oracle Database Client. However, you can also use Oracle Universal Installer to complete silent or noninteractive installations using a response file, without using the GUI. This method is particularly useful if you need to perform multiple installations of Oracle Database Client.

As you install Oracle Database Client, follow these guidelines:

See Also:

Appendix B, "Installing Oracle Database Client Using Response Files" in Oracle Database Client Installation Guide for Microsoft Windows for information on silent or noninteractive installations
  • Do not use Oracle Universal Installer from an earlier Oracle product release to install components from this release.

  • Use the same installation media to install Oracle Database Client on all supported Windows platforms.

  • If you reinstall Oracle software into an Oracle home directory where Oracle Database Client is already installed, you must reinstall any components that were installed before you began the reinstallation.

  • Do not modify the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) except by using a patch provided by Oracle Support Services. Oracle Universal Installer automatically installs the Oracle-supplied version of the JRE. This version is required to run Oracle Universal Installer and several Oracle assistants.

  • If you encounter errors during installation, click Help or see Appendix D, "Troubleshooting the Oracle Database Client Installation" in Oracle Database Client Installation Guide for Microsoft Windows for advice.

6.3 Procedure for Installing Oracle Database Client

To install Oracle Database Client:

  1. Log on as a member of the Administrators group to the computer on which you want to install Oracle components.

    If you are installing on a Primary Domain Controller (PDC) or a Backup Domain Controller (BDC), log on as a member of the Domain Administrators group.

  2. Insert the Oracle Database Client installation media and navigate to the client directory. Alternatively, navigate to the directory where you downloaded or copied the installation files.

    Use the same installation media to install Oracle Database on all supported Windows platforms.

  3. Double-click setup.exe to start Oracle Universal Installer.

    If you plan to run the installation in a secured data center, then you can download updates before starting the installation by starting Oracle Universal Installer on a system that has Internet access in update download mode. To start Oracle Universal Installer to download updates, enter the following command:

    ./setup.exe -downloadUpdates
    

    Provide the My Oracle Support (formerly OracleMetaLink) user name and password, and provide proxy settings if needed. After you download updates, transfer the update file to a directory on the server where you plan to run the installation.

  4. If you have an existing Oracle Database Client 11g Release 2 (11.2) installed on your system, the Select Installation Mode screen is displayed. Select New Install to install Oracle Database Client software in to a new location.

    Starting with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.2), if you want to upgrade an earlier release of Oracle Database Client, then select Upgrade and follow the instructions in "Performing an In-place Oracle Database Client Upgrade".

  5. In the Select Installation Type screen, select the type of installation that you want: Instant Client, Administrator, or Runtime and click Next.

    See Also:

    "Oracle Database Client Installation Types" section in Oracle Database Client Installation Guide for Microsoft Windows for more information on these installation types
  6. In the Download Software Updates screen, select one of the following options, and click Next:

    • Use My Oracle Support credentials for download to download and apply the latest software updates.

      Click Proxy Settings to configure a proxy for Oracle Universal Installer to use to connect to the Internet. Provide the proxy server information for your site, along with a user account that has access to the local area network through which the server is connecting.

    • Use pre-downloaded software updates to apply previously downloaded software updates.

    • Skip Software Updates if you do not want to apply any updates.

  7. The Apply Software Updates screen is displayed if you select to download the software updates or provide the pre-downloaded software downloads location. If you selected Use My Oracle Support credentials for download in the previous screen, then select Download and apply all updates, and click Next. If you selected Use pre-downloaded software updates, then select Apply all updates, and click Next.

  8. The Select Product Languages screen enables you to select the language in which you want to run the product.

    Select the product language from the Available Languages list, transfer it to the Selected Languages list. Click Next.

    This screen is not displayed if you select Instant Client as the type of installation in step 5.

  9. In the Specify Installation Location screen, enter the following details:

    Oracle Base: This path appears by default. You can change the path based on your requirement.

    The Oracle Base section is not displayed if you select Instant Client as the type of installation in step 5.

    In the Software Location section, accept the default value or enter the Oracle home directory path in which you want to install Oracle components. The directory path should not contain spaces. Click Next.

  10. The Perform Prerequisite Checks screen verifies if your computer meets the minimum system requirements to install the desired product. Click Next.

    Note: Oracle recommends that you use caution in checking the Ignore All option. If you check this option, then Oracle Universal Installer may not confirm that your system is able to install Oracle Database successfully.

  11. Review the information displayed in the Summary screen, and click Finish.

    Note:

    Starting with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2), you can save all the installation steps into a response file by clicking Save Response File. Later, this file can be used for a silent installation.
  12. The Install Product screen shows the progress of a client installation. After Oracle Database Client is installed, click OK.

  13. In the Finish screen, click Close to exit from Oracle Universal Installer.

7 Performing an In-place Oracle Database Client Upgrade

Starting with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.2) you can perform an in-place upgrade of Oracle Database Client 11g Release 2 (11.2) using the following instructions:

Note:

If you do not have an existing Oracle Database Client 11g Release 2 (11.2) upgradable home on your system, you cannot perform an in-place upgrade.
  1. Perform Steps 1 through 3 listed in "Procedure for Installing Oracle Database Client" section.

  2. Only if you have an existing Oracle Database Client 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.1) installed on your system, the Select Installation Mode screen is displayed. Select Upgrade to upgrade the existing Oracle Database Client software with the latest version.

  3. Perform Steps 8 through 13 listed in "Procedure for Installing Oracle Database Client" to complete the upgrade process.

See Also:

"Updating the Existing Software with the Current Version" and "Performing an In-place Oracle Database Client Upgrade Using the Response File" sections in Oracle Database Client Installation Guide for Microsoft Windows

8 What's Next?

After you have successfully installed Oracle Database Client, refer to Chapter 4, "Postinstallation Tasks" in Oracle Database Client Installation Guide for Microsoft Windows for information about required and optional postinstallation steps.

9 Documentation Accessibility

Our goal is to make Oracle products, services, and supporting documentation accessible to all users, including users that are disabled. To that end, our documentation includes features that make information available to users of assistive technology. This documentation is available in HTML format, and contains markup to facilitate access by the disabled community. Accessibility standards will continue to evolve over time, and Oracle is actively engaged with other market-leading technology vendors to address technical obstacles so that our documentation can be accessible to all of our customers. For more information, visit the Oracle Accessibility Program Web site at http://www.oracle.com/accessibility/.

Accessibility of Code Examples in Documentation

Screen readers may not always correctly read the code examples in this document. The conventions for writing code require that closing braces should appear on an otherwise empty line; however, some screen readers may not always read a line of text that consists solely of a bracket or brace.

Accessibility of Links to External Web Sites in Documentation

This documentation may contain links to Web sites of other companies or organizations that Oracle does not own or control. Oracle neither evaluates nor makes any representations regarding the accessibility of these Web sites.

Access to Oracle Support

Oracle customers have access to electronic support through My Oracle Support. For information, visit http://www.oracle.com/support/contact.html or visit http://www.oracle.com/accessibility/support.html if you are hearing impaired.


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