Oracle Database is the Most Difficult to Product to Install!

I’m at the end of my ropes with how difficult it is to install Oracle and I’m just now getting brave enough to discuss it. You see, I assumed that at some point Microsoft and IBM would have been able to make a solid case for the treachery that is installing Oracle. It is so bad that I’m surprised I haven’t wound up in a straight jacket after dealing with this insanity as much as I have.

Finally, fellow OakTable Network members at MiracleAS have taken the time to document this fact in a video. If you’ve experienced the frustration, or are perhaps a Technical Marketing type from Microsoft or IBM, I encourage you to view the video at the following link:

Oracle Database is Horribly Difficult to Install!

4 Responses to “Oracle Database is the Most Difficult to Product to Install!”

  1. 1 Jim January 4, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Love it! That is great! Interesting that the comments about DBA’s at the site show a very naive. DBA’s don’t spend most of their time installing databases. You install 3 databases (dev, test,prod) and then get 16 machines in a RAC. 🙂

  2. 2 George Milliken, DBA January 22, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    The trick is to find a config that works for you (hardware, software, and Oracle patch set) and the use this over and over. Repeatability is the key.

    Also it really really helps to follow the same procedure each and every time. Once you get things working, it will always work, all other things equal.

    As a DBA supporting 28 apps in 4 environments on version 8, 9, 10 in Production (and part of a small group supporting over 200 apps in four environments) I find it invaluable to be methodical in following procedures.

    (Yes I know < 10 is EOL but I must do as I am told, and many vendors still require old versions of Oracle — Production DBA’s don’t make many of the decisions you might think we do, we do as we’re told, giving advice where we can).

    I support Oracle on Solaris by day and Oracle on Gentoo Linux and Ubuntu by night 🙂


    George Milliken, DBA

  3. 3 accidentalSQL September 16, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Good video.

    Installation isn’t that bad. The patching process is awful. “Compare the list of errors and warnings resulting from script x against this list of known ignorable errors…” In SQL Server you just click the button and it is automatic. If it reports “no errors”, you don’t have to go scan a log file for just to make sure.

  1. 1 Those Oracle Installs Just Keep Getting More and More Difficult « Kevin Closson’s Oracle Blog: Platform, Storage & Clustering Topics Related to Oracle Databases Trackback on February 6, 2008 at 12:24 am

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