Oracle8 Enterprise Edition Getting Started 
Release 8.0.5 for Windows NT 

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Getting Started with Your Documentation

This chapter introduces you to the Oracle8 Enterprise Edition for Windows NT documentation set. Read this chapter before installing or using Oracle8 Enterprise Edition.

Specific topics discussed are:

Documentation Formats

This table describes the format and availability of documents in your Oracle8 Enterprise Edition kit and the tools required to view them:

Document Format  Document Availability  Document Tools 

HyperText Markup Language (HTML) 

All Oracle documentation is available in HTML. 

Use Oracle Information Navigator to view your HTML documentation set. For information on how to start Oracle Information Navigator, see section, "Starting Oracle Information Navigator" in this chapter. 

Portable Document Format (PDF) 

All Oracle documentation is available in PDF. 

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader to view your PDF documentation set. For information on how to start Adobe Acrobat Reader, see section, "Starting Adobe Acrobat Reader" in this chapter. 


Oracle8 Enterprise Edition Getting Started for Windows NT  

Oracle8 Enterprise Edition Installation for Windows NT  

Net8 Getting Started for Windows NT and Windows 95/98 

Certain printed guides are also included in your kit. To order printed guides, contact Oracle Documentation Sales at the following locations: 

  • Telephone (1) (800) 252-0303 in the United States of America. 
  • Visit: 

What Documentation Did I Receive?

Your documentation set consists of two types of documentation:

Documentation Type  Describes... 

Operating System-specific 

Installation, configuration, and use of Oracle8 Enterprise Edition products in a Windows NT, Windows 95, or Windows 98 environment. Operating system-specific documents are occasionally referred to in the generic documentation set. These documents are easy to identify because they always mention their specific operating system in their title. 


Oracle8 Enterprise Edition, Net8 networking information, and Application Programming Interfaces information that is uniform across all operating system platforms. The vast majority of documents in your documentation set belong to this category. While reading through the generic documentation set, you are occasionally asked to refer to your platform-specific or operating system-specific documentation for procedures specific to the Windows NT, Windows 95, or Windows 98 operating systems.  

To easily identify where these generic documentation references are described in your operating system documentation, see the index of this guide for the following entry:  

generic documentation references  

All generic documentation references described in this guide appear under this index entry. 



Documentation may be included in your package detailing products that you did not buy or license, or whose functionality is not included in the current release. The presence of such documentation does not mean that these products are included in your package or that you are licensed to use them. 


Online Documentation Set

Your online Oracle documentation set is divided into the following categories:


Oracle8 Enterprise Edition Installation for Windows NT

Oracle8 Database

Oracle8 Enterprise Edition Getting Started for Windows NT

Getting to Know Oracle8 and the Oracle8 Enterprise Edition, Release 8.0

Oracle8 Concepts

Oracle8 Administrator's Guide

Oracle8 Backup and Recovery

Oracle8 Distributed Database Systems

Oracle8 Migration

Oracle8 Replication

Oracle Server Manager User's Guide

Oracle8 Tuning

Oracle8 Utilities

Oracle8 Error Messages

Oracle8 Reference

Oracle8 SQL Reference

PL/SQL User's Guide and Reference

Oracle8 Cartridges

Oracle8 ConText Cartridge QuickStart

Oracle8 ConText Cartridge Administrator's Guide

Oracle8 ConText Cartridge Application Developer's Guide

Oracle8 ConText Cartridge Workbench User's Guide

Oracle8 Image Cartridge User's Guide

Oracle8 Spatial Cartridge User's Guide and Reference

Oracle8 Time Series Cartridge User's Guide

Oracle8 Visual Information Retrieval Cartridge User's Guide


SQL*Plus Getting Started for Windows NT and Windows 95/98

SQL*Plus Quick Reference

SQL*Plus User's Guide and Reference



Net8 Getting Started for Windows NT and Windows 95/98

Net8 Administrator's Guide

Oracle Cryptographic Toolkit Programmer's Guide

Oracle Security Server Guide

Oracle Advanced Networking Option Administrator's Guide

Oracle7 Networking

Oracle Network Products Getting Started Release 2.3.4 for Windows Platforms

Oracle Names Administrator's Guide

Oracle Network Manager Administrator's Guide

Oracle Network Products Troubleshooting Guide

Understanding SQL*Net

Oracle Enterprise Manager

Oracle Enterprise Manager Administrator's Guide

Oracle Enterprise Manager Application Developer's Guide

Oracle Enterprise Manager Concepts Guide

Oracle Enterprise Manager Configuration Guide

Oracle Enterprise Manager Messages Manual

Oracle SNMP Support Reference Guide

Application Development

Oracle Call Interface Getting Started for Windows NT and Windows 95/98

Pro*C/C++ Precompiler Getting Started for Windows NT and Windows 95/98

Pro*COBOL Precompiler Getting Started for Windows NT and Windows 95/98

Oracle Call Interface Programmer's Guide

Oracle8 Application Developer's Guide

Oracle8 JDBC Drivers

Pro*C/C++ Precompiler Programmer's Guide

Pro*COBOL Precompiler Programmer's Guide

Parallel Server

Oracle Parallel Server Getting Started for Windows NT

Oracle Parallel Server Management User's Guide

Oracle8 Parallel Server Concepts and Administration

Legato Storage Manager

Legato Storage Manager Administrator's Guide

Oracle Web Publishing Assistant

Oracle Web Publishing Assistant Getting Started for Windows NT

Task Page-Find out how to do common Oracle tasks!

The Task Page provides easy access to step-by-step instructions on performing many Oracle tasks. Tasks are grouped according to job function at the highest level, then into sub-categories as appropriate. Find the task you are interested in under the appropriate job category. You can access the Task Page from the Oracle Information Navigator welcome page. See section, "Starting Oracle Information Navigator" for more information.

What Documentation Do I Read First?

This table lists the recommended order in which to start reading through your documentation set in order to quickly install and configure Oracle8 Enterprise Edition.
Read Documents in This Order...  For Information On... 
  1. Customer Support Information Booklet 

How to obtain Customer Support information. This document is also available online at: 

  1. Oracle8 Enterprise Edition Release Notes for Windows NT 

Important last minute installation and configuration information. 

  1. Oracle8 Enterprise Edition Installation for Windows NT 

Installation instructions included in the CD-ROM insert. 

  1. Oracle8 Enterprise Edition Getting Started for Windows NT 

Post-installation, database migration, database upgrade, and configuration information for Oracle products. 

  1. Net8 Getting Started for Windows NT and Windows 95/98 

Oracle8 Enterprise Edition client/server networking environment, basic database network concepts, network protocols, and Oracle Protocol Adapters. 

  1. Oracle8 Concepts 

Basic database concepts. 

  1. Oracle8 Administrator's Guide 

Basic database administration. 

  1. Oracle Enterprise Manager Concepts Guide 

Instructions on using Oracle Enterprise Manager. 

  1. The remaining documentation in an order appropriate to your needs. 



Starting Oracle Information Navigator

Use Oracle Information Navigator to view your HTML documentation set. Oracle Information Navigator enables you to search your entire documentation set for information on specific topics.

To start Oracle Information Navigator:

  1. Install Oracle Documentation from the CD-ROM.
  2. Oracle Information Navigator is automatically installed along with your Oracle Documentation.

  3. Use one of the following Java-enabled browsers:
  4. Oracle Information Navigator can only work with a Java-enabled browser. If you do not use these browsers, you cannot view documentation from the WELCOME.HTM page that is accessed when you choose Start > Programs > Oracle for Windows NT - [HOME_NAME] > Oracle Documentation.

    You can still view online documentation by going to \DOC\INDEX.HTM located at the top of your CD-ROM, or to ORACLE_HOME\DOC\INDEX.HTM if you installed the documentation onto your computer.

  5. Choose Start > Programs > Oracle for Windows NT - [HOME_NAME] > Oracle8 Documentation.
  6. Your Web browser is automatically started, and a welcome page appears.

    Oracle Information Navigator appears.

  7. Click the icon to access help for instructions on using Oracle Information Navigator.

  8. Notes:  

    Some notes on using Oracle Information Navigator: 

    • The Java components of Oracle Information Navigator do not work on Windows 3.1. You can still access the Oracle online documentation, however, you will not be able to use the Oracle Information Navigator. To use the Oracle Information Navigator, use a 32-bit Microsoft operating system such as Windows NT, Windows 95, or Windows 98. 
    • Changes to Microsoft's Internet Explorer release 3.02 to address security issues may prevent Oracle Information Navigator from starting and displaying properly. This does not affect your access to Oracle online documentation. 

Starting Adobe Acrobat Reader

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print your PDF documentation set.

To start Adobe Acrobat Reader:

  1. Insert the Oracle8 Enterprise Edition CD-ROM into the mapped CD-ROM drive.
  2. The operating system automatically detects the CD-ROM. The Oracle8 Enterprise Edition Autorun dialog box appears and prompts you to make a selection:

  3. Click Explore CD.
  4. Go to the \ACROREAD directory.
  5. Double-click on Ar32e30 to install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  6. A wizard helps you quickly install Adobe Acrobat Reader.

  7. Choose Start > Programs > Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0 after installation is complete to start Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  8. Choose Open from the File Menu and navigate to the \PDFDOC directory on the CD-ROM to read the PDF documents.
  9. Read PDF directly from the CD-ROM, or copy the files to your hard disk.



    Some notes on using Adobe Acrobat Reader: 

    • After several documents are opened in Adobe Acrobat Reader, you may receive an error message when trying to open an additional document, stating that the document does not exist. This error occurs because memory is low. To solve the problem, close open documents that you are not using, and continue. 
    • You must use Adobe Acrobat Reader Version 3.0 to view the PDF documentation set. 

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