Oracle8 Enterprise Edition Getting Started 
Release 8.0.5 for Windows NT 

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Before You Begin

This guide is your primary source of introductory, post-installation, configuration, and administration information for Oracle8 Enterprise Edition.

Specific topics discussed are:


This guide assumes that you are familiar with:

Intended Audience

This guide is necessary for anyone configuring or administering Oracle8 Enterprise Edition.


This guide describes only the features of the Oracle8 Enterprise Edition software that apply to the Windows NT, Windows 95, and Windows 98 operating systems. For information about Oracle8 Enterprise Edition that is applicable to all operating systems, see the other documentation included in your package, listed in Chapter 1, "Getting Started with Your Documentation"


How This Guide Is Organized

This guide is organized as follows:

Chapter 1, "Getting Started with Your Documentation"

Introduces you to the Oracle documentation set. Read this chapter before installing or using Oracle8 Enterprise Edition.

Chapter 2, "Introducing Oracle8 Enterprise Edition"

Describes the basic components of Oracle8 Enterprise Edition.

Chapter 3, "Database Tools Overview"

Provides a list of preferred and optional tools you can use to perform common database administration tasks.

Chapter 4, "Oracle Enterprise Manager Overview"

Provides an overview of Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle's suite of products for managing Oracle databases over a distributed network.

Chapter 5, "Starter Database Contents"

Describes the contents of the preconfigured starter database.

Chapter 6, "Using Multiple Oracle Homes"

Describes how to use single and multiple Oracle homes.

Chapter 7, "Database Coexistence and Migration"

Describes what to do if you have existing databases on your computer and want to install the latest release of Oracle8 Enterprise Edition.

Chapter 8, "Post-Installation Configuration Tasks"

Describes the configuration tasks you must perform before using products, such as Oracle Enterprise Manager, Net8, and Oracle8 ConText Cartridge.

Chapter 9, "Creating a Database"

Describes how to create a database automatically using Oracle Database Assistant, or manually using command line tools and the BUILD_DB.SQL script.

Chapter 10, "Administering a Database"

Describes how to administer a database.

Chapter 11, "Authenticating Database Users with Windows NT"

Describes how to authenticate Oracle8 database users with Windows NT.

Chapter 12, "Monitoring a Database"

Describes how to monitor Oracle8 Enterprise Edition.

Chapter 13, "Backing Up and Recovering Database Files"

Provides recommendations and procedures for backing up and recovering database files.

Chapter 14, "Distributing and Managing Oracle Software"

Describes how to install Oracle8 Enterprise Edition products using Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS).

Chapter 15, "Developing Applications"

Describes Windows NT-specific issues for application developers.

Chapter 16, "Using Oracle8 ConText Cartridge"

Describes Windows NT-specific issues for using Oracle8 ConText Cartridge.

Appendix A, "Directory Structures"

Lists default directory structures for Oracle8 Enterprise Edition components installed on the Windows NT, Windows 95, and Windows 98 operating systems.

Appendix B, "Oracle8 Database Specifications for Windows NT"

Describes Oracle8 Enterprise Edition initialization parameters, how to edit them, and Windows NT-specific values (and ranges) for them.

Appendix C, "Configuration Parameters and the Registry"

Describes the use of the registry for various Oracle8 Enterprise Edition components. Additionally, it lists the recommended values and ranges for configuration parameters.

Appendix D, "Messages and Codes"

Lists the error messages, causes, and corrective actions specific to installing and using Oracle8 Enterprise Edition.

Appendix E, "National Language Support"

Explains the NLS_LANG configuration parameter and its components, and lists available options.

Appendix F, "Troubleshooting"

Describes how to diagnose and troubleshoot common error messages.


Provides brief descriptions of terms used throughout this guide.

Documentation and Code Conventions Explained

The following conventions are used in this guide:
Convention  Example  Meaning 

All uppercase plain 


Indicates command names, SQL reserved words, and keywords, as in ALTER DATABASE. All uppercase plain is also used for directory names and file names. 


  • Italic is used to indicate a variable: 
  • filename 

  • Italic is used for emphasis: 
  • The WHERE clause may be used to join rows in different tables. 


Indicates a value that you must provide. For example, if a command asks you to type filename, you must type the actual name of the file.  

Italic is also used for emphasis in the text and to indicate the titles of other guides. 

Square brackets [ ] 

Start > Programs > Oracle for Windows NT - [HOME_NAME] > Oracle Database Assistant 

Encloses optional items. For example, you can start Oracle Installer from the default Oracle home or from another Oracle home indicated by [HOME_NAME] if you use multiple Oracle homes.  

Square brackets also indicate a function key, for example [Enter]. 

Choose Start > 

Choose Start > Programs > Oracle for Windows NT > Oracle Installer 

How to start a program. For example, to start Oracle Installer, you must click the Start button on the taskbar and then choose Programs, Oracle for Windows NT, Oracle Installer. 



Represents the Windows NT command prompt of the current hard disk drive. Your prompt reflects the subdirectory in which you are working. Referred to as the MS-DOS command prompt in this guide. 

Backslash (\) before a directory name 


Indicates that the directory is a subdirectory of the root directory. 


Go to the ORACLE_HOME\DATABASE directory  


ORACLE_HOME is represented as the hard drive letter and the top level directory where your Oracle software is installed, which may be: 

  • C:\ORANT for Windows NT 
  • C:\ORAWIN95 for Windows 95 
  • C:\ORAWIN98 for Windows 98 
  • C:\ORAWIN for Windows 3.1 

or whatever you may have called your Oracle home.  

In Server Manager commands, you may see %ORACLE_HOME%. Server Manager is able to locate your Oracle Home directory using the %ORACLE_HOME% variable. This convention can be used in Server Manager, SQL*Plus, Export Utility, and Import Utility. 



Represents the Oracle home name if you use multiple Oracle homes. This convention is not applicable for a single Oracle home.  

The home name can be up to sixteen alphanumeric characters. The only special character allowed in the home name is the underscore. 



Represents a unique registry subkey for each Oracle home directory in which you install products. A new HOMEID is created and incremented each time you install products to a different Oracle home directory on one computer. Each HOMEID contains its own configuration parameter settings for installed Oracle products. 


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