I want to practice Oracle at home. I have a single PC with Windows 2000 installed on it. I have got three disks of Oracle 9i version 9.2.0. I tried to install Oracle Database Server but the "no listener" error was there, then I installed Client on the same machine but during Client istallation it asked for Host IP (I don't know where to get it from). What should I do to learn/practice Oracle at home? Will it be possible with those three disks or do I have to get some new Oracle software? Thanks.

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An important part of learning about Oracle is reading the documentation and working through the issues encountered during installation and configuration. The first thing you should do is review Oracle's Certification Matrix to ensure that the release of Oracle you wish to install is supported and certified for your operating system. In this case, Oracle 9i release 2 is certified for Windows 2000.

Second, download Oracle from Oracle's Technology Network. Be sure you choose the appropriate Oracle software for Windows 2000. Follow the directions on the download page on how to compare the file sizes after downloading and how to unzip the files.

Finally, I would recommend reading the following documentation:

  • Oracle9i Release 2 ( Database Release Notes for Windows
  • Oracle9i Release 2 ( Database Installation Guide for Windows

    You can find the entire set of Oracle9i documentation here.

  • This was first published in April 2007

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