Installing 8i with peer-to-peer networking on Windows XP
We have Oracle 8i Server Edition but I can't install on a Windows XP operating system. Please tell me the solution. Also, tell me how to install in Windows XP peer-to-peer networking. We have more than 40 machines. After installation it says "Oracle not available; shared memory realm does not exist."
With reference to your first question, Oracle certifies certain combinations of Oracle releases with operating systems. This information is made available via Oracle's Technology Network Web site (and Metalink if you have access) to assist you with determining which release of Oracle you should install on a particular platform. Look at the certification matrix
According to the matrix, Oracle8i is not supported on the Windows XP operating system. Only Oracle9i (9.2) and above is supported on Windows XP so you should install one of those releases.
With respect to your second question, I'm not entirely certain I understand your networking architecture, but if you are receiving an "Oracle not available" error message when attempting to connect to the database, either the database has not been started, which means it truly is not available, or you are supplying incorrect connection information and it is attempting to connect to a database that does not exist.
This was first published in July 2006