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Recovery without media or download of CD

We are running Oracle 8.1.7 on Windows 2000 Server in our production environment and we do not have the media or a download of the CD. We are planning to upgrade to the current version. I'm concerned with recovery of Oracle and how to reinstall in the event of a server crash. Can you recommend a methology for recovery?

I have just inherited this situation: we are running Oracle 8.1.7 standard on Windows 2000 Server in our production environment and we do not have the media or a download of the CD. We are planning to upgrade to the current version after the first of the year. In the meantime, I'm concerned with recovery of Oracle and how to reinstall in the event of a server crash. Can you recommend a methology for recovery? As you mentioned in another thread 8i is no longer available from Oracle. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
I would recommend backing up the Oracle database software to tape, ensuring that the retention is set so that the tape is not overwritten or recycled. You will also want to backup the global inventory. If you are unsure where this resides, on Windows look for a registry entry called INST_LOC. This registry entry is located in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE --> Software --> Oracle --> inst_loc. Often, the global inventory is created under Program Files\Oracle.

Another approach is to 'ghost' your database server which would involve taking an image of the entire machine, including the registry entries. It would be best to do this with the database(s) shut down so that you can also get a clean offline backup of the database(s) at the same time as the software.

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