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Requirements for Installing Oracle Database 12c on SLES 11 on IBM: Linux on System z (s390x) (Doc ID 1574414.1)

Last updated on AUGUST 31, 2023

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version to [Release 12.1]
Oracle Database Cloud Schema Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Machine - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Database Service - Version N/A and later
Linux on IBM Z


This note explains the requirements that need to be met for a successful installation of Oracle Database / Grid Infrastructure release and on SUSE 11 (SP2) or later Service Packs on IBM: Linux on System z 64-bit (s390x) servers.

It is NOT the purpose of this NOTE to repeat every "how-to" step that is presented in the 12.1 Installation Guide. For example this NOTE does not include how to create the Linux OS account named "oracle", nor does it cover how to set environment variables. Both are covered in "Oracle® Database Installation Guide 12c Release 1 (12.1) for Linux"

Before you proceed with Installation, please take time to review every below requirement carefully to avoid any obvious issues during Installation of binaries.

1. Download the Oracle Database 12.1 Software

The software may be downloaded from

 It is recommended that you install the latest patchset version of 12.1. software e.g. and this is available under Patch 17694377 or from otn:


Note: Patchsets are full releases and you do not need to install first.

- Download the Oracle Database 12.1 software from My Oracle Support
Note 1194734.1 Where do I find that on My Oracle Support (MOS) [Video]

- After you download the Software, verify the integrity of the Downloaded Software
Note 549617.1 How To Verify The Integrity Of A Patch/Software Download? [Video]


This procedure is meant for those planning/trying to install Oracle Grid Infrastructure, Oracle Restart (SIHA), ASM and Oracle Server or on SLES11 SP2 (or greater) on the 64-bit IBM: Linux on System z (s390x) platform.


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