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OpenVMS: FAQ for Oracle RDBMS Release 10.2 on hp OpenVMS (Doc ID 391778.1)

Last updated on JUNE 11, 2019

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version to [Release 10.2]
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
HP OpenVMS Alpha
HP OpenVMS Itanium


Checked for relevance on 9-Feb-2011.


To provide information on Oracle RDBMS release 10.2  for hp OpenVMS.  This is also known as Oracle 10G Release 2 (10GR2).  This article is for any person responsible for installing Oracle 10.2.X software on the hp Alpha or Itanium  OpenVMS platforms.

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In this Document
Questions and Answers
 SECTION 1. Ordering, Certification and New Features.
 How do you order Oracle RDBMS for hp OpenVMS?
 When was Oracle RDBMS released for hp OpenVMS?
 What versions of hp  OpenVMS are certified with Oracle RDBMS 10.2.X?
 What new features are available with Oracle RDBMS 10.2.X?
 What products are included in this release?
 SECTION 2. Installation Questions.
 What should you do to prepare for Oracle release 10.2.X ?
 Where is the OpenVMS-specific documentation for Oracle RDBMS 10.2.X?
 Where should the Oracle RDBMS 10.2.X be installed?
 What utility do I use to Install Oracle
 How much disk space does 10.2.X use?
 What do I need to consider when installing directly from DVD?
 SECTION 3. Migration and Upgrade Questions.
 Where is the generic documentation for upgrading and migrating?
 Does Oracle support migrating or upgrading directly to RDBMS 10.2.X?
 How do I migrate my 10.2 Oracle database from Alpha OpenVMS to Itanium OpenVMS?
 How do you upgrade your database to Oracle RDBMS 10.2.X if you cannot use the supplied MIGRATE tool?
 SECTION 4. Tool and Utility Related Questions.
 What compilers are supported with Oracle RDBMS 10.2.X?
 32-bit clients
 How can I backup to tape using RMAN?
 SECTION 5. Connectivity (Net) Questions.
 What changes have been made to Net Services (SQL*NET) in Oracle 10.2.X?
What TCP/IP vendors are supported with Oracle RDBMS 10.2.X?
 Does Oracle support LDAP clients or LDAP servers in Oracle RDBMS 10.2.X?
 Where can I find client/server interoperability information?
 How do I set up External Procedures?
 SECTION 6. Patches.
 How do I know what patches have been installed in my Oracle code tree?
 VMS specific patches for Oracle RDBMS 10.2.X.
 Information on 10.2.X patchsets.
 Is the opatch utility available for Oracle RDBMS 10.2.X on OpenVMS?
 SECTION 7. Essential Information
 Mandatory patch 5840282 for Itanium
 Install hp C++ prior to installing Oracle 10.2 on Alpha OpenVMS
 Significant changes to
 Oracle 10.2.X MUST be installed on an ODS-5 formatted disk.
 The Central Inventory directory must reside on an ODS-5 formatted disk.
 Include the OUI Central Inventory directories in your backups.
 Required format for Net configuration files.
 The memory requirements are incorrect in the install guide.
 Do not use rooted logicals.
 SECTION 8. Important information.
 Certain database initialization parameters are unsupported on OpenVMS
 Differences in C++ Libraries between Alpha OpenVMS and I64 (Itanium) OpenVMS
 Floating Point Format is now IEEE.
 Create your oracle_home, Central inventory, and scratch areas prior to using OUI.
 Flash recovery area and size are set up by default.
 OpenVMS logicals and symbols for 10.2.X need to be deassigned prior to using a pre-10.X code tree.
 Unix style directory paths are used throughout Oracle RDBMS 10.2.X.
 The extended file format (ODS-5) needs parse_style=extended.
 Establish a performance baseline in your current and planned environment.
 How to relink Oracle.
 Initialization parameters disk_asynch_io and tape_asynch_io.
 The Q000 background process.
 Ensure correct ownership and permissions of your code tree.
 Ensure that certain OpenVMS utilities can be invoked. 
 Deprecated database initialization parameters.
 Do not use chevron characters when changing directories or in the sysuaf.
 OUI may hang if pgflquota is too low. 
 Rule Based Optimizer is obsolete in 10G. 
 File size limits
 DBV (Dbverify) assumes that Oracle blocksize is 8192
 C0DE2BAD in CURRENT PC on Itanium
 Grid Control Agent
 DB Console
 Database Vault and Audit Vault products
 Oracle orapki utility
 Oracle Application Express
 Search path for the spfile and pfile  (database initialization files)
 Dispatcher astlm and biolm requirements are higher in 10.2
 DBCA database templates are
 SECTION 9. RAC and ClusterWare questions.
 Is the Real Application Cluster (RAC) feature available on OpenVMS?

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