Hardware / OS and Oracle upgrade - LCM: 11i Install/Upgrade

We are currently running AIX 4.2.1 with Oracle 7.3.4. We will be replacing our hardware which will have
AIX 5.1 and Oracle installed. Our databases total approximately 60GB. What would be the best way
to migrate while having a minumum amount of downtime?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

hi there !
a challenging task indeed !
i guess the best way would be :
simply transfer the existing application (7.3.4) in new hardware & OS (5.1)
(i hope oracle 7.3 works on AIX 5.1)
and then migrate oracle 7.3 to 8.1.7
good luck


Oracle 9 on W2K Vs. ORacle9 on RH Linux

Anybody has a comparison and details of the same ?
For the same hardware, Win2000 is supposed to be more resource
hungry than Linux. Then we would like to know, how Oracle latest
release performs on these two.

Which Suse for Oracle?

I want to configure an intel box(s) with Linux to have Oracle
8.1.7 and / or 9i run on it. I see that Oracle is certified on
use 7.1, can I still purchase this version? Or should/can I go
with a newer flavour like 7.3 professional.
I've heard about a database server version, but from what I
gather it comes
bundled with DB2.
I'll be running on older pentium workstations 233's & 300's, and
possibly an older Proliant 200 with 7 SCSI drives on it. These
will be mostly for importing databases in that run on older
versions of Oracle and testing third party apps against the new
database, as well as some comparison to DB's running on NT4 and
2000 on similar hardware.
Is Suse the best choice?
thanks in advance

what Linux platform to choose

Hi all,
I need an advice in chosing particular Linux platform. We build
big search engine system and plan to use Oracle 8.1.7/Linux.
Speed and stability is critical. I consider between SuSE and
Thanx for any help,
Alexey Tuln,
Archer Software 
Fastcenter sells pre-installed servers using Oracle 901 on SuSE
Linux 7.2, and it's working flawlessly. Be sure to patch any 817

8i and 10g on same AIX box?

Can 8i and 10g be installed and run upon the same AIX machine? (64-bit, presently AIX 4.3.3 and soon to be upgraded to 5.3L)
I had past showstopper issues with trying to run 7.3.4 and 8i on this same machine due to incompatiblilities with the pw-syscall kernel extension driver for 8i not working in 32-bit mode for the 7.3.4 database, even though it was supposed to be the hybrid 32/64 version of the driver. Both the present 8i and future 10g databases would both be native 64-bit mode. 
the problem in your configuration is 8i is not planned on AIX 5 and 10g runs only on AIX 5. So you cannot run both versions together neither on AIX 4 nor on AIX 5.
According to many old IBM and Oracle docs out on the web, 8i ( was certainly indeed supported on the AIX 5.x platform. I do not care whether or not it is "officially supported" anymore or not, I just need to know if it will run long enough to finish migrating my old 8i apps and databases to 10g and I have only one AIX machine upon which to perform this migration. 
... 8.1.7 on AIX 5 supported ...
That's only true for 8i 32bit, I don't know if 8i 64bit can be installed, never tried it.

Oracle on Aix 5.1

Hi there,
in our company we have oracle 64bit installed on a RISC/6000, AIX
This year we're going to migrate our OS to Aix 5.1
I was wondering if my currently oracle version is compatible with new AIX or if it's required to migrate to 9i.
Thanks in advance
According to the certification matrix in Metalink the only version certified with 5.1 is 9.2 64-bit and 8.1.7 32-bit.
The 8.1.7 64-bit is only certified for 4.3.2 - 4.3.3.
Wierd... Oracle did move away from 32-bit AIX systems a while ago and some of use got badly hurt having to support a 32-bit machine park with a few years left in them.
And now 8.1.7 (8i) 64-bit is "Not planned" according to their Cert. Matrix!!!
So when you buy new RS6000 iron (pSeries if you want to listen to marketing), pre-loaded with 5.1 or 5.2, customers have to downgrade to 4.3.3. Another DBMS version (9.x or 8.1.7 32-bit) is usually not an option.
Time for IBM to kick Oracle somewhere? ouch
For many installation is not really a problem because you can run 32-bit Oracle on 64-bit system.
Of corse if you need to use large SGAs (i.e. many GB) you need the 64-bit version.