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OCP Instructors Guide for Oracle DBA Certification

Chapter 2 - Oracle Database Architectures

Oracle on Microsoft Windows Platforms

The Windows server operating systems are known for their low-cost and ease-of-use. The Windows operating system is more easily administered than UNIX and Linux. Windows servers use the same type of interface as their Windows client operating systems counterparts. Administrators are able to perform a large percentage of their administrative duties through a familiar point-and-click GUI interface. Windows operating system manuals use familiar PC terminology when discussing concepts of general administration. Some flavors of UNIX have GUI administrative tools, but the majority of administrative duties are still performed via command line interface using rather cryptic operating system commands (grep, awk, ps -ef, cat).

Database vendors realize that Windows servers oftentimes exist outside of the traditional information processing support framework. As a result, general ease of use is not a competitive advantage but a competitive requirement. Windows database products can be characterized by their easy installation, ease of use, limited tuning options, and good documentation. All vendors offer strong visual administration and monitoring tools that do not require the administration skill and intimate knowledge of the database required by their UNIX and LINUX counterparts.

The fastest Windows database title moves from vendor to vendor due to strong vendor competition and fast paced advancements in hardware and operating systems. Microsoft and Intel hardware vendor’s clustering technologies allow technicians to connect multiple hardware platforms together and make them appear to end-users as a single-image environment. Clustering provides Windows environments with both scale-up (scalability within the hardware chassis by adding hardware components) and scale-out (scalability by adding additional hardware chassis) capabilities.

The above text is an excerpt from:

OCP Instructors Guide for Oracle DBA Certification
A Study Guide to Advanced Oracle Certified Professional Database
Administration Techniques

ISBN 0-9744355-3-8

by Christopher T. Foot

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