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Lesson 4 The Database Configuration Assistant
Objective Describe functions of Database Configuration Assistant.

Database Configuration Assistant

The Database Configuration Assistant is a wizard that can help you create a new database, modify an existing database, or delete an old database. Prior to oracle, this feature was accessible only through the Enterprise Manager. In oracle, the Universal Installer uses the Database Configuration Assistant if a new database is being created during installation of the database software, although it can still be invoked from the Enterprise Manager. Here is a table of Configuration Assistant features and the specific enhancements that those features produce.

Feature Description of enhancement
Create a new database Produces a script that can be run later to create a database. Can create remote databases using Enterprise Manager's intelligent agent. Supports OFA (Optimal Flexible Architecture) directory structures.
Modify an existing database Configures new cartridges that have been installed but not configured on the database. Can enable or disable multithreaded server support.
Delete an existing database Deletes all database files except the initialization parameter files.

These enhancements support the new features that are integral to oracle. In addition, the enhancements help simplify the installation process, as they use the same tool during both installation and maintenance of a database.
The next lesson teaches you how to use the Database Configuration Assistant.