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Lesson 3 What you need
ObjectiveLearn what you need to take this course.

DBA AdminTasks Requirements

Platform support

This course is supported under UNIX, Linux, and Windows.

Download Oracle Software

For the fullest learning experience, including all the exercises, we recommend you have the Oracle12c or Oracle13c database server software. If you do not already have this, or you do not have access to a running installation, you can Oracle Enterprise Manager Downloads for Windows x86-64 (64-bit) from the following link.
Oracle Enterprise Manager Download
If you do not have the software or don't want take the time to install and use it, you can still take this course. Almost all the exercises have been designed so that they can be completed with or without the use of Oracle. In addition, you will find many simulations throughout the course that allow you to see and experience how the software works in real life.

Monitor resolution

The simulations in this course require a device with access to the internet. If your resolution is set lower than this, some of the simulation windows may be too large to fit entirely on your screen.

Internet resources

There are a number of Internet-based resources that every database administrator should know about. These include helpful Web sites and Usenet newsgroups.


If at all possible, make sure that you have access to an Oracle12c (or Oracle13c) documentation set. You can get through this course without the manuals, but you will not get far as a database administrator without them. If you do not like reading the manuals online, you can order print versions from Oracle's online store. In addition to the manuals, the following books are recommended for Oracle database administrators.


Throughout this course, you will see syntax diagrams for SQL statements and operating system commands. Here’s an example:
PANDA [username/password] {STOP|START} [NORMAL|ABORT]

Notice that some items are italicized, some items are capitalized, some are enclosed by square brackets, and others are enclosed by curly braces. Each of these elements means something. Capitalized words are part of the command itself. In this example, STOP and START are keywords recognized by the FOOBAR command. Italicized words indicate places where you need to supply a value. For example, replace password with your real password. Curly braces indicate a required choice, so when using the FOOBAR command you must choose either START or STOP. Square brackets indicate optional components or optional choices. In this example, you can leave off your username and password entirely. In the case of NORMAL and ABORT, you can choose to use one or the other, or you can choose to use neither.
In the next lesson, you will learn about course resources.