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Preinstallation Checklist for the Oracle Agent on UNIX

The Oracle Agent backs up and restores Oracle databases in your enterprise. You can also configure the agent to incorporate archiving and snap management solutions. For more information, see the Oracle Backup Administrator Guide.

Use this preinstallation checklist to prepare the computer where the Oracle Agent will be installed and to gather all of the information you will need during the installation.

  • Determine the Installation Location

    Based on your environment, install the Oracle Agent on an appropriate computer.

    Environment Where to install the software
    Non-Clustered On the computer on which the Oracle server resides.

    For Oracle Solaris computers, install the Oracle Agent on one of the following setups:

    • The computer hosting the global zone on which the Oracle server resides.
    • A computer in a non-global zone on which the Oracle server resides.
    Clustered On the physical nodes of the cluster where the Oracle server resides.

    If you want to protect the Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC), install the Oracle Agent on all the nodes of the Oracle RAC.

    Cluster installations are not supported on FreeBSD and Macintosh computers.

  • Verify System Requirements

    Verify that the computer where you plan to install the Oracle Agent satisfies the minimum requirements. For more information, see System Requirements.

  • Verify License Requirements

    Based on the licensing mechanism used in your CommCell environment, verify that the CommCell has the required licenses to use the Oracle Agent. For more information, see License Requirements.

  • Verify Access Permissions on AIX computers

    Grant read permissions for other users (chmod o+r) on shared libraries and executables to allow services to start without any issues.

  • Gather Installation Data

    Refer to the items in this section to gather the information that you will need during the installation. Record the information before you begin installing the software, so you can refer to it during the installation.

    You can install the Oracle Agent using either the CommCell Console or the installation package created by the Download Manager. Any item that applies to only one of these installation methods is noted.

    SnapProtect package to install
    • For installations using the CommCell Console, install the Oracle package, which is listed under the Database category.
    • For installations using the installation package, install the Oracle package.

    Note: If the File System Agent is not installed on the computer, the software automatically installs the  File System Core package with the package that you select. The File System Agent will not consume any license. If you want to use any of the file system advanced features (for example, optimized scan or 1-touch operations) to protect the file system data, select the File System package.

    For more information on the package options and to gather the required information for the File System Agent, refer to the Gather Installation Data section in the Preinstallation Checklist for the UNIX, Linux, and Macintosh File System Agent.

    Client computer details
    If the File System Agent, or another package, is already installed on the computer, you are not required to gather all the computer details again. The level of detail depends on how the package you selected is installed:
    • For installations using the CommCell Console, the installation program requests only the name of the client computer.
    • For installations using the installation package, the installation program reads the details from the previous installation.
    UNIX Group and access permissions
    If you did not assign a UNIX group during the installation of the File System agent, make sure to do the following during the installation:
    • Assign the UNIX group that is used by the database application
    • Include the database users into the group

    You will be able to set the access permissions for the group. By default, read/write/execute permissions are granted to the UNIX group.