I have been working as a PL/SQL and OWB developer for over a year now but I always felt as if I missed some of the general knowledge about administrating a database and a server.
For this purpose I got my old computer running and I want to install it into my local network with oracle XE database 11.2 and APEX.
Now my first question is how do you chose a operating system for oracle database (windows server, unix, linux)? The only place where I installed a oracle XE database is on my personal computer with windows 7.
My goal would be to make a small application in LAN environment and then host it when its done so I can try to administrate the server and the database.
You can choose either Linux 64-bit or Win 32-bit - see OS requirements here - http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E17781_01/index.htm. Home version of Windows is not certified. If you have Home version of Windows, one option is to create a VM using free Virtualbox software (http://www.virtualbox.org), then installing a supported OS in the VM (Oracle Linux is free from https://linux.oracle.com).
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Woah a lot of videos there. It might take time till I can watch all of them. But just to see if I get your point right. Install virtual machine on windows using WM ware and then host the database inside the virtual machine?