Express Setup for the Aternity Oracle Database Server (Oracle 12c)

Use the express setup of the Aternity Oracle Database to quickly and easily set up the Aternity Oracle Database Server for trial and small deployments. Even if you are not a licensed Oracle DBA, you can easily complete the express setup of the Aternity Oracle Database.


  1. Step 1 Log in to the computer as a local administrator.

    To verify you are a local administrator on this computer, not a domain administrator, open the System control panel, select Advanced system settings > Computer Name, and confirm the Change button is active.

  2. Step 2 Download the Silent Install (Oracle package) or (Oracle part 1 and Oracle part 2) packages to a temporary directory, such as d:\tmp.
    Package Files

    Silent Install

    Silent Install

    Contains the express database setup script files, including:

    • Install.bat is the main file you launch to create a new Aternity database. It silently runs the Oracle software setup, and then creates and configures the database.

    • aternity.dbt is the database template file that contains the settings to create the Aternity database. You choose a *.dbt file, such as aternity_12c_medium.dbt, based on your deployment size, and rename it to aternity.dbt, which the setup script uses.

    • custom.sql stops some unnecessary Oracle jobs from running.

    • db_install.rsp is the response file that automatically provides parameters needed for the installation process.

    • The 12.1 DB Templates folder which contains the database template files for the possible deployment sizes.


    Oracle part 1 and Oracle part 2

    Contains the original database setup and configuration files for Oracle or, as supplied by Oracle.

  3. Step 3 Unpack each setup package in its own directory on the Oracle Database Server, where the path does not contain any spaces or special characters.

    Make a note of both paths, such as d:\tmp\silent and d:\tmp\database.

  4. Step 4 Create a destination directory for the Oracle software, such as D:\Oracle, and one for the Oracle database itself, such as d:\oradata.

    The Oracle software hosts and runs the database, though the software and the database can have different pathnames.

  5. Step 5 Open a command prompt as an administrator.

    Search for cmd on your computer, right-click and select Run as Administrator.

    Open the computer's command prompt as an administrator
  6. Step 6 Run the express database setup by navigating to your temporary download directory, and enter install.bat.

    Provide the requested path information.

    Path Description

    Oracle software installation directory

    Enter the path to the database folder you downloaded, such as d:\tmp\database.

    Oracle software destination directory

    Enter the target destination path for the Oracle software, which hosts and runs the database. The default is d:\oracle, which creates D:\oracle\product\<version>.

    Oracle database files

    Enter the target destination path for the Aternity Oracle database. The default is d:\oradata.


    You can install the Oracle software and the Oracle database to the same path. Separate paths are recommended when you have a need for improved performance.

  7. Step 7 Confirm the settings and enter y. The script opens a new window and starts setting up Oracle with this database configuration.

    The express database setup may take up to several hours. It may sometimes appear non-responsive, but it is working in the background. The setup may open more than one command window at a time. Do NOT close any of the setup windows until the setup has completed.


    If you receive an Oracle Error 534, Cannot add user to application launch ACL, you can safely ignore it.

  8. Step 8 Once the setup has completed, press Enter to close the Oracle setup window and continue creating the Aternity database.

    This closes the secondary window which it opened earlier.

    The express setup succeeded

    You can check these logs after the installation, for example, if you encounter errors:

    • Aternity's express database setup log, d:\Oracle_install.log

    • Oracle's software installation log, D:\oracle\product\\cfgtoollogs\oui

    • Oracle's database creation log, D:\oracle\cfgtoollogs\dbca\aternity

  9. Step 9 In the new command window that opens, define passwords for the two mandatory Oracle database users.

    Every Oracle database must have the following two users defined:

    Enter passwords for the Oracle default users

    Oracle's setup has a known issue where if you press backspace here, the prompt disappears. If you made a mistake when entering this password, continue pressing backspace to remove the whole password, then retype it and press Enter.

    Field Description

    Enter the password for the mandatory internal user called SYS, which owns the core base data in the database. It has SYSDBA privileges.


    Enter the password for the SYSTEM user which you can use as a proxy user to access the database as SYSDBA.

    Verify success with the message 100% complete.

    View the progress of creating the Aternity database
  10. Step 10 Check the status of the setup in the log file.

    Open <setup path>\cfgtoollogs\dbca\aternity\aternity.log and search for Database creation complete, to confirm it was successful. If required, the setup log for the underlying Oracle software is located in D:\Oracle_install.log.

  11. Step 11 Check the status of the Oracle services.

    Open the Windows Task Manager or the Windows Services to check the status of the Oracle services. Verify it displays the five Oracle services, four Running and one Stopped.


    Sometimes, the Service Startup Type is Manual, meaning that you need to manually start that service. The startup type can then be set to Automatic.

    Check the status of the Oracle services in the Windows Task Manager
  12. Step 12 Check the compatibility of the internal structure of the database by verifying the database.