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Oracle 8 Client on 64 bit Windows 2008?

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Last Modified: 2013-12-19
Hi Experts,
I am not very familiar with Oracle, but am faced with a new Windows X64 2008 Server running Terminal Services and need to install an app requiring the Oracle client. (And Crystal reports to get data from the Oracle server.)

Having read the Oracle info on 32 bit ODBC on 64 bit platforms, it looks like things will be OK.

We have the original Oracle 8i CD but JREW.EXE dies after the installation. I see this is a fairly common Java runtime issue and will pursue that.

My question is this:

Should we download the latest (11g) client and install that instead of what came with the software (8i?)

Will this have any negative implications? (Can it connect to a version 8 database OK?)
Does it cost anything for the newer client?
Any other thoughts on the matter?


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version 8 and 11 are not a supported combination  for client and server, regardless of which is 8 and which is 11.

However, having said that,  8i is long unsupported for any version.  I highly recommend upgrading the database and the client.
If that's not possible, then the only client that was ever certified for all versions 8 through 11 is a 9i client.

So I would use a 9i client for now while you work out upgrade options as it will allow you to transition as your database(s) upgrades.

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Thanks for the definitive answer. This gave me the right direction to look. Appears version 10G is the only one that can install on Win2K8 or Vista and connect to an 8i database (with a patch.) Albeit not recommended.
We are taking different routes altogether then. Thanks.
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glad I could help
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