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?