Oracle XE 11g Beta - First Tests

Posted by Dirk Nachbar on Saturday, April 02, 2011 with 2 comments
Yesterday I posted that Oracle XE 11g Beta Version is available for download (see here

Today I got some time and installed the new Beta Version of the Oracle Database 11.2 Express Edition. I tested the release for Linux 64bit. My choosen Linux is an Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 Update 3 (x86-64).

The installation is really simple, unzip the downloaded installation software and run the following commands as root user:

rpm -ihv oracle-xe-
# After the rpm is install you have to run the configuration script as root user
/etc/init.d/oracle-xe configure

Below you will see the full steps as a screenshot:

What is new in Oracle XE 11g Beta Release is the installation location, now Oracle follows his own recommendations and is placing the Oracle XE 11g under OFA layout :-) The new installation location is /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2/xe (In some sections in the documentation are still references to the previous used installation location, just ignore this wrong path locations). In your desktop you will find also after the installation of the Oracle XE 11g a new menu with the necessary Oracle XE menu's:

In the menu you will find the major tasks:
  • Get Help
  • Backup Database
  • Get Started
  • Restore Database
  • Run SQL Command Line
  • Start Database
  • Stop Database

If you choose for example the option "Get Started" your browser will open with the general startpage which includes multiple sections:

And to check if we are really running an Oracle Database 11.2 Express Edition, just run in a sqlplus session:
conn / as sysdba
select banner from v$version;

You will see following output then: