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SharePlex 10.1.1 - Installation and Setup for Oracle Source

About this Guide Conventions used in this guide SharePlex pre-installation checklist Download the SharePlex installer Installation and setup for Oracle cluster Installation and setup for remote capture Install SharePlex on Linux and UNIX Install SharePlex on Windows Assign SharePlex users to security groups Set up an Oracle environment for replication Set up replication from Oracle to a different target type Generic SharePlex demonstration-all platforms Advanced SharePlex demonstrations for Oracle Solve Installation Problems Database Setup Utilities General SharePlex Utilities Uninstall SharePlex Advanced installer options Install SharePlex as root Run the installer in unattended mode SharePlex installed items

Open Target checklist

All Open Targets
Requirement Completed? (Y/N)

Perform any required database upgrades.

Perform any required database upgrades before you install SharePlex. This ensures that SharePlex gets the most current object definitions when you run Database setup during the installation and setup steps.


Confirm the database release version.

Verify that the release version of the database is supported by SharePlex.


Consider character sets

When replicating to an Open Target target (non-Oracle target), SharePlex supports replication from any Oracle Unicode character set and the US7ASCII character set. SharePlex posts data to Open Target in the Unicode character set, and therefore if the source data is Unicode or US7ASCII, no conversion on the target is required.

However, if the following are true, conversion is required on the target:

  • If the character set of the source data is anything other than Oracle Unicode or US7ASCII, you must install an Oracle client on the target to perform the conversion to Unicode for posting to the target.
  • If the data must be posted to the target database in any character set other than Unicode, you must install an Oracle client on the target to perform the conversion and use the target command to identify the target character set for Post to use.
  • If you are replicating LOB data, conversion is required regardless of what the source character set is.

To perform conversion with an Oracle client on Linux

  1. Install an Oracle Administrator client on the target system. The client must be the Administrator installation type. The Instant Client and Runtime installation types are not supported.
  2. Set ORACLE_HOME to the client installation. Set ORACLE_SID to an alias or a non-existing SID. SharePlex does not use them and a database does not have to be running.
  3. Install SharePlex using the Linux/Unix installer for your operating system.
  4. Make certain the SP_OPX_NLS_CONVERSION parameter is set to the default of 1.

To perform conversion with an Oracle client on Windows

  1. Install an Oracle Administrator client on the target system. The client must be the Administrator installation type. The Instant Client and Runtime installation types are not supported.
  2. In the SharePlex Registry key \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\QuestSoftware\SharePlex\port_number, set ORACLE_HOME to the Oracle client installation location, and set ORACLE_SID to an alias or a non-existing SID. No Oracle database is required. SharePlex only needs to use the client libraries.
  3. Install SharePlex using the Windows installer.
  4. Make certain the SP_OPX_NLS_CONVERSION parameter is set to the default of 1.

To apply Unicode and US7ASCII data without conversion

If the source data is Unicode or US7ASCII and you are not replicating LOB data, no conversion or Oracle client is needed. Set the SP_OPX_NLS_CONVERSION parameter to 0 to disable conversion, and then restart Post if it is running.


Consider Case

To support replication between a source of one database type and a target of another type, the letter case of the names of the source and target columns must be the same, for example the column names on both sides in lower case or both sides in upper case. If the case differs between the source and target column names, use the column mapping feature to map the column names in the configuration file.


Install the appropriate ODBC driver.

Verify that the appropriate ODBC driver is installed for your target, and install one if there is not one present.

To test a driver with SharePlex you can use the OTS utility. You can use a standalone version of this utility before you install SharePlex, or you can run the utility from the installation directory after you install SharePlex. See the OTS documentation in the SharePlex Reference Guide for more information.


Enable case sensitivity on key columns

Enable case-sensitivity for the data of any character-based primary key columns or columns that form a unique index. This ensures that Post compares the correct source and target key values so that it updates the correct target row and prevents unique constraint errors. Unless the key values are case sensitive, cases like the following can happen:

Create table Sales (CustName varchar(20) primary key);

insert into Sales values (‘abc company’);


insert into Sales values (‘ABC Company’);

(Fails with unique constraint violation error)


Disable triggers, cascade deletes, and foreign keys on the target tables.

Triggers, cascaded DELETES, and foreign keys must be disabled on Open Target tables.

DML changes resulting from triggers, cascaded DELETES, and foreign keys on the source system enter the transaction log and are replicated to the target database by SharePlex. If the same mechanisms are allowed to occur on the target parent table, they initiate changes to the child tables that are duplicated through replication. These duplicate operations cause out-of-sync errors.

All tables with foreign keys to one another must all be included in the replication configuration for accurate replication of the source foreign key results. All tables with referential constraints must exist in the target database. If you leave one or more out, the referential integrity could become corrupted.



SQL Server Target
Requirement Completed? (Y/N)

Configure a System Data Source Name

Create a System (not User) Data Source Name (DSN) for the SQL Server database on the Windows system. The DSN can use either Windows NT authentication or SQL Server authentication. If you configure the DSN to use NT authentication and are using SQL Server 2012 or later, grant the NTAuthority\SYSTEM user the sysadmin fixed server role. ( For earlier versions of SQL Server, sysadmin is granted to the NT Authority\SYSTEM user by default.)

Test connection to the database through this DSN.


If you are using SharePlex for multiple databases that are in different SQL Server instances on the same system, each of those databases must have a unique name. Because SharePlex identifies a database by its name, if two or more databases have the same name, SharePlex will only connect to one of them.

If databases in different SQL Server instances have the same name but you are only using SharePlex for one of them, the names can remain identical without causing connection conflicts.



Teradata Target


Completed? (Y/N)

Install SharePlex on the Teradata target server

For best performance, SharePlex should be installed on the same server as the Teradata target database. Installation on a remote server may degrade performance.



Postgres Target
Requirement Completed? (Y/N)

Configure a System Data Source Name (Windows installations)

If you are replicating data to a Postgres target on Windows, you must use a DSN (data source name) as the connection method. This DSN must exist before you install SharePlex.


Add a source entry to the PostgreSQL pg_hba.conf file

For a PostgreSQL target (non-cloud), make certain that the PostgreSQL pg_hba.conf file has an entry for the SharePlex source server IP address, which gives that server access to PostgreSQL target server and its databases.

Example entry:

host    all     all     sourceip     md5

Amazon EC2 checklist

Requirement Completed? (Y/N)

Install on multiple EBS volumes

  • Install the database and SharePlex on Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS). An EBS volume is persistent storage, whereas the default Amazon storage is non-persistent and data is lost when the instance shuts down. EBS volumes also provide better performance. Minimum size for a volume is 1GB.
  • To optimize disk performance, create multiple EBS volumes and combine them by using software RAID. According to benchmarks, the optimal number of EBS volumes is 8.

Assign Elastic IP addresses

Amazon Elastic IP addresses are static, which satisfy SharePlex requirements. An Elastic IP must be created and assigned to both the source and target machines that will be used with SharePlex.


Download the SharePlex installer



About the SharePlex installers

There are different installers for SharePlex based on the type of operating system. This topic helps you understand the differences and the naming conventions used.

Linux and Unix

The SharePlex installer on Linux and Unix is a self-extracting installation file with the extension .tpm.

Oracle and Open Target:

There is a separate SharePlex installer build for each supported platform.


For Oracle Solaris (Sun), there is a separate SharePlex installer build for each supported operating system version. If the operating system version that you have is not listed, choose the highest number that is below your version.


The installer creates a temporary target directory, within the current directory, for extraction. This temporary target directory is removed upon installation completion. You can extract the files to a file system that is separate from the SharePlex installation location by using the -t option when running the .tpm file. For additional options, see Advanced SharePlex installer options.


On Windows, the SharePlex installer is named sp_setup_version.exe. It is a bundle that contains SharePlex binaries for all of the supported databases and versions.

The installer installs the following items:

  • The SharePlex binaries and files
  • The SharePlex for database program
  • The MKS Platform Components program from Parametric Technology Corporation (default C:\Program Files\MKS Toolkit)
  • Windows registry entries under \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432node.
  • One or more SharePlex port_number Windows services (depending on the installed configuration)

Do not remove or modify any of these components while SharePlex is in production, including SharePlex Installer. These components all support SharePlex operation or upgrade.

Where to get SharePlex installers

Download the SharePlex installation package that matches the operating system you are using.

Additionally, download any SharePlex patches, so that you can install them after you install the base software.

  1. Go to the Quest Software Support page:

  2. Click Download Software.

  3. In the search box, type SharePlex and press Go.
  4. Click the arrow in the Download column for the version you need. You can also click the file name for access to more information and to download the file(s).

  5. Transfer the file to system where you are installing SharePlex.
  6. You are ready to begin the installation process. Be sure to thoroughly read the version specific Release Notes prior to running the installer.

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