Per the Oracle documentation. E16847-09, Grid Control Advanced
Installation and Configuration Guide, 11g Relase 1 (22.214.171.124.0) dated
May 2011, page 2-5 it states very clearly that the 32bit EM GC Software
(both the OMS and the OMA) can be installed only on a 32-bit operation
system that is running on a 32-bit hardware. Similarly, a 64 software
base can be installed only on a 64-bit OS that is running on 64-bit
hardware. Do NOT (their emphasis) try to install a 32-bit software on a
64-bit platform or vice versa. The installation may proceed, but will
I agree. Ludicrous. Their only suggestion was to go to 64-bit Linux.
From: Niall Litchfield
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2011 8:10 AM
To: Storey, Robert (DCSO)
Subject: Re: Grid Control hardware
OK so that appears to be an entirely ludicrous position to hold. Do you
have the reference for the install note? I wouldn't be surprised if they
didn't support it on a 64bit O/S but the hardware platform is both
irrelevant, and er likely impossible to meet. I'm pretty damn sure that
their development hardware and test hardware doesn't meet this
On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 1:45 PM, Storey, Robert (DCSO)
So, as a follow up to this, I have talked to MOS on a SR about this.
There response was that they (Oracle) will not support the installation
of the 32bit grid control software via a 32bit OS (Windows) onto a 64
bit machine. They only thing they will support is to install the 32bit
GC software via a 32bit OS (Windows) onto a 32bit hardware base.
I then asked them what are new customers for Grid Control suppose to do
when 32bit hardware is no longer available? We're a Dell shop and there
is currently no server that I've found available on their systems page
that is NOT 64 bit. Under normal circumstances, a 32 bit application
should work just fine on a 64 bit hardware base with a 32bit OS loaded.
Are we having fun yet?
On Behalf Of Storey, Robert
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2011 9:56 AM
Subject: Grid Control hardware
Is anyone running 11G Grid Control using Windows 2008 (32bit) on a 64
When we bought our new box 7 months ago with the plan to install 10g
grid control, I could find nothing that indicated you could not run the
32bit software on a 64 bit machine.
However, I'm now moving straight to 11g and there is an installation
note that says the 32bit software must only be installed on a 32 bit
Just curious if anyone runs the 32/64 setup. Opend a SR to confirm what
appears to be a new change in the process.