You’re almost ready to create a database. Chapter 4 covered the planning process. This chapter first goes over a few prerequisites such as obtaining the software, installation guides, and reference manuals. I also discuss the installation of software that precedes the creation of a database. I then demonstrate the process of installing the Oracle software in your VM. I hope you take the opportunity to perform the software installation exercise yourself—the best way to learn is by doing. Besides, software installation is one of the most common tasks of a database administrator.