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    What hardware to practice on?

    Hello all, I want to buy computer hardware/equipment in order to practice my DBA skills, install 12c, Linux, etc. What is a good one to buy? Any suggestions? I currently have nothing. Thanks.

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    Thank you for your quick response and assistance. I will check those links to digest that information. I know a lot of people who are Oracle DBAs and they don't have a college degree or if they do, they say it doesn't translate to DBA work. I know one person who only went to High School and he's been a DBA for 8 years. Given this data, this is why I thought there was no reason that I could not also become an Oracle DBA. I study every day and refer to the dba-oracle.com website frequently. I plan to take the OCA exam as well. This exam does not require a Bachelor's degree. In addition, I read a lot of job postings for DBAs and none of them ask to complete six months of Oracle University classes. So far I am understanding Oracle database pretty well and I have even typed over 100 pages of notes this past summer and posted them online for anyone to refer to. I am already a CPA in the United States but I find IT much more interesting than Accounting. This is why I chose to switch. I have seen some General Ledger and E-Business/Fusion books from Oracle so maybe there is a job out there where I can blend Oracle and CPA. I have to see what direction I should go in. Thank you for your time.

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    Hello everyone, I've been learning 12c and everything I read it says to never log in as SYS or SYSTEM. So then without the privileges and roles that these users have, how are you supposed to perform your DBA work? Am I missing something? Thanks!