Oracle by Example brandingProvisioning Autonomous Data Warehouse

section 0Before You Begin

This tutorial shows you how to log in to the Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse console, create a service instance, and create a user. This tutorial takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Tutorial Series

This is the first in a series of tutorials for Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse. Perform the tutorials sequentially.


Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse is fully-managed, offers high-performance, and is elastic. You have all of the performance of the market-leading Oracle Database in a fully-managed environment that is tuned and optimized for data warehouse workloads. Autonomous Data Warehouse supports all standard SQL and business intelligence (BI) tools and delivers scalable analytic query performance.

In this tutorial, you create a service instance, connect SQL Developer to Autonomous Data Warehouse, and create a database end user to use in all subsequent tutorials. 

What Do You Need?

  • Subscription to Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse
    • Your Oracle Cloud user name, password, and identity domain

      Locate your account details in the New Account Information email that you received from Oracle Cloud when your user account was set up. If you don't have your New Account Information email, contact your account administrator.
  • Tenancy in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, including the creation of a compartment and the setting of access to resources (see Oracle Cloud Infrastructure documentation for setting up your tenancy).
  • Oracle SQL Developer (see Oracle Technology Network download site). Version 18.3 or later. Versions 18.2 or later contain enhancements for key Autonomous Data Warehouse features.
    If you are a Windows user on 64-bit platform, download the 'Windows 64-bit with JDK 8 included' distribution as it includes the files necessary to run SQL Developer and connect to your Autonomous Data Warehouse database.

    If you are using a SQL Developer version earlier than 18.2, see the documentation topic Connecting with Oracle SQL Developer (earlier than Version 18.2).

section 1Create an Instance

Sign in to Autonomous Data Warehouse and create an instance.

  1. Sign in from On the Oracle Cloud page, click Sign In.
  2. On the Cloud Account page, enter your cloud account name and click Next.
    Cloud Account
    Description of the illustration cloud_login
  3. Enter your User Name and Password and click Sign In to sign in to your Oracle Cloud Account.
    Cloud Account
    Description of the illustration cloud sign in
  4. If you see the Set Preferences page, enter your Language and Timezone and click OK.
  5. On the Cloud My Services page, click the navigation menu in the upper left to show top level navigation choices.
    Cloud Account
    Description of the illustration my services
  6. Click Services to show the available services. In the list of available services, select Autonomous Data Warehouse.
    Dashboard Services
    Description of the illustration dashboard_services
  7. The console for Autonomous Data Warehouse displays. You can use the List Scope drop-down menu to select a compartment; in this example the SQLDev compartment is selected. Click here for documentation on creating compartments.
    This console shows no databases. If there were a long list of databases, you could filter the list by using the Filters drop-down menu to filter by the state of the databases (available, stopped, terminated, and so on.)
    Click Create Autonomous Data Warehouse.
    Click Create Autonomous Data Warehouse
    Description of the illustration click_create_autonomous_data_warehouse
  8. The Create Autonomous Data Warehouse dialog appears. At the top of the dialog, select a compartment for the data warehouse from the drop-down list. Oracle recommends that you create this resource in a compartment other than the root.
    Create dialog
    Description of the illustration create_adw_instance
  9. In the Create Autonomous Data Warehouse dialog, enter the following information:
    • Display Name - Enter a name for the data warehouse for display purposes.
    • Database Name - Use letters and numbers only, starting with a letter. Maximum length is 14 characters. (Underscores not initially supported.)
    • CPU Core Count - Number of CPUs for your service.
    • Storage (TB) - Select your storage capacity in terabytes. It is the actual space available to your service instance, including system-related space allocations.
    • Administrator Credentials - Password for ADMIN user of the service instance. The password must meet the following requirements:
      • The password must be between 12 and 30 characters long and must include at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, and one numeric character.
      • The password cannot contain the username.
      • The password cannot contain the double quote (") character.
      • The password must be different from the last 4 passwords used.
      • The password must not be the same password that is set less than 24 hours ago.
    • License Type - Select whether you have existing licenses or if you want to subscribe to new database software licenses and the database cloud service.
    • Tags - (Optional) Tagging is a metadata system that allows you to organize and track resources within your tenancy. Tags are composed of keys and values which can be attached to resources.

      Click Create Autonomous Data Warehouse.
      Complete dialog
      Description of the illustration complete_adw_dialog
  10. The Create Autonomous Data Warehouse dialog closes. On the console, the State field indicates that the data warehouse is Provisioning. When creation is completed, the State field changes from Provisioning to Available.
    ADW provisioning state
    Description of the illustration adw_provisioning_state

section 2Download the Credentials Zip File

Once you have created the data warehouse, download the credentials zip file for client access to that data warehouse. You will use this file in the next step, and in the next tutorial to connect SQL Developer to your Autonomous Data Warehouse.

  1. In the console, in the entry for your new Autonomous Data Warehouse database, select DB Connection.
    Click DB Connection button
    Description of the illustration click_db_connection_button
  2. The Database Connection dialog opens for downloading client credentials. Click Download.
    Database Connection dialog
    Description of the illustration database_connection_dialog
  3. In the Download Wallet dialog, enter an encryption password for the wallet, confirm the password, and then click Download.
    click download
    Description of the illustration download_wallet
  4. Click Save File, and then click OK.
  5. Store the zip file and make note of the password. You will use the zip file in the next step to define a SQL Developer connection to your Autonomous Data Warehouse database.
    Note: Version 18.2.0 of SQL Developer drops the requirement to enter the Autonomous Data Warehouse keystore password and does not provide the keystore password field in the dialog for creating a connection. If using SQL Developer version 18.2.0 or newer, you do not use this password.

section 3Define a SQL Developer Connection

Define a SQL Developer connection to your Autonomous Data Warehouse database.
Note: If you are using a SQL Developer version earlier than 18.2, see the documentation topic mentioned at the beginning of this tutorial in the "Before You Begin" section, Connecting with Oracle SQL Developer (earlier than Version 18.2).

  1. Open SQL Developer on your local computer. In the Connections panel, right-click Connections and select New Connection.
    Depending on your version of SQL Developer, do not right-click Cloud Connection or Database Schema Service Connections. That menu selection is for connecting to a different Oracle cloud service, the Oracle Database Schema Service.
    select new connection
    Description of the illustration select_new_connection
  2. The New/Select Database Connection dialog appears. Enter the following information:
    • Connection Name - Enter the name for this cloud connection.
    • Username - Enter the database username. Use the default administrator database account (admin) that is provided as part of the service.
    • Password - Enter the admin user's password that you or your Autonomous Data Warehouse administrator specified when creating the service instance.
    • Connection Type - Select Cloud Wallet.
    • Configuration File - Click Browse, and select the Client Credentials zip file, downloaded from the Autonomous Data Warehouse service console by you, or given to you by your Autonomous Data Warehouse administrator.
    • Service - In the drop-down menu, service selections are prepended with database names. Select the low, medium, or high menu item for your database. These service levels map to the LOW, MEDIUM, and HIGH consumer groups, which provide different levels of priority for your session.
      Note: Earlier versions of SQL Developer may not support this feature.  
    connection definition completed
    Description of the illustration new_select_database_connection_dialog
  3. Click Test.
    Status: Success displays at the left-most bottom of the New/Select Database Connection dialog.
  4. Click Connect.
    An entry for the new connection appears under Connections.

section 4Create a User in your Autonomous Data Warehouse Database

Once you have connected SQL Developer to your Autonomous Data Warehouse database, use a SQL Developer worksheet to define a create user statement to create the user adwc_user. In the next tutorial, you will create sales history tables in the adwc_user schema and load data into these tables from an object store.

  1. Open a SQL Developer worksheet and run the following SQL statements to create the user adwc_user, swapping in a password with the guidelines provided in the following Note section.
    create user adwc_user identified by "<password>";
    grant dwrole to adwc_user;
    SQL Developer commands creating adwc_user
    Description of the illustration sql_developer_commands_create_user
    Note: Autonomous Data Warehouse requires strong passwords. The password you specify must meet the default password complexity rules. This database checks for the following requirements when you create or modify passwords:
    • The password must be between 12 and 30 characters long and must include at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, and one numeric character.
    • The password cannot contain the username.
    • The password cannot be one of the last four passwords used for the same username.
    • The password cannot contain the double quote (") character

    : Autonomous Data Warehouse databases come with a pre-defined database role named DWROLE.

  2. In the next tutorial, "Connecting SQL Developer and Creating Tables", you will connect SQL Developer to your Autonomous Transaction Processing database as user adwc_user, and define SH tables(sales history tables from an Oracle sample schema) for that user. Later, you will load data into those tables from an Object Store.