What is SID in Oracle ?

In the doc you’ll find, it’s the Oracle system identifier. Okay, let’s imagine the following Environment: ORACLE_SID=ORA001 init.ora: DB_NAME=DB001 DB_UNIQUE_NAME=UNI001 INSTANCE_NAME=INS001 SERVICE_NAMES=SVC001,SVC002 DB_DOMAIN=EXAMPLE.COM GLOBAL_NAMES=false database: SQL> select * from GLOBAL_NAME; GLO001.example.com listener.ora: SID_LIST_LISTENER = (SID_LIST = (SID_DESC = (GLOBAL_NAME=GLO001.EXAMPLE.COM) (SID_NAME=ORA001) ) ) What is my SID? Actually there is more than one correct answer. In… Continue reading What is SID in Oracle ?

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SSL with PKCS12 truststore

Many many moons ago I vaguely remember having a similar issue with java keystore / truststore and microsoft certificates stores. When you start using SSL for your listener, you could potentially face a large number of issues amoung your toolsets. In my opinion, the most disastrous one is that you cannot monitor your database with… Continue reading SSL with PKCS12 truststore

anonymous cypher suites for SSL (and a 12c pitfall)

If you configure your listener for encryption only, you do not really need authentication. It works pretty fine until 11.2.0.2, I wrote multiple posts on ssl. You add SSL_CLIENT_AUTHENTICATION=FALSE to your server sqlnet.ora and listener.ora and specify an “anon” cipher suite in your client. You do not need to validate the certificate, so a default… Continue reading anonymous cypher suites for SSL (and a 12c pitfall)

KeepAlive socket in 12c listener

A not uncommon issue with firewalls and listeners are timeouts. Your production database may be behind a firewall, you may connect from a remote location, even your Windows workstation may have some firewall activated, possibly you use ssh tunnels or TCPS. All those occasionally lead to timeouts and connection abortion, for instance ORA-03113 end-of-file on… Continue reading KeepAlive socket in 12c listener

OracleContext as top object in Active Directory

When you do expand your Active Directory schema, it is not reversible; how to decide to use the OracleContext as a top object or not? On the one hand, for tnsnames resolution, you could hide your context down in your AD structure and change the path in ldap.ora DIRECTORY_SERVER_TYPE=AD DEFAULT_ADMIN_CONTEXT=”OU=Oracle,OU=Misc,DC=example,DC=com” For debugging, I set TNSPING.TRACE_LEVEL=ADMIN… Continue reading OracleContext as top object in Active Directory