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ODBC and EZCONNECT or my way out of active directory

The traditional way of connecting Excel (or Access) to Oracle (and other databases) is to use ODBC and TNSNAMES. You install an Oracle client, you create a connection and specify your tnsnames connection alias as server, here below DB01

DB01 = 

But the file is often managed centrally and deployed to the client by the DBA via home scripts. The syntax is pretty ugly and very soon you’ll see, a space or a parenthesis is missing and the loss of service is complete…

When working with Windows, one guy may try to setup active directory resolution. Before Exchange 2003, the schema was extended and that’s it, it works. But later, Microsoft made things more secure, among others by disabling anonymous bind and probably later by enforcing SSL, and one day you’ll see, the connection no longer works. Also, the schema extension could not be reverted, so it is not a thing you do just for fun in production

While there are white papers and blog articles on using authenticated bind, I could not find any support note.
Note 361192.1 mentions :
When anonymous operations are disabled, anonymous operations performed against Active Directory will fail
And note 455031.1 mentions :
Configuring Non-Anonymous LDAP Access Prerequisites: – A working LDAP naming environment should already exist between a client and OID (not Active Directory)
While note 1587824.1 refers the white paper Configuring Microsoft Active Directory for Oracle Net Naming , it clearly states This document is provided for information purposes only
So when AD changes, chances are, you will get an issue. Maybe in 2020Q1 according to

Clearly, if you need more, you should go for an Oracle directory server like OID.

But if you need less? maybe you could go for easy connect (EZCONNECT). This is a zero-configuration setup that puts all the configuration out of the DBA tasks. So it seems to be better.

There are plenty of examples on how to use it, even with SSL and RAC and so on. In its simplest form you’ll use

sqlplus scott/tiger@srv01:1521/DB01

instead of

sqlplus scott/tiger@DB01

So a little bit more details but no more ActiveDirectory and no more tnsnames.ora.

But does it work with Excel and family? actually yes

You need to specify
Service Name : //srv01:1521/db01

If you don’t prefix with //, it doesn’t work.

Conclusion: if you are not willing to maintain local tnsnames and struggling with ActiveDirectory security enhancement, consider easyconnect but be aware of the additional slashes in the server name

ldap security windows

Oracle 18c/19c and ActiveDirectory

With Oracle 18c and even better in Oracle 19c, you can manage your Oracle database users in Active Directory. This was supposed to be a very nice new feature as many of us struggle with many thousand users spread over many versions, environments, platforms and even cloud or exadata.

Is this going to help you?

No 😛

Oracle provides support for Active Directory only on Windows. Client and database must run on Windows

Net Services Administrator’s Guide

Maybe some of my readers working on a Linux-free environment may still like it


powershell goodies for Active Directory

What are my groups?

PS> Get-ADPrincipalGroupMembership lsc |
select -ExpandProperty "name"
Domain Users

Who is member of that group ?

PS> Get-ADGroupMember oracle|
select -ExpandProperty "name"
Laurent Schneider
Alfred E. Newmann
Scott Tiger

What is my phone number ?

PS> (get-aduser lsc -property MobilePhone).MobilePhone
+41 792134020

This works like a charm on your Windows 7 PC.
1) Download and install Remote Server Administration Tools
2) Activate the windows feature under control panel program called “Active Directory Module for Powershell”
3) PS> Import-Module ActiveDirectory
Read the procedure there : how to add active directory module in powershell in windows 7

11g 11gR2 java ldap security sql developer toad

TNSNAMES and Active Directory

It is highly probable you already have MS AD in your company. Probably you use a local tnsnames.ora. Apart from setting a Oracle Internet Directory or Oracle Virtual Directory, there is one more option that you may want to consider : AD.

Ok, here is a bit of a road map :

– Schema Extension :
extending the schema is irreversible and you will have to test this properly and explain why you need this (remove the need of distributing a tnsnames, central administration) to your Microsoft Admin friends. To extend the schema, use Oracle Network Configuration Assistant. The step-by-step guide is there

– Anonymous or authenticated bind
prior to 11g, you needed to allow anonymous bind on the AD server. Your Security Admin friends will probably prefer the 11g approach of setting NAMES.LDAP_AUTHENTICATE_BIND to true. If you set NAMES.LDAP_AUTHENTICATE_BIND to true, the Oracle clients will use your windows credentials to do the tnsnames resolution.

For sql developer, use Connection Type=TNS, Connect Identifier=DB01. connection type=Ldap does not work with authenticated bind

– Import the tnsnames and / or create new entries
all done with Net Manager and pretty intuitively. Except that you will use “Directory –> Export Net Service Names” to import the tnsnames in AD

– Configure the clients


– test it!
tnsping first

C:\> tnsping db01

TNS Ping Utility for 64-bit Windows: Version - Production on 10-NOV-2011 14:42:16

Copyright (c) 1997, 2010, Oracle. All rights reserved.

Used parameter files:

Used LDAP adapter to resolve the alias
Attempting to contact (DESCRIPTION=(ADDRESS_LIST=(ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=TCP)(Host=srv01)(Port=1521)))(CONNECT
OK (20 msec)

I wrote a simple java program to check the connection :

import java.sql.*;
import oracle.jdbc.pool.*;
public class HelloWorld {
public static void main(String[] args) throws SQLException {
OracleDataSource ods = new OracleDataSource();
ResultSet res = ods.
prepareCall("select 'Hello World' txt from dual").

C:\> set PATH=C:\oracle\product\11.2.0\client_3\bin
C:\> javac -classpath .;C:\oracle\product\11.2.0\client_3\jdbc\lib\ojdbc6.jar
C:\> java -classpath .;C:\oracle\product\11.2.0\client_3\jdbc\lib\ojdbc6.jar\oracle\product\11.2.0\client_3\network\admin HelloWorld
Hello World

If you get and issue with ocijdbc11, you either do not have the *ocijdbc11* driver in your PATH / LD_LIBRARY_PATH / LIBPATH or the use the wrong driver. For instance if you compile with java 32bits, you cannot use the oci 64 bit.

If you use a jdbc thin ldap resolution and have no anonymous bind, it will return an error

import java.sql.*;
public class HelloWorld {
public static void main(String[] args) throws SQLException {
DriverManager.registerDriver(new oracle.jdbc.OracleDriver());
ResultSet res = DriverManager.
getConnection("jdbc:oracle:thin:@ldap://,cn=OracleContext", "scott", "tiger").
prepareCall("select 'Hello World' txt from dual").

C:\>java -classpath .;C:\oracle\product\11.2.0\client_3\jdbc\lib\ojdbc6.jar HelloWorld
Exception in thread "main" java.sql.SQLException: I/O-Fehler: JNDI Package failure avax.naming.NamingException: [LDAP:error code 1 - 000004DC: LdapErr: DSID-0C0906DC, comment: In order to perform this operation a successful bind must be completed on the connection., data 0, v1db0 ]; remaining name 'cn=db01,cn=OracleContext'
at oracle.jdbc.driver.T4CConnection.logon(
at oracle.jdbc.driver.PhysicalConnection.(
at oracle.jdbc.driver.T4CConnection.(
at oracle.jdbc.driver.T4CDriverExtension.getConnection(
at oracle.jdbc.driver.OracleDriver.connect(
at java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(
at java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(
at HelloWorld.main(

As the error message says, the ldap server requires a bind

Let’s try to bind

import java.sql.*;
import java.util.*;
import oracle.jdbc.pool.*;
public class HelloWorld {
public static void main(String[] args) throws SQLException {
OracleDataSource ods = new OracleDataSource();
Properties prop = new Properties();
prop.put("", "simple");
prop.put("","CN=Laurent Schneider,CN=Users,DC=example,DC=com");
prop.put("", "my_ad_pw");


ResultSet res = ods.
prepareCall("select 'Hello World' txt from dual").

This works!