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Re: Standby -> ORA-01031: insufficient privileges

Carel-Jan Engel


Hi Milen,
The 'orcl' part of the password filename is the instance name. So, in
your case, it should be stby.

I'm very grateful that you're proving my statement, that in a High
Available configuration both ends should be as symmetric as possible.

The name stby seems to be a logical choice, on first sight. However,
when the standby takes over the tasks of the primary, after that failed
for some reason, all of a sudden you end up with a very confusing
sonfiguration, where the database named 'stby' has the primary role.
When the primary gets rebuild, it will have the orcl name.

Furthermore, until the primary is rebuild, your system is more
vulnerable, due to the fact that there is only one database (supposed
you have just one standby). Meanwhile, it is more likely you make a
mistake in this confusing situation with a stby acting as primary.

Bottom line: in your situation, I'd name the standby database 'orcl' as
well. In that case, you don't have to recreate the passwordfile, but
just the database ;-).

Best regards,

Carel-Jan Engel

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. (Derek Bok)

On Tue, 2005-05-24 at 22:40, Milen Kulev wrote:

> Hello listers,
> I am trying to build a standby database (for learning purposes) with RMAN.
> The problem is, when I try to connect to the standy instance (which is in NOMOUNT status),
> I am always getting the following error (executed on primary host(host1)):
> [host1:orcl:~] ->rman target sys/oracle@(protected)
> Recovery Manager: Release - Production
> Copyright (c) 1995, 2004, Oracle. All rights reserved.
> connected to target database: ORCL (DBID=1086744555)
> RMAN-00571: ===========================================================
> RMAN-00569: =============== ERROR MESSAGE STACK FOLLOWS ===============
> RMAN-00571: ===========================================================
> RMAN-00554: initialization of internal recovery manager package failed
> RMAN-04006: error from auxiliary database: ORA-01031: insufficient privileges
> orcl is my primary database
> stby is my standby database
> Even on the standby machine(host2), when I execute the following statement,
> I am getting the same error:
> [host2:orcl:/u01/app/oracle/product/10.1.0/db_1/dbs] ->sqlplus 'sys/oracle@(protected)' ;
> SQL*Plus: Release - Production on Mon May 23 16:34:43 2005
> Copyright (c) 1982, 2005, Oracle. All rights reserved.
> ORA-01031: insufficient privileges
> Standby Database (TNS name = stby) is NOMOUNT status.  
> Configration of both databases :
> *.remote_login_passwordfile = EXCLUSIVE
> There is a password file (orapworcl) on the standby machine :
> host2:orcl:/u01/app/oracle/product/10.1.0/db_1] ->ls -l $ORACLE_HOME/dbs
> total 44
> -rw-rw----   1 oracle  oinstall   1544 May 22 12:25 hc_orcl.dat
> -rw-r--r--   1 oracle  oinstall   12920 May 8 08:43 initdw.ora
> -rw-r--r--   1 oracle  oinstall   8385 May 8 08:43 init.ora
> -rw-rw----   1 oracle  oinstall     24 May 23 13:56 lkSTBY
> -rwSr-----   1 oracle  oinstall   1536 May 23 13:56 orapworcl
> -rw-r-----   1 oracle  oinstall   3584 May 23 13:35 spfileorcl.ora
> [host2:orcl:/u01/app/oracle/product/10.1.0/db_1] ->
> OS User "oracle" ist a member of OS "dba" group:
> [host2:orcl:/u01/app/oracle/product/10.1.0/db_1/dbs] ->id
> uid=700(oracle) gid=701(oinstall) groups=701(oinstall),700(dba)
> The password file (orapworcl) was created with the command:
> [host2:orcl:/u01/app/oracle/product/10.1.0/db_1/dbs] ->orapwd file=orapworcl password=oracle force=Y
> Whatever I do, I am still getting "ORA-01031: insufficient privileges" error
> message.
> OS version:
> [host2:orcl:/u01/app/oracle/product/10.1.0/db_1/dbs] ->uname -a
> Linux host2.example.com 2.4.21-27.EL #1 Wed Dec 1 22:08:15 EST 2004 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
> [host2:orcl:/u01/app/oracle/product/10.1.0/db_1/dbs] ->cat < /etc/redhat-release
> Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS release 3 (Taroon Update 4)
> Oracle Software (primary + standby):
> SQL> select * from V$version;
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> Oracle Database 10g Enterprise Edition Release - Prod
> PL/SQL Release - Production
> CORE    Production
> TNS for Linux: Version - Production
> NLSRTL Version - Production
> What I am missing here?
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