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Oracle 10g Configuring Easy Connect Naming to Use an Alias

It is not realistic to expect clients to use long connect, so Oracle has provided a means to use a simple connect string alias similar to that used in the host naming method in Oracle9i. With this method, a more traditional connect string is used, similar to:

CONNECT username/password@alias

To use the alias capability in Oracle Database 10g, simply:

  1. Configure the Listener with the Database Service Information

  2. Establish the Host Name Resolution Environment

  3. Connect to the Database

Let’s take a more detailed look at these steps.

Step 1: Configure the Listener with the Database Service Information - To use the alias capability, you must register database service information with the Listener. When the database can find the Listener, information about the database service is dynamically registered during service registration, including the specified database service name.

The requirements for the Listener to be found are:

  • A default Listener named LISTENER running on TCP/IP, port 1521; or

  • The local_listener parameter is set in the initialization file to the name of the actual local Listener, if different from the default.

If the database cannot find the Listener, then you must configure the listener.ora file with the global_dbname parameter, as shown below:


Step 2: Establish Host Name Resolution Environment - To use an alias, the system must resolve the service name through an IP address translation mechanism, such as the Domain Name System (DNS), NIS, or a centrally-maintained TCP/IP host file, /etc/hosts (on most UNIX platforms).

For a service name of for a database that exists on a computer named test-server, the entry in a typical /etc/hosts file would be:

#IP address of server host name alias test-server

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