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Oracle – Archive Log Mode

November 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Archive log mode is necessary for hot backups and point-in-time recovery to take place. By default the database is created in noarchivelog mode, however you would need to shutdown the database in order to perform a backup. Archivelog mode allows for hot backups to be run with the archive logs being included in the backup to allow for consistency.

In archivelog mode the database will make copies of completed redo logs, archive logfiles. The disadvantage of this is that until the archivelog for a redo log has been written, the redo log cannot be reused.


The following parameters need to be set in order to use archivelog mode:

log_archive_start = TRUE
log_archive_dest_1 = 'LOCATION=/arch_dir_name'
log_archive_dest_state_1 = ENABLE
log_archive_format = %d_%t_%s.arc

Enable Archivelog Mode

You must first shutdown all instances of the database. Then startup one instance, enable archivelog mode, the restart the remaining instances.

SQL> shutdown immediate
SQL> startup mount
SQL> alter database archivelog;
SQL> alter database open;

Check Archivelog Mode

You can easily check if a database is running in archivelog mode by running the following:

SQL> Archive log list;

Disable Archivelog Mode

To disable archivelog mode you once again need to shutdown the database, startup mount, then disable archivelog mode:

SQL> shutdown immediate
SQL> startup mount
SQL> alter database noarchivelog;
SQL> alter database open;

Oracle – Restricted Database Session

November 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Sometimes it is necessary to do work on a database without any other users being logged in. It is possible to restrict the database session in such a case. When the database starts in restricted mode only users with restricted session privileges can get access to the database even though it is technically in open mode.

Enable / Disable Restricted Session

SQL> startup restrict ORACLE instance started.
Total System Global Area 504366872 bytes
Fixed Size 743192 bytes
Variable Size 285212672 bytes
Database Buffers 218103808 bytes
Redo Buffers 307200 bytes
Database mounted.
Database opened.

Startup the database in restricted mode

The alter system command can be used to put the database in and out of restricted session once it is open:

SQL> alter system enable restricted session;
system altered
SQL> alter system disable restricted session;
system altered

Find and disconnect users connected during restricted session

Any users connected to the database when restricted session is enabled will remain connected and need to be manually disconnected
To check which users are connected to the database run the following:

SQL> SELECT username, logon_time, process from v$session;
-------- --------- -------
17-NOV-10 606252
17-NOV-10 598054
17-NOV-10 540690
17-NOV-10 421948
17-NOV-10 561182
17-NOV-10 512046
17-NOV-10 1257542
SYS      17-NOV-10 1310796
8 rows selected.

By querying the process id you can then issue a kill -9 <process_id> at the operating system level to disconnect the connected user. The blank usernames in v$session refer to background database processes.

Check if database in restricted mode

If you are unsure whether the database is in restricted session or not you can run the following query to check:

SQL> SELECT logins from v$instance;