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By Sean Hull
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Well, it turns out that it is still possible to create a
News Via RSS Feed *manual* standby database on Oracle SE. Here's how you
do it.

1. First you need to create the initial standby

database. Here are the steps to do that:

a. Put the primary database in archivelog mode, if it is

not already, and add at least LOG_ARCHIVE_DEST and

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LOG_ARCHIVE_START to your init.ora.

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SQL> !cp example01.dbf /my/db/backup/
SQL> !cp example02.dbf /my/db/backup/
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In the above example, the '!' symbol tells sqlplus to run
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Professionals frozen in backup mode) in another location.

c. Now, create a standby controlfile from primary

Business Insurance database:
for the IT services ALTER DATABASE CREATE STANDBY CONTROLFILE AS '/oracle/dbs/stbycf.ctl';
d. At this point, you want to copy everything over to the
standby server including datafiles, standby controlfile &
Business Insurance config files:
for the IT services $ scp /my/db/backup/*.dbf oracle@
e. From the standby machine, edit the standby init.ora
file. Use this parameter to tell Oracle where files on the
primary database will be located on the standby. For
example if you had files in /ora/oracle on primary, and
they are moved to /export/home/oracle on standby, this
would work for you:


Note that you can use MULTIPLE pairs of values here, if

you have files in different locations. Alternatively, you
can startup and mount the standby database then issue:

SQL> alter database rename file '/ora/oracle/myfile.dbf' to /export/home/oracle/myfile.dbf

Now you're also likely to have a new location for your

archived redo log files, and that's where the parameter
LOG_FILE_NAME_CONVERT comes into play.

Important note, neither of these two parameters work

for the ONLINE redolog files. Those you will have to
rename yourself. If you do not do so, you will get an MARKETPLACE
error at the time you try to SWITCHOVER your standby
database. Such errors are easily remedied by running
that command.

f. Now, it's time to start the standby instance and mount


SQL> startup nomount pfile=/export/home/oracle/admin/SEAN/pfile/initSEAN.standby

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SQL> atler database mount standby database;

g. Almost there. Lastly, we need to recover the standby

database using the AUTO option. Note that you should build a simple shell script to startup
these commands. A name like would work well. You can then run this p
every half hour, from cron to apply any new archived redolog files that have showed up via below.

SQL> recover standby database;


h. Now, of course, you'll want to test your standby database. You do this by starting up in r

SQL> alter database open read only;

i. Don't forget to put it back in standby mode so that when your script r
won't return errors.

SQL> shutdown immediate;

SQL> startup nomount pfile=/export/home/oracle/admin/SEAN/pfile/initSEAN.standby
SQL> atler database mount standby database;

2. What scripts should run via cron on the primary and standby database?

As we mentioned earlier, a script called would work well on the standby da
applies new archived redologs that have arrived from the production system. Run it every half
that works for you. The database must be mounted in standby mode (not read-only) or this scr

You'll also want a script on the production server. Name it, and run it every
start with. This can use rsync to move redolog files from production to standby. A command lik

$ rsync -e ssh -Pazv /ora/oracle/arch/ oracle@remote:/export/home/oracle/arch/

Note that you may want to adjust options to ssh to your needs. In addition, this presumes you
configured. Read up on the ssh-keygen command. The .ssh directory contains a public key, wh
to the standby machine, and put in the "authorized_keys" file. ssh will then login without a pas
ssh as the transport mechanism, so it also executes without a password. Rsync is very smart a
blocks and pieces of files that are different, so it is very fast, and also does checksums to guara

3. Is the standby database behind the production database?


Be a Commerce Partner Yes, keep in mind we are creating a manual standby database. The standby database will tend
production by about half the size of a redolog file. So if those files are 100M, and you generate
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5. How can we verify that the standby database is up to date?

If you already have the script running from cron, disable it.

Then login with sqlplus and issue:

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SQL> alter database open read only;

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SQL> startup nomount pfile=/export/home/oracle/admin/SEAN/pfile/initSEAN.standby

SQL> alter database mount standby database; 7. What kind of messages can I expect to see in the standby alert.log?
Developer The alert.log is going to have a lot of extra messages since we are repeatedly trying to RECOV
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b. a script to cleanup old archived redo logs on standby

c. a script to rotate and archive the alert.log file when it gets large

d. a script to watch the alert.log file for ORA-xxxxx errors and report them to nagios if it fin
primary and standby)

e. a script to login (via ssh autologin) and check what the latest archived redolog file is, and
to the standby and check the alert.log file to verify that those transactions have been applie

9. How do we switchover in the event of a failure of the primary?

Switchover *can* be done with a script, however I recommend with our manual standby datab
monitor for emergencies on production and (b) manually perform the failover if necessary. This
positives. Also, it allows you to ship additional redolog data if you have it available from produ

The switchover is a two-step process.

a. Apply remaining redo as we have done before with commands in

b. Startup the database normally, in a read-write mode.

10. What network changes need to happen to failover?

The listener.ora file should be already configured. You can use the same config as primary with
you can give this db a different tnsname. For instance, you could call primary SEANA and stand
your application server configs, when you failover, your database connection configurations ne
point to SEANB. The app servers will probably also need to be restarted at this point.

11. Why can't the primary ship redologs and synchronous changes?

Basically they call it a *manual* standby database for a reason. DataGuard supports options t


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Again, these are not available in Oracle SE.

12. Once we've failed over, how do we switch back to the primary?

Switching back to the primary database involves these steps:

a. Follow the steps in item 1 above to create a standby database on what was the primary s

b. If you want to be perfectly clean syncing, do the following:

SQL> shutdown immediate

SQL> startup restrict
SQL> alter system switch logfile
SQL> shutdown immediate

c. Copy over the last archived redolog files

d. Apply them and switchover as described in item 8 above.

13. Are there special init.ora parameters? What makes our standby database special

The main two things that make it a standby database are:

a. The standby control file (created from primary)

- alter database create standby controlfile as '/my/path/to/standby.ctl

b. The process of mounting as a standby database

- startup nomount pfile=standby.ora

- alter database mount standby database;

There are of course some init.ora parameters which are special for the standby database as we


So if you do a "shutdown immediate" on the standby, you would start again with:

SQL> startup nomount pfile=/export/home/oracle/admin/SEAN/pfile/initSEAN.standby

SQL> alter database mount standby database;


Standby database technology in Oracle is a powerful high availability solution. Even if you're u
you can still take advantage of these features built into Oracle, with just a little scripting, hand
ample monitoring. Do your research, test, test, and test again on a development server. And d
monitor all your logfiles for errors. Following these guidelines, you should be in very good shap

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By mzarick April 29 2009 11:23 AMPDT

nice article with good explanations. I just wanted to point out that there is a tool that allows you
keeping your standby databases in sync. TvdStandby by Trivadis. See
Features: support for RAC and ASM, Graceful Switchover, even with ASM. Housekeeping and
Monitoring. Regards mzarick

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By srinivas May 20 2009 9:06 AMPDT

excellent article.


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By dan August 13 2009 4:18 AMPDT

Excellent article , tried this. When i query select * V$archived_log on standby ; I get no rows selected.

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By Alistair Wall August 24 2009 7:06 AMPDT

In step 9, you have to run

alter database activate standby database;

before shutdown and normal start

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By Sharon August 31 2009 2:51 PMPDT

I have a 10g linux oracle db. I followed all the steps, but run into problem when I did step 1.g

> recover standby database;

ORA-00279: change 2342934 generated on 8/27/2009 15:40:31 needed for thread 1

ORA-00289: suggestions: /path/to/arch/sid/1_833_682861383.arc
ORA-00280: change 2342934 for thread 1 is in sequence #833


ORA-00317: file type 0 in header is not log file

ORA-00334: archived log: '/path/to/arch/sid/1_833_682861383.arc'

ORA-01547: warning: RECOVER succeeded but OPEN RESETLOGS would get error below
ORA-01195: online backup of file 1 needs more recovery to be consistent
ORA-01110: datafile 1: '/opt/oracle/oradata/sid/system01.dbf'

Please advise. Thanks

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By kirik17 January 29 2010 1:34 AMPDT

to start standby database as primary:

check database role




here you can check that database role changed to 'PRIMARY'



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By thr January 4 2011 9:12 PMPDT

I've been looking for an article like this for some time. Very informative. I do have questions on some
of the steps:

1) Do I need to create the standby database using dbca first before copying the primary's data files
and config files over in step (1d)?

2)By config files you mean the tnsnames.ora, listener.ora, control and the init.ora files?

thanks for the clarifications.

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