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password required to login as sysdba [message #205834] Mon, 27 November 2006 18:30 Go to next message
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Registered: November 2006
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Oracle version
OS = Windows 2000 server

I have a domain account on a server and I am a member of
ORA_DBA and Adminstrator group

I open a command window and set
oracle_home and

However when I try to login without a password


SQL*Plus: Release - Production on Mon Nov 27 13:08:28 2006

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Enter user-name: /as sysdba
ORA-01031: insufficient privileges

Is it possible that Oracle software was installed by a user who was not a part of the ora_dba group. In that case how do I find out which group
Re: password required to login as sysdba [message #205924 is a reply to message #205834] Tue, 28 November 2006 02:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Frank Naude
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Try to connect with "SYS/ AS SYSDBA". Hit ENTER when asked for a password.
Re: password required to login as sysdba [message #206979 is a reply to message #205834] Sat, 02 December 2006 22:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Mohammad Taj
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also you can try
C:\>sqlplus " / as sysdba"

SQL*Plus: Release - Production on Sun Dec 3 08:58:09 2006

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Connected to:
Oracle Database 10g Enterprise Edition Release - Production
With the Partitioning, OLAP and Data Mining options

Re: password required to login as sysdba [message #207234 is a reply to message #206979] Mon, 04 December 2006 15:28 Go to previous message
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Registered: December 2006
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you have two possibilities.

1. when you will connect to database without a password
- check that you a member of DBA-Group (local machine group)
- check your "$ORACLE_HOME/network/admin/sqlnet.ora"


2. (re)create a new password file with ORAPWD-Utility

2.1 recreate a new password file on UNIX (case sensitive)

prompt> orapwd file={$ORACLE_HOME}/dbs/orapw<SID> password=<new_password> [entries=5]
2.2 WINDOWS (ORACLE 9 backwards)

prompt> orapwd file={%ORACLE_HOME%}/database/PWD<SID>.ORA password=<new_password> [entries=5]

- from ORACLE 10g upwards, the password file stored on windows also in "{%ORACLE_HOME%}/dbs/"

- restart the services and you can use the new_password
("/ as sysdba")
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