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RE: Windows XP Patch

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Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2007 13:05:57 -0500
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Have you tried turning the services to manual start, and rebooting. This may free up your services and DLL's the easiest. I've seen this behavior before and it was always someone else whom did the install of oracle. Normally you should be able to shutdown the services and continue. Be sure to shutdown any software also, like SQL*Plus.  

Joel Patterson
Database Administrator
904 727-2546

[] On Behalf Of Ethan Post Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2007 4:43 PM
To: Paul Drake
Cc: oracle-l
Subject: Re: Windows XP Patch  

Thanks Paul.

I ignored the errors and proceeded with the install, and eventually it said something was a process using orapls10.dll. There should not be anything accessing this as it is a new install with no databases, but there was a bunch of software using the old 9i client that was previously on this machine. It was suppose to be removed but I suspect somehow one of the services is still around and able to access the new dll's.

I might try booting up in safe mode, renaming the oracle home, then rebooting, changing back to the right name and installing the patch. I am hoping that whatever normally uses this will "break" for the short time I need to get it patched.

On 3/7/07, Paul Drake <> wrote:

On 3/7/07, Ethan Post <> wrote:
> I am trying to install the patch for windows and Oracle
> is requesting that I shutdown about ~30 services before I can
continue. I
> can actually only shut down about 20 of them. The rest either never
> or I don't have access to shut them down. I am in the administrators
> XP service pack 2. Anyone else seen this?


Besides shutting down the Oracle services that are running out of the Oracle Home that is to have the patchset applied to it, I know of these services that need to be stopped:

distributed transaction coordinator

In all likelyhood, none of your programs running on an Oracle server require MS DTC to be running, but it is installed and enabled by default which makes it a very popular target for remote exploits and a large reason why "Black Tuesday" is followed by "Patch Wednesday" each month.

Other programs that would access a .dll in the %ORACLE_HOME%\bin would be services that run on top of snmp or backup software agents.

One way to determine what processes are holding handles on files is to dump the handle information. SysInternals has utilities for providing such information that are gratis for your personal use (check the click-thru license).

handle.exe, process explorer, process monitor will all do.



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