Names Server

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The Oracle Names Server is a server process that hands out TNS connect strings to clients. One can think of it as a central TNSNAMES.ORA server. Oracle Names enable clients to easily connect to a database without regard to specific physical locations or configurations on the network.

[edit] Migration path

The Names Server is not available with Oracle 10g anymore and 10g clients (and higher versions) cannot use a Names Server to resolve connect strings. Users still using the names server should migrate to Oracle Internet Directory with LDAP directory naming.

[edit] Test

Get running status:

$ namesctl status

Check if the names server resolve names:

$ namesctl query orcl \*

[edit] Stop/ start

Start:

$ namesctl start

Stop:

$ namesctl stop