Friday, December 22, 2006

How to stop Oracle XE from starting up with your computer

Eddie Awad blogs about "How to Give Your System a Break from Oracle XE".
There was a question on OraQA about how to stop Oracle XE from starting up with your computer. When you install Oracle XE on Windows, it creates a service called ?OracleServiceXE? with a startup type of ?Automatic? which means that the service starts automatically when the computer boots.

One way to prevent Oracle XE from starting up automatically is to change the startup type of the Oracle service to ?Manual?. You can do that by navigating to your Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services, double click on the Oracle service and change the Startup type to Manual.

Another way to prevent Oracle XE from starting up automatically when Windows starts is to use the ORADIM command-line tool that is available with the Oracle database. From the DOS command line execute the following:

oradim -edit -sid XE -startmode manual

Now, when you want to use Oracle XE, you start it up like this:

oradim -startup -sid XE

And you shut it down like this:

oradim -shutdown -sid XE

Or you can use the ?Start Database? and ?Stop Database? shortcuts installed with Oracle XE. Navigate to Start -> All Programs -> Oracle Database 10g Express Edition ->Start/Stop Database

Now you know how you can squeeze out a bit of extra performance from your computer when you are not using Oracle XE :)

Sources and Resources:
- Eddie Awad's Blog
- ORADIM documentation
- Related AskTom thread

Integrigy Oracle Listener Security Check Tool Updated (v. 2.2)

AppSentry Listener Security Check is a tool to check the security configuration of the Oracle Database Listener and listeners for Oracle Applications 11i. Four checks are performed:
1. is a password set,
2. is logging enabled,
3. is ADMIN_RESTRICTIONS enabled, and
4. is LOCAL_OS_AUTHENTICATION set for Oracle 10g.

Download lsnrcheck.exe (754KB)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Leverage your Oracle 10g skills to learn DB2 9.1 for Linux, UNIX and Windows

If you're a database specialist interested in growing your DB2 skills, there's a good chance that you've already developed database skills with another relational database product somewhere along the way. Recently updated for the latest versions of DB2 and Oracle, this article shows you how to use your current knowledge of Oracle 10g to quickly gain skills in IBM DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows.


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Ruby on Rails with Oracle FAQ

Exploring Ruby on Rails (RoR)?
This FAQ provides basic information about connecting to Oracle, installation, and creating Oracle Database XE + RoR applications.

Monday, December 11, 2006