Cancel Request In Conurrent Manager

To Cancel Request In Oracle Apps using SqlPlus  Command run the below Query :

Update Fnd_Concurrent_Requests
   SET Phase_Code = ‘C’,
   Status_Code = ‘E’
 Where Request_ID = ;

Or you can Replace Retest_id with  CONCURRENT_PROGRAM_ID.

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Osama Mustafa

What is ORA-00600

The ORA-600 error is the generic internal error number for Oracle program exceptions. It indicates that a process has encountered a low-level, unexpected condition.

ORA 600 “internal error code, arguments: [%s], [%s],[%s], [%s], [%s]”

and you should it’s different Oracle errors , Because when you see this error then it’s indicating for bugs, the above is general description for the error the first characterset / Number is is used with database version to identify the problem by oracle support. and maybe you will find related document on

When you face this error you should check the below document searching for some Notes/Patch could help you :

 Note 600.1 ORA-600/ORA-7445 Lookup tool

You need to Choose database version ( 4 digit ) and First argument in the error, also for more information how to use this tool :

 Note 1082674.1 : A Video To Demonstrate The Usage Of The ORA-600/ORA-7445 Lookup Tool [Video]

Notice when you check the alert log and see this error, a trace file is generated and an entry is written to the alert.log with details of the trace file location, trace file provide you with more information about the error that could help you to solve it. you can check the below document how to use trace file :

Note 453125.1 11g Diagnosability Frequently Asked Questions
Note 443529.1 11g Quick Steps to Package and Send Critical Error Diagnostic Information to Support[Video]

Most Common Reason for ORA-00600 File-Corruption, Failure in Hardware, I/O , or memory, to solve this error you need to do some steps before Open Services Request :

  1. Check Alert Log .
  2. Don’t forget to look at the Ora-00600 Tools.
  3. If you find any Notes related to your problem  use it and read it carefully.
  4. The last option you could help is contact Oracle Support by open Services Request but provide the full information such as:
      1. alertlog for database.
      2. Traces.
      3. If any change happened lately included with SR.
      4. I post About RDA it’s useful to use it when you open SR.

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Osama Mustafa

EBS 11i MOS notes


NOTE.362473.1 : Cloning E-Business Suite Using Hot Backup for Minimal
NOTE.216212.1 : Business Continuity for Oracle Applications Release 11i
NOTE.233428.1 : Sharing the Application Tier File System in Oracle
NOTE.230672.1 : Cloning Oracle Applications Release 11i with Rapid Clone
NOTE.216664.1 : FAQ: Cloning Oracle Applications Release 11i
NOTE.135792.1 : Cloning Oracle Applications Release 11i


NOTE.174436.1 : Oracle Applications Patching FAQ
NOTE.175485.1 : How to Apply an 11i Patch When adpatch is Already Running
NOTE.181665.1 : Release 11i Adpatch Basics


NOTE.218089.1 : Autoconfig FAQ
NOTE.165195.1 : Using AutoConfig to Manage System Configurations with
NOTE.270519.1 :Customizing an AutoConfig Environment

General Notes:

165195.1 “Using Autoconfig to Manage System Configurations with Oracle Applications 11i”.
218089.1 “Frequently Asked Questions about Using Autoconfig with Oracle Applications Release 11i”.
217368.1 “Advanced Configurations and Topologies for Enterprise Deployments of E-Business Suite 11i”.
362135.1 “Configuring Oracle Applications Release 11i with 10g Release2 Real Application Clusters and Automatic Storage Management”
123718.1 “A Guide to Understanding and Implementing SSL with Oracle Applications 11i”.
125767.1 “Upgrading Developer 6i with Oracle Applications 11i”.189708.1 Oracle Reports 6i Setup Guide for Oracle Applications 11i
273888.1 Steps to Upgrade Oracle Apps 11.5.4 to Latest Version or 11.5.9
437794.1 Database Status Check Before, During And After Migrations and Upgrades
362202.1 Oracle Applications Release 11i with Oracle 10g(
165195.1 for more information on how to run autoconfig
233436.1 Installing Oracle Application Server 10g with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
313418.1 Using Discoverer 10.1.2 with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i.

Check Session For Specific Request in EBS

Sqlplus apps/apps

Select request_id,oracle_process_id,phase_code,status_code from
apps.fnd_concurrent_requests where status_code=’R’
where request_id in(Request_ID #1,Request_ID #2,Request_ID #3);

select r.request_id,
  r.oracle_process_id spid,
  r.os_process_id process,
  s.status,to_char(logon_time,’YYYYMMDD HH24:MI:SS’) time,s.program,s.sql_address,
  from apps.fnd_concurrent_requests r,
     gv$session s
 where r.request_id =31082866
  and r.oracle_session_id = s.audsid(+);

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Osama Mustafa

ORA-01031: insufficient privileges When Start Windows Services

this common error in windows, and you can be occur for more than one reason and you need to check them all to make sure you did everything is right, the error prevent the oracle services to start automatically and if you check

C:\Oracle\Ora11g\bin\oradim.exe -startup -sid ptdb -usrpwd * -log oradim.log -nocheck 0
Thu Nov 15 15:16:15 2012
ORA-01031: insufficient privileges

You have to check :

1- startup type for the services ( if it’s set automatically )
2- Group to user ( the user should be in ORA_DBA Group )
3 – you can check log on tab in the service properties and set the username and password who responsible about this services and can do it by:

Go to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services .

Choose oracle services and then
click “properties”. Select the “Log On” tab and note the account that is set to run the service.

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Osama mustafa

Remote Diagnostic Agent

RDA : It’s utility collect diagnostics information about an Oracle environment, And could be downloaded from for every Operating system there’s specific version for RDA.

RDA is Command Line diagnostic tool that is executed by an engine written in the Perl programming language,The data captured provides Oracle Support with a comprehensive picture of the customer’s environment which aids in problem diagnosis, You can check the below MOS Note :
Remote Diagnostic Agent (RDA) 4 – FAQ [ID 330363.1]

Oracle Support encourages the use of RDA because it greatly reduces service request resolution time by minimizing the number of requests from Oracle Support for more information.RDA Support Most Of Operating system.and also it’s supported for Most Oracle Products.

But why should i use RDA, as i mention before oracle support encourages to use RDA to collect information and also there’s another reasons to use it :

  •  Oracle Fusion Middleware issues
  • Oracle Collaboration products.
  • Oracle Application issues.
  • Installation/configuration issues
  • Performance issues
  • ORA-600, ORA-7445, ORA-3113.
  • Upgrade and migration.
  • Developer issues
  • Oracle Database issues

The Simplest way to review RDA Output is using Html , Web browsing since after run the output will generate on the same RDA Folder. (RDA_Output).

After review MOS note :
RDA 4 – Health Check / Validation Engine Guide [ID 250262.1]

after finishing from  a prerequisite system you need to need check before installation of an oracle product.This special check should be done in addition to the installation document and the check inside the installer,The utility called RDA with a module for Health Check called HCVE.

./ -T hcve

The sample output could be like the below :

Test Results
===== ====================

20 User in /etc/passwd? PASSED userOK
30 Group in /etc/group? PASSED GroupOK

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Osama Mustafa


Use Order By With Delete Statement

if you are using order by in sub query with delete statement like the below :

 delete from tAccountScoring where riskscoring_id=1 and id in
(select * from tAccountScoring where last_update <= sysdate-3 AND rownum < 3  AND ACC_ID = 251 over (order by last_update desc))

You will have an error :

Error report:
SQL Error: ORA-00907: missing right parenthesis
00907. 00000 –  “missing right parenthesis”

The workaround to solve this issue is simple like the below :

delete from tAccountScoring
where riskscoring_id=1 and id in
(select ID  from (select * from tAccountScoring
where last_update <= sysdate-3 AND rownum < 3  AND ACC_ID = 251 order by last_update))

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Osama Mustafa

Nmap and Oracle – Security Topics

The First Question came to my mind when post this topic, What is the relation between NMAP and Oracle ? for the people who doesn’t know what is the NMAP i will talk about it but it will not be enough to give this amazing tool what its deserve .

Nmap is a powerful tool that is capable of generating a multitude of signatures depending on how it is used. However, if we understand the operation of the tool in general, it is easier to recognize its overall signature in network traffic. Dissecting the signature into sub-patterns one can differentiate between fingerprinting attempts that were successful and those that were not. It is important to understand that we have examined only one of the scan types that nmap can perform, the SYN half-open stealth scan. Several other scans are supported by Nmap: Tcp connect, FIN, Xmas, NULL, udp, ping, and even ftp-bounce. Expect to see these in the near future.

There’s lot of features Nmap can provide it to you : Host discovery, Port Scanning , OS detection , Auditing the security of a device by identifying the network connections, and Version detection

They Are two version of this Tools Command line version ( powerful one ) and GUI Version This tools available on  Windows and Linux and if you decide to go with Command line you need to be experts to do that since its need lot of practice.

You can check how the GUI and Command line look like in the below pictures :

provides all the information that is needed for a well-informed, full-fledged, precisely targeted assault on a network. Such an attack would have a high probability of success, and would likely go unnoticed by organizations that lack intrusion detection capabilities.

But how can i use Nmap with Oracle, when i do some penetration testing i use this tool as command line to dicover the vulnerability, when oracle database installed on server it‘s allow to use ports in server which maybe cause vulnerability ( the simplest Way to describe ) I cannot post everything about NMAP here since i will need new book to talk about it.
the Below some examples that you could use note that I use command line version, For Example something Called Oracle Query runs a given query against the Oracle database server and returns the results   

nmap -p 1521 –script oracle-query –script-args 

another one could be used called Oracle hash dump which dump the database password hashes from Oracle and MS-SQL. The results are returned in format suitable and could be store in file.

For Example : CVE-2012-3137 vulnerability,. The vulnerability exists in Oracle 11g R1/R2 and allows linking the session key to a password hash. When initiating an authentication attempt as a valid user the server will respond with a session key and salt. Once received the script will disconnect the connection thereby not recording the login attempt. The session key and salt can then be used to brute force the users password, there’s patch to fix this security issue.

To avoid such an issue you should Apply Oracle security Patches, CPU patches , And OS Patches by doing maintenance like this you can minimize Vulnerability that could be happened

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Osama Mustafa

AWR Vs StatPack

When you face performance issue in database the first thing coming to your mind is Automatic Workload Repository (AWR) or STATPACK reports but what is the difference between them, in this article i will try to mention as much as i can the difference between them.

1-you should be aware that AWR not exists in database 9i so you forced to use statepack, include to that steps to generate AWR much easier than STATPACK.

2-AWR hold all the information and statistics that exists in STATPACK, include to that AWR hold Additional Information.

3- in AWR you will find information called Active Session History ( ASH ) which is not exists in STATPACK.

4- To generate STATPACK you should Run Procedure to enable snapshot, you can use DBMS_JOB or schedule it using crontab.

5- AWR snapshots provide a persistent view of database statistics. A snapshot is a collection of performance statistics that are captured at a specific point in time,AWR snapshots are scheduled every 60 minutes by default.

 6- Statspack snapshot purges must be scheduled manually otherwise AWR snapshots are purged automatically using MMON.

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Osama Mustafa