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Greetings - Our company writes software for the parking industry - our database is on Oracle10G. Next month is our usersgroup and we are setting up demo machines. We've used VirtualPC in the past which was very very slow to use and  bootup. We have since purchased a ViMWare Workstation License and are using VmWare Player for the demo's.

however - oracle is acting up on us. The DBConsole does not function correctly - we get error code 2 constantly.
We get the following error when we try to load our Application (Which is an .net App Pool on IIS):

ORA-01034: ORACLE not available
ORA-27101: shared memory realm does not exist

Any thoughts on these errors? I've googled this and tried the obvious stuff....anyway if you have any ideas pleae let me know.


Thanks!
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That error means the database has not started.

$ sqlplus "/ as sysdba"

SQL> startup


or in windows you can go to the Services menu to start your database service.
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See thats the weird thing - the service in Windows is listed as Started. We restart the service and generally it works. But there have been a couple times that we've had to restart a couple of times. this is not ideal infront of customers :).
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check your alert logs and any trace files that may be generated.

also of note, is your setup (other than being virtual) mimicking a real install?  That is, will the database, IIS and client machine all be the same?

If not, it maybe be beneficial to bring one real machine acting as the server and use all the virtual machines to run the user's clients.


This might possibly sidestep the problem rather than solve it per se, but it also may (if I'm picturing your real setup correctly) give you and your
customers a better representation of how it will work in a real installation.
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Typically you'd be correct - with having a seperate oracle server.

The problem is that currently our users go to demo our product on sales calls that may not be able to get to the Internet or what not. We do have an oracle setup in a datacenter that we COULD use but we really do not like being dependant on an Internet connection we can not control.

In addition - the reason we do not have a central server for this propose that i'm refering to is because we'll be in a hotel and do not have the capability for a network to do this - at least not this year.

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ok, then back to the original diagnotic quetions.  what's in your alert log and trace files?
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