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Can't connect to database with Oracle 10g(32bit) in SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services on a Windows 7(64 bit) OS?

Posted on 2011-09-19
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Hi,

I have SSRS 2008 setup on my laptop that runs on Windows 7 (64 bit) and Oracle 10g(32 bit). Everything appears to look fine except when I try to run a report, in which case it just won't connect. It keeps giving me an ora-12154 error but I know for a fact that the tnsnames.ora file is correct, is in the correct location and it will connect through SQL Plus. I have a colleague that has the exact same software and she is working fine without problem. is there a way to fix this issue or do I need to uninstall the works and re-install in a different way to get it to work?

Thanks for your help,
Rhonda
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by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
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Verify you don't have multiple Oracle installs on the machine.  sqlplus might be using a different one than SSRS.
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by:Rhonda Carroll
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Sorry its not 10g but 9.5, this is the only instance on my laptop.
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by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
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I don't remember an Oracle version 9.5.  Please confirm the Oracle installed version.

Also confirm the other machine has the same versions and the Bit installs match (64bit to 64bit, 32bit to 32bit).
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by:Rhonda Carroll
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Toad for Oracle 9.5 and Oracle 10G, I'll have to find out about the server.
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by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
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>>Toad for Oracle 9.5 and Oracle 10G

And you only have One Oracle product installed?  Tripple check this.

>>I'll have to find out about the server.

What server?  I was referring to the colleague's machine.
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by:Rhonda Carroll
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She has the exact same versions, out IT department only releases certain versions.

There is absolutely only one Oracle product installed.
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by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
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I'm not a SQL Server person and cannot help with that aspect of the question.  99% of the time the ora-12154 is a mis-configured tnsnames.ora file or the application is looking at the wrong one.

Did you check the Bit versions are all the same?

Check your sqlnet.ora and make sure it is using TNS as the default connect type.
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by:Rhonda Carroll
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How can I check the sqlnet.ora to ensure it is using TNS as the default?  Visual Studio is ok when using SQL as a datasource however when I use oracle as a datasource I get the TNS listener error.  I can access the oracle databases via TOAD so the TNS names are OK.    
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Have you confirmed you are not crossing Bit versions?

>>How can I check the sqlnet.ora to ensure it is using TNS as the default?

Check the NAMES.DIRECTORY_PATH entry.

http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/B19306_01/network.102/b14212/profile.htm#sthref848

>>Visual Studio is ok

Visual Studio or SSRS?

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