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The use of a centralized LDAP-compliant directory to store wallets allows users access them from multiple locations or devices, thus ensuring consistent and reliable user authentication while providing for centralized wallet management throughout the wallet life cycle.
It is highly recommended to always backup the wallet at the same time when backing up your database, but do not include the wallet on the same media as the database backup. Also, backup the wallet before any manipulation of its content, whether performing a master key re-key operation, or changing the wallet password.
Note that creating an Oracle wallet for the secure external password store (and importing keys to access SSL sites) can be done using Oracle Standard Edition. It is only when using the advanced features like TDE or PKI credentials that require the Advanced Security Option and Enterprise Edition.
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You must copy the third-party PKCS #12 wallet file name to a directory expected by Oracle Wallet Manager and change the name; the UNIX/NT wallet file name is ewallet.p12.
Since browsers typically do not export trusted certificates under PKCS #12 (other than the signer's own certificate), you may need to add trust points to authenticate the other party in the SSL connection. You can use Oracle Wallet Manager to do this.
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