Starting & Stopping the Oracle Service (Windows)



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Most services on Windows NT/2000 Server can be started and stopped either via the Services control panel or by issuing the DOS command "net [start|stop] servicename". This is NOT the case for the Oracle service.

Using "net start/stop" with the Oracle service is a bad habit to get into. Depending upon your registry parameters, stopping and starting the service may not actually bounce the database. It can bounce the service only; the database only; or both the service and the database.

Oracle recommends that you use their Oracle-supplied utility, oradim.exe, to start & stop the service. (OraDim is also used to set up and configure the service & the above-mentioned registry parameters; more about this here.) Unlike net start & net stop, oradim lets you supply the shutdown type (normal, immediate, or abort) and shutdown mode (instance, service, or both.


NB: oradim.exe has different names depending on the version of Oracle. For example, ORADIM72.EXE.

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