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Configuring the Listener. Configuration Overview (1/2). A listener is configured with one or more listening protocol addresses and service information about the destination service. Protocol addresses are configured in the listener configuration file, listener.ora.

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Configuring the listener

Configuring the Listener


Configuration overview 1 2

Configuration Overview (1/2)

  • A listener is configured with one or more listening protocol addresses and service information about the destination service.

    • Protocol addresses are configured in the listener configuration file, listener.ora.

    • Service information may or may not be configured in the listener.ora file:

      • An Oracle release 8.1 does not require configuration in the listener.ora file.

        • If you use Oracle Enterprise Manager to manage an Oracle8i database, service configuration is required in the listener.ora file.

      • Other services, including an Oracle7 or Oracle8 release 8.0 database and the Oracle Enterprise Manager management tools, require service configuration in the listener.ora file.


Configuration overview 2 2

Configuration Overview (2/2)

  • Once the listener is configured, the listener may be managed with the Listener Control Utility (LSNRCTL).


Default listening protocol addresses

Default Listening Protocol Addresses

  • The listener has a default name of LISTENER and is configured to listen on the following default protocol addresses:

    • TCP/IP protocol on port 1521

      • (address=(protocol=tcp)(host=host_name)(port=1521))

    • IPC protocol

      • (address=(protocol=ipc)(key=PNPKEY))


Configuration during installation

Configuration During Installation

  • After a Typical or Minimal installation on the server, Net8 Configuration Assistant automatically configures a listener with a name of LISTENER for an Oracle8i database using the TCP/IP protocol.

  • After a Custom installation, Net8 Configuration Assistant prompts you to configure a listener name and a protocol address of your choice.

  • Additionally, a listening address for external procedures using the IPC protocol is automatically configured, regardless of the installation type.

  • Net8 Configuration Assistant also automatically configures service information for the Oracle8i database and the external procedures in the listener.ora file.


Re starting the listener after a listener ora file modification

Re-Starting the Listener After a listener.ora File Modification

  • Anytime the listener.ora is modified, the listener must be stopped and re-started with the LSNRCTL utility.

  • To start or stop the listener:

    • LSNRCTL

    • LSNRCTL> start|stop [listener_name]

      • listener_name is the name of the listener defined in the listener.ora file.

      • It is not necessary to identify the listener if you are using the default listener, named LISTENER.


Configuring listener protocol addresses 1 2

Configuring Listener Protocol Addresses (1/2)

  • Start Net8 Assistant

  • In the navigator pane, expand Local > Listeners.

  • Select a listener.

    • If a listener has never been created:

      • Click "+" from the toolbar or select Create from the Edit menu.

      • Enter a unique listener name in the Choose Listener Name dialog box.


Configuring listener protocol addresses 2 2

Configuring Listener Protocol Addresses (2/2)

  • From the list in the right pane, select Listening Locations.

  • Click Add Address. A new address tab appears.

  • Select a protocol and enter the appropriate protocol parameter information for the selected protocol.

    • When configuring the listener to listen on TCP/IP, you should choose the default port or 1521. If you do not, you must configure the LOCAL_LISTENER parameter in the initialization parameter file and resolve the listener name through a naming method.

    • If your machine has more than one IP address and you want the listener to listen on all available IP addresses, configure TCP/IP or TCP/IP with SSL and enter the host name of the machine in the Host field.

  • Choose File > Save Network Configuration.


Configuring listening addresses for oracle8i jserver

Configuring Listening Addresses for Oracle8i JServer

  • Start Net8 Assistant:

  • In the navigator pane, expand Local > Listeners.

  • Select a listener.

  • From the list in the right pane, select Listening Locations.

  • Click Add Address. A new address tab appears.

  • Select the TCP/IP or TCP/IP with SSL protocol from the Protocol list.

  • Enter the host name of the database in the Host field.

  • Enter port 2481 if the chosen protocol is TCP/IP in the Port field, or enter port 2482 if the chosen protocol is TCP/IP with SSL in the Port field.

  • Click "Dedicate this endpoint to IIOP connections".

  • Choose File > Save Network Configuration.


Configuring a listener that uses a non default address

Configuring a Listener that Uses a Non-Default Address

  • By default, the PMON process registers with the local listener on the default local address of TCP/IP on a port 1521.

  • If you want to register information with another listener, you must configure the LOCAL_LISTENER parameter in the initialization parameter file in order for PMON to register information with it.

  • The value for LOCAL_LISTENER must then be resolved with a net service name entry in the tnsnames.ora file or an Oracle Names server.


Configuring the local listener parameter

Configuring the LOCAL_LISTENER Parameter

  • The LOCAL_LISTENER parameter should be configured as follows in the initialization parameter file:

    • local_listener=listener_name_alias


Configuring a naming method

Configuring a Naming Method

  • tnsnames.ora File

    • A net service name entry should be created for the listener address without the CONNECT_DATA portion of the connect descriptor.

      • Net8 Assistant does not enable you to configure a tnsnames.ora file without the CONNECT_DATA information.

      • Therefore, Oracle Corporation recommends that you modify the tnsnames.ora file manually.

    • For example, if LOCAL_LISTENER is set to LISTENER1 and LISTENER1 uses TCP/IP on port 1421, the entry in the tnsnames.ora file would look like:

      • listener1= (address=(protocol= tcp)(host= sales-server)(port= 1421))


Handling large volumes of connection requests 1 2

Handling Large Volumes of Connection Requests (1/2)

  • If you expect the listener to handle large volumes of connection requests, you may specify a queue for the process.

  • To specify a queue size for a listener, enter a value to the QUEUESIZE parameter at the end of any listening address:

    • listener= (address= (protocol= tcp) (host= sales-server) (port= 1521) (queuesize=20))


Handling large volumes of connection requests 2 2

Handling Large Volumes of Connection Requests (2/2)

  • Currently, you can configure only the queue size for listeners operating on TCP/IP and DECnet.

    • The default queue size is system specific.

      • On Solaris, the default queue size is set to 5.

      • The queue size is 5 for Windows NT 4.0 Workstation and 50 for Windows NT 4.0 Server.


Configuring static service information

Configuring Static Service Information

  • Start Net8 Assistant

  • In the navigator pane, expand Local > Listeners.

  • Select a listener.

  • From the list in the right pane, select Database Services.

  • Click Add Database. A new database tab appears.

  • Enter the global database name, location of the Oracle home directory, and the Oracle System Identifier (SID) of the instance in the appropriate fields.

  • Choose File > Save Network Configuration.


Configuring prespawned dedicated servers

Configuring Prespawned Dedicated Servers

  • Oracle Corporation recommends that you use MTS rather than prespawned dedicated server to solve performance and scaleability problems.

  • Prespawned dedicates servers are not available for Windows NT.


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