OracleDB12c New Feature: Password File in ASM

Prior to Oracle Database 12c, the password file always was located under $ORACLE_HOME/dbs directory, even for RAC instances and for RAC ASM cluster. DBA had to manage and keep in sync the password file in each node. In 12c, now the password file can be stored on ASM instance and hence shared by all instances in the cluster.

The password management utility “orapwd” is still used to create password file, whether file system or asm. Orapwd got a lot more new options in 12c.

Options in 11g:

 Options in 12c:

For more information, read Oracle Documentation.

Tomorrow, I will introduce you to a set of new commands in ASMCMD to manage the password files in ASM.


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