Search Doggy Style in Windows

Did you notice that when you install Windows Desktop Search, it replaces the Search Companion in the Windows Explorer? Probably you did…

If you want to change this back, for whatever reason, change the following registry entries:

Just for you:
[HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS]
“ShowStartSearchBand”=dword:00000000

For all users:
[HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS]
“ShowStartSearchBand”=dword:00000000

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Xming: wrong authentication protocol

Ever had the “wrong authentication protocol” error when using Xming and xhost+ still did not work?

When you are on a private network, you can try using the “-ac” option when starting Xming. Use this only on private trusted networks, because it gives access to everyone.

For mote information on Access Control in Xming and X-Forwarding with PuTTY and SSH, check the Xming troubleshoot guide.

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Agent Configuration Assistant does not add targets

Today the Agent Configuration Assistant (Agent on 64bit Windows Server 2003, Grid Control on 32bit Windows XP) failed in running the last optional step. It hang for a long time, too long (a hour or so). After canceling this last step, checking the [configToolFailedCommands] showed the [oracle.sysman.emcp.agent.AgentPlugIn] was messing up the set-up.

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DB instances does not wait for ASM to be finished

Yesterday, I came across a small problem with an Oracle RAC installation using ASM. After a restart of one of the three (Windows Server 2003) nodes, three of the five database instances did not start automatically…

Running ‘crs_stat’ showed status OFFLINE and target ONLINE for these instances, but strangely there was no entry in the alert log telling these instances did not start because of ’something’ was wrong. It even looked like that they did not got any signal to start at all! OK, so I checked the CRS log for any strange behavior and it showed ASM finishing after the database instances gave up starting.

A quick search on the ‘new and improved’ My Oracle Support (old Metalink), resulted in running ‘crs_stat -p’ and check for [REQUIRED_RESOURCES=] for each instance. It showed that for the particular node, ASM was not required for these three database instances. Modifying this with ’srvctl modify instance -d db1 -i node1 -s +ASM1′ (for example), did the trick.

I found this solution on Metalink: Doc ID: NOTE:276208.1 “CRS is not starting first the ASM instance”, although I can not imagine hitting this bug on 10.2.0.4.

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