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Changing DBID…………. December 28, 2009

Posted by sendtoshailesh in Uncategorized.

Well…….. Changing DBID in Oracle Database is not a big deal, however its very rare to do so. My intention is to just write this to have a ready reference at any time to confirm the steps to perform the Change of DBID.

Sometime I think that when it is desperately needed. Only one situation when DB is cloned in a way that it DBID remains same and we want to register both DB in single repository of RMAN. I think there there is no other solution to do that. I would be very happy if someone add some more situations where it is desperately needed.

Following are the steps to do:

1) Mount the database
SQL> startup mount
ORACLE instance started.

Total System Global Area 481267712 bytes
Fixed Size 1300716 bytes
Variable Size 226494228 bytes
Database Buffers 247463936 bytes
Redo Buffers 6008832 bytes
Database mounted.
SQL> exit
Disconnected from Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release – Production
With the Partitioning, Real Application Clusters, OLAP, Data Mining
and Real Application Testing options

2) Run the nid tool from os prompt.
[oracle@zoomer ~]$ nid target = /

DBNEWID: Release – Production on Thu Dec 24 20:05:44 2009

Copyright (c) 1982, 2007, Oracle. All rights reserved.

Connected to database orcl (DBID=3682169720)

Connected to server version 11.1.0

Control Files in database:

Change database ID of database orcl? (Y/[N]) => y

Proceeding with operation
Changing database ID from 3682169720 to 3682222232
Control File /u01/app/oracle/oradata/orcl/control01.ctl – modified
Control File /u01/app/oracle/oradata/orcl/control02.ctl – modified
Control File /u01/app/oracle/oradata/orcl/control03.ctl – modified
Datafile /u01/app/oracle/oradata/orcl/system01.dbf – dbid changed
Datafile /u01/app/oracle/oradata/orcl/sysaux01.dbf – dbid changed
Datafile /u01/app/oracle/oradata/orcl/undotbs01.dbf – dbid changed
Datafile /u01/app/oracle/oradata/orcl/users01.dbf – dbid changed
Datafile /u01/app/oracle/oradata/orcl/temp01.dbf – dbid changed
Control File /u01/app/oracle/oradata/orcl/control01.ctl – dbid changed
Control File /u01/app/oracle/oradata/orcl/control02.ctl – dbid changed
Control File /u01/app/oracle/oradata/orcl/control03.ctl – dbid changed
Instance shut down

Database ID for database orcl changed to 3682222232.
All previous backups and archived redo logs for this database are unusable.
Database is not aware of previous backups and archived logs in Recovery Area.
Database has been shutdown, open database with RESETLOGS option.
Succesfully changed database ID.
DBNEWID – Completed succesfully.

[oracle@zoomer ~]$

3) Open the database with resetlogs
SQL> alter database open resetlogs;

Database altered.

SQL> select dbid from v$database;


In regards to some other references, above process can be done while opening the DB read-only. But I am not sure……..I will test it after sometime.



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