Oracle ODAC installation x64 – Linked server #7302

This will be my last blog on the linked server to an Oracle database.

Linked server is a great solution for easy datatransfer, but the downsite is, that linked servers and windows updates (security) don’t mix very well. Every time you have security updates  your linked server connection with oracle gets corrupted, to be precise, the linked server provider OraOLEDB.Oracle is.

In my last 3 blogs on linked server, we’ve given you multiple solutions.
Troubleshooting a linked server

– building a linked server

– Creating jobs and queries with linked server

This last blog, will show you the easiest way to solve the issue, to the re-install of the oracle client.

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In our case, we have 2 installations and 2 homes:
– Oracle Db 11g Release 2 Client (11.2.0.1.0) for Microsoft Windows x64 (Oracle11gR2-Client-x64)
– 64-bit ODAC 11.2 Release 5 (11.2.0.3.20) Xcopy for Windows x64 (ODAC1120320_x64)
De Oracle 11.2.0 Client software:
ORACLE_HOME_NAME: OraClient11g_home1
ORACLE_HOME: D:\oracle\11.2.0\client_1

De Oracle 11.2.0.3.20 ODAC software:
ORACLE_HOME_NAME: OraClient11g_home2
ORACLE_HOME: D:\oracle\11.2.0\client_2

We’ve learned along the way, since this isn’t the first time, and troubleshooting got us nowhere, we do it drastically, we’re gonna reinstall the ODAC server in order to have the corrupt oraOLEDB11.dll reinstalled.
We currently have 2 Oracle trees, Home1 for the client in order to have sqlplus to test connections and home2 is the ODAC installation, used for the linked server. So we start with reinstalling ODAC to see if this fixes the oracle connection.

Reinstall ODAC server 1

Now we open the setup exe from the ODAC1120320_64 and choose to deinstall the ODAC products from home2 and press remove…

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Next thing is to restart our server, since the files are still visible in the folder. and the dll have not unloaded.

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Now, reinstall ODAC

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To see what we have installed in both dirs:

AvailableProdComponents home1en2

After this, we restart the server and the linked server works.

If you still experience problems, the ODAC install also comes with a script to update ASP.NET providers:

@@InstallOracleASPNETCommon.sql @@InstallOracleMembership.sql @@InstallOraclePersonalization.sql @@InstallOracleProfile.sql @@InstallOracleRoles.sql @@InstallOracleSiteMap.sql @@InstallOracleWebEvents.sql

— Install OracleSessionState Provider — For Oracle 10gR1(10.1.0.2) database and higher, run InstallOracleSessionState.sql — For Oracle 9iR2(9.2.x) database, run InstallOracleSessionState92.sql instead

@@InstallOracleSessionState.sql –@@InstallOracleSessionState92.sql

I hope these linked server blogs have been easy and back to basic tutorials and you found them useful, please let us know if they’ve been helpful to you.

Troubleshooting a linked server (error 7302 Could not create an instance of OLE DB provider ‘OraOleDB’)

I spent the last two days looking on internet for a solution on a linked server error know as ‘7302’, there are a lot of hits and the same 3 or 4 solutions keep coming up, I tried them all but no success. To save you from going through endless solutions I am going to sum up all the possible solutions, ending with the most valuable solution, well at least it was the best fix for me.

Here are links to linked server articles I wrote before:

building a linked server
Creating jobs and queries with linked server

Now, the dreading 7302 error Could not create an instance of OLE DB provider ‘OraOleDB’
First a solution that saved our asses last time, but this won’t always do the trick! “After installing a new service pack to the mssql server in 2011, the linked server stopped working, giving an 7302 error ‘Could not create an instance of OLE DB provider ‘MSDAORA’. If your LS stops working after it has been working fine for months and all the tips above are working, i found a quick work around to get your Linked server to work again, just simply check the dynamic parameter box and save and then uncheck it again.”

But this time we didn’t get away with it this easy, almost the same error, different solution needed

once again this error occurs after a series of windows updates we performed, so we started undoing the updates, but ofcourse the error stayed.

On the internet they advise you to change the DCOM security of the MSDAINITIALIZE (Acces Permissions was on Use default, change it to customize, if not already, change the other 2 in customize as well.)

I added the domain user to the permission section. But this solution didn’t work in my case. secondly we opened the Registry and look for: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{2206CDB0-19C1-11D1-89E0-00C04FD7A829} and change the owner to administrator, but in my case administrator was already the owner, so no luck here. (source: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dataaccesstechnologies/archive/2011/09/28/troubleshooting-cannot-create-an-instance-of-ole-db-provider.aspx)

I also checked the Environmental Variables to see if the PATH still contained oracle (e.g. D:/ORACLE/BIN;D:/Oracle/Client;)

Then i tried reconfiguring the Oracle ODAC install in cmd:

D:\oracle>configure
D:\oracle>configure all orahome

but still no luck…

Sometimes restoring your dll files from the day before the error occurs does the trick, but again..nothing.

So, my final solution, re-install the oracle client, this time, with a standard oracle tree that contains some tools to check network and database connection, tnsping and sqlplus.

(re)installing oracle environment:

i used two oracle installations

– Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Client (11.2.0.1.0) for Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) this installs the standard oracle home and tools like tnsping and sqlplus

– 64-bit ODAC 11.2 Release 5 (11.2.0.3.20) Xcopy for Windows x64
for a non heavy client for LS to depent on.

first install the oracle 11.2.0.1.0 client and tools.

edit the tns names ora file to your database:

Secondly we reinstalled the ODAC again, now the OraOleDB drivers are available again. Everything is configured for the LS again. MSSQL needs to reload the OraOLEDB file in, for it will keep the old, corrupt file in use, we need to restart the mssql servers.

So if you walked the same path like me, just reinstall oraclient environment. Good luck!

Special thanks to B. Kooiman for helping with the oracle install!