Oracle Database has several names :
- Global Name(global_name): consists of the database name (db_name) and database domain (db_domain). The global database name (global_name) uniquely distinguishes a database from any other database in the same network (select global_name from global_name). To enforce the global database naming, you must set the GLOBAL_NAMES parameter to TRUE, (show parameter global_names) which ensures the database link incorporate the global database name. You can change global name. (alter database rename global_name to xxx).
- Service Name: is an identifier of an Oracle database that is represented to clients as a service (service_names). A database can have one or more services associated with it. If you do not specify a service name for a database, the service name will default to the database's global name.
- System Identifier (SID): identifies a specific database instance (instance_name). Oracle database service names are usually the same as the database name in the global name. For a RAC database, one database service can have more than one database instances.
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