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Shut down database manually or automatically?

I have Oracle 9i installed on Windows 2000 Server. I have to shut down the server daily when leaving the office. I used to shut down the server through the Windows shutdown process (as usual). Do I have to shut down the database manually daily, or will it be shut down with Windows? If it will be shut down automatically with Windows, will it be a safe practice? Thanks.

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If your server is not up and running, then there are no background processes or memory allocations for the Oracle database. The Oracle instance needs the server up and running. So shutting down the server will shut down the database as well. Running Oracle 9i on Windows, shutting down the server starts with performing a SHUTDOWN IMMEDIATE on the database, unless you have changed the default configuration. This is a perfectly acceptable method for shutting down the Oracle database. I would just let Windows shut down the database when the OS is being shut down.

This was first published in January 2006

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