RCU cannot connect to database with SYS user

Today I found an interesting little issue when trying to use RCU to create schemas for a middleware installation.  RCU could not connect to the database with the SYS user.  I could connect with other users, like SYSTEM for example, and I had the password correct.

Turns out the database in question did not have an Oracle password file.  You can check this by using the following query, which should return a row for SYS:

SQL> select * FROM v$pwfile_users;

no rows selected

As it did not, the solution was the create the password file, as follows:

[oracle@ebs ~]$ orapwd file=/oracle/VIS/db/tech_st/11.1.0/dbs/orapwVIS

About Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson is an Architect (an "IC6") in the Fusion Middleware Central Development Team at Oracle. Mark's job is to make Fusion Middleware easy to use in the cloud and at home, for developers and operations folks, with special focus on continuous delivery, configuration management and provisioning - making it simple to manage the configuration of complex environments and applications built with Oracle Database, Fusion Middleware and Fusion Applications, on-premise and in the cloud. Before joining this team, Mark was a senior member of the A-Team since 2010, and worked in Sales Consulting at Oracle since 2006 and various roles at IBM since 1994.
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