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Oracle Troubleshooting

ORA-01102: cannot mount database in exclusive mode


When opening or mounting the database, the following error is generated:

ORA-01102: cannot mount database in EXCLUSIVE mode.


I have only come across this error when using Oracle Parallel Server (OPS). Here, this error indicates that another instance has already been mounted in exclusive or parallel mode.

Possibly Remedies:

  • Mount the database in parallel mode.
  • Shutdown all other instances before mounting the database in exclusive mode.
  • Try stopping and then restarting the service 'OracleService<SID>'.

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