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How to Resolve ORA-17628 Error Message

ORA-17628: Oracle error 1031 returned by remote Oracle server

In some situations, you might see errors like the following when cloning a remote pluggable database (PDB):

SQL> create pluggable database finance_pdb from finanpdb@link_to_test1 file_name_convert=('/u01/app/oracle/oradata/orcl/FINANPDB','/u01/app/oracle/oradata/orcl/FINANCE_PDB');
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ERROR at line 1:
ORA-17628: Oracle error 1031 returned by remote Oracle server
ORA-01031: insufficient privileges

ORA-17628 means that the PDB cannot be cloned due to an error ORA-01031 has occurred, you have to fix ORA-01031 first then try again.

What ORA-01031 alerted above is that the remote account has no CREATE PLUGGABLE DATABASE system privileges to clone the PDB.

Solution

This is because your release update (patched 18c or 19c) make it stricter. You have to directly grant CREATE PLUGGABLE DATABASE to the account used in DB link inside the PDB to make it work. In this case, it is SYSTEM.

Remote PDB

In remote PDB, we grant the proper privilege to SYSTEM.

[oracle@test2 ~]$ sqlplus / as sysdba
...
SQL> alter session set container=finanpdb;

Session altered.

SQL> grant create pluggable database to system;

Grant succeeded.

Local CDB

In local CDB, we may now try to clone it again!

SQL> create pluggable database finance_pdb from finanpdb@link_to_test1 file_name_convert=('/u01/app/oracle/oradata/orcl/FINANPDB','/u01/app/oracle/oradata/orcl/FINANCE_PDB');

Pluggable database created.

Please note that, if the system privilege is inherited from a role, it will not work here.

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