Microsoft ODBC driver for ORacle ORA-12154: TNS could not resolve service name

For some of us whom frequently using MS Access in daily use, encountered an error might be very troublesome.

The problem is like this : I am using MS Access for data analysis and checking and have a connection over the network to Oracle database. My connection was using Microsoft ODBC Driver for Oracle. For some security reason, I need to change the password now. The password changed with no problem but encountered error ORA-12154 when trying to relink the tables.

Error as below:

ODBC–call failed
Microsoft ODBC driver for ORacle ORA-12154: TNS could not resolve service name

Generally, ORA-12154 indicated that the specifying TNS alias is not resolving. Few questions needed to clarify;

  1. Are you using a DSN for your connection to Oracle database? 
  2. If so, what is the TNS alias that you specifying? 
  3. Does that alias exist in your tnsnames.ora file? 
  4. Are there multiple tnsnames.ora files on your machine?

Your should have your tnsnames.ora file when you installing the Oracle client software/driver. If you wondering what is the version of the Oracle client you have installed, the simplest way is to get DOS command prompt and type ‘tnsping [service_name]’ where [service_name] is TNS alias specified in your DNS.

The ouput of it may look like this:

C:Usersjcave>tnsping fuddy_duddy
TNS Ping Utility for 64-bit Windows: Version – Production on 07-OCT-2
010 08:10:51
Copyright (c) 1997, 2010, Oracle.  All rights reserved.
Used parameter files:
TNS-03505: Failed to resolve name

The “Used parameter files” line shows you the directory where the TNS related files are stored. A tnsnames.ora and a sqlnet.ora file should be in that directory and it alwasys be there by default. Perhaps you should check the TNS alias name and confirm with your DNS setting.