|Range of values||Any ASCII string or comma-separated list of string names|
|Oracle RAC||Do not set the
SERVICE_NAMES specifies one or more names by which clients can connect to the instance. The instance registers its service names with the listener. When a client requests a service, the listener determines which instances offer the requested service and routes the client to the appropriate instance.
You can specify multiple service names in order to distinguish among different uses of the same database. For example:
SERVICE_NAMES = sales.acme.com, widgetsales.acme.com
You can also use service names to identify a single service that is available from two different databases through the use of replication.
If you do not qualify the names in this parameter with a domain, Oracle qualifies them with the value of the
DB_DOMAIN parameter. If
DB_DOMAIN is not specified, then no domain will be applied to the non-qualified
Oracle Database Net Services Administrator's Guide for more information on this parameter and its settings
Oracle Real Application Clusters Administration and Deployment Guide for information about defining and administering services in an Oracle RAC environment