ORA-01031 insufficient privileges on startup

The background to this is that the database went down in the night because something happened on the SAN which caused it to crash – fortunately it was on one of the not used much DEV SANs.

I checked over the DBs and noticed that one of them had not come back up on its own so I logged on as SYS and attempted to start it up. I got the following error:

ORA-01031 insufficient privileges on startup

Using Windows explorer I could see the files on the disk, but when I tried to open them it wouldn’t let me. This was the cause of the ora-01031 insufficient privileges on startup error message – the connection to the SAN was not working properly and therefore the files could not be read on startup.

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