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Oracle Database 10g RMAN Backup & Recovery by Robert Freeman, Matthew Hart

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CHAPTER 9RMAN Backups

Now that we have covered all the startup essentials, we are actually ready to use RMAN to back up something. In this chapter, we are going to talk all about doing backups with RMAN. From offline backups to online backups, backups of archived redo logs to incremental backups, we will cover it all. We will look at how to back up entire databases and individual database datafiles. So, with that in mind, let’s move on!

Benefits of RMAN Backups vs. Scripted Backups

So, why use RMAN to back up your databases? You may already be doing online backups with some wonderfully crafted, home-grown scripts, and you may be asking yourself, “Why should I start using RMAN when my scripts work so reliably?” In this section, we hope to answer ...

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