Introducing RMAN backup formats
RMAN maintains its backups in the formats specific to it. As a result, backups taken by RMAN are usable only through it. There are two formats of backup supported in RMAN, namely:
- Backup set
- Image copy
RMAN can secure backups in the previously mentioned formats in both the consistent mode (aka
COLD mode), that is, when the database is closed, as well as in the inconsistent mode (aka
HOT mode), that is, when the database is in the
Let's delve deeper to gain a proper understanding of the previous mentioned formats.
A backup set bears close resemblance to the OS directories which are used to store multiple files or the tablespaces within the database which contain one or multiple data files within ...