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Oracle Database 12c Backup and Recovery Survival Guide by Aman Sharma, Francisco Munoz Alvarez

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Chapter 7. RMAN Reporting and Catalog Management

The previous chapter covered probably the most important aspect of RMAN— using it to perform various kinds of recoveries. One could find it confounding to see the importance attached to reporting and maintaining the information about the backups taken because it is a widely held belief that the crucial entity is the backup itself. Well, though this is an undisputed fact, you need to ascertain whether or not the backup secured is useful. In order to restore the backup and use it in a recovery scenario, the DBA must know its whereabouts as quickly as possible. As a consequence, the metadata and structures that hold the relevant information are as instrumental as the backup itself. In addition to this, ...

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