APPENDIX CSetting Up an RMAN Test Environment

As the complexity of production enterprise environments grows with each passing year, we DBAs are finding the same complexity creeping into our test environments. For example, in Oracle9i RMAN Backup & Recovery, the test environment was seemingly complex for us: a Windows laptop for minor tweaks and screen shots, another Windows server for more robust testing, and a Sun Blade 150 for multi-OS interaction and Unix commands. Among these three machines, we were able to do all technical reviews (combined with years of actual experience in the workplace, of course).

For the 10g RMAN book, the test environment included two Linux boxes with a shared FireWire disk drive (running RAC, of course), Matthew’s ...

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