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, let’s move on!

Benefits of RMAN Backups vs. Scripted Backups

Why use RMAN to back up your databases? You may already be doing online backups with some wonderfully crafted, homegrown 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 that question.

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