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How to Move/Restore DB to New Host and File System using RMAN (Doc ID 1338193.1)

Last updated on JULY 19, 2020

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version and later
Oracle Database Cloud Schema Service - Version N/A and later
Gen 1 Exadata Cloud at Customer (Oracle Exadata Database Cloud Machine) - Version N/A and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Database Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Cloud Exadata Service - Version N/A and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.
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For the purposes of this document, the following fictitious environment is used as an example to describe the procedure:

Source Database:

Copied Database:


How to relocate a database to a new server

You may need to restore a database to a new server due to the following reasons:
1) confirming your disaster recovery strategy
2) moving the database to a new server

NOTE:  If your intention is to clone the database, you should use the RMAN duplicate command.   Do not use a restore/recover database to clone your database.  

This note will work for all file systems - ASM, OCFS, raw, cooked etc.

The steps can be summarized as:

1) take a backup of the database on the existing host
2) on the new host, restore the controlfiles, datafiles and tempfiles to the new location
3) on the new host, rename the online redo logs
4) use NID to change db_name and dbid 


Important Note: During the restore and recovery process, do NOT connect to the production database's recovery catalog, even if you are using one to perform the backup. The production database's recovery catalog will get confused if there are multiple databases with the same DBID.



1) the existing and new hosts are running on the same operating system and RDBMS patchsets. Restoring to a different platform and/or RDBMS patchset is quite complex and will not be addressed in this note.

2) all datafiles and tablespaces are onlined and accessible



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In this Document
 Solution 1 - Concise Steps Without Example Output
 Step 1.1 - Backup the Production Database
 Online Backup
 Offline backup
 Step 1.2 - Transfer Backuppieces to New Host
 Step 1.3 - Restore Database at New Host
 Solution 2 - Detailed Steps With Example Output
 Step 2.1 - Backup the production database
 Step 2.2 - Transfer the backuppieces to the new host
 Step 2.2.1 This steps are specific to WINDOWS
 Step 2.3 - Restore the controlfile
 Step 2.4 - Catalog the backuppieces if required
 Step 2.5  - Restore the database
 Step 2.6 - Rename the online redo logs
 Step 2.7 - Rename the database
 Step 2.8 - Confirm your tempfiles

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