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Virtual Catalog in Oracle and the Recovery_catalog_user Role (Doc ID 2125233.1)

Last updated on OCTOBER 27, 2019

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version to [Release 12.1]
Oracle Database Cloud Schema Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Machine - Version N/A and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Database Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Backup Service - Version N/A and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


NOTE: In the images and/or the document content below, the user information and environment data used represents fictitious data from the Oracle sample schema(s), Public Documentation delivered with an Oracle database product or other training material. Any similarity to actual environments, actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental and not intended in any manner.

 For the purposes of this document, the following fictitious environment is used as an example to describe the procedure:

Target Database Name:  CDBPRODS
Catalog Tablespace:  RMAN
RMAN schema:  RMAN
VPC User:  VPC1



As per Oracle documentation Creating and Managing Virtual Private Catalogs with Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (

It is required to grant RECOVERY_CATALOG_OWNER to a virtual private catalog (VPC) user.  This increases vulnerability, as the VPC user will have full access to base recovery catalog.  In Oracle, a new role has been introduced, RECOVERY_CATALOG_USER, which should  to be granted to VPC user.  Through this role, the VPC user can perform basic operations like register, unregister resync catalog etc.

 In version, RECOVERY_CATALOG_USER role is not their



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