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Getting Started with Recovery Manager (RMAN) (Doc ID 360416.1)

Last updated on NOVEMBER 11, 2023

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version to [Release 10.1 to 12.2]
Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version to [Release 12.1]
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 Database Exadata Express Cloud Service - Version N/A and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


Note : In Oracle 11G are new features available, but the Oracle10G procedure is still valid for 11G.

See for more details on the 11g New Features : <Note 809867.1> RMAN 11gR1 : New Features

To introduce the basic concepts of Oracle10g and 11g Recovery Manager (RMAN), the tool that Oracle recommends that you use for your backup and recovery.  Because of the enormous flexibility of RMAN, all details cannot be covered here.  The information within this article is a general overview of items to consider and of which to be aware.  

It is recommended that more details are reviewed in the following documentation:

Oracle Database Backup and Recovery Reference

Oracle Database Backup and Recovery Quick Start Guide

Oracle Database Backup and Recovery Basics

Oracle Database Backup and Recovery Advanced User's Guide


Article is intended for DBAs familiar with backup and recovery concepts who are interested in implementing server managed backup and recovery with RMAN. 

RMAN backup and recovery can be performed via Enterprise Manager.  This tool is not discussed in this article.


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In this Document
 Overview of the RMAN Environment
 Deciding Whether to Use a Flash Recovery Area (FRA)
 Deciding Whether to use a Recovery Catalog
 Starting and Exiting RMAN
 Configuring Persistent Settings for the RMAN Environment
 Backing Up Archived Redo Logs
 Restoring and Recovering Database Files
 Data Recovery Advisor (DRA)
 Crosschecking and Deleting Backups

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