How to Migrate to different Endian Platform Using Transportable Tablespaces With RMAN (Doc ID 371556.1)

Last updated on NOVEMBER 02, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 10.1.0.2 to 12.1.0.1 [Release 10.1 to 12.1]
Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 12.1.0.2 to 12.1.0.2 [Release 12.1]
Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 9.2.0.3 to 9.2.0.3 [Release 9.2]
Information in this document applies to any platform.
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Corrupt IOT when using Transportable Tablespace to HP from different OS
- Datapump transport_tablespaces produces wrong dictionary metadata for some tables

Goal

Starting with Oracle Database 10g, you can transport tablespaces across platforms. In this note there is a step by step guide about how to do it  with ASM datafiles and with OS filesystem datafiles.

If your goal is to migrate a database to different endian platform, the following high-level steps describe how to migrate a database to a new platform using transportable tablespace:

1.- Create a new, empty database on the destination platform.
2.- Import objects required for transport operations from the source database into the destination database.
3.- Export transportable metadata for all user tablespaces from the source database.
4.- Transfer data files for user tablespaces to the destination system.
5.- Use RMAN to convert the data files to the endian format of the destination system.
6.- Import transportable metadata for all user tablespaces into the destination database.
7.- Import the remaining database objects and metadata (that were not moved by the transport operation)
    from the source database into the destination database.        


You could also convert the datafiles at source platform and once converted transfer them to destination platform.

The MAA white paper "Platform Migration Using Transportable Tablespace" is available at

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/features/availability/maa-wp-11g-platformmigrationtts-129269.pdf

 

From 11.2.0.4, 12C and further, if converting to Linux x86-64 consider to follow this doc:

   Reduce Transportable Tablespace Downtime using Cross Platform Incremental Backup [1389592.1]

 

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