Oracle Backup Administrator Guide

The Oracle Backup Administrator Guide is for backup administrators responsible for:

  • Installing and upgrading the Oracle Agent.

  • Configuring Oracle databases in the CommCell.

  • Determining the storage device for backups as well as how long data is stored.

  • Determining the data to be backed up and configuring the subclients in the CommCell for the data.

  • Backing up and restoring the data. This guide focuses on procedures performed using the CommCell Console, but also includes RMAN for procedures.

  • Configuring database administrator user roles and user permissions.

A knowledge of Oracle backup and restore operations and the Oracle RMAN Command Line interface is required for this guide.

Key Features

The Oracle Agent offers the following key features for backup administrators:

  • Creates and runs RMAN scripts that can be customized.

  • Manages archive logs.

  • Seamlessly integrates with RMAN through Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) or Control M, RMAN Command Line and cron for backups and restores.

  • Uses existing RMAN scripts for backups and restores without any additional configuration.

The Oracle Agent offers the following features that you can use to create database copies for testing and disaster recovery (DR) purposes.

The table provides a brief overview of the features.







RMAN SBT Backups

Run full, incremental and archive log backups using the RMAN SBT interface.


Oracle Database Administrator Guide Overview

Snapshot Backups Using File System Backup Copy

  • Create application consistent storage snapshots while the database is in the backup mode.

  • Copy snapshots to a disk at file level using backup copy option. ASM databases are not supported.


Snapshot Backups Using RMAN Backup Copy

  • Create application consistent storage snapshots while the database is in the backup mode.

  • Copy snapshots to a disk at file level using backup copy option. ASM databases are supported.

  • Supports incremental backups.


Application Migration

  • Move or retire your data center

  • Create a test or a demonstration system for the production system

  • Store your database in the cloud


Oracle Database Application Migration to the Cloud

Live Sync

  • Minimize the impact on the production system resources

  • Automatically copies backups to a remote site for DR purposes

  • Places the destination database to be in standby mode so that users can schedule workloads

  • Has the flexibility to use auxiliary copies


Live Sync Replication of Oracle Databases

Instant Application Recovery

  • Duplicate a source database by using an IntelliSnap clone in a short amount of time

  • Create a test environment to troubleshoot production issues

  • Efficient data movement

  • Retrieve data quickly without intensive resource use on the production environment

  • Alleviate the load on production servers


Synthetic full

Active Database Copy Management

Oracle Image Copy

  • Protect any database independent of the primary storage type, or server type (physical or virtual machine)

  • Create backups in the native format, which means that you can rapidly recover the data

  • Do not force users to place the database in hot backup mode


Synthetic full

Backing Up Oracle Databases by Using Image Copy to Secondary Storage

Application-aware backups

Protect application data without installing guest agents on virtual machines.


Application-Aware Backups

Backups Using Native Database Export or Dump Utility

  • Create full database or schema level logical dump backups in native format

  • Supports cross-platform compatibility


Creating a Subclient for Oracle Logical Dump Backups