Backing Up Databases Using the Commvault Command Line Interface

You can use XML to back up Oracle databases.

You can include the XML parameters in the xml file, or you can specify them on the command line when they frequently change. For more information on command line parameters and XML elements, see Command Line - Syntax.

Before You Begin

Optional: Limit the number of database data and log backup jobs that can simultaneously run on a client. See Throttling Backup Jobs.


  1. Run the qlogin command to log on to the CommServe computer.
  2. Download the backup_template.xml file to the computer where you will run the command.
  3. Open the backup_template.xml file, add your specific parameters, and save the file.

    For information on supported instance XML parameters, see Available XML Parameters for Oracle Backups and Restores.

  4. On the command line, go to Software_Installation_Directory/Base and type the command.

    qoperation execute -af backup_template.xml -appName 'Oracle' -clientName '<client_name>' -instanceName '<dbname>' -subclientName '<subclient_name>' -backupLevel '<backup_type>'

  5. Verify the status of the job. On the command line type the command:

    qlist job –j <job_id>

  6. Once the job completes, run the qlogout command to log off of the CommServe computer.


  • Performing a full backup:

    qoperation execute -af backup_template.xml -appName 'Oracle' -clientName 'client1' -instanceName 'instance1' -subclientName 'subclient1' -backupLevel 'FULL'

  • Performing an incremental backup:

    qoperation execute -af backup_template.xml -appName 'Oracle' -clientName 'client1' -instanceName 'instance1' -subclientName 'subclient1' -backupLevel 'INCREMENTAL'

  • Performing a cumulative backup:

    qoperation execute -af backup_template.xml -appName 'Oracle' -clientName 'client1' -instanceName 'instance1' -subclientName 'subclient1' -backupLevel 'INCREMENTAL' -cumulative 'True'

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