Performing Oracle Backups


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You can back up Oracle databases, log files, or Oracle datafiles and tablespaces. You can back up the database when it is online or offline. If the database must be accessible and you have a small backup window, run a series of online backups for different database portions.

You can perform a full, incremental or cumulative backup. A full backup includes the database, the log files, and the control file. An incremental backup contains the changed data from the last successful backup.

Note: Database log files are not deduplicated, even if a server plan used to back up log files specifies deduplication.

Incremental backups use fewer resources than full backups. If you do not have any successful backups and you perform an incremental backup, the incremental backup is considered a full backup and all data is backed up.


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Protect > Databases.

    The Instances page appears.

  2. To select an instance, on the Instances tab, click the instance name.

    The instance properties page appears.

  3. To select a subclient, in the Subclients section of the Overview tab, click the subclient name.

    The subclient properties page appears.

  4. On the subclient Overview tab, click Back up.

    The Select backup level dialog box appears.

  5. Select the backup level for the backup operation:

    • To perform a full backup operation, select Full.

    • To perform an incremental backup operation, select Incremental.

    • To perform a cumulative backup operation, select Incremental, and then select the Cumulative check box.

  6. Click OK.

  7. Click OK.