- Paperback: 666 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (December 5, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0072263172
- ISBN-13: 978-0072263176
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.4 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,795,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oracle Database 10g RMAN Backup & Recovery 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
The Most Complete Guide to Maximizing Oracle Recovery Manager
Deploy a rock-solid data backup and disaster recovery strategy with the in-depth guidance of this authoritative volume. From the exclusive publishers of Oracle Press books, Oracle Database 10g RMAN Backup & Recovery shows you, step by step, how to set up RMAN-ready databases, create reliable backup tapes and discs, and perform accurate Oracle system restores. Find out how to use RMAN from the command line and from Enterprise Manager, generate meaningful lists and reports, and automate administrative tasks using third-party media management tools. Plus, you'll learn to perform incremental backups, Flashback recoveries, and database cloning.
- Set up, configure, and maintain Oracle Database 10g RMAN
- Use RMAN recovery catalogs, target database packages, and control files
- Centralize backup tape management using Oracle Secure Backup
- Perform online, offline, and incremental system backups
- Monitor and tune performance with Enterprise Manager Grid Control and Database Control
- Accomplish complete and partial RMAN database restores
- Improve functionality using VERITAS NetBackup, EMC NetWorker Module, and Tivoli Storage Manager
- Overcome human errors using Flashback Versions Query and Transaction Query
- Create clone and standby databases from tape and disc backups
- Work with Real Application Cluster (RAC) databases and sync-and-split hardware technologies
About the Author
Matthew Hart is the co-author of three books for Oracle Press, Oracle 9i for Windows 2000: Tips & Techniques, Oracle 9i RMAN Backup & Recovery, and most recently Oracle 10g High Availability with RAC, Flashback, and DataGuard. He has worked with high availability technologies in Oracle since version 7.3, and has worked with RMAN since its inception. He has spent considerable time perfecting backup and recovery strategies for Oracle customers.
Robert G. Freeman is an Oracle DBA. Among the other books Robert has written are the bestselling titles Oracle Database 10g New Features, Oracle 9i RMAN Backup and Recovery, and Oracle 9i New Features. Robert also wrote the Oracle Press book Portable DBA: Oracle.
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While the book excels at explaining what makes RMAN tick, I personally found that the book is actually a bit difficult to use when trying to implement a change to the Oracle configuration. The section on database cloning, for instance, is more difficult to follow than Oracle's own "Backup and Recovery Advanced User's Guide" documentation on the same topic. Maybe it is just me (and one or two other people). Flipping between several pages (seemed like a hundred or more) is not confidence inspiring had this been a real emergency.
I then decided to try a couple recovery scenarios. I set up an Oracle 10.2.0.4 database instance on a new box, used impdp to load a copy of the data from a production database, enabled archived redo log mode, and then scheduled a backup using the Enterprise Manager Database Control. The first test involved shutting down the Oracle instance, and renaming both copies of the control files. The first attempt in following the "Oracle Database 10g RMAN Backup & Recovery" book to recover from this problem resulted in "ORA-07445: exception encountered: core dump [ACCESS_VIOLATION] [unable_to_trans_pc] [PC:0x7c910CB0] [ADDR:0x4] [UNABLE_TO_READ] ". The book did not cover how to recover from the ORA-07445, which essentially means that Oracle Metalink support must be contacted - the database is down. Not too reassuring. The second attempt (after recreating the instance and database) of following the book to perform this procedure, after realizing that I should have specified RESETLOGS (if I recall correctly, it seems that information was located somewhere else in the book) resulted in "ORA-19698: ...\redo01.log is from different datadase: id=0, db_name=" following the execution of ALTER DATABASE OPEN RESETLOGS. Once again, scanning through this book I did not find the solution to this particular problem. Had this been a real emergency, this book would not have been the only object to hit the recycle bin.
Other miscellaneous notes about the book, in no particular order:
* 100+ pages of the book are devoted to setting up RMAN to work with various storage/media managers.
* RMAN workshops list steps to accomplish various tasks, often spread over 5+ pages in the book. Not all required information is located in close proximity to the RMAN workshops.
* Covers command line and Enterprise Manager GUI commands for RMAN.
* Demonstrates flashback versions queries, flashback table, flashback drop, flashback database
* Many screen shots, diagrams, RMAN Workshop break outs, large font - space filling section headings, seemingly wide margins.
* Some steps which should be straight forward, such as duplicating a database using RMAN, appear to be very simple when reading the book, yet when attempting to put those simple procedures into practice using the book as a guide, are in fact quite difficult due to all of the alternate syntax which is introduced to cover many different set ups. It might be necessary to flip between 50 different pages to successfully duplicate a database on the same server using this book as a guide.
* The book does not indicate what features described in the book require an Enterprise Edition license, nor what features require additional licenses beyond an Enterprise Edition license (this seems to happen in several books by different authors).
* In a crisis, the Recovery Case Studies in chapter 21, which could prove to be the most helpful section of the book, but that section only covers 13 scenarios, all with generally a long description to describe the recovery case study problem.
This book is spared a three star recommendation only by the fact that I enjoyed reading the book cover to cover.
Recently, I have been reading "RMAN Recipes for Oracle Database 11g: A Problem-
Solution Approach" and have found that the book is better organized, locating the necessary information in the right places for accomplishing a task, although there is a bit of over repeating in the book (the same sentence appears in two adjacent paragraphs, for example). While the RMAN Recipes book states that it is designed for Oracle 11g, there are output captures which show that some of the sections of the book were written using Oracle 10.2.0.x. If you are considering the purchase of "Oracle Database 10g RMAN Backup & Recovery", you might first want to examine "RMAN Recipes for Oracle Database 11g: A Problem-Solution Approach" through the Google books search to determine if it is a better fit for your anticipated backup and recovery scenarios.
And very much impressed with the technical details and examples given in the book... Same way, the book on 10g also excels in technical depth and details...
What Robert and Matthew do is break it down piece by piece. There is a great intro and they build on that in subsequent chapters. If you want to link RMAN directly with your backup software (i.e. Veritas, EMC, Legato, etc..) then the authors show you how. I used the Veritas piece to link RMAN in and it worked flawlessly. They go over the latest features including block changing files (for faster incremental backups), merging level 1 and level 0 backups (for faster recoveries without the overhead of backing up the whole database), and even cover what the flash recovery area is and how to use it. There is so much great material packed in this book. Yeah, you can try and read Oracle's docs, but rather than just show you how to do it, the authors also teach you why to do it.
You can read this book chronologically or use it as a reference. The authors writing style make this book a great joy to read. They also include a lot of great examples in case you like to learn by seeing.
I would highly recommend this book if you are an Oracle DBA, whether you use RMAN or not. Afterall, RMAN is what you should be using :).
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