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RMAN Recipes for Oracle Database 11g: A Problem-Solution Approach (Expert's Voice in Oracle) 2007th Edition

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Sam R. Alapati is an experienced Oracle database administrator who holds the Oracle Certified Professional designation and the Hewlett-Packard UNIX System Administrator certification. He currently manages Oracle databases at the Boy Scouts of America's national headquarters in Los Colinas, Texas. Alapati has been dealing with databases for a long time, including the Ingres RDBMS in the mid-1980s. He is also well-versed in the Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, and IBM DB2 database management systems.

Darl Kuhn is a senior database administrator working for Oracle. He handles all facets of database administration from design and development to production support. He also teaches advanced database courses at Regis University in Colorado. Darl does volunteer DBA work for the Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group. He has a graduate degree from Colorado State University and lives near Spanish Peaks, Colorado, with his wife, Heidi, and daughters, Brandi and Lisa.

Arup Nanda has been an Oracle?Database administrator?since 1993, which has exposed him to all facets of database administration, from modeling to disaster recovery. He currently leads the global DBA team at Starwood Hotels, the parent of chains such as Sheraton and Westin, in White Plains, New York. He serves as a contributing editor of SELECT Journal, the publication of Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG); speaks at many Oracle Technology events such as Oracle World and local user groups such as New York Oracle User Group; and has written many articles for both print publications such as Oracle Magazine and online publications such as Oracle Technology Network. Arup has co-authored two books: Oracle Privacy Security Auditing (Rampant, 2003) and Oracle PL/SQL for DBAs (O'Reilly, 2005). Recognizing his professional accomplishments and contributions to user community, Oracle chose him as the DBA of the Year in 2003. Arup lives in Danbury, Connecticut, with his wife, Anindita, and son, Anish. He can be reached at arup@proligence.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Oracle
  • Paperback: 670 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2007 edition (August 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590598512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590598511
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Charles Hooper on February 14, 2009
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About six months ago I read the book "Oracle Database 10g RMAN Backup and Recovery". While I enjoyed reading that book, I found that the book was difficult to use when practicing various backup, recovery, and cloning procedures which were outlined in the book. The reward for flipping through what must have been 50 to 100 pages in order to find everything needed for a practice procedure seemed to be the appearance of unexplained ORA errors, but maybe it was just my inability to follow the directions. In a panic database down situation, should it occur, the "Oracle Database 10g RMAN Backup and Recovery" book will remain on the shelf. So, I started looking for a different resource.

I initially discounted the "RMAN Recipes for Oracle Database 11g" book as irrelevant primarily as I currently use Oracle 10g R2 in production, and did not wish to be confused by a book using 11g specific RMAN syntax without acknowledging that a slightly different syntax is required for Oracle 10g (or 9i, for that matter). In addition to output captures showing that Oracle 11.1.0.x (beta) had been used, other output indicated that Oracle 10.2.0.x was used to demonstrate various commands in the book. The authors made a significant effort to indicate which features are available, and when necessary the alternate syntax in 11g, 10g, and versions prior to 10g. Paraphrasing a couple sections of the book: "Prior to Oracle 10g, it was necessary to set ARCHIVE_LOG_START ([SIC] - LOG_ARCHIVE_START) to TRUE in order to enable automatic archiving of redo logs." "RMAN does not back up locally managed temporary tablespace tempfiles - starting with Oracle 10g Oracle will recreate the tempfiles when the database is opened.
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I had a choice between the Oracle Press book, "Oracle DB 10g Backup & Recovery" (called 'the other book') and this book. I sat down and scanned both books side by side. I chose this book even though it was 11g and I was using 10g. The book pretty clearly dilineates between 10 and 11 differences. It also shows both UNIX and Windows steps, which was nice since I was new to Oracle on Windows.

There is a very good Windows overview section.

The index is great. That is a pet peeve of mine. So many books don't even have entries in their index for some letters of the alphabet. This index is very complete.

The other book has a few problems in my opinion. (1) it wastes pages on the same rman syntax diagrams that the manuals have (which are not very easy to follow anyway); (2) it lists the RC tables (again - in the manual); (3) philosophically, I object to Oracle publishing and selling books that shouldn't be necessary if their manuals were easier to read (4) I haven't been that impressed with Oracle Press books in the past (5) not much of an improvement on the manuals compared to the recipe approach.

I agree with Hooper's review.

I disagree with the review by "Oracle DBA" (original user name) entitled "Yet another RMAN book!!". In Amazon, there are really only two books offered. I don't know how many books he's seen. Although I am comfortable reading the Oracle manuals, the four RMAN books take you around and around in circles. You have to read them very carefully to actually figure out what you can and can't do syntactically. The syntax diagrams that have you jumping all over the book are not very helpful. You almost have to be an attorney to decifer what the four books are saying. There is none of that in the 'recipe' book, thankfully.
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If you are an Oracle DBA, this book will give you examples and solutions to RMAN problems that you won't find anywhere else, including Oracle's documentation. RMAN recipes gives DBAs specific examples on how to solve problems and then goes into detail on how and why the database works like it does.
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This is the best book I have found for information on utilizing RMAN. It is well written and I like the problem/solution approach. There are many practical examples and many of my questions have been answered in a short time. That is very refreshing after much Internet surfing and reading other Oracle references which do not get to the point. There is a lot of backup support information, regarding log files and the flash recovery area etc. This information is very helpful and to the point. I recommend this book to anyone involved in Oracle backups. I normally don't give anything 5 stars but in this case I'll make an exception, due to the relief of stress that I have enjoyed at a low cost.
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Well written, has enough of the facts to be a good guide, you just want the how, this is a good collection of scripts, the why is less well covered, but it is a Recipes book. Product arrived on time and was as advertised.
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Expert advise, well written, very informative. From novice to not so novice...this is a guide that will help everyone. Highly recommend.
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I bought this book needing to understand RMAN a little better. I had a basic understanding of what it was supposed to do but RMAN was not the backup method being used at my organisation, and I wanted to know why. Having read the book, the backup strategy that I have implemented is much better than the existing one, and recovery time in case of failure will be reduced massively.

The authors separate backup and recovery procedures (both taking up about 200 very useful pages) which works well, and also touch on tuning RMAN as well as doing backups and recovery with the enterprise manager (which I skipped). There weren't many examples that I didn't try and every single one worked as expected. I found the examples really helpful and now am really confident using RMAN - 100% thanks to this book and the authors.
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