I have Oracle 9i RMAN on Linux. I am fairly new to Oracle and Linux as well. My objective is to have a test enviornment of RMAN. I will be using one machine to perform the test.

I have created the RMAN database and the rman/rman user. I created the tablespace. Not too clear about the catalog. Do I need to run a script or package to create a catalog? Once the catalog is created, what are the next steps? I need to do this test end to end, one for a hot backup and one for a cold backup.

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On my Web site, I have a white paper titled "RMAN Notes." This is in rough form, but it shows you how to create the catalog and how to perform basic RMAN backup and recovery operations.

This was first published in October 2006

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