RMAN is Oracle's backup and recovery utility. Before RMAN, DBAs had to use their own scripts to perform the backups....
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With RMAN, backups become as easy as:
RMAN has many other features that the traditional hot and cold backup scripts cannot perform. Those features include, but are not limited to:
- Ability to perform incremental backups.
- Ability to recover one block of a datafile.
- Ability to perform the backup and restore with parallelization.
- Ability to automatically delete archived redo logs after they are backed up.
- Ability to automatically backup the control file and the SPFILE.
- Ability to restart a failed backup without having to start from the beginning.
- Ability to verify the integrity of the backup.
- Ability to test the restore process without having to actually perform the restore.
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