We have a development server in Oracle 9i and are getting a new server for production. These two servers are located in different cities. When I do export/import between two servers, is FTP the only way to transfer the database? I learned that we have to VPN the new server, and I'm not sure how it is going to effect the process of export/import? Please let me know. Could you also please list clear steps to export/import a database dump? Thank you.

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In Oracle 9i, you can either use FTP or copy the dump file to some external media (CD, DVD, external harddrive, etc.). FTP is nice because all of the transfer is done through the network. The external media requires you to physically transport that media to your final destination.

If you were using Oracle 10g, then there is another option available to you. Oracle 10g added new Data Pump utilities which can basically be thought of as export/import on steroids. One of the nice features of the Data Pump utilities is that you can export from one database and import directly to another through your network. This saves you the step of actually creating a dump file. This sounds like it would help you out and might actually be enough of a reason for you to upgrade to 10g.

This was first published in September 2005

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