My question concerns the retention policy of RMAN on Oracle 8i and 10g. I have several Oracle 8i and Oracle 10g database instances on a Windows 2003 server. We use RMAN backups on these servers. We run a batch job daily to perform database backups. We create RMAN level 0 on Sunday, level 1 on Thursday, and Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday we do level 2 backups. I would like to keep the backup files for seven days. Oracle 9i has the CONFIGURE RETENTION POLICY TO RECOVERY WINDOWS OF 7 DAYS parameter. What parameter can I use on the Oracle 8i database to keep only seven days of backup files on disk? Thank you.

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The RECOVERY WINDOW option of RMAN is a feature new to Oracle 9i databases. And this feature is available in Oracle 10g as well. Unfortunately, there is no equivalent feature in Oracle 8i.

This was first published in June 2006

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