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Transportable tablespaces for Oracle on Linux upgrade

The goal is to migrate Oracle 9i ( EE) on Red Hat Advanced Linux 2.1 to Oracle 10g R2 (EE) on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4. I have read a number of documents but since we are upgrading our operating system we would like to do a fresh install of Linux and OCFS2, thus my question is, can I use transportable tablespaces to move my data to the new server that we are building?

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You should be able to use transportable tablespaces to migrate your database from Oracle 9i to 10gR2. There are, of course, some limitations:
  • The compatible parameter must be set to at least 8.1 in both the source and target databases.
  • You must be using Enterprise Edition to generate a transportable tablespace set (which you are).
  • The source and target databases must have the same character set and national character set.
  • The tablespaces you wish to transport must be self-contained tablespaces. Use the DBMS_TTS.TRANSPORT_SET_CHECK procedure to check whether this is true.
For additional information on transportable tablespaces, the Oracle Database 10g Release 2 (10.2) Administrator's Guide is a good reference.

This was first published in April 2007

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