RE: RMAN - Local vs. central backup script

I have setup a centralized backup RMAN catalog with a standard set of
scripts parameterized for database name.  I use one cron - alerts
through e-mail.  Also, in terms of DR it is better.  Think about it -
could write that RMAN catalog to a backup site nightly running a
secondary rman catalog.  Then if things go SOUTH - get it - Florida
(hehe) - SORRY I HAVE BEEN IN DATA CLEANSING PURGATORY!!!! =20

Anyway, if things go south you just need your tapes, your catalog is
ready to restore.

It is a ##$$ easier to maintain.=20

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[mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of DENNIS WILLIAMS
Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2005 2:06 PM
To: Oracle-L
Subject: RMAN - Local vs. central backup script

We use RMAN on Oracle9i to back up to disk. No SAN or MML, but use an
RMAN catalog. I use cron to initiate the backup (Unix servers). In
revising the system, I'm trying to decide whether it is better to use
the cron on each server, or just trigger backups centrally, from servers
where the RMAN catalogs reside. It seems like most of the advantages go
to the local script. You are always running the same RMAN executable as
the database. Has anyone else looked at this issue and care to share any
thoughts?
=20

Dennis Williams

DBA

Lifetouch, Inc.



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