RE: RMAN duplicate only used blocks?

I've never heard of such a feature, but would also be interested to hear if 
someone else knows about it.  I'm guessing maybe the person that mentioned this 
to you was just confused about the fact that RMAN will only write used blocks 
to the backup set, but when it restores the backup, it fills in those unused 
blocks again.  I'm pretty sure that duplicate works exactly the same as a 
regular restore - it just automates the other stuff for you like creating the 
controlfile, renaming datafiles, setting the new DBID, etc.  I agree that it 
sounds like you'll need to use data pump, unless maybe there is only a subset 
of tablespaces that you need - then you could use transportable tablespaces 
just for those, and you can use RMAN to create the transportable tablespaces if 
required to avoid downtime in the source database.

Regards,
Brandon


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