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 ________________________________ Privileged/Confidential Information may be contained in this message or attachments hereto. Please advise immediately if you or your employer do not consent to Internet email for messages of this kind. Opinions, conclusions and other information in this message that do not relate to the official business of this company shall be understood as neither given nor endorsed by it.