Re: RMAN-NetBackup without an RMAN Catalog

On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 13:28:13 -0700, Joel Garry
<joelgarry@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> It boils down to Oracle not wanting to spend the bucks to allow backward
> compatibility, and no one yet seeing the value of designing software for
> the ages.  Even if nothing else will grant the latter, restoration
> software must deal with aging.  I think RMAN should be able to deal with
> multiple versions, restoring the O install if it has to.  Well, maybe
> not without a catalog... :-)
> 

This problem is bigger than Oracle.  

Say you can restore your 5 year old data?  

Do you have an app that can work with it?

Archived copies of the application?

A place to run it?

Documentation that tells you how to do so?

I recently ran into a scenario like this where the financial wizards needed
old finance data to make it through an audit.

The data was/is in Great Plains.  A version that is about 6 or 7 years old.

Fortunately, we still have a CD of the original version.  

A local consultant had a copy of the old Btrieve database binaries, and the
expertise to set it up.  It took quite a while to get this all figured
out and setup.
Our consultant ( the second one we called, not the first) knew her stuff, sorted
it all out and saved the day.

In the meantime, the finance wizards were forced to go back to the paper trail,
which some predecessor had thoughtfully created during the migration to SAP,
and prepared their data from these reports, because there was a lot
more involved
to setting up an old version of GP than copying some files around.


Food for thought.

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Jared Still
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