No extra risk with rman that I'm aware of. Turn the controlfile autobackup option on and the separate backups will be taken for you automatically and in a special format that makes it very easy for rman to locate the backup with no prior knowledge of it. ________________________________ From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of ryan_gaffuri@xxxxxxxxxxx is there a bigger risk when using rman in anyway? Do I need to make seperate backups of the control files since I would be using RMAN without the recovery catalog? 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.