So, forgive the book plug but my RMAN book is a great "how-to" guide on getting started with RMAN. It walks you through various workshops from setting up, to backing up to restoring the database. It's available on Amazon (Oracle 11g RMAN Backup and Recovery from Oracle Press) and is reasonably priced. As an aside, I'm looking to start a new book on Oracle Golden Gate..... Should be fun! Cheers! Robert G. Freeman Master Principal Consultant, Oracle Corporation, Oracle ACE Author of various books on RMAN, New Features and this shorter signature line. Blog: http://robertgfreeman.blogspot.com Note: THIS EMAIL IS NOT AN OFFICIAL ORACLE SUPPORT COMMUNICATION. It is just the opinion of one Oracle employee. I can be wrong, have been wrong in the past and will be wrong in the future. If your problem is a critical production problem, you should always contact Oracle support for assistance. Statements in this email in no way represent Oracle Corporation or any subsidiaries and reflect only the opinion of the author of this email. ________________________________ From: "Zelli, Brian" <Brian.Zelli@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: "oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Tue, July 26, 2011 12:20:57 PM Subject: rman question So I've been putzing around with rman and now I have a list of backups. If I want to restore the very last copy of the db, all I have to do is issue a: RMAN> recover database; that's it? And it will take that last copy even though I have about 7 or 8 listed? ciao, Brian This email message may contain legally privileged and/or confidential information. If you are not the intended recipient(s), or the employee or agent responsible for the delivery of this message to the intended recipient(s), you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of this email message is prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately by e-mail and delete this email message from your computer. Thank you.