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Scheduling Oracle RMAN backups

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonDecember 31, 2015

Question:  I know that RMAN backups can be invoked from the command line, but I wanted to know the scheduling methods for an RMAN backup?  What are the different methods for scheduling an RMAN backup?

Answer: The RMAN utility can be invoked from RMAN shell script from UNIX/Linux and RMAN backup job can be created and scheduled for execution in many places:

In turn, these programs can be embedded into several scheduling methods:

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager:  DBControl will automatically schedule RMAN jobs: 
  • OEM Grid control:  See these notes on RMAN cloning with OEM 

    To schedule RMAN backup with OEM you must perform these steps:

       - Specify Recovery Catalog
       - Specify Schedule Backup ( JOB )

  • Oracle dbms_job (dbms_scheduler):  You can use the Oracle scheduler to run an RMAN backup on a schedule:

DBMS_SCHEDULER.create_job(
   job_name => l_job_name,
   job_type => 'BACKUP_SCRIPT',
   job_action => l_script,
   credential_name => 'oracle_ol6_121',
   enabled => TRUE
);
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