Oracle Database 12c: Backup and Recovery Workshop

Course code:ORAP02

Duration: 6 Days / 48 Hours

In this Oracle Database 12c R2: Backup and Recovery Workshop, students learn how to perform backup and recovery based on the related Oracle Database architecture components. Various backup, failure, restore, and recovery scenarios are provided so that students learn to evaluate their own recovery requirements and develop an appropriate strategy for backup and recovery procedures. This course includes an interactive workshop, with scenarios that provide participants with opportunities to diagnose and recover from several failure situations. The student benefits by gaining a deeper understanding of possibly the most important job of a DBA – backup and recovery. The concepts and architecture that support backup and recovery, along with the steps of how to carry it out in various ways and situations, are covered in detail. Students gain knowledge of the Recovery Manager (RMAN) command line interface for various backup, failure, restore, and recovery scenarios, including tape backup and data duplication. (Familiarity with basic database tools and utilities, such as, SQL*Plus, is assumed.) This course will also prepare the students for the certification Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional.


  • Database Administrators
  • Database Designers
  • Support Engineer
  • Technical Administrator
  • Data Warehouse Administrator


Required Prerequisites:
  • Knowledge of Oracle Database 12c
  • Knowledge of SQL and PL/SQL (for DBA use)
  • Oracle Database 12c : Administration Workshop
Suggested Prerequisites:
  • Using Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c


After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the Oracle Database architecture components related to backup and recovery operations
  • Plan effective backup and recovery procedures
  • Describe Oracle Database backup methods and recovery operations that can be used to resolve database failure
  • Configure the database for recoverability
  • Use Recovery Manager (RMAN) to create backups and perform recovery operations
  • Use the Data Recovery Advisor to diagnose and repair failures
  • Use Oracle Flashback Technologies to recover from human error
  • Perform an encrypted database backup and restore
  • Perform tablespace point-in-time recovery
  • Describe Cloud Tooling for Backup and Recovery

Education Criteria


Module 1: Introduction

  • Curriculum Context
  • Assess your recovery requirements
  • Categories of failures
  • Oracle backup and recovery solutions
  • Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture
  • Oracle Secure Backup
  • Benefits of using Oracle Data Guard
  • Basic Workshop Architecture

Module 2: Getting Started

  • Core Concepts of the Oracle Database, critical for Backup and Recovery
  • Oracle DBA Tools for Backup and Recovery
  • Connecting to Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN)
  • Quick Start: A Problem-Solution Approach

Module 3: Configuring for Recoverability

  • RMAN commands
  • Configuring and managing persistent settings
  • Using the Fast Recovery Area (FRA)
  • Control File
  • Redo Log File
  • Archiving Logs

Module 4: Using the RMAN Recovery Catalog

  • Creating and Configuring the Recovery Catalog
  • Managing Target Database Records in the Recovery Catalog
  • Using RMAN Stored Scripts
  • Maintaining and Protecting the Recovery Catalog
  • Virtual Private Catalogs

Module 5: Backup Strategies and Terminology

  • Backup Solutions Overview and Terminology
  • Balancing Backup and Restore Requirements
  • Backing Up Read-Only Tablespaces
  • Data Warehouse Backup and Recovery: Best Practices
  • Additional Backup Terminology

Module 6: Performing Backups

  • RMAN Backup Types
  • Incrementally Updated Backups
  • Fast Incremental Backup
  • Block Change Tracking
  • Oracle-Suggested Backup
  • Reporting on Backups
  • Managing Backups

Module 7: Improving Your Backups

  • Compressing Backups
  • Using a Media Manager
  • Backup and Restore for Very Large Files
  • Creating RMAN Multisection Backups, Proxy Copies, Duplexed Backup Sets and Backups of Backup Sets
  • Creating and Managing Archival Backups
  • Backing Up Recovery Files
  • Backing Up the Control File to a Trace File
  • Cataloging Additional Backup Files

Module 8: Using RMAN-Encrypted Backups

  • Creating RMAN-Encrypted Backups
  • Using Transparent-Mode Encryption
  • Using Password-Mode Encryption
  • Using Dual-Mode Encryption

Module 9: Diagnosing Failures

  • Reducing Problem Diagnosis Time
  • Automatic Diagnostic Repository
  • Data Recovery Advisor
  • Handling Block Corruption

Module 10: Restore and Recovery Concepts

  • Restoring and Recovering
  • Instance Failure and Instance/Crash Recovery
  • Media Failure
  • Complete Recovery (Overview)
  • Point-in-Time Recovery (Overview)
  • Recovery with the RESETLOGS Option

Module 11: Performing Recovery, Part I

  • RMAN Recovery in NOARCHIVELOG Mode
  • Performing Complete Recovery (of critical and noncritical data files)
  • Restoring ASM Disk Groups
  • Recovery with Image Files
  • Performing Point-in-Time (PITR) or Incomplete Recovery

Module 12: Performing Recovery, Part II

  • Recovery of Server Parameter File, Control File (One and All)
  • Redo Log File Loss and Recovery
  • Password Authentication File Re-creation
  • Index, Read-Only Tablespace, and Tempfile Recovery
  • Restoring the Database to a New Host
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Restoring RMAN Encrypted Backups

Module 13: RMAN and Oracle Secure Backup

  • Oracle Secure Backup Overview and Interface Options
  • RMAN and OSB: Overview and Basic Process Flow
  • Starting with Oracle Secure Backup
  • Configuring Oracle Secure Backup for RMAN
  • RMAN Backup and Restore Operations
  • Oracle Secure Backup Jobs
  • Displaying OSB log files and transcripts for RMAN activities

Module 14: Using Flashback Technologies

  • Flashback Technology: Overview and Setup
  • Using Flashback Technology to Query Data
  • Flashback Table
  • Flashback Transaction (Query and Backout)
  • Flashback Drop and the Recycle Bin
  • Flashback Data Archive

Module 15: Using Flashback Database

  • Flashback Database Architecture
  • Configuring Flashback Database
  • Performing Flashback Database
  • Best Practices for Flashback Database

Module 16: Transporting Data

  • Transporting Data Across Platforms
  • Transporting Data with Backup Sets
  • Database Transport: Using Data Files

Module 17: Performing Point-in-Time Recovery

  • When to use TSPITR
  • TSPITR Architecture
  • Performing RMAN TS Point-in-time Recovery
  • Recovering Tables from Backups

Module 18: Duplicating a Database

  • Using a Duplicate Database
  • Duplicating Database with "push" an"pull" techniques
  • Choosing Database Duplication Techniques
  • Creating a Backup-up Based Duplicate Database
  • Understanding the RMAN Duplication Operation

Module 19: RMAN Troubleshooting and Tuning

  • Interpreting RMAN Message Output
  • Tuning Principles
  • Diagnosing Performance Bottlenecks
  • RMAN Multiplexing
  • Restore and Recovery Performance Best Practices

Module 20: Cloud Tooling for Backup and Recovery

  • Backup Destinations
  • Customize Backup Configuration
  • On-Demand Backup and Recovery
  • Oracle Backup Cloud Service
  • Installing the Backup Module

Module 21: Backup and Recovery Workshop

  • Workshop Structure and Approach
  • Business Requirements for Database Availability and Procedures
  • Diagnosing the Failures

Course Review

Exam Preparation