Oracle backup requirements and considerations

Use application backups to protect Oracle Database on Windows, Linux, and Solaris platforms. Application backups ensure database consistency, whereas file-level backups of the Oracle server are likely to contain database inconsistencies since only data that has been flushed to disk is included.

With Oracle protection, the Unitrends agent leverages Oracle’s Recovery Manager (RMAN) utility for backup and recovery jobs to:

   Ensure a consistent database snapshot is captured.

  Perform standard Oracle database backup operations, such as saving redo logs and quiescing buffers.

The agent invokes commands on the Oracle server and supplies RMAN a Samba share target (/backups/rae/<client_name>/<instance>) so that jobs save directly to the backup appliance.

Oracle protection requirements and considerations vary by platform and Oracle Database version. See the following for details: