Backup recovery

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In SnapManager, you must perform the restore and recover operations at the same time. You cannot perform a restore operation and then perform a SnapManager recover operation later.

In SnapManager 3.2 or earlier, you can either use SnapManager to restore and recover the backup or use SnapManager to restore the backup and use another tool, such as Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN), to recover the data. Because SnapManager can register its backups with RMAN, you can use RMAN to restore and recover the database at finer granularities such as blocks. This integration combines the benefits of speed and space efficiency of Snapshot copies with the fine level of control for restoring using RMAN.

You must recover a database before you can use it. You can use any tool or script to recover a database.

Starting from SnapManager 3.2 for Oracle, SnapManager enables the restore of database backups automatically by using the archive log backups. Even when the archive log backups are available in the external location, SnapManager uses the archive log backups from the external location to restore the database backups.

If new data files are added to the database, Oracle recommends that you take a new backup immediately. Also, if you restore a backup taken before the new data files were added and attempt to recover to a point after the new data files were added, the automatic Oracle recovery process might fail, because it is unable to create data files. See the Oracle documentation for the process for recovering data files added after a backup.