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Oracle RMAN 11g Backup and Recovery by Matthew Hart, Robert G. Freeman

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CHAPTER 10Using the Recovery Catalog

Oracle maintains all of the metadata related to RMAN operations in the RMAN repository. The RMAN repository is always stored in the control file of the target databases. In some cases, you might want to store the RMAN repository for your database in another location. This location is called the RMAN recovery catalog.

RMAN does not require the recovery catalog for most operations, so often it is truly an optional component. Because the recovery catalog is largely optional, RMAN actually defaults to a configuration with no recovery catalog. In this section, first we look at what the recovery catalog is and when you need to use it. Then, we look at how you create a recovery catalog and discuss backup and recovery ...

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