Re: Tools to test a restored Oracle DB

Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2005 20:48:20 GMT
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"Charles Morrall" <> wrote in news:m6SKd.129086$

> A large part of my work duties involve designing, implementing and to
> some extent maintaining backup & recovery solutions. It is not limited
> to Oracle, rather I have to deal with file systems, mail servers,
> application servers etc spread over quite a few platforms. This of
> course makes it difficult to be expert in each particular application
> or database engine. I from time to time have to configure backup and
> recovery of Oracle. Most backup software packages come with an agent
> or module for Oracle, which is as far as I've gathered a front for
> RMAN. Be that as it may, I'll just have to do some homework. Which
> brings me to the question; in order to test a backup and recovery
> solution I'm looking for a tool or set of tools that will ideally
> allow me to:
> - Generate a typical load for a database server, adding records,
> updating records, deleting records etc.
> - Record a "now" state, where each part of the system is health
> checked so I have a baseline.
> - After I've blown the entire server away and restored the data from
> backup the tool will compare the status of the server with the
> previously established baseline to determine if I've been successful
> in recovering the entire system and everything is operational again.
> I'm primarily looking at Windows based Oracle servers, and that's
> where my skill set is in general. However, I will have to configure
> backup and recovery on Solaris and HP-UX as well. Since designing and
> implementing backup and recovery solutions in hetergenous environment
> is more or less a full time job in itself, I hope you understand I
> don't have the time or resources to invest more than necessary to be
> reasonably confident I can handle recovery of Oracle.
> Any pointers are appreciated.
> /charles

Oracle Db is very "anal retentive" when it come to data itegrity. Since Oracle maintains the SCN in every file, it won't open normally when any single file's SCN does not match all the other file's SCN. While others here may disagree, here is my opinion. If/when Oracle opens & goes online normally, you have made a successful recovery. No additional checks are required. Received on Sat Jan 29 2005 - 21:48:20 CET

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