Something I learned about Oracle Database 11g RMAN restore

Posted by Vijayakumar Chinnasamy
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November 1st, 2010

Last weekend (it was saturday night), I needed to restore a Development database from a old backup. I never did a RMAN restore before until last saturday. As the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention”. Though it is not really an invention (rman is there for a long time), for me, I learned to know about RMAN restore last week.

Our DBA was not available on Saturday. I needed to test few things on the Development and for that I need to restore a backup that was taken earlier couple of months ago. So I did the follow the procedures to restore the database using RMAN.

This could be a basic thing all the DBAs know about. But for me this is not something I do everyday. So this was new to me.

First, I ran the “shutdown immediate” command to shutdown my development database. Then I followed these steps to restore the database from a older backup taken by RMAN. Database was running on the Redhat Enterprise Linux Machine and the database version was

$ rman

RMAN> list backup;

List of Backup Sets


I got the TAG details from here.


RMAN>  restore datafile ‘/u02/oradata/OIMTST/system01.dbf’ from tag = ‘BEFORERECON’;

RMAN>  restore datafile ‘/u02/oradata/OIMTST/sysaux01.dbf’ from tag = ‘BEFORERECON’;


RMAN> restore datafile ‘/u02/oradata/OIMTST/undotbs01.dbf’ from tag = ‘BEFORERECON’;

RMAN> restore datafile ‘/u02/oradata/OIMTST/users01.dbf’ from tag = ‘BEFORERECON’;

RMAN> restore datafile ‘/u02/oradata/OIMTST/oimtst4_tspace_01.dbf’ from tag = ‘BEFORERECON’;

RMAN> list backup of controlfile;

RMAN> restore controlfile to ‘/u02/oradata/OIMTST/control01a.ctl’ from tag = ‘TAG20100820T112653’

RMAN> quit
Recovery Manager complete.


Copying the Control Files:

cd /u02/oradata/OIMTST  # The conrol files are located here.
cp control01a.ctl control01.ctl
cp control01a.ctl control02.ctl
cp control01a.ctl control03.ctl

$ sqlplus / as sysdba….

SQL> startup

ORACLE instance started.

Total System Global Area 1073131520 bytes
Fixed Size                  2151248 bytes
Variable Size             264244400 bytes
Database Buffers          801112064 bytes
Redo Buffers                5623808 bytes
Database mounted.
ORA-01589: must use RESETLOGS or NORESETLOGS option for database open

SQL> alter database open resetlogs;

Database altered.


Hurray!!!! It is success!!!

This was my first restore using RMAN. I knew the concepts earlier, but I didn’t really restore a database like this before. I thought of sharing this knowledge.

We will meet in another post. Until then

Vijay Chinnasamy

Comments (1)

Vijayakumar Chinnasamy - November 1st, 2010

I missed the first RMAN command. RMAN> connect target; "Connect target" is the first RMAN command I executed after running "rman" at the Linux Prompt. Regards Vijay Chinnasamy

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