Convert databases to different platforms using RMAN

Friday Jan 19th 2007 by Staff

The Oracle Database supports the direct movement of tablespaces from one instance of Oracle to another. In the past, the destination was required to use the same operating system platform as the original. Oracle 10g contains tools in the Recovery Manager (RMAN) to extend these moves to other platforms.


The transportable tablespace feature—copying datafiles directly between Oracle instances instead of unloading and loading data—was introduced in Oracle 8i and has grown in functionality ever since. At first, the tablespace to be moved had to have the same block size as the destination database. The addition of multiple block size support in Oracle 9i removed that limitation. Now, in Oracle 10g, the platform limitation has been largely removed as well.

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