1.9 System Requirements for Backup and Recovery Methods

When choosing a backup and recovery solution, find one that is appropriate for the database environment. For example, if you manage only databases of release 8.0 or higher, then you can use RMAN to manage your backup and recovery requirements. Releases older than 8.0 will have to be managed using some method besides RMAN.

Table 1-1 describes the version and system requirements for different database backup and recovery methods.

Table 1-1 Requirements for Different Backup Methods

Backup Method Type Version Available Requirements

Recovery Manager (RMAN)


Oracle version 8.0 and higher

Third-party media manager (only if backing up to tape)

Operating System


All versions

Operating system backup utility (for example, UNIX dd command)



All versions