This manual is intended for database administrators who perform backup and recovery of an Oracle database server using Recovery Manager (RMAN).

To use this document, you need to know the following:

The conceptual material in Chapter 1, " Backup and Recovery Overview" is of interest for all users responsible for backup and recovery, not just those using RMAN. The remainder of the book covers techniques for backup, recovery and maintenance using Recovery Manager. Users planning to manage backup and recovery without RMAN should review the conceptual material in Chapter 1 and then turn to Oracle Database Backup and Recovery Advanced User's Guide for more conceptual material in Part I, and several chapters on user-managed backup and recovery techniques in Part IV.