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This book is intended for system administrators and database administrators who perform backup and restore operations. To use this document, you need to be familiar with the operating system environment on which you plan to use Oracle Secure Backup. To perform Oracle database backup and restore operations, you should also be familiar with Oracle backup and recovery concepts, including Recovery Manager (RMAN).

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Related Documentation

For more information about using Oracle Secure Backup, see the following Oracle resources:

For more information about database backup and recovery, including the Recovery Manager (RMAN) utility, see the following Oracle resources:

The Oracle Secure Backup product site is located at the following URL:

The Oracle Secure Backup download site is located at the following URL:


The following conventions are used in this manual:

Convention Meaning
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Bold typeface also indicates terms that are defined in the text or terms that appear in a glossary, or both.

italic Italic typeface indicates book titles or emphasis.

Italics also indicates variables or placeholders for which you substitute an appropriate value.

courier Courier typeface indicates command line entries, system output display, options and arguments that you enter, executables, filenames, and directory names.

When the syntax for a command is given, a bullet offsets the minimal abbreviation for the command, as in chd•ev.

[ ] Brackets enclose optional items from which you can choose one or none.
{} Required items for which you need to select one of the enclosed values. Each value is separated by a |.
| A vertical bar represents a choice of two or more options within brackets or braces. Enter one of the options.



Vertical ellipsis points in an example mean that information not directly related to the example has been omitted.
. . . Horizontal ellipsis points in statements or commands mean that parts of the statement or command not directly related to the example have been omitted
< > Angle brackets enclose user-supplied names.