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Backup and Recovery User's Guide is intended for database administrators who perform the following tasks:

  • Back up, restore, and recover Oracle databases

  • Perform maintenance on backups of database files

  • Transfer data between a file system and Oracle Automatic Storage Management or between platforms when installing Oracle Database

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Related Documentation

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Many books in the documentation set use the sample schemas of the seed database, which is installed by default when you install Oracle Database. Refer to Oracle Database Sample Schemas for information about how these schemas were created and how you can use them yourself.


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