How to restore the Oracle control file in RMAN using NetBackup

How to restore the Oracle control file in RMAN using NetBackup

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Last Published: 2013-10-28
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The procedure to restore the Oracle control file using NetBackup follow the steps below:

Note:  In this example, the name of the master and Oracle source client are called:

Master Server = nbu_master
Oracle source client = ora_clnt

1. Browse the Oracle backups by running the bplist command either on the master or the Oracle destination client:

<install_path>/netbackup/bin/bplist -S nbu_master -C ora_clnt -t 4 -l -R /

By running the bplist command it will inform NetBackup to return all the Oracle backups for this particualar Oracle client (ora_clnt). The return output will look something like:

-rw-rw---- oracle    dba           7340032 Dec 16 02:42 /cntrl_624_1_770006541
-rw-rw---- oracle    dba         266862592 Dec 16 02:39 /al_623_1_770006360
-rw-rw---- oracle    dba         350486528 Dec 16 02:39 /al_622_1_770006360
-rw-rw---- oracle    dba            262144 Dec 16 02:37 /bk_621_1_770006275
-rw-rw---- oracle    dba           7340032 Dec 16 02:36 /bk_620_1_770006168
-rw-rw---- oracle    dba         502530048 Dec 16 02:34 /bk_618_1_770006042
-rw-rw---- oracle    dba         577765376 Dec 16 02:34 /bk_619_1_770006042

Note: If the return list is too long then you can:

i. Re-direct the output to a output file by running:

<install_path>/netbackup/bin/bplist -S nbu_master -C ora_clnt -t 4 -l -R / >ora_bplist.txt


ii. Narrow the criteria so that Netbackup returns images for a certain date range i.e.

<install_path>/netbackup/bin/bplist -S nbu_master -C ora_clnt -t 4 -s 11/01/2011 -e 11/30/2011 -l -R / >ora_bplist.txt

NetBackup will return backup between 1st of November to 30th November 2011

From the above example output the name of the controlfile backuppiece is called 'cntrl_624_1_770006541'.  Using this information we can inform RMAN and NetBackup exactly which control file Netbackup needs to restore

2. Logged into RMAN using the following commands:

$ rman nocatalog
RMAN> connect target
connected to target database: XYZ (not mounted)  

This rman command will restore the control file to a temporary location without affecting your production location 

run {
allocate channel c1 type 'sbt_tape';
send 'NB_ORA_SERV=nbu_master, NB_ORA_CLIENT=ora_clnt';
restore controlfile to '/tmp/cntrl.bak' from 'cntrl_624_1_770006541';
release channel c1;

3. Checked the /tmp directory and make sure the control file is restored (cntrl.bak)

4. Replicate the control file:

run {
replicate controlfile from '/tmp/cntrl.bak';


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