Enabling Automatic Instance Discovery for Oracle Databases

Use the Enable Instance Discovery option to automatically discover databases.

CommCell instances are created for Oracle databases under the following conditions:

Enabling Automatic instance discovery ensures that newly added Oracle databases are regularly accounted for backups.

The SnapProtect software only discovers instances defined in the Oracle oratab file, which is created by Oracle at installation and acts as a database registry file. On Solaris systems, this file is normally located in the /var/opt/oracle directory and on Linux/UNIX systems, it is located in the /etc directory.


  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers.
  2. Right-click client, and click Properties.
  3. On the Client Properties dialog box, check the Enable Instance Discovery check box and click OK.
  4. Set the default data storage policy for the instance's default subclient when it has not been set. See Setting the Data Storage Policy on the Default Subclient after Discovering Oracle Instances.
  5. Set the default command line backup and log backup storage policies when they have not been set. See Setting the Log Backup and Command Line Backup Storage Policies after Discovering Oracle Instances.
  6. Optional: