Performing an Oracle Full Backup

You can use this procedure to back up the entire database and the control file. Backups of online databases also include the log file.

Tip: After you install the Oracle Agent, perform a full back to verify the configuration.

A full backup is the most comprehensive backup and is the baseline for incremental backups.

You can use tags to uniquely identify a backup. The Oracle tag that you specify for the backup overrides the tag defined for the subclient. You can use the tags to specify the backup to use for a restore operation.

Before You Begin

If the database is in NOARCHIVELOG mode, you must back up the database offline.

If the database is in ARCHIVELOG mode and database accessibility is a priority, perform an online backup of the database.


  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > Oracle > instance.
  2. Right-click the subclient and click Backup.
  3. On the Backup Options for Subclient dialog box, select the backup type and job initiation:
    1. In the Backup Type section, select Full.
    2. If you selected the Cumulative check box, specify the backup incremental level in the Oracle Incremental Level box.
    3. In the Job Initiation section, specify whether to run the backup now or if it will be scheduled.

      Note: If you selected Schedule, set up the schedule.

      For information on configuring a backup schedule, see Schedule Backups.

  4. Optional: Uniquely identify a backup.
    1. Click Advanced.
    2. On the Advanced Backup Options dialog box, click the Oracle Options tab, in the Oracle Tag box, enter a unique tag.

      You can include variables in the tag. For supported tag variables, see Oracle Tag Variables.

    3. Click OK to close the Advanced Backup Options dialog box.
  5. Optional: Set the backup load distribution across disks to improve performance. For more information, see Configuring the Disk Ratio for Oracle RMAN.
  6. Optional: View or customize the RMAN script that is generated from the selected options. For instructions, see Viewing Oracle Backup RMAN Scripts and Customizing Oracle Backup RMAN Scripts.
  7. Click OK to close the Backup Options dialog box.