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Manually Adding CommCell Instances for Oracle Databases

Manually add an Oracle instance in the CommCell when you need to manage a database before the automatic instance discovery interval completes or when you add an Oracle container database.

About This Task

By default, when you discover or create an Oracle instance, the SnapProtect software automatically creates an archive log subclient. You can disable this feature by setting an additional setting. For more information, see Disabling Automatic Archive Log Subclient Creation.

You can configure the data and log storage policies when you manually or automatically discover instances (Agent Properties dialog box, Data Storage Policy list, Log Storage  Policy list, General tab). The SnapProtect software assigns these storage policies to all instances and default subclients that you discover.

By default, the command line storage policy is set to the agent data storage policy.

The log storage policy is assigned to the Oracle instance.

The SnapProtect software assigns the data storage policy to the default subclients by looking at the following configured items:

  1. The storage policy configured for the Oracle Agent (Data Storage Policy list, Log Storage Policy list, General tab)
  2. The storage policies that are configured for a previously discovered Oracle instance (Instance Properties dialog box, Storage Device tab, Log Backup tab, Storage Policy used for all archive log backup list)
  3. The storage policy for the File System Agent default agent for the default backup set (Subclient Properties dialog box, Storage Device tab, Data Storage Policy tab, Storage Policy list)

When you add or discover an Oracle instance, the software sets the default block size to 1MB. You can change the Oracle block size. For more information, see Configuring the Oracle Block Size.

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client.
  2. Right-click Oracle, point to All Tasks and then click New Instance (ORACLE SID).

    The Creating New Instance dialog box appears.

  3. On the General tab:
    1. In the Instance (ORACLE SID) box, enter the instance name.
    2. In the User Account box, enter the login credentials to access the Oracle client.
    3. In the ORACLE HOME box, enter the Oracle application install path.
    4. In the Storage Policy used for the data of default subclient list, select a storage policy name.
  4. On the Details tab, determine how you want to connect to Oracle.
    Option Configuration
    Oracle Wallet Auto Login

    You can use this option when you have configured the Secure External Password Store (Oracle Wallet) feature that stores password credentials, and you want to use those credentials during the data protection operations. For more information on the Secure External Password Store, go to the Oracle documentation website, Secure External Password Store.

    1. Select the Oracle Wallet Auto Login check box.
    2. Enter the Oracle Service Name in the Connect String third box.

    Note: If you provide the user name and password, the software ignores the Oracle Wallet feature.

    Use the Oracle Connect String Enter the Connect String to connect to the Oracle database.
    1. Enter the database user name in the Connect String first box.
    2. Enter the database user password in the Connect String second box.
    3. In the Confirm Password dialog box, re-enter the password, and click OK.
    4. Enter the Oracle service name in the Connect String third box.

    For example, in the following:

    sysdba/<password>@orcl

    sysdba is the database user id

    <password> is the database user id password

    orcl is the Oracle service name

    Use the Oracle Catalog Connect String Select the Use Connect String check box and in the Connect String box enter the Oracle connect string credentials.

    Note: If you want to use an account other than 'sys', you must grant the SYSDBA or SYSBACKUP (in Oracle version 12 or higher) privilege to the user account.

    Enter the Catalog Connect String to connect to the Oracle database.

    1. Enter the database user name in the Connect String first box.
    2. Enter the database user password in the Connect String second box.
    3. In the Confirm Password dialog box, re-enter the password, and click OK.
    4. Enter the Oracle service name in the Connect String third box.

    For example, in the following:

    sysdba/<password>@orcl

    sysdba is the database user id

    <password> is the database user id password

    orcl is the Oracle service name

  5. In the Automatic Backup of Control Files list, select Configure On to include the control file in all backups for this instance.

    Note: You can override this option to have the feature on the subclient level. For more information, see Enabling Automatic Backups of the Oracle Control File at the Subclient Level.

  6. Select the Disable Backup Aging check box to disable the Oracle CROSSCHECK and, then click OK to close the warning message.
  7. On the Storage Device tab, enter storage policy information:
    • In the Storage Policy used for user command backup of data list, select a storage policy.
    • In the Storage Policy used for all Archive Log backups list, select a storage policy name.
  8. Click OK to close the Creating New Instance dialog box.
  9. On the Oracle database host, edit the oratab file and add an entry for the added instance.