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Point in time recovery using RMAN (until a log sequence number)

Recovery Objective

SQL> conn scott/tiger
SQL> select count(*) from myobjects;


Switch a logfile

SQL> conn / as sysdba
SQL> alter system switch logfile;

System altered.

Note the current log sequence number (13)

SQL> archive log list
Database log mode              Archive Mode
Automatic archival             Enabled
Archive destination            /u02/ORACLE/opsdba/arch
Oldest online log sequence     12
Next log sequence to archive   14
Current log sequence           14

Simulate an application failure – WRONG Delete!!

SQL> conn scott/tiger
SQL> delete myobjects;

249410 rows deleted.

SQL> commit;

Commit complete.

The developer states that the wrong DML statement was made AFTER 8.15 AM and is positive about the same.

We need to determine the log sequence we need to recover until

select sequence#,first_change#, to_char(first_time,'HH24:MI:SS') from v$log order by 3
SQL> /

---------- ------------- --------
        13       2760463 07:49:36
        14       2761178 08:12:47
        15       2766622 08:18:49

Log sequence 14 was first written to at 8:12 AM so we should recover to a log sequence before this – i.e sequence# 13

Shutdown and mount the database

SQL> shutdown immediate;
Database closed.
Database dismounted.
ORACLE instance shut down.
SQL> startup mount;
ORACLE instance started.

Total System Global Area  264241152 bytes
Fixed Size                  2070416 bytes
Variable Size             163580016 bytes
Database Buffers           92274688 bytes
Redo Buffers                6316032 bytes
Database mounted.

RMAN> run {
2> set until sequence=14;  >>> add one to the sequence number we have to recover until
3> restore database;
4> recover database;
5> }

executing command: SET until clause

Starting restore at 29-JAN-07
allocated channel: ORA_DISK_1
channel ORA_DISK_1: sid=154 devtype=DISK
allocated channel: ORA_SBT_TAPE_1
channel ORA_SBT_TAPE_1: sid=158 devtype=SBT_TAPE
channel ORA_SBT_TAPE_1: Data Protection for Oracle: version

channel ORA_DISK_1: starting datafile backupset restore
channel ORA_DISK_1: specifying datafile(s) to restore from backup set
restoring datafile 00001 to /u02/ORACLE/opsdba/system01.dbf
restoring datafile 00002 to /u02/ORACLE/opsdba/undotbs01.dbf
restoring datafile 00003 to /u02/ORACLE/opsdba/sysaux01.dbf
restoring datafile 00004 to /u02/ORACLE/opsdba/users01.dbf
restoring datafile 00005 to /u02/ORACLE/opsdba/users02.dbf
restoring datafile 00006 to /u02/ORACLE/opsdba/users03.dbf
restoring datafile 00007 to /u02/ORACLE/opsdba/users05.dbf
restoring datafile 00008 to /u02/ORACLE/opsdba/users06.dbf
restoring datafile 00009 to /u02/ORACLE/opsdba/users07.dbf
restoring datafile 00010 to /u02/ORACLE/opsdba/users04.dbf
restoring datafile 00011 to /u02/ORACLE/opsdba/drtbs1.dbf
restoring datafile 00012 to /u02/ORACLE/opsdba/drtbs2.dbf
channel ORA_DISK_1: reading from backup piece /opt/oracle/backup/opsdba/OPSDBA.20070129.
channel ORA_DISK_1: restored backup piece 1
piece handle=/opt/oracle/backup/opsdba/OPSDBA.20070129. tag=TAG20070129T074911
channel ORA_DISK_1: restore complete, elapsed time: 00:00:16
Finished restore at 29-JAN-07

Starting recover at 29-JAN-07
using channel ORA_DISK_1
using channel ORA_SBT_TAPE_1

starting media recovery

archive log thread 1 sequence 13 is already on disk as file /u02/ORACLE/opsdba/arch/arch_1_13_613052894.dbf
channel ORA_DISK_1: starting archive log restore to default destination
channel ORA_DISK_1: restoring archive log
archive log thread=1 sequence=12
channel ORA_DISK_1: reading from backup piece /opt/oracle/backup/opsdba/OPSDBA.20070129.
channel ORA_DISK_1: restored backup piece 1
piece handle=/opt/oracle/backup/opsdba/OPSDBA.20070129. tag=TAG20070129T074937
channel ORA_DISK_1: restore complete, elapsed time: 00:00:02
archive log filename=/u02/ORACLE/opsdba/arch/arch_1_12_613052894.dbf thread=1 sequence=12
archive log filename=/u02/ORACLE/opsdba/arch/arch_1_13_613052894.dbf thread=1 sequence=13
media recovery complete, elapsed time: 00:00:01
Finished recover at 29-JAN-07

RMAN> sql 'alter database open resetlogs';

sql statement: alter database open resetlogs

Confirm that the recovery has worked

opsdba:/opt/tivoli/tsm/client/oracle/bin64>sqlplus scott/tiger

SQL*Plus: Release - Production on Mon Jan 29 09:43:14 2007

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Connected to:
Oracle Database 10g Enterprise Edition Release - 64bit Production
With the Partitioning, Oracle Label Security, OLAP and Data Mining options

SQL> select count(*) from myobjects;




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