How to Restore RMAN Backup with a Different Database Name

Hello friends, in this article I’m going to demonstrate to you Restore RMAN Backup with a Different Database Name on New Server step by step guide.

Steps to Clone database to different DB name use RMAN

  1. Full or Level 0 Database RMAN backup.
  2. Controlfile backup.
  3. spfile backup.
  4. Password file backup.

Taking Full or Level 0 Database RMAN backup

Before taking RMAN backup need to check datafile, aduit file and controlfile path for knowledge. In my case, the all Datafiles location is: “/u01/app/oracle/oradata/db11g/

Controlfile Location:


Audit file Location: “/u01/app/oracle/admin/db11g/adump/

Now i’m going to taking Database full Backup with controlfile and spfile using RMAN.

Before executing the backup command, must be checked control file auto backup on or not if not then configure it otherwise you need to take control file backup separately, in my case-control file auto backup is on.

RMAN> backup database plus archivelog;

Once your database backup completed successfully, Now copy the above backup on New server with a password file if forget to copy the password file then you need to create a password manually.

The Newly configured server must have install Oracle binary. Check here how to install Oracle on Linux.

We have two ways to restore RMAN Backup

  1. With the same directory structure as our production environment.
  2. You don’t want to follow the same directory structure then use the SET NEWNAME parameter.

After copying the RMAN Backup we need to create few directories which are required if you want the same directory structure as your production otherwise you can ignore safely and go with the second method.

In my case i’m going with first method.

mkdir -p /u01/app/oracle/admin/db11g/adump/
mkdir -p /u01/app/oracle/oradata/db11g/
mkdir -p /u01/app/oracle/fast_recovery_area/db11g/

After creating above directories now we start the restoration steps, just follow me.

Step-1. Copy spfile and passwordfile on it’s real location.

$cp /u01/backup/spfiledb11g.ora /u01/app/oracle/product/
$cp /u01/backup/orapwdb11g /u01/app/oracle/product/

After copying above both files now create a pfile using spfile and check all directory structure, if any directory not available then create it.

Step-2. Now start Database at nomount stage.

$sqlplus / as sysdba
SQL> startup nomount

Restore Controlfile from RMAN backup

Now connect with RMAN and restore controlfile from controlfile Backup using following.

$ rman target/

RMAN> restore controlfile from ‘/u01/backup/o1_mf_s_1013679379_glqyxx3b_.bkp’;

Starting restore at 15-JUL-19
using target database control file instead of recovery catalog
allocated channel: ORA_DISK_1
channel ORA_DISK_1: SID=20 device type=DISK
channel ORA_DISK_1: restoring control file
channel ORA_DISK_1: restore complete, elapsed time: 00:00:03
output file name=/u01/app/oracle/oradata/db11g/control01.ctl
output file name=/u01/app/oracle/fast_recovery_area/db11g/control02.ctl
output file name=/u01/app/oracle/control03.ctl
Finished restore at 15-JUL-19

After restoration of controlfile now mount the Database

RMAN> alter database mount;

database mounted
released channel: ORA_DISK_1

Restore Database from RMAN Backup

Step-3. Now Catalog the Database Database start the restoration.

RMAN> catalog start with ‘/u01/backup/’;

Do you really want to catalog the above files (enter YES or NO)? yes

After catalog, start restoration of the database.

RMAN> restore database;

Once restoration completed recover the database.

Step-4. Run Last Command “Recover Database”

RMAN> recover database;

Starting recover at 15-JUL-19
using channel ORA_DISK_1

starting media recovery

unable to find archived log
archived log thread=1 sequence=32
RMAN-00571: ===========================================================
RMAN-00569: =============== ERROR MESSAGE STACK FOLLOWS ===============
RMAN-00571: ===========================================================
RMAN-03002: failure of recover command at 07/15/2019 17:26:11
RMAN-06054: media recovery requesting unknown archived log for thread 1 with sequence 32 and starting SCN of 1505852

The above error is common, due to missing archive, we do not restore Archive files in this restoration. Now Exit from the RMAN prompt and connect with the SQL prompt.

Step-5. Connect with SQL prompt and open your database.

$ sqlplus / as sysdba

SQL> alter database open;
alter database open
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-01589: must use RESETLOGS or NORESETLOGS option for database open

After restoration we need to open database with RESETLOGS.

SQL> alter database open resetlogs;

Congratulation you have successfully restore Database on a Newly created server. Please write in comment box if you learn how to Restore RMAN Backup with a Different Database Name.

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