With RMAN - you can simply backup your database and then
restore+recover. two options:
- before restore/recover do set new name to rename datafiles
- move your datafiles somewhere or rename or unmount the FS (just in
case don't delete them) and create links to raw devices in as they
were with FS.

controlfiles - restore from RMAN backup (or any other backup). Change
your init.ora or replace old controlfile with links to raw devices. I
wouldn't remove controlfiles - copy or move somewhere. like "RESTORE

redo logs - those are better change online create new groups and drop old ones.

You might want to put spfile on raw device as well.

Note that you can usually move all files using dd but Oracle (I think
depending on the platform) skips the first block to avoid overwriting
disk label on some OS's. I think it's mentioned on Metalink

Approach with RMAN will also serve as a good test of your backup
strategy - don't take specific backup - use your existing one.
On 2/20/07, Fuad Arshad wrote:

We did a similar move but the opposite direction using rman. it woked
i did do test my back out plan but moving the datafiles back to raw and it
worked too.
this was a non rac instance and i dont think that will matter
just use the datafilecopy of rman
and then alter database datafile to rename the datafiles in the database.

----- Original Message ----
To: DIANNA GIBBS; oracle-l_at_freelists.org
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 11:34:19 AM
Subject: AIX GPFS to Raw Devices

Our O/S team is looking to move our file system from current GPFS 2.3
to a file system
of Raw Devices. AIX 5.2 and Oracle 9206. We have disabled RAC and are
in the
process of relinking the libraries with RAC off, although once we
migrate to 10g, we
will enable RAC again. Is this O/S file system move doable and what
are some
of my concerns from the Oracle standpoint?
What should we be aware of? Do I have to export/import database or can
we move
files at O/S level? Are there any best practice papers for this? I
have not used Raw
Devices w/oracle...are there papers for running Oracle on Raw Devices?
I've found
no information on Metalink, but I have opened an SR.

Any thoughts, comments appreciated. Thanks.
Best regards,
Alex Gorbachev


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