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Question about building a Linux sandbox from a brtools backup

Hello all,

We are building a POC box on RHEL 6 w/ Oracle on x86 architecture. The source box is running on AIX w/ Oracle on pSeries hardware.

My question is this. Normally under these circumstances you would do a heterogeneous system copy and export the DB. However, the two boxes are in different sites which constricts our abilities for import/export.

Would it be possible to take a complete offline backup of the source AIX system using BRBACKUP and then restore it into the new Linux system using BRRESTORE off of a NAS or other device?

I have seen this done from AIX to AIX system, but I'm not sure if it's possible across OS.

Any input would be very helpful. I know this falls outside of best practice, but using the copy guides and traditional import/export method doesn't seem like a viable approach in this scenario.


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  • Oct 17, 2012 at 08:06 PM


    You cannot restore a backup taken on AIX onto a Linux System normally as kernels are different. There are Oracle specific methods told that it is possible. But I suggest you to do it by using Export/Import procedure. This will minimize the data to be carried between sites as Export size of a DB is more than 10 times smaller than the DB Size.

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