This blog contains experience gained over the years of implementing (and de-implementing) large scale IT applications/software.

SAP HANA Backup Allocation Failed

During a HANA backup, you get an “Allocation Failed” error.
This is caused by a lack of memory.  If possible, increase the memory available to HANA by increasing the free memory at the O/S level (e.g. shutting down other HANA instances), or increase the global allocation limit.

Find RMAN Backup Statistics

You can query the view V$BACKUP_SYNC_IO (for synchronous tape devices) to obtain the average MB transfer speed from RMAN to the tape device (or intermediary software if using the obk interface):

SQL> select avg(EFFECTIVE_BYTES_PER_SECOND)/1024/1024 MB_per_s
       from V$BACKUP_SYNC_IO
      where DEVICE_TYPE='SBT_TAPE';


Restarting SAP During Online BRBackup

If your online BRBackup has been started from outside of SAP (e.g. by an enterprise scheduling tool perhaps), then you can safely restart the SAP application without affecting the backup.

Simply use the “stopsap r3” command option to bring down only the SAP application and leave the database running.

If the backup was scheduled within SAP (e.g. through DB13), then you are not advised to do this since SAP will be waiting for the BRBackup return code.

HP OmniBack / DataProtector Version Check

How to tell the version of HP OmniBack / DataProtector client installed on your HP-UX server:

$ /opt/omni/bin/omnicc -ver
HP Data Protector A.06.11: OMNICC, internal build PHSS_41954/PHSS_41955/DPSOL_00442/DPLNX_00148, built on Thu Mar 24 07:14:15 2011

It’s possible to tell if a backup is running by using PS:

$ ps -ef | grep omni

Should show any agents running.

Optimal Oracle RMAN Backup Command Options

Just a very short post about an optimal Oracle RMAN backup command run block.
Here’s what *I* think provides an optimal backup for a generic setup.

— Check our existing files are available before we do some obsolete deleting.
crosscheck archivelog all;
crosscheck backup;

— Delete any obsolete files before we start so that we have max space available.
— I have “REDUNDANCY 1” set so that I retain the previous backup until the next backup is completed successfully (you need double disk/tape space available for this).
delete noprompt obsolete;

— Do the DB and ARCH log backups but put each datafile into it’s own piece file.
— I prefer this because should I need only a specific datafile restored and I have to go to tape, I only need to get the piece that’s relevant and this piece is only the datafile needed, saving tape restore time.
— For Oracle 9i remove the ‘as compressed backupset’ option.
backup as compressed backupset database filesperset 1 plus archivelog filesperset 1;

— Now only delete archive logs that are in two separate backups.  This is critical.
delete noprompt archivelog all backed up 2 times to disk;

— Delete the previous night’s backup from disk (obviously you need the space to be able to store two backups on disk).
delete noprompt obsolete;

— Finally, always a good idea to keep a list of datafiles and temp files that existed at the time of the backup.
report schema;

Make sure that you always save the RMAN backup logs.
I’ve found that they can be very useful during a restore scenario.

As a tip, you can also run a daily job to list what backups are required to restore a database using the “RESTORE DATABASE PREVIEW SUMMARY;” command.