1. Consistent online backup: The online redo log files generated during the online backup (backup_type = online_cons) are also saved by BRBACKUP. This ensures that the backup contains logically consistent data.
2. Structure retaining database copy: Using BRBACKUP (backup_type = disk_copy) you can make a copy of the database in which the directory structure is adopted exactly.
3. Backing up data tablespaces: When backing up (backup_mode = all_data) or reloading using BRRESTORE you can reduce the volume of data by excluding the pure index tablespaces.
4. Two-phase backup with BRBACKUP and BRARCHIVE: The first phase makes a backup to disk and the second phase makes a backup of the disk backup to tape. The advantages of this are the short backup time, usage of BRBACKUP and BRARCHIVE volume management and new options when restoring the database.
5. BRBACKUP and BRARCHIVE backups in one run: BRBACKUP backups of the database files and BRARCHIVE backups of the offline redo log files can be performed in one run. This enables you to make more effective use of tape capacity and eases unattended backups. The whole backup can be made under the control of BRBACKUP(brbackup -a) or BRARCHIVE(brarchive -b).
6. Verification of backups with DB_VERIFY: You can apply the ORACLE DB_VERIFY check on the ORACLE internal block structure to reloaded BRBACKUP backups, or apply it online to database files.
7. Independent verification of backups: BBRESTORE -verify allows you to make the verification at a point in time independent of the backup.
8. Completion of BRBACKUP and BRRESTORE runs: BRBACKUP -fillup allows you to complete terminated backups or check the completeness of partial backups. You can also complete terminated reloads using BRRESTORE -fillup.
9. Backups with jukeboxes and autoloader: In this type of backup the (backup_type = tape_box|pipe_box) backup devices select and mount the tapes in an arbitrary sequence. The programs, shell scripts or batch files for mounting or demounting the tapes are created by the user and defined in the profile paramater mount_cmd or dismount_cmd.
10. Split mirror disks backup: By backing up the mirror disks to a secondary host (online or offline) you can minimize downtime when making an offline backup.
11. Reloading individual files from backed up directories.
12. New INIT<DBSID>.SAP profile parameters: