10. Dec. 2008

Since Oracle Version 10G ist is possible to transfer tablespaces no longer only between platforms of the same architecture. Now in 10G it also possible to transport from any platform to any platform, provided the platforms belong to the list below:

SQL>  select * from v$transportable_platform;

             1 Solaris[tm] OE (32-bit)          Big
             2 Solaris[tm] OE (64-bit)          Big
             7 Microsoft Windows NT             Little
            10 Linux IA (32-bit)                Little
             6 AIX-Based Systems (64-bit)       Big
             3 HP-UX (64-bit)                   Big
             5 HP Tru64 UNIX                    Little
             4 HP-UX IA (64-bit)                Big
            11 Linux IA (64-bit)                Little
            15 HP Open VMS                      Little
             8 Microsoft Windows IA (64-bit)    Little
             9 IBM zSeries Based Linux          Big
            13 Linux 64-bit for AMD             Little
            16 Apple Mac OS                     Big
            12 Microsoft Windows 64-bit for AMD Little

But be aware that depending on which plattforms we deal with there might be some converting necessary or not!

To help you with that, I have carried together the little cook book about “How to do” below:

1. Set the tablespace to READ ONLY

SQL> alter tablespace USERS read only;
Tablespace altered.

2. Export metadata

exp userid=\’/ as sysdba\’ transport_tablespace=y
file=users_tts.dmp log=exp_users_tts.log

3. Converting tablespace if necessary

Depending on we have to convert the file between endianness Little and endianness Big (forward or backward) we can do that with RMAN:

rman target=/

Recovery Manager: Release – Production on Wed Dec 10 13:10:57 2008
connected to target database: orav10 (DBID=1953618181)

RMAN> convert tablespace ‘USERS’
2>  to platform=”Linux IA (32-bit)”
3>  db_file_name_convert=’/database/orav10/datafiles/users.dbf’,
4>  ‘/tmp/users.dbf’;

4. Move datafiles and export dump file

$ftp users_tts.dmp

and /database/orav10/datafiles/users.dbf (no conversion)
or /tmp/users.dbf (converted file if conversion had been required)

5. Import metadata

imp userid=\’/ as sysdba\’ TRANSPORT_TABLESPACE=Y
/tmp/users.dbf )
file=users_tts.dmp log=imp_users_tts.log

6. Set the tablespace to READ WRITE

SQL> alter tablespace USERS read write;
Tablespace altered.

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