I have been searching for an answer to this question today, but with no luck.
Is it possible to use Windows 2008 Server image backup on a server with an oracle instance running?
That is, will the oracle instance be correctly backed up, or will it be messed up?
Anyone with experience on this issue?
One of my customers are upgrading to 2008 server and plans to use the 2008 server built-in backup solution that I have come to understand is a bit...bad.
His technician says that the 2008 server backup always want to make an image backup of the C volume.
I'm an Oracle DBA and know that Oracle files have to have identical timestamps for them to be valid, so an image backup solution that does not take a snapshot of the disk is of no use.
I consider this backup solution to be no good for an oracle installation, but the customer does not want to use any other backup solution...
i would recommend using the image backups to restore the server, but for oracle, you should probably do exports to a file and rely on that for a restore. I guess you can use the image level backup to restore the exported oracle db file that was backed up.
in any case, you can easily perform a few tests to make sure this solution works and be able to perform restores.
let me know how it goes.