Things were moving along just fine until I got the grandiose notion of creating a RMAN catalog on a new server that was designed to only hold the catalog. And the target Database is on another server a Windows 2003. I created a user for the target database and I went onto the remote server created an entry for the catalog in the tnsnames.ora file. Then I proceeded to 'Ping the Catalog server' no problems, then I tried to do a 'Tnsping on the Catalog dbname' then I got errors. Then I looked online and tried some of the suggestions like checking 'firewalls' and sqlnet.ora files once I got that straight. I tried to connect to the catalog from the remote target db server and I got this error 'RMAN-04004: error from recovery catalog database: ORA-12170: TNS:Connect timeout occurred' . The last thing that I haven't tried was putting a PWDfile on the remote target db server for the catalog, I thought that was alittle extreme because I can ping the server. Any Ideas.