Thinking about different options to get to Oracle RAC 12.2 database from 11g. I've read Recovery manager can restore a backup taken on an older database version into new version. Is this scenario true and viable for our 2-node, Solaris-10, 11G RAC database to 12.2 environment? I know recovery manager has duplicate and upgrade options. Suspect this method would be more complicated than our current choice to upgrade database in place? Data Pump export/import would also be an option with a complete fresh 12.2 install. Although re-importing our multiple terabyte database would require a while to recover.