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Using the Data-Copying Method - Oracle

Want to upgrade to Oracle Database 10g, but not sure how? Fortunately, there are a number of ways to do it. This article, the second of two parts, describes these methods and guides you as to which one to use, depending on your circumstances. It is excerpted from chapter two of the Oracle Database 10g DBA Handbook, written by Kevin Loney and Bob Bryla (McGraw-Hill/Osborne, 2005; ISBN: 0072231459).

  1. Upgrading to Oracle Database 10g, concluded
  2. Performing the Upgrade
  3. Using the Data-Copying Method
  4. After Upgrading
By: McGraw-Hill/Osborne
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February 02, 2006

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The data-copying method requires that the source database and target database coexist. This method is most appropriate when the tables to be migrated are fairly small and few in number. As with the Export/Import method, you must guard against transactions occurring in the source database during and after the extraction of the data. In this method, the data is extracted via queries across database links.

Create the target database using the Oracle Database 10g software and then pre-create the tablespaces, users, and tables to be populated with data from the source database. Create database links (see Chapter 16) in the target database that access accounts in the source database. Use the insert as select command to move data from the source database to the target.

The data-copying method allows you to bring over just the rows and columns you need; your queries limit the data migrated. You will need to be careful with the relationships between the tables in the source database so you can re-create them properly in the target database. If you have a long application outage available for performing the upgrade and you need to modify the data structures during the migration, the data-copying method may be appropriate for your needs. Note that this method requires that the data be stored in multiple places at once, thus impacting your storage needs.

To improve the performance of this method, you may consider the following options:

  • Disable all indexes and constraints until all the data has been loaded.
  • Run multiple data-copying jobs in parallel.
  • Use the parallel query option to enhance the performance of individual queries and inserts.
  • Use the APPEND hint to enhance the performance of inserts.

As of Oracle 10g, you can use cross-platform transportable tablespaces. When transporting tablespaces, you export and import only the metadata for the tablespace, while the datafiles are physically moved to the new platform. For very large databases, the time required to move the datafiles may be significantly shorter than the time required to reinsert the rows. See Chapter 17 for details on the use of transportable tablespaces.

See Chapter 8 for additional advice on performance tuning.

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