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To test our Oracle backup & recovery process, I would like to simulate some common fail case scenarios. Any suggestions?

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Move this to SO? –  publicRavi Apr 14 '11 at 16:51
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The two most common ones that we've seen in production:

  • Unexpected power outage during writes
    • To make this more critical, run RAID5, remove your battery backup but leave write caching turned ON. This will virtually guarantee corruption
  • Accidentally drop a critical system table
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