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Network Exports/Imports using Network_Link

The NETWORK_LINK parameter identifies a database link to be used as the source for a network export/import. The following database link will be used to demonstrate its use.

CONN test/test
                    CONNECT TO scott IDENTIFIED BY tiger USING 'DEV';

In the case of exports, the NETWORK_LINK parameter identifies the database link pointing to the source server. The objects are exported from the source server in the normal manner, but written to a directory object on the local server, rather than one on the source server. Both the local and remote users require the EXP_FULL_DATABASE role granted to them.

expdp test/test@db10g tables=SCOTT.EMP network_link=REMOTE_SCOTT
        directory=TEST_DIR dumpfile=EMP.dmp logfile=expdpEMP.log

For imports, the NETWORK_LINK parameter also identifies the database link pointing to the source server. The difference here is the objects are imported directly from the source into the local server without being written to a dump file. Although there is no need for a DUMPFILE parameter, a directory object is still required for the logs associated with the operation. Both the local and remote users require the IMP_FULL_DATABASE role granted to them.

impdp test/test@db10g tables=SCOTT.EMP network_link=REMOTE_SCOTT
     directory=TEST_DIR logfile=impdpSCOTT.log
  • Ensure that the exporting user at the source database has the EXP_FULL_DATABASE role.This user must be specified when you create the database link.
  • Ensure that the importing user at the destination database has the IMP_FULL_DATABASE role.
  • Create and test a database link between the source and destination databases.
  • Run the following command, where import_user is the username for the importing user, and db_link is the name of the database link owned by the exporting user:
    IMPDP import_user/password NETWORK_LINK=db_link FULL=Y;
  • A log file for the import operation is written to the DATA_PUMP_DIR directory. You can discover the location of this directory by running the following command:
    SQL> select * from dba_directories where DIRECTORY_NAME like 'DATA_PUMP_DIR';

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