This topic describes how to migrate data from a self-managed Oracle database to an AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL instance by using Data Transmission Service (DTS). After you migrate data, you can build real-time data warehouses in the destination instance.

Prerequisites

  • The version of the self-managed Oracle database is 9i, 10g, 11g, 12c, 18c, or 19c.
  • The self-managed Oracle database is running in ARCHIVELOG mode. Archived log files are accessible and a suitable retention period is set for archived log files. For more information, see Managing Archived Redo Log Files.
  • Supplemental logging, including SUPPLEMENTAL_LOG_DATA_PK and SUPPLEMENTAL_LOG_DATA_UI, is enabled for the self-managed Oracle database. For more information, see Supplemental Logging.
  • The destination AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL instance is created. For more information, see Create an instance.

Limits

Category Description
Limits on the source database
  • Bandwidth requirements: The server to which the source database belongs must have sufficient egress bandwidth. Otherwise, the data migration speed is affected.
  • If the self-managed Oracle database is deployed in a Real Application Cluster (RAC) architecture and is connected to DTS over an Alibaba Cloud virtual private cloud (VPC), you must connect the Single Client Access Name (SCAN) IP address of the Oracle RAC and the virtual IP address (VIP) of each node to the VPC and configure routes. The settings ensure that your DTS task can run as expected. For more information, see Connect an on-premises database to Alibaba Cloud and Configure a route between DTS and Express Connect, VPN Gateway, or Smart Access Gateway.
    Notice When you configure the source Oracle database in the DTS console, you must enter the SCAN IP address of the Oracle RAC in the Database Endpoint or IP Address field.
  • Requirements for the objects to be migrated:
    • The tables to be migrated must have PRIMARY KEY or UNIQUE constraints and all fields must be unique. Otherwise, the destination database may contain duplicate data records.
    • If the version of your Oracle database is 12c or later, the names of the tables to be migrated cannot exceed 30 bytes in length.
    • If you select tables as the objects to be migrated and you need to edit tables (such as rename tables or columns), up to 1,000 tables can be migrated in a single data migration task. If you run a task to migrate more than 1,000 tables, a request error occurs. In this case, we recommend that you split the tables to be migrated, configure multiple tasks to migrate the tables, or call DTS API operations to configure tasks.
  • If you want to migrate incremental data, you must make sure that the following requirements are met:
    • The data logging feature must be enabled.
    • Data logs are retained for at least 7 days during full data migration. You can wait until full data migration is complete, and then clear the data logs generated in the source database after the DTS task is run.
      Note To ensure data security, DTS stores only 50 GB of data logs or the data logs for the last 24 hours. If the limit is exceeded, DTS automatically clears the cached logs.
      Warning If you clear the data logs of the source database during full data migration, the task may fail to migrate incremental data. For example, full data migration takes more than 24 hours due to the large data volume in the source database and abnormal writing in the destination database. In this case, if the data logs of the source database are cleared during full data migration, DTS cannot obtain the data logs generated 24 hours ago. Therefore, the data migration task may fail.
  • Limits on operations:
    • During schema migration and full data migration, do not perform data definition language (DDL) operations to change the schemas of databases or tables. Otherwise, the data migration task fails.
    • If you perform only full data migration, do not write data to the source database during data migration. Otherwise, data will be inconsistent between the source and destination databases. To ensure data consistency, we recommend that you select Schema Migration, Full Data Migration, and Incremental Data Migration as the migration types.
Other limits
  • Before you migrate data, evaluate the impact of data migration on the performance of the source and destination databases. We recommend that you migrate data during off-peak hours. During full data migration, DTS uses read and write resources of the source and destination databases. This may increase the loads of the database servers.
  • During full data migration, concurrent INSERT operations cause fragmentation in the tables of the destination database. After full data migration is complete, the tablespace of the destination database is larger than that of the source database.
  • DTS attempts to resume data migration tasks that failed within the last seven days. Before you switch workloads to the destination instance, stop or release the data migration task. You can also run the revoke command to revoke the write permissions from the accounts that are used by DTS to access the destination instance. Otherwise, the data in the source database will overwrite the data in the destination instance after the task is resumed.

Billing

Migration type Task configuration fee Internet traffic fee
Schema migration and full data migration Free of charge. Charged only when data is migrated from Alibaba Cloud over the Internet. For more information, see Pricing.
Incremental data migration Charged. For more information, see Pricing.

Migration types

Migration type Description
Schema migration DTS migrates the schemas of the required objects from the source database to the destination AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL instance. DTS supports schema migration for the following types of objects: table, index, constraint, function, sequence, and view.
Warning
  • Oracle and AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL are heterogeneous databases. DTS does not ensure that the schemas of the source and destination databases are consistent after schema migration. We recommend that you evaluate the impact of data type conversion on your business. For more information, see Data type mappings between heterogeneous databases.
  • In this scenario, DTS is incompatible with triggers. We recommend that you delete the triggers of the source database to prevent data inconsistency caused by triggers. For more information, see Configure a data synchronization task for a source database that contains a trigger.
  • For partitioned tables, DTS discards the partition definitions. You must define partitions in the destination database.
Full data migration DTS migrates historical data of the required objects from the source database to the destination AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL instance.
Incremental data migration DTS retrieves redo log files from the self-managed Oracle database. Then, DTS migrates incremental data from the self-managed Oracle database to the destination AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL instance in real time.

Incremental data migration allows you to ensure service continuity when you migrate data from an Oracle database to an AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL instance.

SQL operations that can be migrated

Operation type SQL statements
DML INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE
DDL ADD COLUMN

Before you begin

Log on to the source Oracle database, create an account for data collection, and grant permissions to the account.

Note If you have created a database account and the account has the permissions that are listed in the following table, skip this step.
Database Schema migration Full data migration Incremental data migration
Self-managed Oracle database The permissions of the schema owner The permissions of the schema owner The database administrator (DBA) permission
AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL instance The write permissions on the destination database

For information about how to create and authorize a database account, see the following topics:

Notice If you need to migrate incremental data from an Oracle database but the DBA permission cannot be granted to the database account, you can grant fine-grained permissions to the account. The following sample statements show you how to grant specific permissions to an Oracle database account.
create session;
connect;
resource;
execute on sys.dbms_logmnr;
select on v_$logmnr_contents;
select on v_$log;
select on v_$logfile;
select on v_$archived_log;
select on v_$logmnr_logs;
select on v_$parameter;
select on v_$database;
select on all_objects;
select on all_tab_cols;
select on dba_registry;
select any table;
select any transaction;
select on v$active_instances;
select on v$instance;
select on sys.USER$;
select on SYS.OBJ$;
select on SYS.COL$;
select on SYS.IND$;
select on SYS.ICOL$;
select on SYS.CDEF$;
select on SYS.CCOL$;
select on SYS.TABPART$;
select on SYS.TABSUBPART$;
select on SYS.TABCOMPART$;
select on gv_$listener_network;
# Grant permissions on the pluggable database (PDB) and container database (CDB).
# Grant permissions on the PDB:
create   session;
connect;
resource;
select on  all_objects;
select on  all_tab_cols;
select on  dba_registry;
select any table;
select any transaction;
select on v_$log;
select on v_$logfile;
select on v_$archived_log;
select on v_$parameter;
select on v_$database;
select on v_$active_instances;
select on v_$instance;
select on V_$PDBS;
select on sys.USER$;
select on SYS.OBJ$;
select on SYS.COL$;
select on SYS.IND$;
select on SYS.ICOL$;
select on SYS.CDEF$;
select on SYS.CCOL$;
select on SYS.TABPART$;
select on SYS.TABSUBPART$;
select on SYS.TABCOMPART$;

# Grant permissions on the CDB:
create   session;
LOGMINING;
select on v_$logmnr_contents;

# The following sample statements show you how to grant permissions to a database account named dtstest.
create user dtstest IDENTIFIED BY rdsdt_dtsacct;
grant create session to dtstest;
grant connect to dtstest;
grant resource to dtstest;
grant execute on sys.dbms_logmnr to dtstest;
grant select on v_$logmnr_contents to dtstest;
grant select on v_$log to dtstest;
grant select on v_$logfile to dtstest;
grant select on v_$archived_log to dtstest;
grant select on v_$logmnr_logs to dtstest;
grant select on v_$parameter to dtstest;
grant select on v_$database to dtstest;
grant select on all_objects to dtstest;
grant select on all_tab_cols to dtstest;
grant select on dba_registry to dtstest;
grant select any table to dtstest;
grant select any transaction to dtstest;
grant select on v$active_instances to dtstest;
grant select on v$instance to dtstest;
grant select on sys.USER$ to dtstest;
grant select on SYS.OBJ$ to dtstest;
grant select on SYS.COL$ to dtstest;
grant select on SYS.IND$ to dtstest;
grant select on SYS.ICOL$ to dtstest;
grant select on SYS.CDEF$ to dtstest;
grant select on SYS.CCOL$ to dtstest;
grant select on SYS.TABPART$ to dtstest;
grant select on SYS.TABSUBPART$ to dtstest;
grant select on SYS.TABCOMPART$ to dtstest;
grant select on gv_$listener_network to dtstest;
# The following sample statements show you how to grant permissions on the PDB and CDB to a database account named dtstest.
# Grant permissions on the PDB:
create user dtstest IDENTIFIED BY rdsdt_dtsacct;
grant create  session to dtstest;
grant connect  to dtstest;
grant resource to dtstest;
grant select on  all_objects to dtstest;
grant select on  all_tab_cols to dtstest;
grant select on  dba_registry to dtstest;
grant select any table to dtstest;
grant select any transaction to dtstest;
-- v$log privileges
grant select on v_$log to dtstest;
-- v$logfile privileges
grant select on v_$logfile to dtstest;
-- v$archived_log privileges
grant select on v_$archived_log to dtstest;
-- v$parameter privileges
grant select on v_$parameter to dtstest;
-- v$database privileges
grant select on v_$database to dtstest;
-- v$active_instances privileges
grant select on v_$active_instances to dtstest;
-- v$instance privileges
grant select on v_$instance to dtstest;
-- V$PDBS privileges
grant select on V_$PDBS to dtstest;
grant select on sys.USER$ to dtstest;
grant select on SYS.OBJ$ to dtstest;
grant select on SYS.COL$ to dtstest;
grant select on SYS.IND$ to dtstest;
grant select on SYS.ICOL$ to dtstest;
grant select on SYS.CDEF$ to dtstest;
grant select on SYS.CCOL$ to dtstest;
grant select on SYS.TABPART$ to dtstest;
grant select on SYS.TABSUBPART$ to dtstest;
grant select on SYS.TABCOMPART$ to dtstest;

# Grant permissions on the CDB:
create user dtstest IDENTIFIED BY rdsdt_dtsacct;
grant create   session to dtstest;
grant LOGMINING TO dtstest;
-- v$logmnr_contents privileges
grant select on v_$logmnr_contents to dtstest;

Procedure

  1. Go to the Data Migration page of the new DTS console.
    Note You can also log on to the Data Management (DMS) console. In the top navigation bar, choose DTS > Data Migration.
  2. In the upper-left corner of the page, select the region where the data migration instance resides.
    Select a region
  3. Click Create Task. On the page that appears, configure the source and destination databases.
    Warning After you select the source and destination instances, we recommend that you read the limits displayed at the top of the page. This ensures that you can create and run the data migration task.
    Configure the source and destination databases
    Section Parameter Description
    N/A Task Name

    DTS automatically generates a task name. We recommend that you specify an informative name that helps identify the task. The task name does not need to be unique.

    Source Database Database Type Select Oracle.
    Access Method Select an instance type based on the deployment of the source database. In this example, select Self-managed Database with Public IP Address.
    Note If you select other instance types, you must deploy the network environment for the source database. For more information, see Preparation overview.
    Instance Region Select the region where the source Oracle database resides.
    Hostname or IP Address Enter the endpoint that is used to connect to the self-managed Oracle database.
    Port Number Enter the service port number of the self-managed Oracle database. The default port number is 1521.
    Note The service port of the self-managed Oracle database must be accessible over the Internet.
    Oracle Type
    • If you select Non-RAC Instance, you must specify the SID parameter.
    • If you select RAC or PDB Instance, you must specify the Service Name parameter.
    In this example, select Non-RAC Instance.
    Database Account Enter the account of the source Oracle database. For information about the permissions that are required for the account, see Before you begin.
    Database Password

    Enter the password of the database account.

    Destination Database Database Type Select AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL.
    Access Method Select Alibaba Cloud Instance.
    Instance Region Select the region where the destination AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL instance resides.
    Instance ID Select the ID of the destination AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL instance.
    Database Name Enter the name of the destination database in the AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL instance.
    Database Account Enter the database account of the destination AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL instance. For information about the permissions that are required for the account, see Before you begin.
    Database Password

    Enter the password of the database account.

  4. If a whitelist is configured for your self-managed database, you must add the CIDR blocks of DTS servers to the whitelist. Then, click Test Connectivity and Proceed.
  5. Select objects for the task and configure advanced settings.
    • Basic SettingsBasic Settings
      Parameter Description
      Task Stages
      • To perform only full data migration, select Schema Migration and Full Data Migration.
      • To ensure service continuity during data migration, select Schema Migration, Full Data Migration, and Incremental Data Migration.
      Note If Incremental Data Migration is not selected, we recommend that you do not write data to the source instance during data migration. This ensures data consistency between the source and destination instances.
      Processing Mode of Conflicting Tables
      • Precheck and Report Errors: checks whether the destination database contains tables that have the same names as tables in the source database. If the source and destination databases do not contain identical table names, the precheck is passed. Otherwise, an error is returned during precheck and the data migration task cannot be started.
        Note You can use the object name mapping feature to rename the tables that are migrated to the destination database. You can use this feature if the source and destination databases contain identical table names and the tables in the destination database cannot be deleted or renamed.
      • Ignore Errors and Proceed: skips the precheck for identical table names in the source and destination databases.
        Warning If you select Ignore Errors and Proceed, data consistency is not guaranteed and your business may be exposed to potential risks.
        • If the source and destination databases have the same schema, DTS does not migrate data records that have the same primary keys as data records in the destination database.
        • If the source and destination databases have different schemas, only some columns are migrated or the data migration task fails.
      Select Objects

      Select one or more objects from the Source Objects section and click the Rightwards arrow icon to move the objects to the Selected Objects section.

      Note You can select columns, tables, or databases as the objects to be migrated. If you select tables or columns as the objects to be migrated, DTS does not migrate other objects such as views, triggers, and stored procedures to the destination database.
      Rename Databases and Tables
      • To rename an object that you want to migrate to the destination instance, right-click the object in the Selected Objects section.
      • To rename multiple objects at a time, click Batch Edit in the upper-right corner of the Selected Objects section.
      Note If you use the object name mapping feature to rename an object, other objects that are dependent on the object may fail to be migrated.
      Filter data

      You can specify WHERE conditions to filter data. For more information, see Use SQL conditions to filter data.

      Select the SQL operations to be migrated In the Selected Objects section, right-click an object. In the dialog box that appears, select the DDL and DML operations that you want to migrate. For more information, see SQL operations that can be migrated.
    • Advanced SettingsAdvanced Settings
      Parameter Description
      Set Alerts
      Specify whether to set alerts for the data migration task. If the task fails or the migration latency exceeds the threshold, the alert contacts will receive notifications.
      • Select No if you do not want to set alerts.
      • Select Yes to set alerts. In this case, you must also set the alert threshold and alert contacts.
      Retry Time for Failed Connections
      Specify the retry time for failed connections. Valid values: 10 to 1440. Unit: minutes. Default value: 120. We recommend that you set the retry time to more than 30 minutes. If DTS reconnects to the source and destination databases within the specified time, DTS resumes the data migration task. Otherwise, the data migration task fails.
      Note
      • If multiple DTS instances have the same source or destination database, the lowest value takes effect. For example, the retry time is set to 30 minutes for Instance A and 60 minutes for Instance B, DTS retries failed connections at an interval of 30 minutes.
      • When DTS retries a connection, you are charged for the DTS instance. We recommend that you specify the retry time based on your business needs. You can also release the DTS instance at your earliest opportunity after the source and destination instances are released.
  6. Specify the primary key column and distribution key of the table that you want to migrate to the AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL instance.
    AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL: Specify the primary key column and distribution key
  7. In the lower part of the page, click Next: Precheck and Start Task.
    Note
    • Before you can start the data migration task, DTS performs a precheck. You can start the data migration task only after the task passes the precheck.
    • If the task fails to pass the precheck, you can click the Info icon icon next to each failed item to view details.
      • You can troubleshoot the issues based on the causes and run a precheck again.
      • If you do not need to troubleshoot the issues, you can ignore failed items and run a precheck again.
  8. Wait until the Success Rate becomes 100%. Then, click Next: Purchase Instance.
  9. Read and select Data Transmission Service (Pay-as-you-go) Service Terms.
  10. Click Buy and Start to start the data migration task. You can view the progress of the task in the task list.