I've got a few test systems running Oracle Database that we can't use RMAN on because, as test systems, they don't run in archive log mode. In some cases, we don't have disk space for an RMAN backup location, anyway.

I'd be interested to hear how Amanda users are handling Oracle Database backups if they're not using the Zmanda Oracle Agent and/or RMAN.

Ideally, in my mind, it would be nice if a script could be executed on the client to stop and start the database during the backup OR place tablespaces in backup mode, etc.

I'll appreciate any assistance!