The draft version of this blog post is lying around for some time in my inbox. I've never found time to finish it. But due to a task in a project it's about time to finish my notes on Oracle's Secure External Password Store. Ludovico, a work colleague has already written a blog post about Removing passwords from Oracle scripts earlier this year. I would like to complement the topic and discuss a few points specifically in connection with RMAN Backup's and a central RMAN catalog. The goal remains the same, getting rid of passwords with a minimal operational effort.