I have cold backup files for an oracle database. Can someone tell me a step by step procedure on how to restore the database on my machine.I am using Oracle 11g
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Cold backups, like hot backups can be taken in different ways. One is by using rman - recommended - the other is using OS tools like copy/dd. Next to that, storage based snapshots could be used. So in order to know how to restore, it is important to know how the backup has been made.
If the backup is properly made using RMAN, there is not much more to do than starting your instance, connect to the catalog, or find a snapshot controlfile that contains the backup administration, connect to the instance and issue a
There are many potential pitfalls using cold OS tool backups. I have seen situations in which the admin told me ....
instead of looking further. He missed the point that the database was started during the cold backup. This is one of my reasons not to be a big fan of COLD backups. They make me shiver.
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