I am trying to do a cold backup on three servers on which I have Oracle Collaboration Suite 10g installed, and before doing anything I want to do a cold backup to be able to easily recover my installation in case something happens.
My operating system is Linux Red Hat 4.
sqlplus /nolog connect / as sysdba shutdown immediate exit
At that point, you will simply copy the database files with the cp command as follows:
cd /backupdir cp /sourcedir/file
Repeate the cp command for each file. When performing a cold backup, you should copy all files listed in the DBA_DATA_FILES, V$LOGFILE and V$CONTROL_FILES views. So query these views before you shut down the database so you do not miss any important database files.
This was first published in September 2005