If you've got a standby database and you want to reduce the workload on your primary database server, you can perform backups on the standby database instead of the primary. The standby is an exact copy of the primary except that the database files may be located in a different place with a different name. The backup of the standby can be used to restore and recover the primary in needed.
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About the author: Kenny Smith has been working with Oracle technology on HP servers for over a decade. He specializes in Oracle database architecture, database administration and development. He has presented at numerous Oracle conferences on two continents. He has published many articles describing Oracle solutions and has co-authored "Oracle backup and recovery 101" from Oracle Press.
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