How can i restore a Hot backup?

I am exploring options for database backup and recovery for oracle. I implemented a cold backup and was able to restore it successfully, however i have not been able to restore the Hot Backups i took.
Is there a way i can do this and if so how can i do it?


Thanks.
dayikuAsked:
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seazodiacCommented:
All you need to do is turn on the ARCHIVELOG MODE.

in the init.ora file you need to have these lines:

LOG_ARCHIVE_START=true
LOG_ARCHIVE_DEST=</path/to/archivefiles>
LOG_ARCHIVE_FORMAT= %s_%t.arc


Then save your init.ora file and

STARTUP your database in the mount mode.
SQL> STARTUP MOUNT EXCLUSIVE

SQL>ALTER DATABASE ARCHIVELOG;

SQL> shutdown immediate;

do a possible full database backup.
then restart the database
SQL>STARTUP

then your database will start in archivlog mode from now on.

From there,  anytime you want to do a hot backup you can issue.

SQL>alter tablespace <ts_name> begin backup;
SQL>host  cp <datafile_path> <a new location>
SQL>alter tablespace <ts_name> end backup;

that's all. it's advisable to do the hotbackup one tablespace after another.
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KongCommented:
"however i have not been able to restore the Hot Backups i took."

What kind of restore are you trying to do? Full database restore or point it time? Your cold backup would have restored it to when it was backed up, any changes after would have been lost. Hot backup would cover all changes made after backup (provided you haven't lost the archive logs & unarchived redo logs).

Follow seazodiac's advice on procedure.

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dayikuAuthor Commented:
I know how to take a hot backup, i am trying to restore it now, can you give me some information on that?
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KongCommented:
Media recovery:

- Shutdown your database.
- Rename a datafile eg system.dbf to system.dbf.old
- Startup your database
- It'll complain about datafile #1 missing etc...
- Copy system.dbf from your hot backup to expected directory
- Login as sysdba and execute: recover database;
- You've recovered your datafile, now you can delete system.dbf.old

Point in time recovery:

- Log in as sysdba and execute: archive log list
- Note the value of "Current log sequence" (say 100)
- Execute 10 times: alter system archive log current;
- Create a table foo (col1 number); for verification purposes
- Shutdown your database
- Copy (replace) all datafiles (EXCLUDE CONTROLFILES) in your oradata directory with the ones from the backup (TEMP tablespace can be handled seperately, but for simplicity assume you've backed up TEMP as well)
- Log in as sysdba, executing startup gives similar error to media recovery example, execute: recover database until cancel;
- Keep pressing enter until it asks for archive log you recorded in step 2 (say 100)
- Press control-c or read the message on your screen on how to cancel recovery
- Issue: alter database open resetlogs;
- If all goes well, your database is restored to the point prior to the 10 log switches and table foo should not be there.
- One other thing, your hot backup is almost useless now as you've reset your logs, if you want to recover from the hot backup, it's a bit more involved...

Lots of other fun and interesting hot recovery scenarios available in your "Oracle9i User managed backup & recovery guide", acquaint yourself with it.
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dayikuAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help. I am using oracle 8i.
I'll try this now.
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KongCommented:
No problem. Let us know if you're still having problems.

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