I have a 2 node RAC Cluster 10g with ASM I want to do a COLD backup of the database.
Now I am able to use ftp to connect to the ASM instance which would give me access to the datafiles but this is only possible while the instance is running.
I was told to shutdown the database and not the instance so I use
srvctl stop database -d IT2B
but this shutsdown the database and instance
what is confusing me is that there is also a
srvctl stop instance -d IT2B -I IT2B1
command which seems to also do the same thing
Am I doing something wrong I need the database stopping but the instances still running