how do i restore a database to a new server

the database files and binaries were copied from one server to another and when i try to start up the database on the new server i get an error that a datafile is newer than the info on the controlfile. When i try to query the datafiles it returns no results. All the files were copied to the identical file structure from the former database server. what do I need to do in order to restore the database on the new server
sikyalaSenior Database AdministratorAsked:
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How the copy was done?
slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
>>the database files and binaries were copied from one server to another

Did you copy the original control files, init/spfile file, etc...?

Are you trying to change the databsae name as well?
sikyalaSenior Database AdministratorAuthor Commented:
not trying to change database name. yes the original control files were copied and spfile. a bare metal filesystem was used to restore database server onto a new server.
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again please mention how files were copied since it is is important to see how files time stamps were changed.
sikyalaSenior Database AdministratorAuthor Commented:
the backup of the files are performed using data protector
slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
>>see how files time stamps were changed.

I do not believe Oracle bases that error on timestamps of files.  It uses the SCN that is in the header of each file.

>>yes the original control files were copied and spfile

My unix days are behind me but I cannot remember doing anything special to clone a database in this manner.

The only thing I can think of is you did a live copy of the files.  You cannot copy Oracle files 'live'.  They Either need to be in backup mode or a cold backup.
sikyalaSenior Database AdministratorAuthor Commented:
if the database was live during the backup is there a way to restore it on the new machine or is restore impossible?
slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
If you did not put the database in backup mode it will just be dumb luck.  What you have is a 'fuzzy' backup.

You can try a recovery on the new system before you jump right into opening the database.  You might get lucky but it will be just that, luck.
sikyalaSenior Database AdministratorAuthor Commented:
ok so what commands would I try
slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
set your ORACLE_SID like you normally would.

then:  sqlplus / as sysdba
SQL> recover database;

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sikyalaSenior Database AdministratorAuthor Commented:
ok thanks
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