Hi all,

I have an Oracle Enterprise Edition 9i Release 1 database installed on my Win2000 PC as a test installation. I want to use RMAN to do my backup, restore and recovery (I'm backup up to a separate disk). I'm running RMAN off the control file of the target database (not a separate catalog). According to the documentation, the instance must be in mount mode in order for me to backup or restore a datafile.

However, I find that I have to have the instance OPENED before RMAN can backup or restore. Of course I set the datafile I'm backup up or restoring to offline and back to online when I'm done. But how can I get RMAN to backup and restore without opening the instance, keeping the instance in mount mode only?