Chapter 17 provided the details on configuring RMAN and using specialized features to control the behavior of RMAN. After you consider which features you require, you're ready to create backups. RMAN can back up the following types of files:
For most scenarios, you will use RMAN to back up datafiles, control files, and archive redo log files. If you have the autobackup of the control file feature enabled, then RMAN will automatically back up the control file and the
spfile (if you're using one) when a
COPY command is issued. ...