I am trying to schedule a cold backup, I was wondering if I can just down the oracle database service and then directly copy the files using copy command and post the completion of copy of the files I will up the oracle services.
Will this method work I cannot test the same as I do not have access to the server right now.
Yes you can, by default stopping the service will execute a SHUTDOWN IMMEDIATE. To check this, look at the registry keys named something like
and you'll see the settings.
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