Believe you can create a standby controlfile prior to database backup. alter database create standby controlfile as '&standby_ctl_filename'; HTH, Todd -----Original Message----- From: askdba-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:askdba-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Rick_Cale@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Thursday, December 30, 2004 9:07 AM To: askdba@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [askdba] Standby database question Hi DBAs, In creating a standby database, do you need to backup the control file to standby at the same time you backup the database? I think the answer is yes, but I wanted to make sure. Rick Cale Database Administrator Team Health, Inc. 865-293-5425 Rick_Cale@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager. This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee you should not disseminate, distribute or copy this e-mail.