RE: what is the main purpose of cloning a database.

From: Bort, Guillermo <>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 12:09:42 -0600
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I've also used db cloning to get a copy of the data at a previous point in time (when flashback is not available, of course).


Guillermo Alan Bort
DBA / DBA Main Team

EDS, an HP company

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[] On Behalf Of dave Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 3:44 PM To:
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Like others have mentioned, cloning provides you with the ability to take a copy of a production environment and use it for development, testing patches and configuration changes before you make them into production, etc.

There are a couple of ways to clone a database but the easiest is to use RMANs duplicate feature. Its very easy to automate a clone and I even have some databases which are refreshed nightly with a copy of production.

On 12/17/08, Dennis Williams <> wrote:
> Nilesh
> 1. Some databases are so large that cloning is the only method of
creating a
> test database.
> 2. Before a production change is made, it is recommended that change
be made
> in a test database and then tested. This can avoid the awkward
situation of
> production changes that need to be backed out. Cloning produces an
> copy of the production database.
> Dennis Williams


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