Super fast Database Copying/Cloning: A database cloning procedure is especially useful for the DBA who wants to give his developers a full-sized TEST and DEV instance by cloning the PROD instance into the development server areas. This Oracle clone procedure can be use to quickly migrate a system from one UNIX server to another. It clones the Oracle database and this Oracle cloning procedures is often the fastest way to copy a Oracle database. STEP 1: On the old system, go into SQL*Plus, sign on as SYSDBA and issue: “alter database backup controlfile to trace”. This will put the create database syntax in the trace file directory. The trace keyword tells oracle to generate a script containing a create controlfile command and store it in the trace directory identified in the user_dump_dest parameter of the init.ora file. It will look something like this: STARTUP NOMOUNT CREATE CONTROLFILE REUSE DATABASE "OLDLSQ" NORESETLOGS NOARCHIVELOG MAXLOGFILES 16 MAXLOGMEMBERS 2 MAXDATAFILES 240 MAXINSTANCES 1 MAXLOGHISTORY 113 LOGFILE GROUP 1 ('/u03/oradata/oldlsq/log1a.dbf', '/u03/oradata/olslsq/log1b.dbf') SIZE 30M, GROUP 2 ('/u04/oradata/oldlsq/log2a.dbf', '/u04/oradata/oldlsq/log2b.dbf') SIZE 30M DATAFILE '/u01/oradata/oldlsq/system01.dbf', '/u01/oradata/oldlsq/mydatabase.dbf' ; # Recovery is required if any of the datafiles are restored # backups, or if the last shutdown was not normal or immediate. RECOVER DATABASE # Database can now be opened normally. ALTER DATABASE OPEN; STEP 2: Shutdown the old database STEP 3: Copy all data files into the new directories on the new server. You may change the file names if you want, but you must edit the controlfile to reflect the new data files names on the new server. rcp /u01/oradata/oldlsq/* newhost:/u01/oradata/newlsq rcp /u01/oradata/oldlsq/* newhost:/u01/oradata/newlsq rcp /u03/oradata/oldlsq/* newhost:/u03/oradata/newlsq rcp /u04/oradata/oldlsq/* newhost:/u04/oradata/newlsq STEP 4: Copy and Edit the Control file – Using the output syntax from STEP 1, modify the controlfile creation script by changing the following: Old: CREATE CONTROLFILE REUSE DATABASE "OLDLSQ" NORESETLOGS New: CREATE CONTROLFILE SET DATABASE "NEWLSQ" RESETLOGS STEP 5: Remove the “recover database” and “alter database open” syntax # Recovery is required if any of the datafiles are restored # backups, or if the last shutdown was not normal or immediate. RECOVER DATABASE # Database can now be opened normally. ALTER DATABASE OPEN; STEP 6: Re-names of the data files names that have changed. Save as db_create_controlfile.sql. Old: DATAFILE '/u01/oradata/oldlsq/system01.dbf', '/u01/oradata/oldlsq/mydatabase.dbf' New: DATAFILE '/u01/oradata/newlsq/system01.dbf', '/u01/oradata/newlsq/mydatabase.dbf' STEP 7: Create the bdump, udump and cdump directories cd $DBA/admin mkdir newlsq cd newlsq mkdir bdump mkdir udump mkdir cdump mkdir pfile STEP 8: Copy-over the old init.ora file rcp $DBA/admin/olslsq/pfile/*.ora newhost:/u01/oracle/admin/newlsq/pfile STEP 9: Start the new database @db_create_controlfile.sql STEP 10: Place the new database in archivelog model 1 Put your source database in backup mode 2 Force a checkpoint in your source database 3 FTP all datafiles to your target box 4 Take your source database out of backup mode 5 Force a new checkpoint in your source database 6 FTP all relevant archive logs to target box 7 Create a control file on your source box 8 Move your newly created control file to the target box 9 On target box Edit your new control file as needed 10 Create/recover your new database using CREATE CONTROLFILE REUSE SET DATABASE "newname" RESETLOGS ARCHIVELOG until cancel. Hope this helps.
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