Subject: Steps to Manually Clone a Database Doc ID: NOTE:458450.1 Last Revision Date: 19-FEB-2008 In this Document Goal Solution References Type: HOWTO Status: MODERATED
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Oracle Server - Enterprise Edition - Version: 8.1.7 to 10.2.0 Information in this document applies to any platform.
How to clone a database manually, without using RMAN.
Steps to clone the database The following steps can be used to clone a database on the same server or on another server, We will clone a database with name proddb the cloned database will have the name clonedb, and clonedb will reside on the same server as proddb, The cloning process mainly has 2 steps, 1. Take a cold backup of the production database 2. Restore the backup on to the clone destination and startup the clone database Optionally you can rename the clone database, before starting it up. the steps below describe the process of cloning a database and also renaming the database.
Perform Cold Backup of the Production database 1. Note down the datafile, controlfile and redologfile locations on proddb OS> sqlplus / as sysdba SQL> select name from v$datafile; SQL> select member from v$logfile; SQL> show parameter control_files 2. Shutdown the production database proddb OS> sqlplus / as sysdba SQL> shutdown immediate NOTE : Ensure clean shutdown.
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3. Copy the database files (datafiles, logfiles, controlfiles and parameter file) into the clone destination. Using the information gathered in step 1, change directory to the production database directories OS> cd /u01/<path_to_proddb_files> Note : for simplicity sake we'll assume all files are in the same directory OS> cp /u01/<path_to_proddb_files>/<filename> /u01/<path_to_clonedb_files>/ .. .. repeat the same for all datafiles, controlfiles and redologfiles .. OS> cp $ORACLE_HOME/dbs/initproddb.ora $ORACLE_HOME/dbs/initclonedb.ora 4. Modify the parameter CONTROL_FILES in the pfile for clonedb to reflect the new path of the control files. Using your favorite text editor edit the pfile to reflect the new path of the control files vi initclonedb.ora .. .. CONTROL_FILES = '/u01/clonedb/control/control01.ctl','/u01/clonedb/control/control02.ctl' .. ...
Rename the database as per requirements and start the clone database We rename the database only if needed, if you plan to retain the same name, the whole process simplifies to taking a cold backup and restoring it in the target location and starting up the database, however renaming becomes mandatory if the cloning happens on the same server and in the same Oracle Home. If the database version is less than version 9.2, please go to section "Renaming database with version lower than 9.2"
Note : Ensure DB_NAME is still proddb in initclonedb.ora, clonedb pfile, Please note that the production database should be shutdown throughout the clone process, this is because we are cloning the database on the same server and using the same Oracle Home, if either one is different, database can be started immediately after copying the files.
1. Mount the database and rename the datafiles and redolog files. export ORACLE_SID=clonedb OS> sqlplus / as sysdba OS> startup mount OS> alter database rename file '/u01/<path_to_proddb_files>/<filename>' to '/u01/<path_to_clonedb_files>/<filename>'
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2. Rename the database with the dbnewid (nid) utility For information on how to use the DBNEWID utility, please refer this note Note 224266.1 Title: How to Change the DBID and the DBNAME by using NID NOTE : If you are using a database of version lesser than 9.2 then the DBNEWID (NID) utility cannot be used as it was introduced only from 9.2
3. Edit the pfile and update the new database name vi initclonedb.ora ---> Modify parameter DB_NAME to reflect the new database name. also ensure you make necessary changes to the environment for ORACLE_SID, ORACLE_HOME as needed. 4. Open the clone database. 5. Startup and open the production database. Note : These steps may not be applicable to databases using OMF files as there are restrictions on renaming the datafiles, controlfiles and logfiles when they are Oracle Managed, it is Likely that you will receive a ORA-1276 when you rename a OMF file.
Renaming database with version lower than 9.2 Note : In this case it is not required to copy controlfiles or redologfiles as they will be created newly, also note that when using this method to rename the database, the production database can be started immediately following the copying of the datafiles to the clone location. 1. Generate a controlfile backup trace file with the command SQL> alter database backup controlfile to trace as '/path/filename.trc'; 2. Edit the pfile and update the new database name vi initclonedb.ora ---> Modify parameter DB_NAME to reflect the new database name. also ensure you make necessary changes to the environment for ORACLE_SID, ORACLE_HOME as needed. 3. Make a script to create a new controlfile Editing the trace generated in step 1 of this section, ensure to use the SET option to set the new database name. Example CREATE CONTROLFILE SET DATABASE "CLONEDB" RESETLOGS NOARCHIVELOG -- SET STANDBY TO MAXIMIZE PERFORMANCE MAXLOGFILES 16 MAXLOGMEMBERS 2 MAXDATAFILES 30 MAXINSTANCES 1 MAXLOGHISTORY 454 LOGFILE GROUP 1 '/home/oracle/databases/clonedb/redo1.ora' SIZE 100M, GROUP 2 '/home/oracle/databases/clonedb/redo2.ora' SIZE 100M, GROUP 3 '/home/oracle/databases/clonedb/redo3.ora' SIZE 100M -- STANDBY LOGFILE DATAFILE '/home/oracle/databases/clonedb/system.dbf', '/home/oracle/databases/clonedb/undo.dbf', '/home/oracle/databases/clonedb/data.dbf' CHARACTER SET WE8ISO8859P1
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CHARACTER SET WE8ISO8859P1 ; File saved as createcontrol.sql
4. Connect to the clone instance and start in the NOMOUNT stage. export ORACLE_SID=clonedb sqlplus /nolog SQL> conn / as sysdba SQL> startup nomount SQL> @createcontrol.sql Control File Created. SQL> alter database open resetlogs ;
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