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Cloning an SAP system

How can I clone an SAP system for a sandbox purpose? For example, our Enterprise production environment runs on 4 application servers and an Oracle database all on AIX OS. I can restore a copy of the database from a backup and copy the /usr and /sapmnt directories from one of the app server to the target sandbox, but what files should be edited/deleted to have the new system run on its own?

How can I clone an SAP system for a sandbox purpose? For example, our Enterprise production environment runs on 4 application servers and an Oracle database all on AIX OS. I can restore a copy of the database from a backup and copy the /usr and /sapmnt directories from one of the app server to the target sandbox, but what files should be edited/deleted to have the new system run on its own?
Congratulations -- restoring your database and getting it up and running is the hard part.

The rest should be easy.

The following needs to be changed after restoring the SAP file systems:
• The instance, default and start profiles (they reside in the profile directory).
• You need to copy the environment files from the adm homedirectory from your source system. The environment variables values should be changed accordingly.
• Copy and modify the database configuration files (init .ora, init .dba … )
• Don't forget to set the port names and numbers in the services file

This was last published in January 2005

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