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Refreshing development system without losing system history

Our development system is way out of sync, both configuration- and data-wise. We would like to refresh our development system from the production system. How can this be accomplished? What things we need to be aware of? I know we can restore the production system (PRD) from from tape to the development system (DEV,) but that will wipe out everything including transports, notes history, etc.

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The system copy guides can be found at http://service.sap.com/instguides*. Different backup/restore procedures exist for the different databases supported by SAP.

If you restore PRD over DEV, it will wipe out everything. You should therefore find a point in time in which development projects finish and are brought into production. You should only re-create DEV from a backup of PRD if both systems are more or less in sync or if your development teams agree that certain developments are lost.
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This was first published in April 2005

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