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What's the difference between an SAP system copy and an SAP system clone

Understand the difference between a system clone and a system copy, and see examples of each function, by reading this tip.

What is the difference between an SAP system clone and a system copy?
A system clone is the copying of a system in which the system name remains the same. This is often used to create an isolated copy of production on which a release upgrade is attempted, for example. A system copy is the copying of a system in which the system name is changed. This procedure is used to refresh the quality assurance system with productive data, for example.
This was first published in November 2008

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