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Oracle Clone Tutorial: How to Clone a Large Oracle Database, Really, Really Fast!

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Oracle Clone Tutorial

Take the pain out of cloning! Take the time out of cloning!  

Learn how to duplicate (copy) an Oracle database in minutes - no matter how large - with Oracle DNFS.

Do you need to provide read-write clone databases for testing or development? Do you need to do it fast, simply, and with minimal disc space? This free Oracle Database Clone Tutorial will show you how. 

Cloning databases can be slow, painful, and requires lots of disc space. Not any more. We can use copy-on-write technology to create as many independent clones as you want, all based on one backup of the source database. Creating a clone takes minutes, no matter how big the database is. The space used by each clone is only the space needed to record changes made within the clone (so initially, zero.) As far as your users are concerned, each clone is an independent database. They will have no idea that they are all sharing a common source. 

This facility (based on Oracle's Direct NFS technology) was introduced in release and formally documented in 12.1.x. 

Presented by Oracle Certified Master John Watson, SkillBuilders' Director of Oracle Database Services. 

Dec 12 - SkillBuilders Oracle 11g PL/SQL Programming Workshop

This free tutorial is segmented into several separate lessons:

Listen to the Podcast for this Training
1. Introduction to John Watson, SkillBuilders Director of Oracle Database Services   (1:32)   (click to read the Transcript)
2. Agenda   (1:19)  
3. Clones, Clones and More Clones. Too Many Clones?   (6:19)  
John explains the reasons for creating clones and demonstrates DBMS_WM, the Oracle supplied Workspace Manager package, in the hopes of demonstrating a technique for creating *less clones*.
4. Cloning the Old Way   (1:36)  
John explains the three traditional cloning techniques: manual scripting, Data Guard and RMAN.
5. Cloning Issues and Sample Script   (3:41)  
John demonstrates (examples) cloning via a script we wrote to clone databases daily.
6. Introducing DNFS Copy on Update to Clone   (8:16)  
John explains a new technique for cloning : using Direct Network File System (DNFS) Copy-on-Update
7. DNFS Cloning Technique and Demonstration   (19:06)  
John demonstrates (examples) the new technique for cloning : using Direct Network File System (DNFS) Copy-on-Update
8. Demo Creating Additional Clones ( In 2 Minutes! )   (3:40)  
In 2 minutes and 11 seconds, John demonstrates creating an additional clone - of any size!
9. Review Technique and Limitations   (3:23)  

Date: Aug 14, 2013

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