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Creating a Duplicate Database on a Remote host with a different directory structure

Expert Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonSeptember 24, 2015

Also see Cloning a database with RMAN  

There are three main ways to create a duplicate database on the remote host with a different directory structure:

  • Making changes to the initialization parameter

  • Using SET NEWNAME command with DUPLICATE command

  • Using CONFIGURE AUXNAME command before running DUPLICATE command

In this example by making changes to the initialization parameter file of the auxiliary instance we make RMAN create all Control Files, Redo Log files and Data Files on the different directory.

In this process, all steps will be the same as they were in the previous example. Except two parameters which will be added to the initialization parameter file such as DB_FILE_NAME_CONVERT and LOG_FILE_NAME_CONVERT.

DB_FILE_NAME_CONVERT parameter changes location of datafiles of the production database to a different location on the auxiliary database.

Note: The directories which are different from the production database on the auxiliary server are created manually. New locations on Auxiliary server must be created manually.

LOG_FILE_NAME_CONVERT parameter changes location of redo log files of the production database to a different location on the auxiliary database

At the end, the parameter file will be as  follows:









Now, if we run DUPLICATE COMMAND as in the previous example, all database files will be created on the /u03/oracle/new_database directory. It can be seen by querying the following views on the auxiliary database.

sys@TEST>SELECT name FROM v$datafile;








sys@TEST>SELECT member FROM v$logfile;







sys@TEST>SELECT name FROM v$controlfile;






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