Pre- and post-processing
Re-import backup transports (exports), set up locally in 000 client for isolated systems (sandbox)
Security-conscious companies usually keep their mission-critical IT infrastructures redundant anyway. Storage systems are usually secured in disk arrays by multi-level raid, spatially separated from each other and networked by a storage area network (SAN). Connected to this are at least two computers, also spatially separated. One of these acts as a backup system.
Test data is important for companies to eliminate risks in ongoing operations and to optimize systems or processes. But collecting this data can be challenging in times of Big Data and increased data protection, as well as due to complex IT structures.
SAP system copy and the cloud
Checklist for preliminary work: Comparison of database sizes (target system must be the same or larger), comparison of database versions, kernel, host agent (ideally the same software version), dump of kernel files (export via SAPINST), saves download via SWDC, compile RFC connection passwords, inform third-party system administrators, provide memory, hard disk on the system for database and software import. Perform database dump, if necessary with transaction log, if possible with downtime, then without jobs or stop running jobs with report BTCTRNS1. Adminsitration passwords (DDIC, DB-Admin, Winadmin), create system snapshots (recovery), perform database import.
The database import can be performed using various tools. Sapinstaller provides a working way to import the database cleanly.
For some time now, SAP customers have been supported in system copying by very powerful automation tools that can be used as needed, such as "Shortcut for SAP Systems". Nothing has to be installed in your SAP systems for this - no transport requests, no AddOns!
Releasing the consistent disk blocks of the source database - resuming I/O activities or executing the DATABASE END ONLINE BACKUP command.
With specialized tools, this can be done largely programmatically, documented and always identical.