Cloning RAC instance from one server to a single instance on another server using CommVault

Posted: May 9, 2016 in Backup and Recovery, CommVault, RMAN, Syntax
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Happy Monday, Oracle Backup Engineers!

Ask a DBA what is the single most important skill that a DBA possess and the majority will tell you Performance Tuning. I must take issue with that opinion. My minority opinion is Backup and Recovery is, without a doubt, the most important skill to master. Without that skill, you may (will) wake up one morning without a database to tune.

Today, I thought it would be fun to take our cloning to the next level. Let’s take our RAC instance and clone it to a different server. This is a common practice and its applications are many. You can use it to restore, migrate or create a database instance. I am still doing test restores so that is the slant in which this and previous articles are pointed.

You will notice a 95% similarity between this article and the one I published two weeks ago. No need to rewrite the entire article but for your benefit, I have recopied all of the steps so you don’t have to bounce back and forth between articles. I merely added a step for tnsnames.ora and modified a couple other steps.

***A little terminology. When I refer to the source, that is the database I am cloning. When I refer to target, that is where I am cloning to.***

  1. Copy the primary database (source) to the clone I’ll make.
    1. Save the oratab with my clone database added.
      1. As Oracle, $ vi /etc/oratab
      2. Add a line with your restore instance name.
      3. $ cat /etc/oratab –to see if your new instance is there.
    2. Change environment to new instance $ . oraenv ?new_instance$ cd $ORACLE_HOME/dbs
    3. Make a pfile from the working instance (source database) you are going to clone.
      1. SQL> create pfile=’/u01/app/oracle/product/’ from spfile;
    4. Edit initnewinstance.ora to make your cloning pfile.
      1. :set ignorecase –makes it easier for searching
      2. Then erase double underscore lines in the pfile.
      3. set cluster_database=false
      4. Set control_files so only the disk groups are set
        1. for example: *.control_files=’+DATA_XDT1′,’+RECO_XDT1′
      5. Set db_recovery_file_dest_size, pga_aggregate, sga_target to appropriate size
      6. Set *.remote_listener to appropriate location.
      7. Change use_large_pages=’ONLY’ to = ‘TRUE’ so it uses them if available but doesn’t fail if none are available.
      8. Change all string=’clone_db’ to become ‘recover_db’
        1. At the vi colon prompt like so   :%s#clonedb#recoverdb#g
      9. Save the new pfile as initrecoverdb.ora.
      10. If you have these backup settings for improved tape backup, keep them.
        1. *._backup_disk_bufcnt=64
        2. *._backup_disk_bufsz=1048576
        3. *._backup_file_bufcnt=64
        4. *._backup_file_bufsz=1048576
        5. *.backup_tape_io_slaves=TRUE.
    5. Edit (vi) tnsnames.ora and add new instance.

:set ignorecase

search for clonedb  [/clonedb]

Copy the single instance “clone_db” to make recover_db then paste it back to create it.

Once edits are done save it then do a tnsping for recover_db.

That now shows network TNS protocol is ready

6. Make a “temporary” copy of your tnsnames.ora file.

a. In this file change the server info to match what exists in all nodes in your target database tnsnames file. You can optionally just edit the tnsnames file but I did this just to stay away from our production tnsnames file since what we are doing is temporary. 

$ cp tnsname.ora $ORACLE_HOME/network/admin/temp

7. Now check existence of $ORACLE_BASE/admin/recover_db/adump and $ORACLE_HOME/admin/recover_db/wallet; further, that wallet has both wallet and single sign on wallet.

  • Neither exist so create both and populate the wallet from our target database (to use RMAN terminology)

mkdir -p $ORACLE_BASE/admin/recover_db/adump

The “-p” tells mkdir to make the absolute path you supply to it

mkdir -p /u01/app/oracle/product/

$ cp cwallet.sso /u01/app/oracle/product/

$ cp ewallet.p12 /u01/app/oracle/product/

    1. As GRID, Add entry to listener.ora


(GLOBAL_NAME=recoverdb)       (ORACLE_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/product/       (SID_NAME=recoverdb)     )

lsnrctl status

lsnrctl reload

lsnrctl status

cd $ORACLE_HOME/network/admin

and edit the file as shown above.

After testing the directories for existence plus doing tnsping for the connection descriptor successfully, we’re ready to start the auxiliary database in nomount mode.

  1. Start SQL*Plus with environment set to recover_db

    Now start the database in nomount mode using the pfile we created. SQL> startup nomount pfile=’/u01/app/oracle/product/’

Exit to the Unix prompt as we’re done with Unix preparations.

Now comes the CommVault steps

Here we go…

    1. Discover the recovery instance:
      1. Navigate to Single Instance Server (xdt7–>Oracle–>All Tasks–>Discover instance
        1. Discovered Instance!! Refresh the screen to see newly discovered instance.
        2. In the discovered instance in CV, navigate to the Client Name–> Instance(Oracle SID)–> Properties–> Details tab and edit the TNS_ADMIN folder: 

          TNS_ADMIN folder: /u01/app/oracle/product/ 

  • We are duplicating source database “clone_db” to auxiliary database “recover_db”.
  1. Let’s display the target and list its backups from its backup history view

“clone_db->View->Backup History

  1. Use the advanced option to show All operations, Include Aged Data and Include Backup Copy as NAS Snapshot Catalog Jobs.
  2. Choose okay at each subsequent screen till the Backup Job History is displayed
  3. Double click the latest successful backup and copy and record its:
    1. Job id: 554999 (**Example)
    2. Start Time:
    3. End Time:
    4. SCN Number(S): I use the lower SCN number if there are two displayed.
  4. You’re now ready to begin setting up a clone restore of a backup.
  5. Right click on the backup job # i.e. (553999)
    1. Choose “Browse and Restore”
    2. Next click “View Content” push button control at bottom of the Browse and Restore Options screen.
    3. It displays the tablespaces available in the right pane for selected database in left hand pane.
    4. Click the left hand panes checkbox control to select entire content.
    5. Then “Recover All Selected…”

The “Oracle Restore Options Server_name-clone_db SID: clone_db” screen appears.

Note that its shows Destination Client as being Server_name-clone_db, which will change after you return from the “Advance” options on this screen which we’ll do now:

  1. Select “Duplicate DB”. Now we get 12 tab controls on the Oracle Restore Options screen.
  2. Click on the Advanced push button control. Tab controls appear on the Oracle Advanced Restore Options screen.
  3. Choose the “Duplicate” tab control.
  4. Click its “Duplicate To” checkbox control, and its option become enabled.
  5. In the “Database Name” textbox control, entry the auxiliary database name (i.e. clone you’re making): recover_db.
  6. Now move to the “Recover” tab control, then active its SCN radio button and specify the SCN number we save in our preparation work:
  7. Change to the Duplicate DB Options tab control, check its “No Filename Check” checkbox control.
  8. Finally activate the “Redirect” tab control, uncheck its “Redirect” checkbox control. Remaining tab controls aren’t used for this operation, but you can look at them.

To summarize, the key tab controls were these: Duplicate, Recover, Duplicate DB Options and Redirect.

Now choose “OK” to accept

Notice that our “Destination Client” was automatically filled in after completion of the advanced push button control dialogs.

  1. Now choose “Number of streams to use for restore”, which I usually set at 4 — next accept all entries by clicking “OK” at the bottom of the “Oracle Restore Options” screen.

It immediately gives a warning that, “Data from clone_db on server_name-clone_db will be restored on to recovery_db on server_name.  All data in recovery_db will be over written.  Are you sure you want to continue?”

  1. Take heed of the waning and carefully ensure you want to do this.
  2. Let the restore begin.
  3. Once it completes, you should be able to open the database from the SQL Plus prompt and test if the restore is complete.

At this point, I took the time to delete this recovery instance. Some of the steps I took were to remove listener.ora entry (as Grid), remove its TNS descriptor from tnsnames.ora, and oratab entries. Then shutdown the database, carefully dispose of the datafiles in ASM and remove its statis listener entries. Also, delete the temporary tnsnames.ora file.

Thanks for reading! Again, I greatly appreciate Tim Dexter for his expertise in CommVault and RMAN Duplicate.

Take care,


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