Prepared By Tony Roberts
The purpose of this document is to provide an instructional framework for the reader to use when there is a requirement to create a clone of a live ZCM zone.
There are many reasons why one should want to clone a production zone, for example:
The aim of the process is to create a working ZCM zone with a single, fully functioning primary server and a single remote database node that is using a copy of the production ZCM database.
The environment used during the creation of this document was as follows:
The above configuration is not essential but the reader should replace certain procedures as necessary based on the requirements of the differing products and platforms.
Bear in mind that ZCM is licensed on managed devices, so you must ensure your licensing covers the additional managed devices that will be created when you add the server and any workstations to the test zone.
Due to the time it takes for some of the operations required to create the cloned zone, the steps outlined below should be considered preparatory. Note that in many cases the delays are due to the sheer size of data that needs to be moved around, particularly when there is a large content repository involved. Steps can be taken to avoid this, such as excluding content from the live CA server.
The steps below will create the working zone using the copy of the CA server and the new remote database server:
If required the test environment can be configured to be accessible anywhere on the live network (as opposed to having the servers hidden behind a private network). This can be achieved by inserting an additional primary server into the zone and having that assume the roles of the existing CA server before it is subsequently deleted. The steps below detail what is required:
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