Secure & Rapid Cloning Appliance


Clonetab - Secure refresh software
for Oracle e-Businesss Suite & Databases

How it works

Clonetab Server will be installed on a dedicated Linux server. Clonetab comes with Oracle XE database (free for distribution and free from license initially).

Following are the important components of Clonetab Server

  1. Oracle XE database installed as part of the Clonetab server installation.
  2. Apache Tomcat server, also installed and configured as part of install.
  3. Clonetab Daemon processe - cloneengine: This processes keeps watching the tasks table and picks the tasks.

The Registration Process: This process is to collect the instance specific information. This is a one-time job, and needs to be run for Source & Target Oracle e-Business Suite instances. Registration also requires for components like Netapp filers & Delphix servers etc. if they are in use. All the required userids & passwords also need to be entered, which goes in to database repository and stored in an encrypted format.

To eliminate lot of data entry at the time of registration, most of the data is collected by Clonetab and displayed on the forms, DBA needs to check this information, modify if needed and then submit to Clonetab repository database after added some minimal information like passwords.

During the registration process, DBAs can also add a list of custom scripts that needs to be run during the Refresh process. There are 3 types of scripts, Pre, Post and Random scripts. As name describes, these will be run at the beginning of refresh, end of refresh or during the refresh. The script types supported by Clonetab are SQL, Shell, Perl. The UI also gives provision to collect information such as user names (with which a specific SQL script needs to be run) and arguments to be passed to the scripts. For script type Random, an additional drop down list ‘Run after Step’ is displayed, to pick at which step this script has to be run.

Scheduling the tasks: Once the one-time registration process for all the required components is done, DBAs can start scheduling the tasks. In case of tasks which repeat on regular intervals, DBAs can also choose the repeat schedule.

Monitoring the tasks: After scheduling the tasks, DBAs can view the job status from the Clonetab Graphical User Interface. For tasks like refreshes, Clonetab shows the log information from GUI itself. The logs for currently running jobs can be viewed with regularly refreshing window, which gives feel close to ‘tail –f’ Unix command. If a job fails for any reason, the task status will be shown as ‘Failed’ with a Restart button next to it. DBAs can fix the issue and come back to the Task Management screen and click the restart button, which resumes the task from where it failed.Reports: Clonetab comes with built-in reports on various tasks carried out within the application. These reports are accessible from GUI.

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