This article will walk you through manual methods for cloning databases and tablespaces. If you’re already familiar with these techniques, then feel free to move on to the next chapters in this book, which illustrate how to employ the RMAN duplication process.
Knowledge of these methods will help you understand when it’s appropriate to use a technique and its advantages and disadvantages. This information will help you better understand the other chapters in this book that contrast these techniques with the RMAN DUPLICATE functionality. First up is cloning a database using a cold backup.