Another very important utility to back up your environment and create an exact replica of it at a later stage, or at a different location altogether, is cloning. As the word suggests, cloning not only copies an existing environment to a different location, but also preserves its state, enabling you to create a new Middleware Home with all post-installation patches. Cloning is also a highly effective way to have the same snapshot and configurations across different distributed environments.
Cloning an existing Oracle SOA Suite 11g infrastructure is a multistep process that needs to be executed in a sequential manner as shown in the following screenshot:
1. The Middleware binary movement involves activities needed to create a backup archive of your Middleware Home. Then, if required, paste it elsewhere.
2. The Middleware configuration movement involves steps to back up, extract, edit, and paste domain configuration. Broadly, the activities can be divided into the...