duplicate to a future date

If you work with large databases, you often wait way to long for the clones. Typically you want to duplicate a 10TB database to production timestamp 9am, and you start at 9am and then you wait for hours.

Is it possible to start the clone, let’s say, at midnight, and set until time 9am?

No! You’ll get

RMAN-06617: UNTIL TIME (2016-05-21 09:00:00) is ahead of last NEXT TIME in archived logs (2016-05-20 23:58:52)

But… you could start to restore the datafiles at midnight.

sqlplus sys/***@db02 as sysdba <<EOF
  alter system set db_name='DB01' scope=spfile;
  alter system set db_unique_name='DB02' scope=spfile;
  startup force nomount
EOF

rman target sys/***@db01 auxiliary sys/***@db02 <<EOF
   restore clone primary controlfile;
   alter clone database mount;

run {
   set newname for datafile  1 to
 "/db02/system01.dbf";
   set newname for datafile  2 to
 "/db02/sysaux01.dbf";
   set newname for datafile  3 to
 "/db02/undotbs1_02.dbf";
   set newname for datafile  4 to
 "/db02/users01.dbf";
   restore clone database
   ;
}
EOF

This is exactly when RMAN does when you issue a duplicate. You could use the supported RESTORE command instead of the unsupported RESTORE CLONE command. But then it’ll get a bit more complex as you need to find out the location of your backup and so on.

At 9am, you issue your duplicate, and you’ll see

skipping datafile 1; already restored to file /db02/system01.dbf
skipping datafile 2; already restored to file /db02/sysaux01.dbf
skipping datafile 3; already restored to file /db02/undotbs1_02.dbf
skipping datafile 4; already restored to file /db02/users01.dbf

You just saved nine hours 🙂