Oracle Database Appliance ( ODA ) Virtual Machine Clone ( Zero Down Time )

In my previous post, I already post script to backup Oracle ODA VM, In this post we will use that backup files to clone virtual machine.

Here is the steps ;

1- Create ISO Image to clone Virtual Machine. Just tar the virtual machine files from its own directory or go to my previous post to backup virtual machine.

Note : Here is important note ; For some oda versions tar file type can throw an error message please consider about it and try other format too, here is two format.

cd /u01/app/sharedrepo/vmrepo1/VirtualMachines/WEBLOGIC_APP

tar -cvzf /u01/app/sharedrepo/vmrepo1/VirtualMachines/WEBLOGIC_APP.tgz ./*


tar -cvzf /u01/app/sharedrepo/vmrepo1/VirtualMachines/WEBLOGIC_APP.tar.gz ./*

2- Create Template for the virtual machine we would like to clone. Please make sure about the file location, Though we run this command from odabase layer , directory location will be from dom0 layer

oakcli import vmtemplate WEBLOGIC_APP_Template -files /OVS/WEBLOGIC_APP.tgz -repo vmtemp1


oakcli import vmtemplate WEBLOGIC_APP_Template -files /OVS/WEBLOGIC_APP.tar.gz -repo vmtemp1

3- Create Virtual Machine

oakcli clone vm WEBLOGIC_APP_CLONE -vmtemplate WEBLOGIC_APP_Template -repo vmrepo1

Important Note :

When you start this virtual machine you will have an IP conflict. To not have an IP conflict there is one way to change it before start the cloned virtual machine,

  • Mount that img file
  • Use editor for modify network configuration ” vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0″
  • Save,exit and unmount img file.
  • Start VM

For more details to mount img file go to post ” How to mount Image (*.img) file “

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About Cihan Gedik

I am currently working as Senior Oracle Application Database Administrator. I have experienced many EBS database upgrade, migrations, Fresh EBS installations, Solaris to Linux, Windows to Linux replatform migration projects in medium and large companies and also experienced core database migration projects for one of the biggest bank of Katar.With my colleagues we decided to run this platform to share our knowledge

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