Copy instance from production to dev

lmc45651247

30-08-2017

We like to sync dev with production before we start an upgrade or project work on the instance in dev.  We do not want to copy the datastore as it is large.  How can we do it.

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Jörg_Hoh

Employee

01-09-2017

In DEV environments you typically have test data to cover various usecases, but not necessarily all data of PROD.

So what you can do is to identify data on production, which is suitable for testing and just copy that using package manager. But ignore all the parts (the large amount of data) which does not bring value for testing.

Jörg

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Diego_Fontan

01-09-2017

An easy solution could be something like this(I have done several times):

  • Automated nightly(scheduled) job to back -content / assets / source - (specific paths)  from one Author to another environment. 

Basically, We created a Scripts which nightly runs "automated' from Jenkins; run package:  prepare/builds/backups/for target site ( base on a certain path for content/assets/source ) and move up to Amazon S3(or any other way) is now past the test phase and should be ready for  after review .  

Variables in the scripts allow these to run on dev/qa/stage/prod or any other environments. Easily adaptable to additional env setup as well .

After that, we take data from Amazon s3 and install in lower environment in order to get always clean environments. In addition,  all backups have their own SCM - versioning strategy in case we need to restore a specific version.

lmc45651247

01-09-2017

Currently there are differences between Prod and Dev so trying to get both in sync.  We don't have enough space in Dev to copy a large datastore and it will take a long time if we have to do it often so trying to see if there is better way to get them in sync.

lmc45651247

30-08-2017

Thanks.  In our case we don't want to copy the datastore just the instance so that the configs are same in prod/dev.  So if we copy the instance from prod to dev and use the datastore in dev or have empty datastore will it work.  Does segmentstore have references to content in datastore.