What is the best way to make an entire copy of an SDE geodatabase to a "test" SDE geodatabase?
The best method will be to do a Full database backup and restore.
Or else if you already have the test GDB created, you have got a few choices: Overview of copying geodatabases—ArcGIS Help | ArcGIS Desktop
Yes, I do have a TEST enterprise geodatabase already built.
But I am looking to have an exact duplicate, for testing purposes. I have read through the overview of copying and that doesn't seem to apply.
Should I delete the TEST enterprise geodatabase and do the SQL backup and restore?
Yes, that should help and be quick.
Which kind of Database (Oracle, SQL Server,etc) are you working with?
so just backup that SQL Server database and restore it on another Test instance and that should give you what you needed. An exact copy.
Can you explain "and restore it on another Test instance" ?
So do I need another existing instance, or am I creating the instance with restore?
An "instance" in SQL Server is a installation of SQL Server. Within that SQL Server instance, you can have multiple databases (as long as they do not have the same name). I think what Asrujit SenGupta is saying is to restore to the new SQL Server instance.
Example: Machine1\SQLServer to Machine2\SQLServer
Database Engine Instances (SQL Server)
I'm still new to SQL; Does this mean that I have to move off the current instance? Would it be possible to make a duplicate (TEST) database on the same instance? Is instance synonymous with machine? Can I have two instances on the same machine?
What would be the PROs & CONs of simply backing up the production database, and restoring to different named database (say, as TEST) in the same instance?
You can restore with a different name, but that is not supported with ArcGIS. You will not be able to connect from ArcGIS Desktop.
Ok, I think I understand it now. Thank you for you help.
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