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Suppose that u have 2 instances,Test and Production.
If u want to have the replica of the Test in production, rather then creating new metadata we can extract metadata from Test and load it into Production.
If u want to make some changes to the existing metadata ,we can extract,make changes and load the metadata.
Edited by: Ramesh Ilu on Jun 11, 2012 3:09 AM
I keep the XML files around after every load for a variety of reasons :
- Loading to other applications : I'll generally make changes in dev / test and move to production. I guess I could probably get LCM to do the moving around; however, we're not big users of it at this point. I just load the file into the next app. It's pretty easy to open the client and hit load metadata. ;)
- Historical Records : Since I keep a copy of every 'major' load into the system, I can easily 'roll back' or tell you when a change was made as far back as I want.
- SOX Audits : Part of our controls is to ensure that changes loaded to production are approved through our documentation process. Having the files allows them to confirm what changes were made when.
- Point in Time comparisons : Pretty much just like the SOX Audit, I will periodically review two points in time to see what has changed. For instance, every year when I roll out our budget Smartview template, I compared the current metadata to the prior year to do a quick check to see what accounts have changed. Depending on what has changed during hte last year, I may need to update my template accordingly, etc. [I use an XML differencing tool to do the comparisons]
- Insurance : ' I'm not paranoid, I just know everyone is after me ' While I keep backups of my databases, etc, etc, I like having the file versions 'just in case'. If any of my other tools malfunction or I lose a backup, I can always grab my trusty files and reload.
Life Cycle management utility enables to migrate application artifacts across environments.
It enables to migrate the provisioning information and the task flows which cannot be done using the CopyApplication utility.
It does not migrate data.
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