What are my options using DB2 COPY in production to RECOVER data to Test/Development?

Hi Gurus,

I need to find a solution on how to take a production backup image file and restore it to my test environment. The backups are made with the COPY utility.

Can all you gurus chip in and provide answers how you will go about performing this restore.data refresh. I know I can use DSN1COPY but that involves OBIDXLAT translation and with many many tablespaces to manage, I will gladly avoid having to do that. I am alsoaware that I could do Unload from PROD and LOAD to test but I am simply interested in using the backups that is made with the COPY utility. Can I UNLOAD and LOAD from an image dataset made with COPY utility?


Thanks in anticipation of very simple and creative answers.
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You can unload from an image copy but you need to make sure it was taken with shrlevel reference (at least at older versions, maybe it was changed in 10)

If you want to use dsn1copy, you also need to verify the copy is shrlevel refence

Beside those two options, there isn't much you can do with minimal effort
You can try to clone the entire subsystem but it involve some complex steps
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