In our Development System, we have our Config 100 client, our and a few testing clients.
Development was built in 2009 and in none of the Dev environments do we have good real data. Additionally we have orphaned transports that would be great to get rid of.
Speaking strictly from the ability to test effectively in the Dev environment, we would love to do a system refresh from Prod to Dev and move on with testing from there.
Clearly that is not possible, as we would lose all our config, dev source information.
I have heard that TDMS is good (from SAP !) - and heard it is a big headache from some folks.
Outside of taking on implementing TDMS, are there any companies (using SAP > 5 years) who would share...
How do you enable manage the effective testing in Dev? Reducing the number of transports overall.
What is your experience with TDMS?
Sharing your practical experience is much appreciated.
Every company I have contracted to has been able to refresh all the Dev clients except the golden client (100 I believe in your case.)
SAP has the ability to do this. How many orphaned transports are there in the golden client?
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We use EPI-USE Data Sync Manager to refresh master and transaction data from production back to DEV.
What we do in our company is to refresh our QA2 (in your case if you don't have a QA2 system you may use TEST or QA) system with a system copy (you can achieve this by using SAP system copy tools or third-party tools, if your system is on NetApp storage you can use their tools).
Then from QA2 to Dev we use TDMS to update clients.
TDMS is not as bad as you may think, you just have to follow their recommendation regarding needed resources and notes applied to sender and receiver systems. Actually is a pretty good tool as it let you select the amount of data that is transfered and by consecuence saving you storage and $$.
You can also use TDMS to refresh QA from PROD but I won't recommend it as it might potentially impact performance in PROD environment.
The other option that comes to mind is to simply use the remote client copy (transaction code SCC9), you may use this if your Prod client is relatively small (no more than 500GB -1 TB).