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There are four basic options when it comes to moving a docbase:

• Documentum dump and load

• Third party move applications

• Complete file system move

• Database extract and Docbase content move

Each method has its advantages, disadvantages and constraints. Here is a general listing of things

you should consider when planning your docbase move.

Dump and Load

This is the most standard and highly recommended way to perform a docbase move. It is

Documentum’s built in functionality for extracting all of a docbase’s meta-data and content files

to a single file system file (a dump file). This file can then be loaded into the docbase of choice.

The process itself is well documented in the Documentum eContent Server Administrator’s

Guide – Dumping and Loading a Docbase.

Occasionally, you will not be able to dump and load a docbase. Sometimes this is due to a

known documented constraint in the dump and load process (such as a 2 gig limit). In other

instances, the dump and load process just simply fails. Documentum support can often help you

through these situations, as well as performing some database maintenance tasks such as running

dm_clean. If that fails, or for other reasons, you may want to look at some of the other options

for moving a docbase.

The advantages of dump and load are that it is a simple and highly effective way of moving

a docbase. It turns your entire docbase into a single file that can be easily moved or archived.

Some of the disadvantages are that it has some known limitations, and on occasion fails to

complete the dump or the load process. It also can be slower than some of the other methods

because it writes the docbase to a proprietary formats, and then reads from that when it loads

back into the docbase.

Third Party Migration Utilities

There are some existing and it is possible to create your own utilities for moving a docbase.

File System Backup and Restore

This method, is simply a file system backup and restore of your database and Documentum

files. This is a quick and effective method if you have system administrators who are capable of

perform the file transfer. However, it has a couple limitations:

• It copies your install as is to the new location. Therefore, if you were trying to somehow

modify your Documentum or your Oracle install in the new location, this method limits

your ability to do that.

• It moves all databases and docbases within your Documentum and your database install.

For example, if you had multiple docbases sharing a single Oracle database, this method

would require you to move all of those docbases.

• It requires some technical skill in restoring the backed up files to the new location. For

example, in an NT environment, both Documentum and your database will write key

information to the system registry. This information would need to exist in your new

location as well.

Database extract and Docbase content move

This method is to extract the database data that is relevant to your docbase, and load it into the

database in your target location. It also requires you to move the docbase content file to the

new location. This has the advantage of allowing you to move only the specific docbase you

want into a new installation. The limitations include that it is not recommended for moving into

an environment where your database or your docbase are different versions than the original

(although that may work in some instances). Also, not all databases are equal in their support

of extracting and moving a piece of a database. In this example, we will show how to move a

docbase in Oracle.


This example takes you through the process of moving an Oracle based docbase. For simplicity,

it assumes basically a default installation of Oracle and Documentum. It assumes Oracle

Enterprise Edition, and that your docbase is installed into its own Oracle tablespace. The

example walks through the process of a Documentum 4.2.1 install, using Oracle 8.1.6 on a

Windows NT platform. However the process will be similar for other environments, and for

additional information, the process is well documented in the Oracle 8i Backup and Recovery


Example Moving an Oracle Docbase

Preparing your database:

This process requires the use of Oracles import and export utilities. To enable these, your must

run the catexp.sql or catalog.sql scripts. This can be done from a Dos command line by running:

sqlplus internal/oracle @catexp.sql

Once your database is prepared, perform the following steps:

Step 1: Stop your docbase.

Step 2: Set docbase’s tablespace to read-only.

To determine the name of the tablespaces your docbase uses, issue the following select:

SELECT tablespace_name, file_name FROM sys.dba_data_files WHERE

tablespace_name like ‘%yourdocbasename%’;

The result should look like DM_YOURDOCBASENAME_DOCBASE and

DM_YOURDOCBASENAME_INDEX. You can then set the tablespaces to read only by issues

the following SqlPlus statement:


Step 3: Export the tablespace information for your docbase

The purpose of this, is to package up the information on your tablespaces so that they can be

moved to a new database. You can first run a double check to ensure that your tablespaces

are tansportable. In a standard documentum install, they should be, however, a check can be

performed by, while logged in as internal, run the following command from SqlPlus:


dbms_tts.transport_set_check(‘yourtablespacename1,yourtablespacename2’, TRUE)

Then perform a select:

select * from transport_set_violations;

If this select returns no rows, then your tablespaces are valid for export. If rows exist, then you

either need to fix the dependency or use one of the other methods to move your docbase.

The following command will actually perform the export. In this example, the

docbase information is stored in two tablespaces: dm_docbasename_docbase and

dm_docbasename_index. You can run the following command from a DOS command line where

Oracle is installed:


TABLESPACES=dm_docbasename_docbase,dm_docbasename_idnex TRIGGERS=y

CONSTRAINTS=y GRANTS=y FILE=yourdocbase.dmp

Logon as system/manager, and then watch as the export is performed. It should end with “Export

terminated successfully without warnings.”

Step 4: Copy the tablespace data files to a safe location

These files will be located in a directory somewhere within your Oracle install. You can get the

exact file names from the query:

SELECT file_name FROM sys.dba_data_files WHERE tablespace_name

like ‘%yourdocbasename%’;

Step 5: Copy the Documentum data files to a safe location

These files will be located on the Documentum server in a directory that looks like:


Copy the directory and its subdirectories to a safe location. This contains the actual content files

for your docbase.

Step 6: Create docbase in target environment

This docbase will serve as the shell that you will move your docbase into. The docbase you

create should have the same name and docbase Id as your original docbase.

Step 7: Move your original tablespace into your new database

To do this, perform the following steps:

1. Stop the new docbase you created in the previous step.

2. Drop the tablespace for the docbase. This can be done running the following commands

from SqlPlus:

DROP TABLESPACE DM_yourdocbasename_docbase including contents;

DROP TABLESPACE DM_yourdocbasename_index including contents;

And then delete the .DBF files for your docbase’s tablespace from your Oracle data


3. Copy the datafiles you saved from your original docbase into the data directory of your

new Oracle install.

4. Load the original datafiles into your new database. This is done using Oracle’s import

utility. You should be able to do this by running something like the following command

from a Dos command prompt:

imp transport_tablespace=y


Sample command will look like:

imp transport_tablespace=y


‘, ‘e:\oracle\oradata\unkind\DM_TESTDOCBASE062901_080326_IND1.DBF’

Logon as system/manager and when prompted, identify the extract file you

created during the tablespace export of your original docbase. In my case, this was

e:\testdocbase.dmp. A common error that may occur at this point is:

IMP-00003 Oracle error 6550 encountered

ORA-06550 Line 1 Column 7:

PLS-00201 identifier ‘DBMS_PLUGTS.NEWTABLESPACE’ must be declared.

ORA-06550 Line 1 Column 7:

In this case you must create a public synonym dbms_plugts for dbms_plugts.

5. Reset the tablespaces you just imported to read/write. This should be done using SqlPlus

commands similar to the following:

Alter tablespace dm_yourdocbasename_docbase read write

Alter tablespace dm_yourdocbasename_index read write

Step 8: Move your original content files into the Documentum data directory

This is done by simply replacing the current DCTM_Server\Data\yourdocbasename with the

files you saved from your original docbase.

Step 9: Restart the new docbase.

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