This topic describes how to provision a single instance Oracle VDB using the Delphix Engine command line interface.


You will need the following information:

  • The name of the VDB you want to create
  • The group in which to create the VDB
  • The Oracle database name
  • The Oracle database unique name
  • The Oracle database instance number
  • The Oracle database instance name
  • The source dSource or VDB from which you wish to provision. This will be referenced as the "container" in the "defaults" command below.
  • The semanticLocation, SCN, or timestamp of the point you want to provision from. You can run these commands to get the list of snapshots or timeflow ranges:

    snapshot list database=dexample
    timeflow "dexample" timeflowRanges; commit
  • The base mountpoint on the target server where VDB data should be mounted
  • The source repository (oracle install)  in which to create the VDB. These can be listed with the /repository list command.

  • If you are using a VDB template, the name of the template to use. See the Customizing Oracle VDB Configuration Settings topic for information on how templates affect configuration parameters on refresh.


  1. Execute the database provisioncommand.

    delphix> database provision
  2. Execute the defaults command. Once you commit this command, it will return a partially constructed provision parameters object.

    delphix database provision> defaults
  3. Set the timeflow point source timeflow and location.

    delphix database provision defaults *> set type=TimeflowPointSemantic
    delphix database provision defaults *> set container=dexample
    delphix database provision defaults *> set location=LATEST_SNAPSHOT
  4. Commit the operation to populate the defaults, as provided by the browser interface. At this point, the operation can be committed, though you will likely need to change the defaults to match the information.

    delphix database provision defaults *> commit
  5. Set the name and group for the new VDB.

    delphix database provision *> set
    delphix database provision *> set"<New Group>" 
  6. Set the base mountpoint.

    delphix database provision *> set source.mountBase=/mnt
  7. Set the source config type to be single instance Oracle, and set the database name and database unique name. When provisioning from a RAC or single instance oracle source, the default type will match that of the repository selected by the defaults operation.

    delphix database provision *> set sourceConfig.type=OracleSIConfig
    delphix database provision *> set sourceConfig.databaseName=vexample
    delphix database provision *> set sourceConfig.uniqueName=vexample123
  8. Set the instance name and number.

    delphix database provision *> edit sourceConfig.instance
    delphix database provision sourceConfig.instance *> set instanceNumber=1
    delphix database provision sourceConfig.instance *> set instanceName=vexample
    delphix database provision sourceConfig.instance *> back 
  9. Set the target repository.

    delphix database provision *> set sourceConfig.repository=env/'/opt/oracle' 
  10. Configure the Oracle database parameters. If you are using manually specified parameters, you can set the contents of source.configParams. If you want to use a template, you can set source.configTemplate.

    delphix database provision *> set source.configTemplate=exampleTemplate
  11. Commit the result.

    delphix database provision *> commit