How to clone a TarMK instance in AEM


This article explains how to properly clone an AEM instance that uses TarMK (or TarMK + FileDataStore) for the storage.


The steps below demonstrate how to copy an AEM + TarMK + FileDataStore instance using rsync on Linux with AEM installed under /mnt/aem/author.

  1. Copy the full AEM instance to another server while it is running using a command like rsync. Make sure to preserve timestamps during the copy process and exclude the logs folder and datastore. For example:

    rsync -av --exclude 'crx-quickstart/logs' --exclude 'crx-quickstart/repository/repository/datastore' /mnt/aem/author user@dest-host:/mnt/aem/
  2. Stop AEM

  3. Initiate another copy of the TarMK segmentstore folder to get any newer changes since the first copy was done:

    rsync -av /mnt/aem/author/crx-quickstart/repository/segmentstore/* user@dest-host:/mnt/aem/author/crx-quickstart/repository/segmentstore/
  4. Start AEM.

  5. Copy the datastore while AEM is running. For example: rsync -av /mnt/aem/author user@dest-host:/mnt/aem/crx-quickstart/repository/repository/datastore /mnt/aem/crx-quickstart/repository/repository/

  6. On the destination server, re-create the logs folder, delete the crx-quickstart/repository/index folder, and delete the from the crx-quickstart/launchpad/felix folder.

    mkdir /mnt/aem/crx-quickstart/logs
    rm -rf /mnt/aem/crx-quickstart/repository/index
    find /mnt/aem/crx-quickstart/launchpad/felix -type f -name "" -exec rm -f {} \; -print
  7. On the destination server, start AEM and test your instance.

Important Note:

You must ensure that the datastore is copied after the segmentstore folder and that all timestamps are preserved during the copy.  Rsync allows timestamps to be preserved with the -a option.

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