You can customize a clone when you create it. You can specify new resource settings, database parameter settings, and backup settings for the clone, choose the clone point, set an immediate backup, and set an expiration date for the clone.

When you clone an existing database, you can customize the clone to suit your needs. For example, start with a staging database that requires frequent backups, a sizable storage allocation, and point-in-time recovery. For developers, you can create a clone of the staging database that uses a development backup template.

The cloning process also allows you to choose the clone point, which is the point in time at which the clone is created from the source database. You have the following choices.

Clone the current state of the source database.

Clone the source database as it was at a certain point in time. You can specify the date and time for this operation.

Clone one of the backups of the source database.