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Copying Versus Modifying Object Definitions

The supported practice for creating new business components and applets is to reuse and modify standard object definitions. If, instead of using this supported method, you use the Copy Record option to copy standard business components and applets, you run the risk of causing problems during subsequent upgrades of Siebel applications. Some of the reasons why copying can cause problems include:

In short, modify existing object definitions wherever possible, and avoid using the Copy Record option except when it is truly needed.

However, there are a few special situations in which you should legitimately make a copy of an existing object definition. Some of these situations are described in detail in the subsections below. As a general rule, unless you are certain that you need to make a copy of an object definition, modify rather than copy an existing object definition.

 Configuration Guidelines 
 Published: 18 April 2003