In most situations, you’ll want to make database changes on a staging copy of the database, rather than on the database that runs your live site. Making changes on the live site can cause errors or inconsistencies or might adversely affect the performance of your live site. The ATG platform includes copying and switching functionality that lets you copy databases, using the database vendor’s native bulk copy tools, and switch your live site between two different databases.

This section includes the following topics:

For information about using the database Copy and Switch features for ATG Commerce, see the Transferring Product Catalog and Price List Data Using Copy and Switch section of the Configuring and Populating a Production Database chapter in the ATG Commerce Programming Guide.

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