Homogeneous & Heterogeneous System Copies
SAP refers to the procedure for cloning an SAP system as either a homogeneous system copy or a heterogeneous system copy. The differences between these two methods are as follows:
Homogeneous SAP system copy
In the case of a homogeneous system copy, the SAP release, the operating system and the database version of the source system and the target system all match.
Heterogeneous SAP system copy
In case of a heterogeneous system copy, one element is different.
Copying or cloning an SAP system is advised in the following situations:
SAP system copy
Install a system copy if you want to set up a test, demo or training system. SAP also recommends that you perform a system copy if you want to change your operating system and/or database.