Can BRMS be configured by using Redbooks and/or manuals? Because of cost reductions we are looking at having to use this or something similar.
I have been using BRMS/400 since 1998. It is an outstanding product with a very rich set of function. Becoming familiar with the concepts and capabilities of this very comprehensive product can be a little overwhelming though. If your backup requirements are complex, as mine are, you really need to have a good understanding of how all the functions of BRMS relate to reach other before you try to create your backup control groups.I suppose this can be accomplished through careful reading of the manual and Redbook. IBM also offers week long classes on it use, but these can be very expensive and time consuming. I would suggest that you consider doing what I did when I found myself having to quickly implement BRMS on my systems.
I hired an IBM Global Services SE for a day, to come to my office and give me a crash course in how BRMS works. By the end of the day we had defined all the necessary policies required to support a moderately complex BRMS control group. It only cost us about $800.00 too.
Having an expert on site to help set up my first configuration greatly accelerated my understanding of the product. I would highly recommend this method to anyone wishing to get familiar with BRMS in the shortest possible time, spending the least amount of money.
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This was first published in November 2001