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VIEWING OLD BACKUP TAPES IN THE BRMS CATALOG | by Ken Graap

Dear Ken,
We are new to BRMS and can't figure out how to get our old backup tapes into the BRMS catalog. We want to enter the tapes labeled "Month End Save" (24 months of tapes) into a control group and then run a report or screen inquiry to see the old ones and the new ones created since BRMS was installed. How do we do that?

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ARE YOU SURE YOU'RE DOING A COMPLETE BACKUP? | by Ken Graap

Dear Ken,
I was reading your answer to a person wanting to schedule a 'SAVLIB *ALLUSR', and you said it had to be run from the console in a restricted condition. I agree with what you said, but why would you not say to use the GO BACKUP menu and save all libraries, folders, directories, SECDTA, and config with a planned schedule? It works very well. I have several customers using it. What does it miss if it is not the same?

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DID THE FILES COPY CORRECTLY DURING BACKUP? | by Ken Graap

Dear Ken,
Is there a way to verify that the backup tape actually contains the files that were backed up during the backup procedure? Even though the backup procedure might be successful, the files may not be copied correctly to the tape.

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LOGICAL FILES NOT RESTORED | by Ken Graap

Dear Ken,
In a disaster recovery restore from our SAVLIB *NONSYS the *PRINT report said all the Logical Files were restored, but the JOBLOG said they were not. There were a number of object types omitted from the restore completely. These were Data Dictionaries, DTAQs, USRQs and Journals. Can you advise how these should be restored, and what's the best way to get back our Logical Files?

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This was first published in June 2004

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