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Automating the backup procedure

We are on an iSeries 730 box. We're doing our backups manually, using the GO SAVE command (option 21 - Entire Systems). I would like to automate this procedure. I've written a CL program that will perform the SAVSYS, SAVLIB (*nonsys)and SAVDLO libraries. Am I on the right track, or should I be looking in a different direction?

If you use SAVSYS and SAVLIB *NONSYS in your CLP, you will still have to place the system in a "restrictive" state to run your program. You won't be able to submit this job to batch and have it run correctly. In this case you might as well stick to using Option 21 from the SAVE menu.

There are lots of wonderful third-party backup/restore solutions on the market -- BRMS and Help Systems, to name a few. I would recommend that you seriously look into acquiring one of these packages to help automate your backup process. One of the biggest reasons for using these products is that they also provide a structured, and well documented, process for recovering your data in the event of a disaster. They have processes that audit your system to make sure you are saving everything, too.

In my opinion, you really don't want to "re-invent the wheel" when it comes to backup/restore on the iSeries.

Also, whatever you decide to do. Test, test and retest your recovery procedures to insure that you can use your backups to recover your system. You don't want your first test to be an actual disaster where you discover that you didn't saving everything!


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