The obvious drawback to this method, though, is that the system is down for an extended period of time while this backup runs.
I would say that most System Administrators should consider using a backup method other than the "GO SAVE" Backup Menu in order to reduce the time that the system is unavailable to users and/or to further automate the backup process. This is why there has been a market for several third party backup recovery solutions along with IBM's BRMS solution.
As a System Administrator, you need to determine how much downtime your user base will tolerate so complete system backups can be created. Once you understand this requirement then you can pick a backup solution that will help you meet or exceed that requirement.
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