AS400 Backup To PC Hard Drive
Posted on 2005-05-04
I am not an AS400 expert and I am not confident my "expert" has all the answers.
Our AS400 has exceeded the capacity of our tape unit as our 400 has had it’s hard drives maxed out.
We have about 20 files groups in use and are running at a very high utilization rate.
I would like to create a backup of each file group on a target PC on my network. Ideally I would like the process to run at night and store a backup in a folder based on day so I have 7 days of data saved.
My PC Datacenter Manager who has a clue can then easily backup the PC with the AS400 save files and take them off site for an added level of protection.
My 400 expert says that the saves requires adequate space on the 400 to create the save file that he then FTPs to the target PC. He is breaking the backup into pieces doing some on tape and some to the PC. It is a very manual and time consuming process that is prone to error and I am not confident we are consistently getting good backups.
Does anyone have a better answer?
I would like to be able to run a job on the 400 that dumps the data directly to my target PC. I can buy a ton of hard drive space on a PC for what a new tape unit would cost on the 400 to solve this problem.
Am I dreaming, this doesn't seem like it should be all that difficult.
Thanks in advance