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iSeries5 Backup to Win2003 shared folder, is it possible and how?

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I have a client who has an iSeries5 AS/400 System. I know nothing about it but I need to learn.
Client has several additional Win2003 servers with plenty of capacity.
AS/400 is backing up to tape, but we would like to also backup to a Win2003 server to allow our already online backup system to receive the file for redundancy.
Is this possible w/ the IBM server, do I need additional software, and how complexe is this going to be. Seeing several items on Google searches that has me very confused....
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regular tape backup does not create a save file so by default you can't backup to a windows server.

In order to create a save file, you have to explicitly modify your backup procedure to create a save file, then to backup the save file to tape, and then to place the save file on another server.

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/iseries/v5r4/index.jsp?topic=/rzaiu/rzaiurzaiu136.htm

saving libraries and data to a save file is straightforward. you create a save file, and use it as the backup device.

CRTSAVF SAVF(LIBB/SAVFA)
SAVLIB LIB(LIBA) DEV(*SAVF) SAVF(LIBB/SAVFA)
( optionally compress data with DTACPR(*YES)  )

to place the save file on tape I recommend not to save it as another object with SAVOBJ, but to use the SAVSAVFDTA command.

SAVSAVFDTA SAVF(LIBB/SAVFA) DEV(media-device-name)

then you can mount a windows volume and copy the save file over to the remote server.

mounting a windows volume can be either via NFS (with the MOUNT command) or via CIFS by the QNTC file system.

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/iseries/v5r4/topic/ifs/rzaaxqntcfs.htm

copying a save file to a remote file system is done with the CPYTOSTMF command.

I hope this gets you started :)

ShalomC
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Our AS400 created a script to do this. You are on the right track w/ your suggestions.

Thank you for guiding me in that direction.
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