proper method to backup IBM WAS7.

Posted on 2012-09-07
Last Modified: 2012-09-07

Is there any recommended method to backup/restore IBM WAS7 and its applications?

Question by:sminfo
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    Hi again,

    IBM have withdrawn their product "TSM for Application Servers", so there is no longer a direct interface between WAS and TSM.

    IBM now recommend using the imbedded WebSphere Application Server backup support to create a flat file which can then be backed up using the standard TSM BA client.
    This can be kind of automated using the "Preschedulecmd" facility of TSM's central scheduler.

    This is what IBM write in their "Software withdrawal and support discontinuance" announcement:

    Note: Although Tivoli Storage Manager for Application Servers will no longer be available to back up WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Application Server data can still be backed up to Tivoli Storage Manager or Tivoli Storage Manager Extended Edition using the recommended approach below.

    Use Tivoli Storage Manager backup/archive client and WebSphere Application Server (WAS) backupConfig command:

    The recommendation for backing up WebSphere Application Server V6 or later to Tivoli Storage Manager is to use the imbedded WebSphere Application Server backup support to back up to local disk and then use the Tivoli Storage Manager backup/archive client to back up the disk files to Tivoli Storage Manager.
    The backupConfig command provided by WebSphere Application Server copies the contents of the profile's config directory tree to a zip file. A corresponding restoreConfig command can restore the configuration from the backup zip.
    You can use Tivoli Storage Manager preschedulecmd option to initiate backupConfig automatically prior to scheduled Tivoli Storage Manager backups.
    It's from here:

    I'm not a real WAS expert, but I think you know what they are trying to say when mentioning the "imbedded WebSphere Application Server backup support", right?

    Good luck!


    Author Comment

    yes wmp... this backupCOnfig is right for me... .let me take a look at how it works.. I have TSM on this LPAR.. so I think I can use it...  give me some minutes to see the script...

    Author Comment

    ok, I executed the command, it shutdowns WAS, and create a zip file to a folder which is backup to TSM... now, to restore, in case of crash, it I supposed I have to install the same version of WAS and execute the course, keeping the same hostname and IP address... what do u think?
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    I think you're basically correct, although I don't know whether the saved config would contain references to hostname and IP - but it sounds reasonable, anyway.

    I think "installing" WAS is a bit overdone.

    In case of a crash it should be sufficient restoring an mksysb to get back the rootvg (including the TSM client installation), recreate the filesystem structure on the data vg(s) (or restore a "savevg -r" backup) to then restore the WAS binaries etc. which you have (hopefully) backed up using TSM BA.
    As a final step you would perform restoreConfig using the zip file restored in the previous step.

    Author Closing Comment

    perfect wmp!!

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