AS/400 Backup to Disk


Hopefully you can help me.

Currently BRMS is performing AS400 backups to a tape autoloader.  We are looking to retire the autoloader and move to both the Wintel and AS400 backups to Backup to disk solutions that we can replicate for offsite DR.  CAN BRMS write backups to an NFS or CIFS share?  

Do you still need to use BRMS to backup to a local virtual tape and run FTP to an alternate location?
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Gary PattersonVP Technology / Senior Consultant Commented:
CAN BRMS write backups to an NFS or CIFS share?

I don't think so.  BRMS can write backups to virtual tape backed by a local image catalog, and those image catalog files can then be sent via FTP to another location.

Do you still need to use BRMS to backup to a local virtual tape and run FTP to an alternate location?

Depends.  Why do you use BRMS now?  BRMS, for example, is often used to enable parallel saves - writing to multiple tape drives simultaneously to speed up backup times.
ehawk01Author Commented:
Thanks Gary!

I am trying to not purchase another backup tool.  The current backup jobs are called by a job scheduler as part of a set of routine tasks.  So in order to not re-engineer that I was hoping to continue to leverage BRMS.
As just a minor note, FTP isn't required. Any network connection can be used, even drag/drop if the underlying directories are shared.

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Gary PattersonVP Technology / Senior Consultant Commented:
In my experience, though, FTP is often faster than other transfer mechanisms.  It is a little harder to automate FTP on IBM i than a simple move through QNTC or QFileSvr.400, though.
ehawk01Author Commented:
is there some sample code to automate FTP on the AS400?
Gary PattersonVP Technology / Senior Consultant Commented:
Sure.   Just take a look at the IBM Knowledge Center for you OS version (pretty much the same for a long time though).  Here is the V7R2 article:

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MurpheyApplication ConsultantCommented:
Hi ehawk01,

I just finished a tool for a customer to write the backup (SaveFiles) to an NAS that was mounted to the IFS... Not as fast as I like, but fast enough for my customer.

Just look to the mount comand (Beware, take the right CCSID)
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