I would agree that a separate tape is not necessarily an advantage, UNLESS, you are able to push that tape to the recovery center faster than the other tapes can get there. Right after the OS is recovered, the BRMS databases needs updates with the latest data. Keep in mind that companies like Agile keep systems ready for recovery meaning we have the LIC loaded, DASD initialized and the base OS plus required LPPs already done. Your recovery step starts with restore user profiles, then the BRMS database. In that case you would be into recovering the system well before the partition data arrives speeding up your recovery by between 6 and 16 hours!

So, while there my not be direct advantages, if your recovery time requires a very fast recovery, then you can save yourself a fair amount of time if the BRMS data is pushed to the recovery site before the recovery is needed.

Jim Oberholtzer
Chief Technical Architect
Agile Technology Architects

On 9/13/2012 7:08 AM, rob@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
I really don't think the second tape is any advantage.
If you really don't think it's a tape full issue then I'd call IBM and ask
them if you tripped on something.

Rob Berendt
-- IBM Certified System Administrator - IBM i 6.1 Group Dekko Dept 1600 Mail to: 2505 Dekko Drive Garrett, IN 46738 Ship to: Dock 108 6928N 400E Kendallville, IN 46755 http://www.dekko.com From: Gerald Kern <jp2558@xxxxxxxxx> To: Midrange <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, Date: 09/12/2012 04:42 PM Subject: Re: BRMS suddenly requires second tape? Sent by: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx "I'm not a BRMS expert but to me having that QUSRBRM on a separate tape would be a big advantage if you had to do a full system restore." Agreed Larry - but the cost for tapes just for that would be prohibitive. "Could tape have temporary write errors? I'm wondering if bad areas are being skipped." Not likely John since we use different tapes each day. " I print this to a PDF file on a daily basis and store it on 3 servers in multiple countries." Whoa Rob - I thought I was cool just by having my reports in pdf's in gmail and yahoo... ;) But three countries = uber cool!
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