Interesting thought Terry but I can't think of any process in BRMS maintenance that might cause an extra tape mount. If one file on the tape is still current (not expired) then BRMS will not expire the tape volume either.

Still, running BRMS maintenance every day is still a best practice.

Jim Oberholtzer
Chief Technical Architect
Agile Technology Architects

On 9/13/2012 7:12 AM, rob@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
BRMS tells you what tapes to mount. It's not going to tell you to mount a
tape if the tape has unexpired files on it. For example, if I use BRMS to
back up my daily data and put 14 days retention on it, and my quarterly
data and put 400 days retention on it, BRMS won't tell me to call Iron
Mountain and ask for those tapes until those days are past.

I suppose you could have done something outside of BRMS, like stored a
file on there with permanent retention.

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 From: "Terry Nonamaker" <TNonamaker@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: "'Midrange Systems Technical Discussion'" <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, Date: 09/12/2012 05:43 PM Subject: RE: BRMS suddenly requires second tape? Sent by: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx I have not read all the other responses But, are you sure the tapes are being properly expired thru BRMS maintenance ......has anything, however subtle, changed in your normal process that this might not run? Just a thought Terry Nonamaker -----Original Message----- From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John McKee Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 2:14 PM To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion Subject: Re: BRMS suddenly requires second tape? I know you esponded that it was not likely. I am wondering what using the tape less might do to accumulating temporary write errors. Wouldn't the tape still wear out, even if it took a lot longer to do so? I was just tossing that out from my ancient experience with 9 track tape. Watching the drive toss several feet for a temporary write was interesting to watch. Running a PRTERRLOG and checking the general errors and errors specific to tapes from the past few days still might show something, wouldn't it? I have no knowledge of BRMS, so, again, this goes back to old experience. John McKee On Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 3:42 PM, Gerald Kern <jp2558@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> "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
> "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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