Thanks, Jim. I tend to read things literally, so that sent a bit of a
shiver up my spine.

ServIT has already offered to allow me to restore my entire system onto one
of their machines, just so 1) I have the experience, and 2) prove my backup
strategy covers everything. I'm sure there is a bit of $$$ involved, so I
am waiting until after the holidays to pursue it.

BRMS is nice. It has so many bells, whistles, options, and whatnot that I
believe it could handle almost any situation any company could come up
with. That makes it very complex for someone like me in a tiny shop with a
System i 520 who "Just wants to back up the entire system, every night,
with absolutely everything, onto a single LTO2 tape, because I can and it
makes restore easy."


On Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 9:40 AM, Jim Oberholtzer <
midrangel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


Yes you can recover from your tapes. Contact me off line if you want to
prove it.

Shared media in this case is a bit of a misnomer. All this is saying is
if you have the BRMS networking set up, this media class can be used by
any of the machines on the network (shared scratch tape pool). If you
look a bit further you'll find that it also is referring to virtual
tape, to wit (V5R4 system)

Shared Media - Help
This media class cannot be shared by multiple systems.
This is the only valid value when the media class uses
a virtual density (*VRT32K *VRT64K *VRT240K *VRT256K).

V7 adds *VRTUDF to the help text.

Since you are using real media, not virtual, the back ups are fine.

Jim Oberholtzer
Chief Technical Architect
Agile Technology Architects

On 12/27/2012 8:23 AM, Jeff Crosby wrote:

I stumbled across this on page 127 of "Backup, Recovery, and Media
for i"

"A backup control group with the *SAVSYS special value must specify *NO
the Shared media field of the media class."

The media class I use is ULTRIUM2, which has Shared media *YES. Is this
telling me the backups I have been doing for 7+ years with BRMS are not
usable to recover the system?

The tape drives are 3581-028 used in library mode.


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