They don't really.

The only two measures I have found to satisfy the ones that have that check mark on their list, is to show them the BRMS reports that show no write errors to the tape (you can get almost the same information from SST) and to test a random file to restore. Tivoli keeps really nice statistics too if your using that.

99% of the auditors that ask for that don't even bother to look at the back up routines to see if they are complete or not since they would have no clue what they were looking at. Pure smoke for someone to feel good about.

Jim Oberholtzer
Chief Technical Architect
Agile Technology Architects

On 12/27/2012 10:53 AM, Jeff Crosby wrote:
How do you "verify a backup?"

Insure the tape is readable?
DSPTAP to *OUTFILE and verify everything on the system is on the tape?

On Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM, Jerry C. Adams<midrange@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Jeff,
> I'm surprised at you! I would have thought that you would have tested your
> backup.
> A few years ago I had an auditor who, in an attempt to find something
> negative to put in the audit letter, asked me if I had tested my backup.
> Sure, I replied. Okay, well, do your verify every night's backup? BRMS,
> which I didn't use, might have something to satisfy an auditor; I didn't so
> I had to write my own. Made him happy.
> Jerry C. Adams
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> [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jeff Crosby
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> To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
> Subject: BRMS *SAVSYS - Media share
> All,
> I stumbled across this on page 127 of "Backup, Recovery, and Media Services
> for i"
> "A backup control group with the *SAVSYS special value must specify *NO in
> 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.
> Thanks.
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