We do production backups every business day, and save the entire system plus
IPL the system on the last day of the week.
We don't use the GO SAVE menu to accomplish this 2nd backup; instead it's an
in-house-written program equipped with prompts (and bailout points) for the
user and tape volume validation code. It's also interactive up to the point
of issuing the power down with restart. The user acknowledges a series of
prompts along the way. This job runs in QCTL. (We don't have real
properly-trained system operators to handle these tasks, so the boss did not
want to give them that sort of system access. These are part-time employees
and I see his point.)
We changed over from a Power 5 to a Power 7 last weekend, so no more
twinax! (Yes, we had twinax devices.)
We had modified our code (with what also had been fixed via ptf, that is) to
get TCP shutdown before ending the subsystems. It's a combination of
EndTcpPtp, EndHostSvr, & EndTcp with 5 minute delays sprinkled in between
Now the twinax operator's workstation has been replaced with a thin client.
The program as written no longer works because communication is terminated
with the workstation before they have the opportunity to answer some
A guy with our Business Partner suggested loading up the Ops Console from
iSeries Access For Windows and somehow giving the operator a back door into
I'm thinking of rewriting the process that does all the input validation and
gives the operator the option of submitting a batch job (to QCTL) to
complete the task.
Better ideas, suggestions, or am I just way off base here?
FWIW, BRMS is not an option.
Business Systems Analyst/Systems Administrator
City Water & Light
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