Have you tested a total system restore from your new backup design.
If not, I suggest you do.
The key issue is can you successfully restore an entire system.
The savf work great for individual libraries or files, I don't think they will work for a system restore.

I haven't yet used HA/DR.
Another key question, with a HA/DR solution in place, would there be a need for total system restore?

I've restored entire system from tape and/or image catalog hosted on another LPAR.

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From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gqcy
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:15 PM
To: midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: comfort level in not performing TAPE backups...

I have re-composed this email several times now...
it kept winding up as a pro - con list...

Our IT shop (mostly windows servers, with a small IBM i) has been working away from tape for some time.
3 years ago we stopped our nightly IBM i backups to physical tape, and went to a product that exported save files to SAN. we did physical tape spins on the weekend...

we are now in a full HA/DR protection scenario, and are progressing to performing our nightly backups on the DR box, NOT the source box...
I am ok with this...

Now, I am being tasked to stop the weekend tape spins now as well, except for a "month end" full system save tape to be done on Source system.

I need to ask....
Am I going too far down the trail getting away from tape on the IBM i?

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