• Subject: RE: Saving spool files!
  • From: "Stone, Brad V (PP)" <bvstone@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 13:44:35 -0600

Is there any reason why you need to store the spooled files on the AS/400?
It all depends on how important those attributes are (such as job name,
number, user, date).  If you were to archive your spooled files onto a CD in
directories (maybe a directory for each day, or week, or some time period)
this may be a better solution.  

I have a product available that will allow you to do this, and many of the
people using the product are doing it this way and having great success.
Now that my product allows transfer using FTP, it is even more powerful and
easy to use.

Mail me directly for more info... this is free/shareware and I've mentioned
it here before.

Bradley V. Stone
bvstone@prairie.lakes.com
http://prairie.lakes.com/~bvstone/as400sw.html


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Graap, Ken [mailto:keg@exchange.gasco.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 1999 10:57 AM
> To: 'Midrange'
> Subject: Saving spool files!
> 
> 
> Time to share my frustration...
> 
> I'm in the process of planning a major configuration change to our
> production system which will involve backing up the entire 
> system (twice)
> scratching all system data, initializing the system, adding 
> 22 new disk
> drives, reconfiguring RAID sets and ASP's and then reloading 
> the entire
> system. 
> 
> This is all a pretty straight forward process (even though it 
> will take 32
> hours!) for everything on the system except spool files.
> 
> I wish IBM would treat a spool file as a real object.
> 
> I know I can copy the spool file to a DB file or to a folder, 
> backup up the
> DB file or folder and then restore it later, in fact I do 
> archive spool
> files regularly via BRMS but only after they have aged about 30 days. 
> 
> The restore process results in the loss of several very important
> attributes. The most important being the Jobname the file was 
> originally
> created in and the original creation date. This really makes things
> difficult when trying to locate a spool file after it has 
> been restored...
> and ... we have 1000's of spool files users access on a 
> regular basis. 
> 
> Does anyone else share my frustration? 
> 
> Does anyone have a good reason why IBM couldn't create a 
> "spool object"
> which could be saved and restored just like any other object 
> on the system,
> without changing original attributes? 
> 
> Doing this would sure make my life easier....
> 
> Geesh!
> 
> Kenneth
> 
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>     IBM Certified Specialist
>           AS/400   Professional 
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