Yes, option 21 will save all data on your system except for spool files.
It is what you want to do, probably twice.  This tape would be all that
is needed for a full recovery.

SAVSYS may be old, but it is still there and works just fine.  Option 22
does more than a SAVSYS, and performs the equivalent of SAVSYS, plus
some IBM-supplied directories and a 'SAVLIB *IBM'.

Before beginning, it probably would benefit you to review the procedures
for a system restore.  Check the 'Backup and Recovery Manual' for your
release.  It is very well spelled out there.  You shouldn't need it, but
for planning purposes I always want to plan in a recovery window, just
so I know how long the system will be unavailable in the event of a full

Andy Nolen-Parkhouse

> Referring to the GO SAVE operations menu...we are trying to back up
> our
> system and application - based data in preparation of a disc drive
> replacement.
> Does the "ENTIRE SYSTEM" option (21) save both system stuff (e.g.
> authority, config) as well as system and user libraries?
> If, heaven forbid, a restore situation arises, can all of the
> commands (e.g. rstaut, rstconfig, rstusrprf, rstlib, rstobj, rstdoc,
> be executed from that tape without any extra considerations?
> Does option 22, Save System data, perform the equivalent of the old
> If not, what option on this menu does?
> Rick Rayburn
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