On Thu, 20 December 2001, Jill Grine wrote:

>   I was attempting to backup up the whole system on a bimonthly
> basis.

Keep in mind that a FULL system save may be rarely needed, perhaps 
semi-annually or even less frequently. This may only be needed after release 
upgrades, adding new licensed program products, significant PTF activity, etc. 
If the system is stable, more normal user library and directory backups, plus 
SAVSECDTA and SAVCFG possibly into savefiles in a "user" library, should be 
sufficient on a regular basis. (Daily SAVSECDTA and SAVCFG into online 
savefiles can be very handy in some circumstances, giving near immediate access 
while taking little space.) Using SAVCHGOBJ daily then gives useful recovery 

Just be sure to have a couple separated copies of the full system save, 
preferably on media from two different vendors or at the least from two 
different batches of tape to prevent possible bad batches from ruining both 
copies. And maybe even a SAVSTG set as well -- this can come in handy sometimes 
for fast recovery if the recovery procedure is understood. (I've seen it save a 
system even when recovery was _not_ understood -- i.e., the first time I had to 
rely on it.)

Tom Liotta

Tom Liotta
The PowerTech Group, Inc.
19426 68th Avenue South
Kent, WA 98032
Phone  253-872-7788
Fax  253-872-7904

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