Rob, Partial answers inline Andy Nolen-Parkhouse > We have some well established backup programs that frankly I don't want to > upset that apple cart. > > However for our complete system save I am looking into using BRMS. While > traditionally we've used a program to do the SAVSYS, SAVLIB, SAVDLO, SAV > combination we have some downtime we are looking to reduce. We would like > to use our two separate 3570's simultaneously and I am under the > impression > that BRMS will do this. We've tried the SAVLIB and specifying two devices > - that just takes turns. We are hoping BRMS will truly do it > simultaneously. > > 1) Will BRMS do this simultaneously? BRMS will allow you to save multiple libraries to multiple tape drives in parallel. According to documentation, you can save a single library in parallel without BRMS by specifying a media definition (*MEDDFN) in the device parameter of your save command. Multiple libraries would require BRMS. > 2) Can I use BRMS to do this, and not mess with it for our other stuff? You could do this, although I would not expect your existing backup programs to behave exactly as they did prior to the installation of BRMS. I don't have much detail here, but I do know that unrecognized volume ID's will need to be 'enrolled' in BRMS, even for use with basic IBM SAVxxx commands. So test first. > 3) How do I do it, or where do I look to get started? BRMS is complicated and requires planning to implement properly. If you just want to use the parallel save feature, you might be able to get that running by trial and error, but you should plan on monitoring your current saves and dealing with any new messages and/or errors before they run unattended. For a full-blown BRMS implementation, most people would recommend the IBM one-week course, sounds like you're not looking for that depth, but if might be helpful if you can afford the time/expense. Not a complete answer but I hope of some help, Regards, Andy Nolen-Parkhouse
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