We use Tivoli/Adstar to backup our PC's to our iSeries.  We have an 840-12
way.  The data gets compressed.  We are backing up about 560 PC's.  That
takes up about 1/2TB.  With the size of PC's nowadays that is pretty good
compression.  And I think our company does a pretty good job of making sure
the desktops are more than adequate.  You can setup all sorts of backup
policies and grandfathering and implement this with BRMS if you desire.  We
don't integrate it with BRMS.  We save the PC's during the day when they
are active because we got tired of slapping people who turned their PC's
off at night.  Granted we don't quiesce them but we are not running General
Ledger type, or other multifile type,  of applications on these PC's.  Then
we just do a SAVLIB of the library PCBACKUP at night.  Since the data is
highly compressed - don't expect to see any compression when you save it to
tape.  It takes five 3580-001 LTO tapes to store that library.  Runs almost
10 hours.  The 3590 is a little faster but takes a boatload of more tapes -
more than a single loader holds.

Granted not all PC's have a complete backup - mine and a few other Godlike
people are.
You can select certain directories and certain file types regardless of
what directory they are in.
The PC people have configured this on the iSeries and seem to be quite
happy with it.

Rob Berendt
--
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Benjamin Franklin



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I've got a client (a construction company) who wants to use an old 400 for
a sort of "hot site" backup for his production 820. The old machine is at
the same level as the 820, but has a lot less memory & DASD. We've
developed a mechanism for saving this season's data over to the old
machine, and It's working fine.

He also wants to use the old machine to hold the images of his PC hard
drives as insurance against failure on those devices. I know how to get the
PC's set up to receive commands from the 400, but here I'll show my
ignorance. What would be the command on the PC to copy everything on the C
drive into the IFS and ensure that everything gets copied? Are there things
like object locks on PC's that would prevent everything from getting
copied?

Are there tools out there that could make this real simple?

Paul Nelson
Braxton-Reed, Inc.
877-777-2729 Office
630-327-8665 Cell
708-923-7354 Home
pnelson@braxton-reed.com
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