I've checked our development and production catalogs (which we also use in
library mode). On each system they show 'Can be saved' as Yes in WRKLNK
'Display Attributes'. The catalogs are currently loaded.

I've been backing these up to tape in development. BRMS is showing the
catalogs as being backed up. I'm having a DSPTAP done to confirm. I
haven't yet backed the completed volumes to tape on production but I have
used the virtual optical replication utility to save them and load them on
our HA system.

I unload the catalogs before taking the system down for our weekly backup
and IPL.


On Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 9:46 AM, Jim Franz <franz9000@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

We have a number of Virtual Optical Catalogs (in library mode) that are
static and we do not save daily. Four catalogs are changing daily.

When the catalogs are loaded, the ALWSAV attribute is flipped to no (by
IBM), and when later unloaded the attribute is back to yes (by IBM).

However, we have noticed when unloaded prior to an IPL (or SAVE 21) - after
the ipl, and catalogs loaded then unloaded for next nightly save, the
catalog entries are set to no (when they had been set to yes prior to ipl)

Has anyone else (who is saving virtual optical) had this issue? We have
talked to IBM before about this, but the issue is not resolved.
Since no last save date in IFS attributes, we are having to dump DSPTAP
*SAVRST to verify.
Not finding any apparent ptf.

Jim Franz
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