Hi Jim

Just did a quick check. This is V7R3.

I found it using Go LICPGM and it appears when I typed WRKLICINF so there
appears to be a licence attached to it.

But interestingly the following information about the licence suggests it's
not being used.

Usage limit . . . . . . . . : 0
Last update . . . . . . . . : 00/00/00 00:00:00

Threshold . . . . . . . . . : 0

Usage count . . . . . . . . : .00

By way of background the entire system was dumped from another server that
used Mimix for site to site replication. In this instance we are moving
from Mimix to SAN replication so Mimix has not been installed.

Is there a chance with this feature turned on and the Power box dies with
journals in the cache we lose data? The two SANs are connected via 10Gb
fibre but that does not help replication when there is data not flushed to
the SAN

Thanks

Larry




On Sat, Nov 20, 2021 at 1:56 PM Jim Oberholtzer <midrangel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

Laurence:
You don't menotion what Version/Release the system runs so I'll assume it's
V7R3 or V7R4.

I'm guessing you are referring to 5770SS1, option 42, HA Journal
Performance. Use GO LICPGM, then option 10 to see if it is loaded. If
not, end of query. if it is then WRKLICINF and see if there is a license
attached to it. If not it's not licensed, therefore not being used.

That product is designed for application replication packages (iCluster,
Mimix, and the like) that use journals to push the data across. In your
case the SAN is doing all that work for you so my guess is you don't have a
concern. The lag time between production and the HA side will be highly
dependent on the speed of the line between the two, but it's usually
several milliseconds assuming everything is set up correctly and the
LAN/WAN does not build in latency.

--
Jim Oberholtzer
Chief Technical Architect
Agile Technology Architects


On Fri, Nov 19, 2021 at 6:42 PM Laurence Chiu <lchiu7@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

We are about to go live with a system with two Power servers both running
IBM FlashSystes V5030 SANs fully populated with SSDs.

We are utilising Metro Mirror to keep our production and DR SANs in sync
so
if production dies we can make our remote SAN LUN as writeable and IPL
the
DR box.

Somebody mentioned to me be wary of journal caching turned on with the
command JRNCACHE(*YES) function in CHGJRN as you could have uncommitted
journals around when the system crashed and thus lose data. Another piece
of advice said you might only lose a few milliseconds of data in a worst
case sceario.

Given we don't have a high transaction volume system and the SANs are
very
fast, it seems we could turn that feature off and not lose any
performance
and also not lose any data. Does that seem like a reasonable option to
explore? Also it appears that journal caching is a paid option and since
this application is quite old and the configuration is not that well
documented, is there an easy way to tell if that option has been
purchased
and is turned on?

Thanks
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