You only need to save the entire HMC once, after an update. Don’t lose that.

I’d save the upgrade data once month depending on how many changes you are making to system configurations and user profiles on the HMC. Remember if you boot the HMC then the save upgrade data gets restored, so be careful, you could lose some changes. When we get ready to boot the HMC for any reason, we always save upgrade data first to be sure we have a current copy.

If you have VIOS, be sure to be backing that up too…

Jim Oberholtzer
Agile Technology Architects



On Nov 30, 2021, at 6:09 AM, Rob Berendt <rob@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Stopping the IBM Spectrum Protect backup of the hmc consoles has gone a long way towards keeping our shared console sessions running.

Rob Berendt
--
IBM Certified System Administrator - IBM i 6.1
Group Dekko
Dept 1600
Mail to: 7310 Innovation Blvd, Suite 104
Ft. Wayne, IN 46818
Ship to: 7310 Innovation Blvd, Dock 9C
Ft. Wayne, IN 46818
http://www.dekko.com


-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L <midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of Rob Berendt
Sent: Friday, October 8, 2021 8:54 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: vHMC backups

Summary question: Do you ever restore single files back to your HMC or just full system restores? If I never restore an individual file then it has a significant impact on backup.

I don't recall ever having done either. Normally I do a vHMC snapshot and the "Save Upgrade Data" and "Backup Management Console Data" right before an upgrade. I don't recall ever having ran "Restore Management Console Data"

Details:
Currently we backup our vHMCs with Simplivity backups and IBM Spectrum Protect.
The Simplivity backup is good for a full system restore. The IBM Spectrum Protect is better suited to restore individual files, along with full system restore capability.
Both do the offsite replication, etc

It is suspected that the way the IBM Spectrum Protect is configured to do the backup it causes some brief disruption between the HMC and the Power Systems. It's not that critical. You may lose system console sessions but if you've configured "console takeover" it is not disruptive to that job. It's normally at o'dark thirty too so not so noticeable other than you have to reenter the shared console session password at the HMC. However if this backup is unnecessary it would be nice.


Rob Berendt
--
IBM Certified System Administrator - IBM i 6.1
Group Dekko
Dept 1600
Mail to: 7310 Innovation Blvd, Suite 104
Ft. Wayne, IN 46818
Ship to: 7310 Innovation Blvd, Dock 9C
Ft. Wayne, IN 46818
http://www.dekko.com

--
This is the Midrange Systems Technical Discussion (MIDRANGE-L) mailing list
To post a message email: MIDRANGE-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change list options,
visit: https://lists.midrange.com/mailman/listinfo/midrange-l
or email: MIDRANGE-L-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Before posting, please take a moment to review the archives
at https://archive.midrange.com/midrange-l.

Please contact support@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx for any subscription related questions.

Help support midrange.com by shopping at amazon.com with our affiliate link: https://amazon.midrange.com
--
This is the Midrange Systems Technical Discussion (MIDRANGE-L) mailing list
To post a message email: MIDRANGE-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change list options,
visit: https://lists.midrange.com/mailman/listinfo/midrange-l
or email: MIDRANGE-L-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Before posting, please take a moment to review the archives
at https://archive.midrange.com/midrange-l.

Please contact support@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx for any subscription related questions.

Help support midrange.com by shopping at amazon.com with our affiliate link: https://amazon.midrange.com

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

This thread ...

Follow-Ups:
Replies:

Follow On AppleNews
Return to Archive home page | Return to MIDRANGE.COM home page

This mailing list archive is Copyright 1997-2022 by midrange.com and David Gibbs as a compilation work. Use of the archive is restricted to research of a business or technical nature. Any other uses are prohibited. Full details are available on our policy page. If you have questions about this, please contact [javascript protected email address].

Operating expenses for this site are earned using the Amazon Associate program and Google Adsense.