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Hello Jim,

Am 15.04.2022 um 18:19 schrieb Jim Oberholtzer <midrangel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:

IBM is fully aware of all the issues (although I don't think too many folks want IBM spending money on them, or the LUG, CAAC, ISV, and other advisory councils would be pushing that, and I agree IBM should not spend any time on it) so I don't look to see any changes.

Point taken. But I have a strong opinion about non-working features. I feel the apparently dysfunctional parameters should be removed.

As for the waste of tape, most of us in the consulting world remind customers that tape is really cheap, losing objects that are critical is not.

Yes, and that's where the differences between professional and hobbyist become apparent. ;-) I'm using DDS media. Full saves fit on a 12GB DDS3, but for increments I prefer to use the much more robust DDS1 90m tapes: They can be overwritten numerous times without losing breaking. Random sample restores (sometimes because I've accidentally overwritten a PF with PDM option 14) work very well.

Also, it's less about the tape but the drive wear.

If the DR plans for multiple restore operations that's fine, but that elongates the recovery time objective, and most customers would rather trade an extra couple inches of tape for the time to get the system back.

Clearly comprehensible.

Will experiment with CHGPERIOD(*LASTSAVE), and UPDHST for a bit. Maybe I'm just doing something wrong and the documentation is somewhat ambiguous.

:wq! PoC

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