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Am 10.10.2022 um 16:36 schrieb MidrangeL <midrangel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
While it's true Diego figured out a way to to it, the rubric gymnastics to get it to work were, well, not really workable in a heated, tense, and potentially very expensive environment of a system failure. That's not a good time to be trying to get multiple technologies to work together to successfully complete a recovery. In a laboratory environment, sure, why not, it's an interesting exercise. The reality when real money is on the line to get the system back up and productive is another situation entirely. That's when Keep It Stupid Simple (KISS) really comes into it's own.
Those of us that have live in that environment have learned, sometimes painfully, is the most straight forward method, with the fewest steps win the battle. Not the elegant version.
I wholeheartedly agree. You're doing backups to have the most painless and fastest restore possible. Not just for the sake of a good nights sleep because "I have backups". :-)
But there's a lot of personal opinion, and individual skill level involved. I can easily disaster-restore a PC server with Linux by booting from optical media, or even PXE. Set up disks/RAID, set up partitions, create file systems, restore via network (and waaait), write boot block and you're set. At three a. m. Awoke from bed. While drunk. If you didn't do this dozens of times, you'll be most uncomfortable and nervous and probably fail. And that's probably no different in the IBM i world.
Maybe one day, I get another newer machine where I can tinker with this stuff. I'm highly curious about the possibility to remotely IPL a blank machine via tftp from backup, like you'd do from a DVD backup. Maybe this might be even easier with an underlying VIOS?
Doing this with secondary LPARs hosted by IBM i is comparatively easy, because devices can be/are inherited (by default).
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