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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Backupsets & TCopy

OK, I am going to throw a question out into the TSM world and see what you people think. I was asked at work if a Backupset could be copied using the UNIX tcopy command? I thought about it and since Backupsets are independent of the TSM server I would think, in theory, it should. The only issue I could see would be needing to define the copy to TSM, since it would have no record of it. The benefit would be that I would not need to mount the tapes all over again to run the Backupset. The reason I ask is that a customer wanted two copies of a full backup of a server to archive forever. Anyone ever tried it, any theories? They are all welcome!

4 comments:

  1. Haven't tried it, but it does sound logical.

    Does the server even need to know about it? (If you plan on restoring from a client)

    ...let us know how it works out

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  2. It is indeed possible. I already did with dd tough to migrate backupsets from LTO-2 to LTO-3.

    Then, you just need to use define backupset command, and that's all folks.

    Regards, Olivier

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  3. Whoever you are thanks for the info. I'll definitely try it out. This will save a lot of time when these sorts of situations come up.

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  4. Hi

    We need to migrate TSM backupsets from LTO-1 to LTO-4 media and we are trying to avoid backup and restore data.

    Any feedback of the dd or tcopy procedure ?

    Any help would be appreciated

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