Is there a way to backup iseries partition without using a tape

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I am using zipseries to backup libraries one by one >> Is there a way to backup the whole iSeries partition without using a tape device? That is to take a backup on PC or laptop. We have IBM 9406-520...is there a way to backup the whole server to a laptop?

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  • TomLiotta
    It can be done using virtual tape, and the save file can later be copied to a laptop. But it requires enough spare DASD to hold a copy of everything that was saved. Also, a tape drive would be needed to restore the entire system from the saved image. . But you asked about "the whole server". Why do you need the whole server? Is that in a single save operation? That doesn't make much good sense. It rarely makes much sense to back up "the whole server". . Tom
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  • abar1
    Mr. TOm , i asked to backup the whole server cause it happened before that the server was done and when i restart it it ask me to a dvd recovery , so i had to start from beginning , hmc install , create partitions iseries and aix .... then fix network connection >> so in all cases i will surely need the tape driver ??
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  • Rickmcd
    If you have enough empty space you need to setup Virtual Tape Drive and Image Catalogs for tape Volumes. Once created you can do a Option 21 save to Virtual Tape device. Then the IFS directory that holds the Image Catalogs can be FTP'd to a Windows Server. As mentioned before you would have to Duplicate the Image to actual Tape to do a D side IPL to restore system.
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  • TomLiotta
    A "full system" restore means that the licensed internal code and the OS would be restored. The system can't use anything from its disks or from its network connections when you do that. The licensed internal code (LIC) and OS must be active in order for disks and network to work. . But it should be very rare to do a "full system" restore. The only time I've ever had to do it was when I was testing Y2K solutions and setting test systems to known starting points. . Is there a reason you can't use your optical drive? . Tom
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