Resume system save on second tape?

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We have a 9407-515 V6R1M1, SLR60 Tape drive. We used to be able to do an entire system backup (unattended) on an SLR60 tape. It now wants a second tape. After inserting the second tape how do I get it to resume the save? It just sits there like it wants a message answered but I can't get to any message if there is one there. What am I doing wrong or any ideas on how to do this?

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Iseries 9407-515

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before you start the save you should put QSYSOPR in break mode

 
chgmsgq qsysopr *break 

Now you will be able to respond to the message for the second tape.

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  • TomLiotta

    If you have a slot for a PCI-X tape controller, you could purchase a 200GB HH LTO-2 external tape drive (400GB compressed).

    To be sure what tape unit you have, you can run STRSST, option 1, 'Start a service tool', then option 1, 'Packaging hardware resources'. Look for the tape device that is listed. Or use iSeries Navigator, drill into your system--> Configuration and Service--> Hardware--> Tape Devices--> Stand-Alone Devices. Right-click the device and select 'Properties'. Either way, if you use SLR60 cartridges, it's likely to be a 6384 tape drive.

    Since a full-system save as fairly pointless more than once or twice a year, you might choose just to save what's needed for daily saves.

    Tom

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  • TomLiotta

    Was the question updated to change what was asked? I was sure it was a partially different question when I added my previous comment.

    How was the save started? The method of starting could help determine how any message might be found. Why did you insert a second cartridge if there was no message?

    Tom

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  • Jrb7911

    Sorry for changing the question, but I found out what kind of drive I have and the largest capacity tape for it appears to be a SLR60.

    I used option 21 from the save menu to save the entire system (unattended). It spit the first tape out and asked for a second one. The second one just sat there like it needed a message answered. I eventually had to cancel out of it and IPL the system. I plan on trying it again next week.

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  • TomLiotta

    ...and asked for a second one.

    How did it "ask"? The only 'asking' should be with a message. The message should have requested a reply that told it whether to continue or cancel. What happened with the 'asking' message?

    If you saw a message asking for a second tape, then there is no need to change the QSYSOPR message queue. (The [help] text for option 21 already claims to set the QSYSOPR message queue anyway.)

    Tom

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  • WoodEngineer
    We run an Option 21 save once or twice a year, just as Tom mentioned.

    Perhaps SAVLIB  LIB(*ALLUSR) will do what you need and fit on a single cartridge.
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  • TomLiotta
    I would add SAVCFG and SAVSECDTA to savefiles, and create the savefiles in one of the *ALLUSR libraries. That can make them available on-line in the library if needed the next day and also available on tape if a major restore is needed from the full-system save. -- Tom
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