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Mar 23 2007   12:03PM GMT

Why is everyone taking a break at the same time – Oh no!

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele member Frank shares his blunder:

“I was a newbie contract programmer at an electric company.  My
desk was in their computer room, which had a large glass window.  I could
look out at 30 or so customer service employees diligently working in their
cubicles.  The amount of data that they needed to save on their nightly
backups outgrew their tape drives unattended abilities.  They wanted me to
save half the data on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the other half on
Tuesday and Thursday.  I was being especially careful, because I had to test
my CL program, which put their system in a restricted state.  After
completing the programming, I was able to relax a little.  The final piece
of the project was to put my CL into the Job Scheduler.  Afterwards, I
looked out the window and noticed one of the employees standing up from his
desk — then a second and a third.  That’s odd, everybody’s taking a break at
the same time?  Starting to feel a little panic, I looked down at my
terminal screen and it was exactly as I had last seen it.  Then it hit me,
I’m at the console!   I just put the system into a restricted state in the
middle of their workday!  I’ll never forget that the default date and time
on the scheduler is the current date and time.”

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  • Bruno Naumann
    Just a tip. A better practice than splitting the backup into several weekdays is to do the part which is beyond the tape capacity internally with the BACKUP Command. So all data is saved at the same time which is certainly an advantage for a reload. Allyou have to do every morning is store the backup tape away and copy the internal backup library manually onto as many tapes as required. Of course you need enough disk space for the nightly internal backup.
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