DVD Backup

15 pts.
AS/400 backup
IBM iSeries
iseries v5r4
I am working on an iseries 520 v5r4m0. Our tape backup is not reliable. So I would like to backup to CD or DVD. Could you tell me what hardware I need to do this? And could it be used with the current IBM backup software.

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There are a number of DVD burners available for the iSeries, you will probably need a DVD-RAM drive or multi-recorder for backup purposes.

As far as I know none of the normal IBM backup procedures supports backup to optical media – you can however write your own routines to handle this. For example, you could save your data to a save file and burn the save file to a DVD. You will also have to write your own routines to handle restores from optical media. Alternatively you can try and find a third party product which will let you save/restore using optical media.

The lack of support for this is one of the reasons that my site still uses tape for backup. We have to provide data on DVD to a third party, and we ended up transferring the data to a PC and burning the data to the DVD from the PC.

Maybe you’d be better advised to get a new (more reliable) tape backup.


Martin Gilbert.

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  • Bashawin
    Thank you Martin this was very helpful. We are using 8mm 60 GB tapes and after a short time of usage they have a media error. They are made by Sony so I think they are of good quality. We are a government agency so money is short.
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  • Gilly400
    Hi, You can probably get a more reliable tape drive for your iSeries for the same money as a DVD burner. Maybe you could get a secondhand/used drive with warranty. Maybe your tape drive is the unreliable factor, not the tapes? Money is always too short :-< Regards, Martin Gilbert.
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  • Mbelle
    Have you thought about doing a virtual tape save if you have the DASD and then offloading your save to the 8MM during the day when the tape progress can be monitored? mbelle
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  • TomLiotta
    When considering swapping out tape for DVD, keep in mind the difference in capacity. One 60GB tape might handle a dozen (or more) 4GB DVDs. Restores might be interesting to say the least. As for CDs, it's hardly worth considering. Basic tape drive servicing for cleaning should be thoroughly applied before looking at alternatives. Tom
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  • DanTheDane
    Sorry to tell that Gilly400 is wrong. There is indeed support for backup to DVD's. Two years ago I had my 520 machine delivered, configured with a DVD ram (#6331-003) which takes 4,7 Gb per dvd. Looking at the 520 box, it looks just like the 'normal' DVD rom unit. Untill lately I have had no tape-unit. My backups were taken to virtual DVD's at night, and copied to multiple DVDs during daytime. The unit is adresssed in normal backup-commands as an OPT01. By the way: restore can be done from the virtual DVDs , and this is lightning fast :-) DanF
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  • TomLiotta
    ...restore can be done from the virtual DVDs , and this is lightning fast I'd expect it to be fast. How are items located for restore from the physical DVDs? Or do you load the set into virtual images and then restore from there? Tom
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