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Posted on June 24, 2020

Run the DSPTAP *LABELS command to *PRINT. To determine how much save/restore data is on a cartridge, add all the file lengths and multiple by (block length less 4096). This gives you how many bytes are written to the tape.

Posted on September 24, 2019

It’s plain and simple. You must execute backups daily. No excuses!  It’s not just about being able to recover in a disaster; you also need to be able to recover a file that is accidentally overwritten or deleted. If you have high availability and you think you don’t need to back up every day, you really should reconsider your strategy.  Replication ensures that your target and source data are in sync, but if you delete a record or several records you need, you can’t get them back with replication.  Backups

Posted on July 31, 2019

We get asked this question all the time: “how can I protect IBM i against ransomware?” Ransomware is a hot button topic. It should be. The average ransom that companies paid in Q1 2019 rose to $12,762 from $6,733 the previous quarter. In some instances, ransoms are in the six-figure range or higher for large organizations with a low tolerance for downtime. So, how do you protect the data on your IBM i partitions from being held hostage? The first step is to acknowledge that your IBM i may be

Posted on July 30, 2019

It’s that time of year again, hurricanes, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms are back again.  Which means you’re at risk, especially if you haven’t done a recovery test of your backups recently.  What are you waiting for, a natural disaster? Store Backups offsite While it may be common sense that you need to keep a copy of your backups offsite for recoverability, we encounter many companies who are not religious about removing tapes from the drive. It’s imperative that you store your backups offsite in case of a disaster.  It doesn’t

Posted on May 28, 2019

Now that I have your attention, I want to discuss a serious topic; disaster recovery.  In the event of an actual disaster, you want to be able to recover as quickly as possible to reduce the number of transactions that you lose, and the business you will lose as a result.  The real question is: Have you ever tested your disaster recovery process? If the answer is, “no” or “not in a few years”, then your DR system might be nothing more than a boat anchor.

Posted on January 14, 2013

It’s amazing – and a little scary – how often we see it happen: A CIO of a small or midsized company puts a well-designed backup strategy in place. He or she assigns one of the IT staff to spearhead backups from now on. And then the CIO assumes the backups are happening on schedule, and basically forgets about the whole issue. Little does the CIO know that the data-filled backup tapes are just stacking up in the computer room, rather than being moved offsite regularly. This goes on for

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