During installation, BRMS automatically registers and initializes the devices attached to your IBM® i product and creates corresponding device information. Backup and recovery expert Ken Graap is a big fan of the IBM backup Recovery and Media Services (BRMS) product. According to Ken, BRMS has proven to be . How can I set up BRMS in my iSeries through commands? I’m getting the manuals in which it is described through Operations Navigator. But I want to do it .

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BRMS control groups Control groups determine which data to process.

Backup, Recovery, and Media Services (BRMS)

Changing an existing device There are slightly different options available when you want to change existing device information, depending on whether the device is a stand-alone, virtual or a media library. BRMS enables you to track all of your media from creation to expiration. These components consist of a standard product and two additional features.

The ability to dynamically retrieve a large database file in parallel helps to reduce the window of the retrieval isfries.

The following is a summary description of the base product and the additional features. You can view or print any of the PDF files.

This topic provides information about how to add, change, remove, and review stand-alone and media library tape devices in BRMS. Getting started with BRMS. This allows you to completely fill all volumes and allows for better utilization of available devices.

How policies and control groups work together Policies and control groups that share the same parameters and values can override one another. Overview of standard BRMS product functionality The standard BRMS product assists you in defining and processing your backup, recovery, and media management operations. The BRMS Advanced feature allows archive capabilities of database files, brs files, and documents based on frequency of use, inactivity limit, object size, or disk pool thresholds.

Parallel save operations work with the BRMS Advanced feature to allow for parallel archive and parallel dynamic retrieval of a single object. Before you start doing backups using BRMS or any other product, you should plan your backup and recovery strategy.


Or you can perform these tasks yourself using other BRMS commands. BRMS base product provides all of the functions that most IBM i users need to implement a fully automated, single system, backup, recovery, and media management strategy. BRMS can also perform some daily maintenance activities that are related iseeries your backup routine.

Tailoring your BRMS operations. For detailed information, refer to the BRMS interface differences and Related information sections in this topic collection. If you have not purchased the BRMS product, you can install and bems the standard product and the additional features without a license for a 70 day trial period.

To add third-party media libraries to BRMS, take the following steps: What’s new for IBM i 7. In this chapter, you learn how to change or remove device information for existing devices, and also how to add new devices to the system.

Backup, Recovery, and Media Services (BRMS)

These interfaces are not mutually exclusive. Unless you change it, BRMS sends all of your backup and recovery requests to the default isseries.

BRMS does not support diskette, unlabeled or nonstandard label tape. It also supports parallel save operations of a library or single object using up to 32 tape devices, which shortens the useries window by using multiple devices. As your business needs change and grow, you can add functions to the BRMS base product by purchasing and installing additional options.

Each program and API are described in general and followed by detailed field descriptions and sizes. You can use the character-based interface for some tasks and the graphical interface for other tasks, or you can choose to use one interface exclusively.

Working with devices in BRMS

Planning your backup and recovery strategy. These files and objects contain all the information about all the policies used by BRMS, all the saved history for all previous backups, and all the managed media.


BRMS creates a default device based on the fastest and most automated device attached at that time if more than one device is attached or registered. The networking feature brmz simplifies media duplication by using one system in the network to duplicate media for another system in the network.

However, differences between these BRMS interfaces do exist and you should be aware of them. You no longer have to keep track of which items are on which volumes, nor be concerned that you might accidentally write over active data. You can also recover your system fully during a disaster or failure, or restore single objects or libraries from your save media. Last active device BRMS always continues any subsequent saves within a control group on the device that was last active.

This section provides information brs how to change device information for both types of devices. BRMS provides both a traditional character-based interface and a graphical interface, which is available as a plug-in for IBM Navigator for i. This topic explains how to merge BRMS data from one system to another system.

In addition, users can view the save history of any system in the network from a single system. BRMS is not a replacement for a backup, recovery, and media management strategy; it is a tool that you use to implement your strategy. How the BRMS functional components work together The backup and recovery policies and control groups work with the various media management components iserkes provide comprehensive backup, recovery, and media management support.

Otherwise BRMS uses the sole attachment as the default device. BRMS Standard The standard product provides you with the capability to implement a fully automated backup, recovery, and media management strategy for your IBM i product.