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HMC backup image tool creation on physical HMC appliance
The current backup utility in the HMC requires the base image to be installed before attempting a restore. Depending on the version there may be prerequisite patches that need to be installed before running the restore which adds further complexity to the process. Restores may also fail needing IBM support to recover the install.
This is less than ideal for remotely managed HMC's where the recovery image would need to be mounted and restored which is reliant on a fast connection to mount the image and a working BMC virtual console display which is reliant on Java. Failing this an onsite visit is required to perform the recovery incurring further costs and time.
I propose the ability to take a backup image of the console to quickly recover from an issue without the need of a fresh install and restore. This would be good to have an option to save to USB/network share/FTP and perhaps even a separate recovery partition on the disk for basic installs where little user data is present.
It would be a powerful tool if a backup image could be taken of the drives on the server in the HMC GUI and a utility in the BMC GUI could restore the image in the event recovery is required.
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