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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories BRMS
Created by Guest
Created on Oct 6, 2021

Provide enhancement to BRMS that will allow restoration of *ALLUSR which can be submitted to batch

I am requesting an enhancement to BRMS which will provide the ability to perform restore operations in batch with STRRCYBRM using the control group specified from a STRBKUBRM.
After implementing PowerHA with iASP, we have to keep 12 servers SYSBAS in sync which is a manual process as there is no feature in PowerHA to sync the SYSBAS.
We are able to submit scheduled backups on the Source server using STRBKUBRM specifying a control group. This is a lights out process and runs in AJS.
The plan was to then restore the SYSBAS user libraries from the control group on the target system to keep them in sync.
However, the STRRCYBRM command does not have a submit to batch option and requires a Operator to manually select the libraries to be restored from a screen. As we do not have that person, we need an option for lights out which can be scheduled.
In working with IBM Support there was a suggestion to use the RSTLIBBRM with an object *RSTLST. Although there is an *ALLUSR option that can be used in a list, it appears that is not supported either.
Making a list with the individual libraries is cumbersome and will need to be maintained every time a new library is added.
It would be ideal if the STRRCYBRM could be submitted to batch and the backup control group be used so only those libraries will be restored. The second alternative to enable *ALLUSR in the RCYLST would also be beneficial


Use Case:

The advantage of this feature would provide would reduce the manual efforts that are currently required to keep our Power HA clusters SYSBAS in sync. BRMS is networked for each server cluster. We do not have a dedicated operator running jobs all day. Currently, we have a scheduled job to backup the user libraries in the SYSBAS which requires no user intervention. However, to keep SYSBAS in sync, we now have to perform a restore manually on each server which takes about 40 minutes per server which now has to be worked into our schedule. We have 12 servers impacted at this time. The ability requested will significantly reduce the daily workload that has been added since PowerHA was introduced.


Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Dec 16, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ ibm.biz/BdYSYj and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at ibm.biz/BdYSZT

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Dec 16, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ ibm.biz/BdYSYj and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at ibm.biz/BdYSZT

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Dec 3, 2021

    The BRMS team will use this request as input to planning but no commitment is made or implied. The request will be updated in the future if the request is implemented. The BRMS team will use votes and comments from others in the community to help prioritize this request.

  • Guest
    Nov 9, 2021

    We have several applications, some are 3rd party, which do not support running in the iASP and therefore have to remain in *sysbas. We also have some libraries containing programs that run before the iASP is available. Some of the cluster nodes do not start the iASP and these programs would not be available if they were located on the iASP. It would require resources not readily available for us to determine if these could be moved to the iASP and then make any modifications needed for them to operate.
    I do understand and agree this request is associated with the RSTLIBBRM command and not part of an HA solution.
    Thank you for your consideration of this request.

  • Guest
    Nov 1, 2021

    The BRMS team needs more information to further assess your Request for Enhancement. First, we would appreciate your feedback on why the affected user libraries cannot be moved to the IASP where PowerHA is implemented?

    For this BRMS request, BRMS is willing to look into the enhancement request to support *ALLUSR in the *RSTLST object list to be used with RSTLIBBRM. Before BRMS starts investigation on this, we want to clarify that BRMS is a backup and recovery product and it is not designed to be used as an HA solution to keep system data synchronized between systems. Please acknowledge that you understand and agree that BRMS would be investigating support for *ALLUSR in a *RSTLST object list to be used with RSTLIBBRM, but not affirming this as an HA solution.

  • Guest
    Oct 7, 2021

    Can I vote 2,000 times for this one?