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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories BRMS
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 2, 2023

5733-ICC and BRMS - Backup metadata should be saved on the cloud next to each backup to ease restore process

When using IBM Cloud Storage Solutions for i with BRMS we can backup and upload the virtual media to ICOS and other object storage service providers. Virtual tape media, by default, is componesed of 30GB media files and sometimes you need to avoid using compression and encryption to be able to restore in some special cases, so we are talking about a big amount of data.

Backing up and uploading the data saves the metadata to a local file, and by default no object detail is saved to your BRMS database for library backups. This means you nead to download from the cloud bucket all the 30GB files that contain the library so you can extract your file manually.

If you upload the metadata to the cloud bucket in a JSON, XML, CSV or any format you prefer, with the file and member names and all the relevant info to restore properlu,  you could avoid downloading all the 30GB files and improve the restore process.

This could also enable to restore on a different machine and create a recovery instance avoiding complex settings and steps. You just restore the metadata from the bucket and you get the content.


Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Aug 7, 2023
    This request does not align with the operating system available functionality or the current BRMS strategy so it is being closed. When using IBM Cloud Storage Solutions for i with BRMS, BRMS uses IBM i operating system virtual media support. The operating system support for virtual media manages a volume as a single stream file. The IBM i infrastructure does not have the ability to use meta data inside of the stream file to break out individual pieces of the stream file, the entire stream file needs to be restored. Current available solutions are to make environmental changes within BRMS to change the volume size which may help shrink the volume sizes and the automatic transfers can be changed to retain the virtual media after the transfers to remove the need for the download if frequent restores are needed. This BRMS wiki reference may be helpful to review