Script to Automate System Backups Using NIM
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A basic IT "best practice" is to do regular system backups**. The system backup should be validated by periodically storing to a test machine by someone other than the creator of the backup.
I've posted a script to my website that automates system backups of AIX servers to a NIM server over the network. The script runs on the NIM server, either manually or as a cron job. The documentation is inside the script.
I highly recommend using NIM (network installation manager) for the following reasons:
1)Convenience: ability to do remote installs, backups, restores, updates 2)Productivity: ability to manage software by groups of servers3)Lower cost: eliminates need for a back device (tape, DVD) on each server
NIM is part of the base AIX operating system. It has a "learning curve" and you should read the documentation carefully. For more information, see http
** A system back is different than a data backup (tar, cpio, etc). A system can be used for a "bare-metal" restore of the operating system. I recommend making regular system backups (mon