Today I have a blog entry related to the z/VSE backup tool VSE/Fast Copy, written by my colleague. Thanks, Martin.
If you backup your z/VSE system, please make sure that all files are closed. The best way is to shutdown your system and IPL a standalone tape created e.g. by LIBR BACKUP Restore=Standalone.
If you run z/VSE in a z/VM guest, you may use a different approach:
- In your z/VM guest define a z/VM print device.
- Prepare a backup job and submit it to the VSE/POWER RDR queue with the following LST statement:
* $$ LST LST=SYSLST,DISP=N
This statement directs LST output for SYSLST to the z/VM printer. In this case VSE/POWER will not create new LST output, that may cause Queue/Data file corruption. A restore of the system disk will only find the backup job and VSE/POWER being active. You can easily repair that by VSE/POWER queue file recovery.
- Shutdown all z/VSE partitions except VSE/POWER. All files will be closed except the VSE/POWER account file, queue file and data file and any files for the security manager.
- Release the backup job from the VSE/POWER RDR queue to backup the system..
VSE/Fast Copy is described in the book z/VSE System Utilities. You can download it here.