Backing up your system

The method that you use to back up your system depends on your backup strategy. If you do not have a strategy, you need to plan a backup and recovery strategy. After reviewing the information, determine how you should save your data. Use the GO SAVE menu commands or individual Save commands to back up your system.

Simple strategy

If you choose a simple strategy you can use the GO SAVE command to back up your system. The Save menu options of the GO SAVE command provide an easy method to back up your system. These Save menu options include option 21 to save your entire system, option 22 to save your system data, and option 23 to save your user data. Each of these options requires that your system be in a restricted state. This means that no users can access your system, and the backup is the only thing that is running on your system.

Use the GO SAVE command, menu option 21, to save your entire system. Then you can use the other GO SAVE command menu options to save the parts of your system that change regularly. In addition, you can use a variety of other save commands to save individual parts of your system.

If you choose a simple save strategy, review Overview of the GO SAVE command to see what parts of your system GO SAVE command, menu options 21, 22, or 23 save. Then skip to the topic, Preparing your media to save your system.

Medium and complex strategy

To help you get started with a medium or complex strategy follow these steps:

  1. Draw a picture of your system similar to the one in Save commands and menu options. In your picture, break the section called User Libraries into smaller segments that match the way you plan to save user libraries.
  2. Study the information in the Overview of the GO SAVE command and in Manually saving parts of your system topics.
  3. Determine how and when you plan to save each part of your system.

If you do not have time to do a full save operation, you can save your system while it is active. However, you must have a complete backup of your entire system (which requires a restricted state) before you use these advanced functions.

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