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Automatic Backup of User Data

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108933D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 5 page(s) / 187K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Accola, JA: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Operational Assistant* provides an easy-to-use backup procedure that enables regular backups to be done automatically; the only operator action necessary is to load the appropriate tapes as requested by the system. This allows for unattended backup of systems where the number of tapes required does not exceed the number of available devices. Library and folder backup lists and three predefined backups are provided to enable the users to customize their daily, weekly, and monthly backups, so that only data that changes frequently needs to be backed up daily, yet all data can be backed up on a regular schedule. A scheduler is provided to start the appropriate daily, weekly, or monthly backup at preset times and days.

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Automatic Backup of User Data

       Operational Assistant* provides an easy-to-use backup
procedure that enables regular backups to be done automatically; the
only operator action necessary is to load the appropriate tapes as
requested by the system.  This allows for unattended backup of
systems where the number of tapes required does not exceed the number
of available devices.  Library and folder backup lists and three
predefined backups are provided to enable the users to customize
their daily, weekly, and monthly backups, so that only data that
changes frequently needs to be backed up daily, yet all data can be
backed up on a regular schedule.  A scheduler is provided to start
the appropriate daily, weekly, or monthly backup at preset times and
days.  The backup options, lists, and schedule all have predefined
system defaults that supply a backup strategy for customers that have
no backup policies in place.  However, all of them may be easily
modified so that customers can adapt the predefined strategy to fit
their own needs.

      This Operational Assistant backup utility includes three
predefined backups (one each for daily, weekly, and monthly backups),
a library backup list, a folder backup list, and a backup schedule.
The options for each backup specify which libraries and folders are
to be backed up and whether security data, configuration,
OfficeVision*/400 mail, and OfficeVision/400 calendars are to be
included in the backup (see Fig. 1).  The options also specify the
device or devices to use, the tape sets to be used, and whether or
not to save only changes to the specified libraries and folders.
Everything except the device name has a system-supplied default.

      A library backup list and a folder backup list are also
provided (see Fig. 2).  The lists automatically include all of the
user libraries and the root folders on the system.  The user can then
customize the lists by selecting individual libraries or folders for
daily, weekly, or monthly backup, or for no backup.  By default, all
libraries and folders are selected for daily backup.  Because we
consider the daily backup to be a subset of the weekly backup and the
weekly backup to be a subset of the monthly backup, all libraries and
folders that are selected for daily backup will also be included in
the weekly and monthly backups; those selected for weekly backup are
also included in the monthly backup.  As new libraries and root
folders are created, they are automatically added to the list and
selected for daily backup, unless the user changes the list; this
ensures that new libraries and folders do not get left out of the
backup inadvertently.  The lists also allow the user to see at a
glance if there are changes that have not been backed up.

      A backup can be run by simply selecting a menu option and
loading tapes as the system requests them.  However, to allow backup
to run automatically at predetermined times, a backup schedule...