During installation, BRMS automatically registers and initializes the devices attached to your IBM® i product and creates corresponding device information. Backup and recovery expert Ken Graap is a big fan of the IBM backup Recovery and Media Services (BRMS) product. According to Ken, BRMS has proven to be . How can I set up BRMS in my iSeries through commands? I’m getting the manuals in which it is described through Operations Navigator. But I want to do it .

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Backup, Recovery, and Media Services (BRMS)

This allows you to completely fill all volumes and allows for better utilization of available devices. This topic explains how to merge BRMS data from one system to another system.

Tailoring your BRMS operations. These files and objects contain all the information about all the policies iserifs by BRMS, all the saved history for all previous backups, and all the managed media.

BRMS is not a replacement for a backup, recovery, and media management strategy; it is a tool that you use to implement your strategy. These components consist of a standard product and two additional features. Planning iserids backup and recovery strategy. Last active device BRMS always continues any subsequent saves within a control group on the device that was last active.

BRMS enables you to track all of your media from creation to expiration. As your business needs change and grow, you can add functions to the BRMS base product by purchasing and installing additional options. Parallel save operations work with the BRMS Advanced feature to allow for parallel archive and parallel dynamic retrieval of a single object. In this chapter, you learn how to change or remove device information for existing devices, and also how to add new devices to the system. BRMS base product provides all of the functions that most IBM i users need to implement a fully automated, single system, backup, recovery, and media management strategy.


The BRMS Advanced feature allows archive capabilities of database files, stream files, and documents based on frequency of use, inactivity limit, object size, or disk pool thresholds.

The ability to dynamically retrieve a large database file in parallel helps to reduce the window of the brks process. The networking feature also simplifies media duplication by using one system in the network to duplicate media for another system in the network.

Working with devices in BRMS

This topic provides information about how to add, change, remove, and review stand-alone and media library tape devices in BRMS. You can view or print any of the PDF files. You can also recover your system fully during a disaster or failure, or restore single objects or libraries from your save media. For detailed information, refer to the BRMS interface differences and Related information sections in this topic collection.

Overview of standard BRMS product functionality The standard BRMS product assists you in defining and processing your backup, recovery, and media management operations.

Getting started with BRMS. How the BRMS functional components work together The backup and recovery policies and control groups work with brks various media management components to provide comprehensive backup, recovery, and media management support.

How policies and control groups work together Policies and control groups that share the same parameters and values can override one another. BRMS does not support diskette, unlabeled or nonstandard label tape.

You can use the character-based interface btms some tasks and the graphical interface for other tasks, or you can choose to use one interface exclusively. BRMS can also perform some daily maintenance activities that are related to your backup routine.


BRMS provides both a traditional character-based interface and a graphical interface, which is available as a plug-in for IBM Navigator for i. You no longer have to keep track of which items are on which volumes, nor be concerned that you might accidentally write over active data.

What’s new for IBM i 7. It also supports parallel save operations of a library or single object using up to 32 tape devices, which shortens the save window by using multiple devices. BRMS control groups Control groups determine which data to process. Each program and API are described in iseriez and followed by detailed field descriptions oseries sizes. In addition, users can view the save history of any system in the network from a single system.

Unless you change it, BRMS sends all of your backup and recovery requests to the default device.

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The following is a summary description of the base product ieeries the additional features. BRMS Standard The standard product provides you with the capability to implement a fully automated backup, recovery, and media management strategy for your IBM i product. Changing an existing device There are slightly different options available when you want to change existing device information, depending on whether the device is a stand-alone, virtual or a media library.

These interfaces are not mutually exclusive. Otherwise BRMS uses the sole attachment as the default device.