[OpenAFS] AFS backups and TSM
Fri, 12 May 2006 13:41:45 -0400
We've been using TSM and AFS for years with very good results. I am
aware of the lack of support from IBM for the future. Our solution is
to do AFS butc/backup to disk first, for a complete semester, and then
move those backup file sets to TSM using a standard TSM client.
I've had some problem getting the AFS backup to work on Linux, but I
should have things worked out fairly soon. I hope to have the new
system running by the beginning of the fall semester.
I hope this helps, and good luck.
Joseph H Vilas wrote:
>We're currently using some (mostly) homebrew scripts to back up our
>cell and write backup data to three DLT drives. Our cell has about 50000
>RW volumes and currently uses about 3/4 Tb of disk space. I keep
>(roughly speaking) daily backups for about a month, and monthly backups
>for at least a year. Unfortunately, a full takes me a few days to
>complete, which is, um, not optimal.
>For several years, the local folks who run a university-wide backup
>system have wanted us to start using TSM (it's been long enough that
>they were originally calling it ADSM). However, they've not actually
>been able to do it until a couple years ago, and we haven't been able
>Now I hear (from this list) that IBM is dropping AFS support from TSM.
>It looks like people on the list are running away from TSM. However,
>management wrote an IBM rep who claimed that IBM would comtinue
>supporting AFS backups via TSM for several years. My inclination is
>to disbelieve thee IBM person. Is that reasonable?
>Additionally, it looks as though IBM will not be supporting Linux
>platforms as backup platforms (for running butc/buta), although one
>can of course run the backup elsewhere for a Linux-based fileserver.
>Are any of you actually actively making plans to stop using TSM,
>or have any of you already seitched? If so, what have you switched
>I've read (I believe here) that Veritas NetBackup is also not
>supporting AFS (although it currently works), and is expensive to
>My basic problem is management wants me to move to TSM, but it sounds
>like TSM isn't going to go the job for long. I've thought about
>trying to get a license for MR-AFS and trying to do something with TSM
>(which we have), but I really wouldn't know where to start. I'm
>actually fine with doing what I've been doing, but that doesn't win
>management any points, and they're being really stingy with money for
>new machines and repair.
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