Topics: Backup & restore, TSM

Start a backup from the TSM server

There is a way to start a backup from the TSM server itself, and that is by defining a client action. For example, to start an incremental backup on a node, run:

define clientaction action=incremental
You can use wild cards like * in the node name, for example:
def clienta node* act=i
You can monitor the schedule event, using the following command:
q ev * @1
You may cancel this schedule, by running:
delete schedule @1

Topics: Backup & restore, TSM

Tail TSM console log

The following command can be used to tail the TSM console log:

dsmadmc -console
This will allow you to continously follow what is happening on the TSM server.

Topics: Backup & restore, TSM

Show configuration of a TSM server

To save the complete configuration of a TSM server to a file, run:

dsmadmc -id=admin -password=admin show config > /tmp/config
This assumes that you have an admin account with the password admin. And it will write the output file to /tmp/config.

If you wish to have comma separated output, add -comma.

To just display the status of the TSM server, run (this is included in the output of show config):
q status
Another very interesting command to run is:
q system

Topics: Backup & restore, TSM

Register a new TSM admin

To register a new TSM admin, run:

register admin adminname password contact="Contact details of the new admin"
Next, grant system privilege authority to the new admin:
grant authority adminname class=sys
To remove a TSM admin, run:
remove admin adminname

Topics: AIX, Backup & restore, System Administration, Virtual I/O Server, Virtualization

How to make a system backup of a VIOS

To create a system backup of a Virtual I/O Server (VIOS), run the following commands (as user root):

# /usr/ios/cli/ioscli viosbr -backup -file vios_config_bkup
-frequency daily -numfiles 10
# /usr/ios/cli/ioscli backupios -nomedialib -file /mksysb/$(hostname).mksysb -mksysb
The first command (viosbr) will create a backup of the configuration information to /home/padmin/cfgbackups. It will also schedule the command to run every day, and keep up to 10 files in /home/padmin/cfgbackups.

The second command is the mksysb equivalent for a Virtual I/O Server: backupios. This command will create the mksysb image in the /mksysb folder, and exclude any ISO repositiory in rootvg, and anything else excluded in /etc/exclude.rootvg.

Topics: AIX, Backup & restore, Storage, System Administration

Using mkvgdata and restvg in DR situations

It is useful to run the following commands before you create your (at least) weekly mksysb image:

# lsvg -o | xargs -i mkvgdata {}
# tar -cvf /sysadm/vgdata.tar /tmp/vgdata
Add these commands to your mksysb script, just before running the mksysb command. What this does is to run the mkvgdata command for each online volume group. This will generate output for a volume group in /tmp/vgdata. The resulting output is then tar'd and stored in the /sysadm folder or file system. This allows information regarding your volume groups, logical volumes, and file systems to be included in your mksysb image.

To recreate the volume groups, logical volumes and file systems:
  • Run:
    # tar -xvf /sysadm/vgdata.tar
  • Now edit /tmp/vgdata/{volume group name}/{volume group name}.data file and look for the line with "VG_SOURCE_DISK_LIST=". Change the line to have the hdisks, vpaths or hdiskpowers as needed.
  • Run:
    # restvg -r -d /tmp/vgdata/{volume group name}/{volume group name}.data
Make sure to remove file systems with the rmfs command before running restvg, or it will not run correctly. Or, you can just run it once, run the exportvg command for the same volume group, and run the restvg command again. There is also a "-s" flag for restvg that lets you shrink the file system to its minimum size needed, but depending on when the vgdata was created, you could run out of space, when restoring the contents of the file system. Just something to keep in mind.

Topics: AIX, Backup & restore, System Administration

Restoring individual files from a mksysb image

Sometimes, you just need that one single file from a mksysb image backup. It's really not that difficult to accomplish this.

First of all, go to the directory that contains the mksysb image file:

# cd /sysadm/iosbackup
In this example, were using the mksysb image of a Virtual I/O server, created using iosbackup. This is basically the same as a mksysb image from a regular AIX system. The image file for this mksysb backup is called vio1.mksysb

First, try to locate the file you're looking for; For example, if you're looking for file nimbck.ksh:
# restore -T -q -l -f vio1.mksysb | grep nimbck.ksh
New volume on vio1.mksysb:
Cluster size is 51200 bytes (100 blocks).
The volume number is 1.
The backup date is: Thu Jun  9 23:00:28 MST 2011
Files are backed up by name.
The user is padmin.
-rwxr-xr-x- 10   staff  May 23  08:37  1801 ./home/padmin/nimbck.ksh
Here you can see the original file was located in /home/padmin.

Now recover that one single file:
# restore -x -q -f vio1.mksysb ./home/padmin/nimbck.ksh
x ./home/padmin/nimbck.ksh
Note that it is important to add the dot before the filename that needs to be recovered. Otherwise it won't work. Your file is now restore to ./home/padmin/nimbck.ksh, which is a relative folder from the current directory you're in right now:
# cd ./home/padmin
# ls -als nimbck.ksh
4 -rwxr-xr-x    1 10  staff  1801 May 23 08:37 nimbck.ksh

Topics: AIX, Backup & restore, LVM, System Administration

Use dd to backup raw partition

The savevg command can be used to backup user volume groups. All logical volume information is archived, as well as JFS and JFS2 mounted filesystems. However, this command cannot be used to backup raw logical volumes.

Save the contents of a raw logical volume onto a file using:

# dd if=/dev/lvname of=/file/system/lvname.dd
This will create a copy of logical volume "lvname" to a file "lvname.dd" in file system /file/system. Make sure that wherever you write your output file to (in the example above to /file/system) has enough disk space available to hold a full copy of the logical volume. If the logical volume is 100 GB, you'll need 100 GB of file system space for the copy.

If you want to test how this works, you can create a logical volume with a file system on top of it, and create some files in that file system. Then unmount he filesystem, and use dd to copy the logical volume as described above.

Then, throw away the file system using "rmfs -r", and after that has been completed, recreate the logical volume and the file system. If you now mount the file system, you will see, that it is empty. Unmount the file system, and use the following dd command to restore your backup copy:
# dd if=/file/system/lvname.dd of=/dev/lvname
Then, mount the file system again, and you will see that the contents of the file system (the files you've placed in it) are back.

Topics: AIX, Backup & restore, System Administration


There's a simple command to list information about a mksysb image, called lsmksysb:

# lsmksysb -lf mksysb.image
VOLUME GROUP:      rootvg
BACKUP DATE/TIME:  Mon Jun 6 04:00:06 MST 2011
UNAME INFO:        AIX testaix1 1 6 0008CB1A4C00
BACKUP SIZE (MB):  49920
SHRINK SIZE (MB):  17377
VG DATA ONLY:      no

hd5        boot     1    2    2    closed/syncd  N/A
hd6        paging   32   64   2    open/syncd    N/A
hd8        jfs2log  1    2    2    open/syncd    N/A
hd4        jfs2     8    16   2    open/syncd    /
hd2        jfs2     40   80   2    open/syncd    /usr
hd9var     jfs2     40   80   2    open/syncd    /var
hd3        jfs2     40   80   2    open/syncd    /tmp
hd1        jfs2     8    16   2    open/syncd    /home
hd10opt    jfs2     8    16   2    open/syncd    /opt
dumplv1    sysdump  16   16   1    open/syncd    N/A
dumplv2    sysdump  16   16   1    open/syncd    N/A
hd11admin  jfs2     1    2    2    open/syncd    /admin

Topics: AIX, Backup & restore, LVM, Performance, Storage, System Administration

Using lvmstat

One of the best tools to look at LVM usage is with lvmstat. It can report the bytes read and written to logical volumes. Using that information, you can determine which logical volumes are used the most.

Gathering LVM statistics is not enabled by default:

# lvmstat -v data2vg
0516-1309 lvmstat: Statistics collection is not enabled for
        this logical device. Use -e option to enable.
As you can see by the output here, it is not enabled, so you need to actually enable it for each volume group prior to running the tool using:
# lvmstat -v data2vg -e
The following command takes a snapshot of LVM information every second for 10 intervals:
# lvmstat -v data2vg 1 10
This view shows the most utilized logical volumes on your system since you started the data collection. This is very helpful when drilling down to the logical volume layer when tuning your systems.
# lvmstat -v data2vg

Logical Volume    iocnt   Kb_read  Kb_wrtn   Kbps
  appdatalv      306653  47493022   383822  103.2
  loglv00            34         0     3340    2.8
  data2lv           453    234543   234343   89.3         
What are you looking at here?
  • iocnt: Reports back the number of read and write requests.
  • Kb_read: Reports back the total data (kilobytes) from your measured interval that is read.
  • Kb_wrtn: Reports back the amount of data (kilobytes) from your measured interval that is written.
  • Kbps: Reports back the amount of data transferred in kilobytes per second.
You can use the -d option for lvmstat to disable the collection of LVM statistics.

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