Performing IBM i File System DR Backups

Back up your IBM i file system data for disaster recovery.

For optimal DR backup size, do not create or include the following under QGPL, QSYS2, and QUSRSYS libraries:

  • Applied PTFs

  • Compiled programs

  • Image catalog

  • Journal or Journal receivers

  • OS related image catalog files

  • SAVF files

  • Spool output files

Adding these files and programs leads to additional DVD images.


Do not create any library starting with the letter 'Q'.


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Protect > File Servers.

    The File Servers page appears.

  2. Click the IBM_i_server.

    The IBM_i_server page appears.

  3. Under Subclients, in the Actions column for the subclient, click the action button action_button, and then click Back up.

    The Select DR backup level dialog box appears.

  4. Select the DR backup type:

    1. To resume the computer after the operation system is captured, click Resume (*STSSBS).

    2. To use the reboot option, click Reboot (*IPL).

      1. To leave the computer in restricted state after the DR backup operation and initial program load (IPL) complete, select the Leave the system in restricted state check box.
  5. Click OK.


After the backup succeeds, the following data is backed up in the format of bootable optical volumes:


    • LIC - License internal code.

    • OS/400 Objects in QSYS


      • User profiles

      • Private authorities

    • SAVCFG (configuration objects)

  • *IBM Libraries (system libraries)

  • System libraries with user data: QSYS2, QGPL, QUSRSYS

  • Commvault Libraries: CVLIB, CVLIBOBJ

  • System files and Commvault files with logs

  • /QIBM/ProdData

  • /QOpenSys/QIBM/ProdData