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Running the IBM i DR Recovery Workflow

The IBM i DR workflow performs the disaster recovery operations.

Use the following procedures to recover from a disaster.

You can recover to the same system or duplicate the system.

Note: If you duplicate the system, you must make sure that the TCP/IP configuration is updated to avoid network issues on the source system.

The 1-Touch DR process uses a predefined workflow that collects all the information that the software needs when you run the workflow. The workflow runs one job that creates the DVD images that you use to restore your operating system and a second job that restores the data.

The workflow creates one of the following DVD images:

  • A physical DVD
  • A virtual DVD for a virtual I/O server environment
  • An image catalog for an iHost

After you use the DVD to restore the minimal operating system, run the second job to restore the data

You can manually run the workflow from the CommCell Console.

How Does It Work?

When you start the workflow, the software creates one job for the DVD creation that shows as Running and a second job that displays "Waiting". The second job is the one that restores the data.

After the first  job completes, restore the minimal operating system and the Commvault library, and then resume the second job. The data from the DR backup is on the destination after the second job completes.

Before You Begin

  • Verify and update the TCP/IP configuration.

    Note: If the TCP/IP configuration changes, you must stop and restart the Commvault services.

  • Verify that the IASPs are configured correctly.
  • To restore to a new client, add an IBM i client.

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, go to Workflows.
  2. Right-click IBM i DR recovery and then click All Tasks > Execute.

    The IBM i DR recovery Options dialog box appears.

  3. Decide which clients to install the software on:
    1. From the Run workflow on list, select the client that the workflow runs on.
    2. Click OK.

      The Select client as a source for DR recovery dialog box appears dialog box appears.

  4. From the Source client list, select the client that contains the DVD images.
  5. From the Destination Client list, select the client.

    Note: The client can be a Linux client, a Windows client, or the IBM i file system client.

  6. From the Client to restore DVD list, select the client where the DVD images are restored.

    Note: The client can be a Linux client, a Windows client, or the IBM i file system client.

  7. In the Destination path to store the DVD images box, type the full path for the directory where the DVD images are stored.

    Note: The client must have enough disk space to hold the DVDs that the software creates as part of the recovery operation. If there is not enough disk space, then the job aborts and the DVDs are not valid.

    The Select DR Backup Job to recover dialog box appears.

  8. From the Select DR Backup to recover list, select the DR backup job that you want to recover.
  9. From the Backupset for data recovery list, select the backup set that you performed the DR backup on.
  10. On the Information dialog box, click Begin Restore.

    You can track the progress of the workflow job from the Job Controller. For instructions on using the Job Controller, see Getting Started with the Job Controller.

What To Do Next

The software starts 2 jobs that you can view in the job controller.

The first job runs and creates the DVD images in the path on the client that you selected (Destination path to store the DVD images, Client to restore DVD) .

Note: The client must have enough disk space to hold the DVDs that the software creates as part of the recovery operation. If there is not enough disk space, then the job aborts and the DVDs are not valid.

The first job shows Complete and the second job shows as Suspended.

After the first job completes, perform the following operations:

  1. Use the DVD image location in the destination path that you specified in the Select destination client dialog box, to prepare the DVD for a minimal Operating System Restore.

    Follow the manufacturer steps to perform one of the following procedures that is based on your configuration:

    • Create a DVD from the reinstall images
    • ftp import, and then configure DVD images on your virtual I/O server, or ftp and then configure the DVD image catalog on the iHost
  2. Restore the minimal Operating System for an IBM i File System Agent client.
  3. Recovering System Data and Commvault Libraries from a DR Backup.
  4. In the Job Controller, resume the workflow job that is in the Suspended state, For more information, see Resuming a Job in the Job Controller.