IBM Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM V1.2 improves data backup and recovery for z/VM systemsAsia Pacific Software Announcement AP06-0204
August 15, 2006
|At a glance|
In addition to the functions provided in V1.1, Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM V1.2 is designed to provide:
- Improved performance
- Support for additional DASD types
- Compression and encryption exit points
New administrator options for:
- Real device addresses (RDEVs) and real volume serial numbers of DASD volumes
- Task assignment to Backup and Restore Manager worker service machines
- CMS RESERVEd minidisks
- Worker server functions
- Integration with Tape Manager for z/VM
Improved administrator productivity through:
- A reduced need for temporary disk space
- New exit points
- Improved tape mount processing during backups
- Copies of sample routines in the product deliverable
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IBM Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM® can help z/VM system administrators and operators efficiently and effectively back up and restore files and data on z/VM systems. Source files and data can be CMS and non-CMS format and the target media can be DASD or tape. Backup and Restore Manager's flexibility is apparent in its ability to do physical and logical backup and restore operations with support for inclusion and exclusion of files, user IDs, and so on.
Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM V1.2 is designed to deliver:
- Improved performance for incremental backup of CMS files
- Performance improvements when backing up data to tape
- Support for image backup of FBA and VFB-512 DASD
- The ability to compress backup data before it is written to disk
- Encryption support through optional calls to third-party routines
Additional flexibility through:
- New options that allow you to specify the real device addresses (RDEVs) or the real volume serial number of a DASD volume for data to be backed up
- New job definition options to treat CMS RESERVEd minidisks as a file-level or image-level backup
- New configuration options to reserve Backup and Restore Manager worker servers specifically for backup requests or restore requests
- Enhanced interoperability with Tape Manager for z/VM
Improved administrator productivity through:
- The ability to restore data to the virtual reader without the need for a temporary staging disk
- A new exit that can be called at the start of each new day
- Additional validation and retry processing of tape mounts during backup processing
- Inclusion of sample routines in the product deliverable
For more information about Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM, visit
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z/VM V5.1, or later
|Planned availability date|
August 25, 2006
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AP Distribution: To all Asia Pacific countries for release. CTRY/Region Announced ASEAN* -- Yes Australia -- Yes Hong Kong -- Yes PRC -- Yes Macao -- Yes Taiwan -- Yes Korea -- Yes Japan -- Yes New Zealand -- Yes * Bangladesh, Brunei, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
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Critical to the business of running a z/VM production system is the ability to back up and restore files and full systems. Backing up data requires moving data from source media, such as CMS files on DASD, to target media, such as tape. IBM Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM can help administrators and operators meet this daily requirement more effectively and efficiently.
V1.2 of Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM is designed to provide the following additional functions:
The performance of INCLUDE/EXCLUDE processing of backup job submissions has been improved, affecting both jobs submitted for review and those submitted for processing. The amount of time required for the Backup Manager server to complete the INCLUDE/EXCLUDE processing is reduced for most backup job definitions.
Administrators who perform incremental backups between full backup cycles may also see improved performance. The amount of time required for incremental backups can be reduced for most backup jobs, allowing you to perform backups during shorter administration and maintenance windows. This improvement was also made available in V1.1 of Backup and Restore Manager via the PTF for APAR PK25098.
Performance improvements have also been made for backup jobs that write data to tape. This improvement can result in reduced overall time writing to tape and potential for reduced overhead in preparing the data before writing to tape.
Improved DASD support
In addition to the DASD supported in Backup and Restore Manager V1.1, V1.2 includes support for image-level backups of Fixed Block Access (FBA) DASD and Virtual Disks in Storage (also known as VFB-512). This function is in addition to the file-level support for FBA and VFB-512 that was available in V1.1, when the data on these devices was on CMS minidisks or in the Share File System (SFS).
With Backup and Restore Manager V1.2, temporary disk space is no longer required for the backup server when the target location of a restore request is the virtual reader. Data can be restored from the source location (disk or tape) directly to the spool without the need for a staging disk.
New exits available for compression and encryption
Backup and Restore Manager V1.2 includes new exit points for the optional compression of backup data before it is written to disk. In addition to the sample compression routine provided with the product, you can configure Backup and Restore Manager to call your own compression routines, including the ability to call different routines for different backup jobs.
The compression routines can also be called when backing up to tape. For performance reasons, IBM recommends using the hardware compression feature provided in tape devices, rather than the software routines provided by Backup and Restore Manager, to perform data compression.
In addition to compression, Backup and Restore Manager V1.2 provides optional exit points for encryption of backup data before it is written to tape or disk. Administrators can configure Backup and Restore Manager to call third-party encryption routines through these exit points. Similar to the compression exits, the encryption routine used can be defined as part of the backup job, allowing you to use different third-party routines or algorithms for different backup jobs and data.
Additional flexibility for administrators
Backup and Restore Manager V1.2 supports the specification of real device addresses (RDEVs) and real volume serial numbers of DASD volumes when defining a backup job. This is in addition to the virtual device addresses supported in V1.1.
For CMS minidisks that are formatted with the RESERVE option, Backup and Restore Manager V1.2 allows you to specify whether the disk should be backed up at the file level or at the image level. This configuration option is defined as part of each backup job definition. This improvement was also made available in V1.1 of Backup and Restore Manager via the PTF for APAR PK11754.
In addition to defining the total number of worker service machines which will fulfill backup and restore requests, administrators can now specify the number of workers dedicated to backup requests only, the number of workers dedicated to restore requests only, and the number of workers available for both backup and restore requests. This allows administrators, for example, to enable the availability of a worker for an end user's restore request, regardless of the number of backup requests in queue.
V1.2 of Backup and Restore Manager provides additional configuration options when using Tape Manager for z/VM (5697-J08) to mount and manage your backup tapes. Administrators can now specify the name of a tape pool as part of the backup job template, allowing different backup jobs to use scratch tapes from different tape pools. If no tape pool is specified in a backup job, Backup and Restore Manager will use the default tape pool specified at the system level.
In addition, when Tape Manager for z/VM is operating in RMM mode (using DFSMSrmm on z/OS® as the tape catalog), Backup and Restore Manager V1.2 can include a data set name (DSN) in the tape label. The DSN to be written is specified by the administrator in the backup job template.
With V1.2, administrators can more easily perform a set of automated tasks in the Backup Manager server at the start of each new day. Backup and Restore Manager V1.2 provides a new customizable exit on the backup server which is automatically called at its first wakeup after midnight each day. This improvement was also made available in V1.1 of Backup and Restore Manager via the PTF for APAR PK11754.
Improved administrator productivity
Additional retry processing has been added to Backup and Restore Manager V1.2 when scratch tapes are requested during a backup. If the mounted tape is found to already be assigned to another backup instance, it will be detached and a new scratch request will be issued.
In addition to describing sample routines in the product documentation, sample routines are now shipped on the product tape, making it easier for administrators to customize and implement them.
For additional information on the functions made available in Backup and Restore Manager V1.1, refer to Software Announcement AP05-1054 , dated February 22, 2005.
Engine-based Value Unit pricing
Engine-based Value Unit pricing for Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM is designed to provide a decreasing price curve as hardware capacities and workload grow, which may help improve price/performance.
There may also be a price benefit when you grow your capacity. Additional capacity is not priced starting at the base with a higher price per unit. Instead, additional capacity is priced starting at the capacity (engines) on which Backup and Restore Manager has already been installed.
Note: Value Units of a given product cannot be exchanged, interchanged, or aggregated with Value Units of another product.
A no-charge Subscription and Support registration record will be established for each designated machine where Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM is running. These no-charge Subscription and Support registration records will be linked to the billable Subscription and Support and all billable Subscription and Support within the scope of the engine-based Value Units aggregation will be linked together.
Subscription and Support is an annual charge and should be kept at an annual term.
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Program number VRM Program name 5697-J06 V1.2 Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM
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|Product identification number PID number|
Program Subscription and PID number support PID number 5697-J06 5697-J13
Plant of control and manufacture
- Plant of Control: SDF
- Plant of Manufacture: SDF
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Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site
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Other than the Program Directory, no hardcopy publications are shipped with this program.
The following publications can be downloaded from the IBM Publications Center at planned availability.
Order Title number Installation and Administration Guide SC18-9344 User's Guide and Reference SC18-9349 Program Directory GI10-8660
IBM Publications Center
The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. Payment options for orders are via credit card (in the U.S.) or customer number for 20 countries. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded by all countries free of charge.
News of many publications may be subscribed to via Mysupport.
Displayable softcopy publications
Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM® V1.2 manuals are offered in displayable softcopy form as PDF files. The displayable manuals are available on the product Web site and via the IBM Publications Center.
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Specified operating environment
Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM V1.2 will operate on any hardware that supports the prerequisite software. In addition, Backup and Restore Manager V1.2 supports backup to any tape device supported by CMS that handles a block size of 65,535 bytes.
All prerequisites and corequisites for these products apply.
The products listed here are supported only while service is available for those products.
Backup and Restore Manager V1.2 requires:
- z/VM V5.1 (5741-A05), or later
- Shared File System (included in z/VM) as the repository for the backup catalog
One of the following:
- IBM Library for REXX on zSeries® V1.4 (5695-014).
- IBM Alternate Library for REXX on zSeries. IBM recommends you acquire the latest available version. It's available as a free download from
Compatibility: Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM V1.2 is upwardly compatible with Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM V1.1. All configuration files created with V1.1 will continue to work with V1.2. In addition, all backup data created with V1.1 can be restored using V1.2.
Limitations: For additional information refer to "Usage restriction" in the Terms and conditions section of this announcement, or to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site
Packaging: Backup and Restore Manager V1.2 is delivered on one VMSES/E installable tape. A Program Directory and one copy of the License Information (LI) document are also included in the package. All other publications are provided in softcopy format on the product Web site and via the IBM Publications Center
Security, auditability, and control
Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware
and software. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security
features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and
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Value Unit exhibit VUE021
Engine-based Value Units for a specified number of engines are determined by the following table.
Engines Engines Value Units Level minimum maximum per engine Base 1 3 10 Tier A 4 6 9 Tier B 7 9 8 Tier C 10 12 7 Tier D 13 16 6 Tier E 17 20 5 Tier F 21 25 4 Tier G 26 + 3
Except for the following, ordering information is unchanged since previously announced. Refer to Software Announcement AP05-1054 , dated February 22, 2005, for complete ordering information.
For Japan Only
Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM, OTC
Program PID: 5697-J06
Entitlement License option/ identifier Description pricing metric S011L19 Backup and Restore Manager Use-based OTC per Value Unit
Orderable supply ID Language Distribution Medium S011L1B English 3480 or 3590 Tape
Subscription and Support PID: 5697-J13
The following information is a summary of all license options/pricing metrics offered for the above Subscription and Support PID.
Entitlement License option/ identifier Description pricing metric S011L16 Backup and Restore Manager 1 Value Unit Subscription and Support
Orderable supply ID Language Distribution Medium S011L17 English Hardcopy memo
On/Off Capacity on Demand
For Japan Only
Entitlement License option/ identifier Description pricing metric S011L19 Backup and Restore Manager Basic OTC, Per Processor-day TUC
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|Terms and conditions|
Licensing: IBM International Program License Agreement and License Information document. Proofs of Entitlement (PoE) are required for all authorized use.
These programs are licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA) and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance, which provides for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. These programs have a one-time license charge for use of the program and an annual renewable charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours) as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect.
S/390® and zSeries IBM Operational Support Services SoftwareXcel is an option for those customers who desire added services.
Limited warranty applies: Yes
Warranty: This program includes a warranty for one year from acquisition from IBM or an authorized IBM Business Partner. For one year from acquisition of the program, this warranty provides the customer with access to databases containing program information and FAQs, including any known fixes to defects, which the customer can download or otherwise obtain and install.
Program support: Enhanced Support, called Subscription and Support, includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours) as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect. The customer will be notified of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice.
Money-back guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, return it within 30 days from the invoice date, to the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom you acquired it, for a refund. For clarification, note that for programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by the customer.
Copy and use on home/portable computer: No
Volume orders (IVO): No
Passport Advantage® applies: No
Usage restriction: Yes
- Your entitlement is for only the quantity of engine-based Value Units licensed. These engine-based Value Units can be for either standard or IFL engines.
- When ordering Backup and Restore Manager to operate on standard engines (CPs) for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the number of standard engines (CPs) on your zSeries 990, 900, 890, or 800, System z9, or S/390 server.
- When ordering Backup and Restore Manager to operate on IFL engines for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the number of IFL engines on your zSeries 990, 900, 890, or 800, System z9, or S/390 server.
- When ordering Backup and Restore Manager to operate on standard engines (CPs) and IFL engines for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the total number of engines (standard plus IFL) on your zSeries 990, 900, 890, or 800, System z9, or S/390 server.
Software Maintenance applies: No
For operating system software, the revised IBM Operational Support Services SoftwareXcel offering will provide support for those operating systems and associated products that are not available with the newly announced Software Maintenance offering.
This will ensure total support coverage for your enterprise needs, including IBM and selected non-IBM products. For complete lists of products supported under both the current and revised SoftwareXcel offering, visit
For additional information on the revised IBM Operational Support Services, refer to Services Announcement AA01-3066 , dated July 10, 2001.
iSeries Software Maintenance applies: No
Variable charges apply: No
Educational allowance available
15%, to qualified educational institution customers.
On/Off Capacity on Demand:
To be eligible for On/Off Capacity on Demand pricing, customers must
be enabled for temporary capacity on the corresponding hardware, and the
required contract Z125-6611, Attachment for Customer Initiated
Upgrade and IBM eServer® On/Off Capacity on Demand Software
must be signed prior to use.
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IBM Global Services has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to put you on the road to higher systems availability. IBM Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that provides you with an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available on the IBM eServer platform. These services provide the opportunity for greater system availability due to faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. IBM Electronic Services is comprised of two separate, but complementary, elements: IBM Electronic Services news page and IBM Electronic Service Agent.
IBM Electronic Services news page provides you with a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used by customers to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.
The IBM Electronic Service Agent is no-additional-charge software that resides on your IBM eServer system. It is designed to proactively monitor events and transmit system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, customer-defined timetable. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tracks system inventory, hardware error logs, and performance information. If the server is under a current IBM maintenance service agreement or within the IBM warranty period, the Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to provide proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent will be made available to IBM service support representatives when they are helping answer your questions or diagnosing problems.
To learn how IBM Electronic Services can work for you, visit
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Pricing information is unchanged since previously announced.
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