During installation, BRMS automatically registers and initializes the devices attached to your IBM® i product and creates corresponding device information. Backup and recovery expert Ken Graap is a big fan of the IBM backup Recovery and Media Services (BRMS) product. According to Ken, BRMS has proven to be . How can I set up BRMS in my iSeries through commands? I’m getting the manuals in which it is described through Operations Navigator. But I want to do it .

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BRMS base product provides all of the functions that most IBM i users need to implement a fully automated, single brmx, backup, recovery, and media management strategy. It also supports parallel save operations of a library or single object using up to 32 tape devices, which shortens the save window by using multiple devices.

Backup, Recovery, and Media Services (BRMS)

You can also recover your system fully during a disaster or bems, or restore single objects or libraries from your save media. BRMS can also perform some daily maintenance activities that are related to your backup routine.

BRMS enables you to track all of your media from creation to expiration.


You no longer have to keep track of which items are on which volumes, nor be concerned that you might accidentally write over active data. As your business needs change and grow, you can add functions to the BRMS base product by purchasing and installing additional options.

In addition, users can view the save history of any system in the network from a single system. The networking feature also simplifies media duplication by using one system in the network to duplicate media for another system in the network.

Backup, Recovery, and Media Services (BRMS)

Parallel save operations work with the BRMS Advanced feature to allow for parallel archive and parallel dynamic retrieval of a single object.

The ability to dynamically retrieve a large database file in parallel helps to reduce the window of the retrieval process.

The BRMS Advanced feature allows archive capabilities brmd database files, stream files, and documents based on frequency of use, inactivity limit, object size, or disk pool thresholds. BRMS provides both a traditional character-based interface and a graphical interface, which is available as a plug-in for IBM Navigator for i.

Working with devices in BRMS

These interfaces are not mutually exclusive. You can use the character-based interface for some tasks and the graphical interface for other tasks, or you can choose to use one interface exclusively. However, iseriees between these BRMS interfaces do exist and you should be aware of them.


For detailed information, refer to the BRMS interface differences and Related information sections in this topic collection. BRMS is not a replacement for a backup, recovery, and media management strategy; it is a tool that you use to implement your strategy.

Working with devices in BRMS

Before you start doing backups using BRMS or any other product, you should plan your backup and recovery strategy. What’s new for IBM i 7.

These files and objects contain all the information about all the policies used by BRMS, all the saved history btms all previous backups, and all the managed media. This topic explains how to merge BRMS data from one system to another system.

Each program and API are described in general and followed by detailed field descriptions and sizes. You can view or print any of the PDF files. Planning your backup and recovery strategy.