I have just inherited a DEC Alpha Server 800...I have ZERO knowledge of it other than a few commands that I've gleaned from fiddling around with it. It appears to be in a cluster arrangement with a primary and a shadow set of drives and has a couple of tape drives, primarily a DLT attached to it that is allegedly being used to backup the system. We are moving away from the system, and the hardware is on it's last legs, so I really want to confirm that the backup is actually taking place. It would also be nice to do some sort of test restore to ensure that there's actually anything on the tape that's usable...
Would someone be able to throw a few suggestions out on what commands I should use and/or logs I can check to ensure that anything is actually taking place?
SHOW SYSTEM says it's OpenVMS v7.1-1H1
Your help would be greatly appreciated!
Do do a listing of the backup tape, mount the tape (using MOUNT/FOREIGN mkannn: where mkannn: is the device name of the tape drive). Then just do a BACKUP/LIST mkannn: and see if it lists your files. If so, then your tape is okay.
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