[RESOLVED] I need to backup/retsore an OpenVMS Itanium system disk

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I've got an Itanium2 OpenVMS system with an "on board" RAID controller but the guy who set it up did not make the system disk part of a RAID set. I know how to set up a RAID set but then will need to copy/restore the existing system disk to it. Since the system disk is partitioned (one partition is for EFI/boot while OpenVMS is in the other), I need to know the best way to do the restore.

Posted by Neil Rieck (Questions: 2, Answers: 1)
Asked on October 29, 2018 8:36 am
Category: Storage

The EFI partition is visable in the OpenVMS filesystem as a special file
and will be copied by an image backup/restore.

You will have to remake your boot menu entry with SYS$MANAGER:BOOT_OPTIONS [ use the verify option ] after the restore.

Posted by Ian Miller (Questions: 0, Answers: 5)
Answered on October 30, 2018 5:24 am

Thanks. I am on vacation this week so will try this next week. QUESTION-2: so I am assuming I would boot the installation DVD; drop down to DCL; then invoke $BACKUP/image. I am assuming that $BACKUP is capable of copying all partitions of a partitioned disk?

(Neil Rieck at October 30, 2018 5:59 am)

yes – that’s the way to do it.
After restoring the disk, mount the system disk and use SYS$MANAGER:BOOT_OPTIONS to fix up the boot menu.

(Ian Miller at October 30, 2018 6:20 am)

Ian, Your suggestion worked perfectly so thank you. I didn’t know about the script ”SYS$MANAGER:BOOT_OPTIONS” but using it was a treat. I guess the only thing I can add is this: OpenVMS system disks are not partitioned in the traditional way. For example, there is an EFI partition on the system disk when you set up Linux on an x86-64 platform. As you have already pointed out, file ”SYS$SYSDEVICE:[VMS$COMMON.SYS$LDR]SYS$EFI.SYS” seems to be accessible to the EFI/UEFI routines which I thought could only deal with FAT-32.

(Neil Rieck at November 10, 2018 3:44 pm)

Do any OpenVMS utilities exist to set up a partition? Back in the day we used third party products like ”Partition Magic” to do this kind of stuff in DOS/Windows/Linux. If so, I would still need to copy the EFI/UEFI partition and ”I think” that is something not visible from OpenVMS (hence my original question)

Posted by Neil Rieck (Questions: 2, Answers: 1)
Answered on October 29, 2018 4:41 pm

The OpenVMS part is the easiest (at least for me…). In this case, I would start be partitioning the RAID set as you desire and just do an image restore of the OpenVMS partition. I have restored OpenVMS to a RAID set in this fashion before. I have not partitioned the RAID set though.

Note: When restoring the system, you may want to initialize the RAID set to be capable of more files or a different cluster size prior to the ”restore”. As you know… BACKUP/IMAGE/NOINIT in this case.


Posted by Abrsvc (Questions: 0, Answers: 13)
Answered on October 29, 2018 9:14 am
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