Complete Database Backup in MaxDB

Make the following specifications for the General properties of a medium: Name of the backup medium. You can choose this name regardless of the Device/File used. - Note, however, that certain names are reserved for external backup tools: ADSM (Tivoli

Storage Manager), NSR (Networker), BACK (Backint for Oracle, Backint for SAP DB). For more
information about this, see SAP Note 352314. - If a media name begins with these letters, the database kernel expects an external backup tool. Backup Type: Specify the type of backup for which this medium is to be used. Device Type: Tape, file, or pipe (You can control an external backup tool with the latter)

Device/File: Path to a device, name of a defined pipe, or the name of a file including path. If you do not specify a path, a file is created in the run directory of the database instance. You can find the following options under Extended: Size (KB): Maximum size of the backups that are to be created on this medium (if you do not make a specification, these files can be created with an unlimited size) Overwrite: This option enables continuous backup to the same file with overwriting of the previous backup. You should take care when using this option, as the backup history is canceled with it, and there is no possibility for returning to one of the previous backups. Autoloader: Select the Autoloader field, if you want to use a tape station with an automatic tape swapper. OS Command: You can specify operating system commands for the backup to tape here. Under Label, you can see the label information for the last backup that was created on this medium.

MaxDB supports multiple external backup tools and backup technologies: Tivoli Storage Manager (ADSM)

Networker (NSR) Tools that support the Backint for Oracle or Backint for MaxDB interface (BACK) Tools that were currently converted to support pipes: Data Protector (HP), since the version 5.5 this is possible. To support one of these tools, the Device Type of the backup medium must be set as a pipe. The name of the medium must also begin with the character strings specified in brackets above. Other examples for locations for media under Unix and Microsoft Windows: Windows: First tape drive: \\.\tape0 Pipe: \\.\pipe\PipeName (Pipes are opened by the database kernel and then used by the backup tool) UNIX: Tape drives: /dev/tape0 Pipes: /tmp/pipe0 (Pipes are opened by the backup tool and then used by the database kernel) Media definitions are stored in the file dbm.mmm in the run directory of the database instance.

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