How do I schedule a nightly tape backup on AIX?

Traditional tape backups are kicked off by the Eclipse phantom scheduler. The SYS.BACKUP.DVR phantom itself simply executes the /bin/save script, which in turn performs the backup routine and returns a status to Eclipse.

To view/change the nightly backup phantom that runs from within Eclipse:

  • <F2> for System
  • <ALT><A> for Phantom Status
  • <ALT><E> for Schedule
  • Press <Enter> to view all phantoms for all user IDs
  • Select the “System Backup” phantom and press <ALT><E> to Edit
  • When you’ve made the appropriate modifications, press <ESC> to save and exit
For Linux systems, we recommend that you schedule the tape backup and snapshot script simultaneously via crontab, as detailed in this KB article.