How to create ignite boot tapes

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make_tape_recovery - tape based system recovery archive creation


/opt/ignite/bin/make_tape_recovery [ -s Ignite-UX_server ]
           [-a tape_drive] [-A] [-b] [-B boot_destination_file]
           [-D tape_volume_name]
           [-d tag_string] [-f content_file] [-i|-ib] [-I] [-l LLA]
           [-n number_cfg_directories] [-p] [-P s|w|e] [-m tar|cpio|pax] [-r]
           [-t tape_title_string] [-v] [-x content-options]
           [XToolkit_Options] [-?]

Recomended make_tape_recovery options[edit]

# make_tape_recovery -I -v -x inc_entire=vg00 -a /dev/rmt/#mn

-I: Causes the system recovery process to be interactive when booting from the tape. By default, when the systems boots from the recovery tape, it will allow ten (10) seconds to interrupt the automatic recovery process in order to make modifications interactively. When the -I option is specified, booting from the tape will always present the interactive menus. This option is useful when making configuration changes during the recovery, and may also help prevent an accidental system recovery from a recovery tape.

-v: Display verbose progress messages while creating the system recovery archive. Includes information such as which volume groups/disks will be included in the system recovery archive.

-x inc_entire=disk|vg_name: Includes all file systems contained on the specified disk or volume group. Use a block device file (e.g., "/dev/dsk/c0t5d0") when specifying a whole-disk (non-volume manager) file system. Use the volume group name (such as vg00) when you want all file systems that are part of that LVM volume group to be included in the archive.

-a tape_drive: Specifies the tape drive device file that will be used for archiving by make_tape_recovery. The default is legacy device dev/rmt/0mn unless the /var/opt/ignite/recovery/default file exists on the system. On HP-UX 11i v3, when legacy mode devices are disabled, you can specify the agile device name using the -a option.

  • Note: take notice to always use the "-a <tape_drive> flag as the last option of your make_tape_recovery string. Using this flag in other possition may cause parsing errors. Always use the non rewindable #mn tape device.