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BACKUP/IMAGE of System Disk Fails?

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The Question is:

I am trying to do a standalone backup.
I was using backup/image/ver/log dsa0: mka400:sys.bck/sav/rew
It seemed to be working and after 30 minutes it failed.  Can I use image with
 this version of VMS?

The Answer is :

  OpenVMS Alpha has not provided standalone BACKUP starting with V6.1,
  when the older Standalone BACKUP environment was replaced with the
  bootable OpenVMS environment.
  BACKUP/IMAGE is completely supported and commonly used.
  Your BACKUP command is correct.
  Boot the OpeNVMS distribution kit, and exit to the $$$ DCL prompt.
  MOUNT/NOWRITE and perform the BACKUP from this environment, per
  the OpenVMS Alpha system management documentation.  You can also
  use provided tools to create your own bootable environment, as
  well.  See the OpenVMS documentation for the DCL command procedure
  Also consider using the V7.3-1 or other (more) current distribution
  kit to bootstrap and perform the BACKUP, as this will provide you
  with the most current OpenVMS and BACKUP software.
  Your OpenVMS Alpha V7.1-2 is rather old, and no longer supported --
  at this writing, V7.2-2 and V7.3-1 are the prefered upgrade paths.
  For the most current information on current and prior support, please
  see the Prior Version Support (PVS) information in the OpenVMS FAQ.
  Also please also acquire and install the current mandatory ECO kits
  for your OpenVMS release.
  Without the details of the failure including the error message(s),
  device error reports, the the device(s) involved, and similar
  details, OpenVMS Wizard is unfortunately not able to provide more
  specific assistance.

answer written or last revised on ( 15-NOV-2002 )

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