FW: Recovery at a DR Site

Discussion created by ca.portal.admin on Feb 25, 2005
Hi All,
We ran a second DR test this week, and once again I somehow got a data
snapshot during the time a journal was offloading at the main data center.
This caused a journal to show as ""condensing"" once the regions warmstarted
at the DR site. The odds of twice getting a data snapshot during the few
minutes a journal is offloading is amazing, although I think this may be
because this client may have predefined ""VARY JOURNAL"" times and the data
snapshots were done at the same time both weeks.
Anyway, this time when I got to the DR site, one journal was in the
condensing phase. I ran a manual journal offload with the RESTART parameter
and the journal finished condensing successfully.
For those who are intimate with the journal offload/condense process, my
question becomes the following: if you do DR by having your data ""mirrored""
at a DR site, is there a way I can get caught with unrecoverable data in the
journals if the disaster occurred while a journal was offloading? Or is the
journal offload process so smart it can handle anything?

Joe Lupico
IDMS System Support
""Our World is a Happy World""

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Re: Recovery at a DR Site
You're under a slight misunderstanding. We are not mirroring the tape
activity, just the DASD activity. On this particular client, the journal
offload tapes are never taken offsite. They used to use a process of
transmitting the journal offload data to a remote site and then performing a
roll forward, but that has just been replaced by a process where all the
DASD is kept in (very close) sync.
Basically, the offloaded journal data really no longer serves a useful
function, except for auditing.
If a journal offload is occuring at the main data center, I am never going
to see the tape at the DR site. All I've got are the disk journals.
However, my concern is the state of the disk journal which was in the
condense phase at the main data center when it was ""snapshot"" to the DR
site. In last week's test, I ran the offload at DR with a RESTART and
everything seemed fine.
I can rephrase the question this way. If you lose your entire mainframe
while a journal offload is performing a condense, when you restart the IDMS
system, is there a possibility that should the system need to read the old
journal (the one which was being condensed) in order to roll out any
in-flight run units, the WARMSTART could fail?

Joe Lupico
IDMS System Support
""Our World is a Happy World""