Random SysAdmin Thoughts...

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Automated creation of mksysb and copy to NFS Server

I have a bunch of systems that we are working on, however we don’t have the tape library connected yet. It makes me very nervous to not have any backups so I put this together. It creates a mksysb on the local system and copies it to the NFS export. In my case I created this on my NIM server so if I needed to create a SPOT and reinstall or cut it to tape it’s already available there.
It’s pretty much ready to use so all you only need to do a few things:

  1. Update the variables
  2. Copy it to each system
  3. Schedule with cron
    HOSTNAME=uname -a | awk '{<span style="color: darkblue;">print</span> $2}'
    DATE=$(date +%m%d%Y)
    # Check to make sure the directory we need to mount is created
    if [ ! -e “/mksysb/nfs_mksysb“ ]; then
        mkdir -p /mksysb/nfs_mksysb
    # Determine if the NFS share is mounted unless it’s the server serviing the NFS Mount
    if [ ! “$NFSSERVER“ == “$HOSTNAME“ ]; then
        mount | grep nfs_mksysb || mount “$NFSSERVER:/mksysb/nfs_mksysb“ “$BACKUPDIR
        mount | grep nfs_mksysb && MOUNTED = 1
    # Ensure the directory for the system is created
    if [ ! -e “$BACKUPDIR/$HOSTNAME“ ]; then
        mkdir -p$BACKUPDIR/$HOSTNAME
    # Everything is mounted and ready to go - lets create our backup
    /usr/bin/mksysb -e -i “/mksysb/$FILENAME
    # MKSYSB is completed so lets copy it over to the NFS share
    # Clean up local directories
    find /mksysb ( ! -name mksysb -prune ) -name “$HOSTNAME.“ -mtime +$RETAIN_LOCAL_BACKUPS -exec rm {} \;
    # Clean up NFS share
    find “${BACKUPDIR}/${HOSTNAME}“ -name “${HOSTNAME}.“ -mtime +${RETAIN_NFS_BACKUPS} -exec rm {} \;
    # We are finished so lets unmount the share
    [ ! -z “$MOUNTED“ ] && umount /mksysb/nfs_mksysb