> I am on a Helpdesk and need to alter the backup on our Unix system.
> Unfortunately, I don't know diddly squat about Unix systems. I have an
> AS400 background and my only involvement so far has been to change backup
> I know that the present backups are done through SAM which I think is some
> kind of ' frontend '. I looked through loads of books in a computer store on
> Unix but couldn't find anything on SAM. Can anyone help - please. Does
> anyone know where I can get a manual ?
> I need to set up incremental backups to run Tuesday - Friday mornings and a
> full backup on a Saturday morning. Can I use TAR or CPIO ( i saw these
> terms in the books rather than know about them ).
> Any help would be greatly appreciated.
> Russell Saunders
SAM (System Administration Module.. me thinks) is the system
administration tool in HP-UX (your operating system, HP's version of
UNIX). SAM uses a command fbackup to perform backups from it. It also
makes it easy to set up automated backup at regular intervals (places
the backup command in a cron file, cron is the scheduler in UNIX). As
root, you should be able to type 'sam' from the command line, then
navigate to the automated backup/recovery area and schedule backup from
I would suggest that you not get too bogged down with TAR and CPIO right
now. You might want to look at the man pages for fbackup, dump and
cron. dump can also run incremental and full backups (to do this with
TAR or CPIO you have to manage the file lists of what is to be backed
up), and cron will schedual the jobs. If you are using logical volume
management (LVM) record all the LVM info and print it out. This will be
necessary if you have to replace a disk.
Look for books on HP-UX System Administration, you should find help for
SAM there. Do a search for "HP-UX" at www.amazon.com, many system admin
books there should be able to help with the details on SAM, LVM and