Initializing BRARCHIVE Tape Volumes with BR*Tools


You can use BR*Tools for Oracle to initialize BRARCHIVE tape volumes. BRARCHIVE performs the initialization.


·        Make sure you have set the necessary BRARCHIVE parameters in the initialization profile init<DBSID>.sap, because BRTOOLS uses these when it calls BRARCHIVE.

·        Make sure you have the right backup volumes. When you back up to tape, make sure that you have read the notes on managing and initializing the tapes. For more information, see Volume Management.



       1.      Start BRGUI or BRTOOLS.

       2.      Choose Backup and database copy  ® Additional Functions ® Initialization of BRARCHIVE tape volumes.

       3.      Set the required options:

Menu Entry

Equivalent BRARCHIVE

Command Option

BRARCHIVE profile (profile)


Initialization type (initialize)


Number of volumes (number)


Confirmation mode (confirm)


Message language (language)


Tape volume names (volume)


BRARCHIVE command line (command)

This shows you the BRARCHIVE -i command that is to be executed using the current settings.

       4.      To start processing with the selected options, choose Continue.

       5.      You check the results in the BRARCHIVE Logs.

Ў        The summary log arch<DBSID>.logdisplays the return code.

Ў        The detail log a<encoded timestamp>.tia displays the progress.

For more information on how to view the logs, see Showing Logs with BR*Tools.