Backing Up the Offline Redo Log Files with BR*Tools


You can use BR*Tools to back up the offline redo log files. BRARCHIVE performs the backup.

The offline redo log files are called the archivelogs in the BRTOOLS menus to save space.


·        Make sure the database is running in ARCHIVELOG mode. For more information, see Setting Up Archiving.

·        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.

·        Allow enough time for the backup. Hardware compression can halve the backup time.




       1.      Start BRGUI or BRTOOLS.

       2.      Choose Backup and database copy  ® Archivelog backup.

       3.      Set the required options:

Menu Entry

Equivalent BRARCHIVE

Command Option

BRARCHIVE profile (profile)


BRARCHIVE function (function)


Backup device type (device)


Tape volume for backup (volume)


BACKINT/Mount profile (parfile)


Database user/password (user)


Maximum number of files (number)


Back up disk backup (archive)


Confirmation mode (confirm)


Query mode (query)


Compression mode (compress)


Verification mode (verify)


Fill mode, group size (fill)


Modify mode, delay apply (modify)


Additional output (output)


Message language (language)


BRARCHIVE command line (command)

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

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

       5.      Check the results in the BRARCHIVE logs.

Ў        The summary log arch<DBSID>.logdisplays the backed up archive log files and the return code.

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

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