Initializing BRBACKUP Tape Volumes with BR*Tools


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


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

·        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 BRBACKUP tape volumes.

       3.      Set the required options:

Menu Entry

Equivalent BRBACKUP

Command Option

BRBACKUP profile (profile)


Initialization type (initialize)


Number of volumes (number)


Confirmation mode (confirm)


Message language (language)


Tape volume names (volume)


BRBACKUP command line (command)

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

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

       5.      You check the results in the BRBACKUP logs.

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

Ў        The detail log b<encoded timestamp>.tib displays the progress.

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