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After Image (ai)

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After Image (ai)

Hi to All,

How to enable the after image(ai) file in progress 8.3a and also need documents for backup and recovery plan for after imaging.

Brad Kozak
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Re: After Image (ai)

Hi Sureshkumar,

The ai chapter in your Progress DB Admin Guide and Reference will get you started. If you don't have the manuals then try here:

Read the section on After-Imaging.

Basically you will,

1. Create a structure file (.st) with your ai extents defined. I suggest you use 3 variable length extents.

2. Add these extents to your database.
prostrct add .st

3. Enable ai
rfutil -C aimage begin
now you have ai running

4. You can't just enable ai and be done with it. Those 3 variable length extents have to be monitored/backed up/emptied and then re-used or the first one will grow continually until you fill up the disk that its' on. The monitoring/backing up etc... is usually done with a set of scripts.

We basically have 3 scripts:

1 to monitor the database(s) ai extents. It backs up the active ai extent to another directory and marks that backed up extent empty so it can be re-used. We run this script every 15 minutes. You may find that you need to run it more often, or way less -- it depends on your needs and how much data you are willing to lose in the event of a failure.

1 to look in the directory where backed up ai extents are saved and ftp's them to the backup server.

1 on the backup machine which looks in the directory where the ai extents were ftp'd to and applies (roll forwards) them to a warm spare database.

That's pretty much our strategy. The PEG (Progress E-mail Group) is the authority on the Internet for those seeking knowledge about the Progress Database. Stop by -- you can search the lists archives as well. If you can I'd upgrade that 8.3 database. It's old and not supported any longer.