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decommissioning procedure

Edgar_8
Regular Advisor

decommissioning procedure

Hi All,

We need to decommission a K580 running HP-UX 10.20 & Ora 8.0.5. Does anyone have an advisable decomissioning procedure? Should a make_recovery be done of vg00 & the other vgs also backed up?

Thanks in advance!
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Steven E. Protter
Exalted Contributor

Re: decommissioning procedure

I would do a make_recovery or make_tape_recovery tape of the system with all databases and such shut down. I would also do an fbackup, because without the hardware the Ignite tape isn't always usable.

I have just decommissioned a D320 server. I did so by installing HP-Ux 11.11 and including all disks in the install. What I was left with was a blank system with no propriatary data on it.

This procedure is sufficient for most folks this side of the Pentagon. It overwrites every byte on every disk.

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twang
Honored Contributor

Re: decommissioning procedure

We have recently retired a D-class, some information I keep for the system as follows:
1. nickel output
2. ignite backup for vg00
3. all other vgs' backup
4. application list and related patch level

hope this help.
Rajeev Shukla
Honored Contributor

Re: decommissioning procedure

Yes i would suggest
1. To take an entire systems backup using fbackup.
2. Take a make_tape_recovery of entire vg00.
3. And a complete oracle backup.

Now if by decommission you mean you are sending this machine/selling etc.. I would suggest to remove all the data/format the disks etc..
Edgar_8
Regular Advisor

Re: decommissioning procedure

Hi All,

Thanks for the feedback.We plan to do the following:

1.do a make_recovery
2.do a fbackup (is this neccesary if make_recovery done?)
3.bkup Oracle datafiles
4.clean install HP-UX 11i, Oracle 9i

Thanks,
Dave La Mar
Honored Contributor

Re: decommissioning procedure

Edgar -
You have many good replies. Let me add one more thing to your check off.
Wipe clean the involved internal disks!!!
I once purchased an array for our mainframe system from a company. After installing it I found I had a copy of their O/S and a good deal of data.

Best regards,

dl
"I'm not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information."
Patrick Wallek
Honored Contributor

Re: decommissioning procedure

Edgar,

Your procedure sounds fine. Yes, I would go ahead and do both the fbackup and the make_tape_recovery. Do the make_tape_recovery for VG00, and then do the fbackup for everything else. I do not like having non-VG00 data on a make_tape_recovery tape. I would also do 2 of each. Invariably you will need to restore something and the first tape you try will be bad. If you have 2 copies you have a much better chance of being able to restore something if necessary.
Steven E. Protter
Exalted Contributor

Re: decommissioning procedure

We do a make_tape_recovery backup with all dataabases shut down.

We also do a normal fbackup/veritas tape.

Then we install the Operating system including all disks. That wipes out all data.

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Steven E Protter
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