IntelliSnap on DB2 - howto restore ?

Last post 10-11-2018, 2:57 PM by pereirath. 9 replies.
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  • IntelliSnap on DB2 - howto restore ?
    Posted: 10-11-2018, 9:31 AM

    Hi guys,

    I'm facing an environment build on Vmware virtualization.
    within the Vmware Farm, there are VMs running DB2 databases on RDMs (mapped via FC to the server)

    I asume, that this is a supported configuration for running IntelliSnap Backups.
    I'll have a physical host to handle the backup copy (hope that's an option).

    But what about Restores ?

    How is Restore processed in such an environment ? didn't find much to help me on BOL.

    since snapshot backups will be created on a 4hrly schedule, but backup copy only once a day, I might end up in restoring from snapshot + replay of logs.

    If snap revert is not an option like w/ DB2 multinode, do I have to mount the snapshots to the Proxy used for the backup copy ?
    (I asume, that CV is not able to mount the Snapshot into the VM via RDM)

    Will the data than be send to the DB host via LAN ?
    Is this asumed to be faster, then restore from Disk + Log Replay ?
    (since the amount of logs to replay might be significantly smaller)

    any hints welcome 

    best regards

  • Re: IntelliSnap on DB2 - howto restore ?
    Posted: 10-11-2018, 9:59 AM


    "By default, RDMs and independent disks are not included in IntelliSnap backup operations. To enable IntelliSnap backup operations for RDMs and independent disks, see Enabling IntelliSnap Backup Operations for RDM and Independent Disks.

    Note: To include RDMs and independent disks in IntelliSnap backup operations, your VMware ESXi host must be version 5.5 or later using iSCSI or Fibre Channel hardware that supports N-Port ID Virtualization (NPIV).

    When you protect RDMs and independent disks with VSA IntelliSnap backups, you can restore data as VMDKs on the restored VMs."

    The RDM's are being handled differently then regular hardware snapshots, this might help understanding:



    Jos Meijer
    Senior Technical Consultant
  • Re: IntelliSnap on DB2 - howto restore ?
    Posted: 10-11-2018, 10:22 AM

    Hi Jos,

    since I have to make consistent backups of the DB2 databases, that can be used for an "any point in time" restore, I wasn't thinking of using VSA to backup that data.
    Even if the data resides on VMDKs, the IntelliSnap Backup of the DB2 within the VM cannot be done by the Virtual Server Agent.

    At least DB2 is not on the list of "AppAware" Applications.

    Therefore I plan to use the DB2 database iDA inside the VM and create Snapshots on the pysical LUNs mapped into the VM as RDMs (same procedure as LUNs connected via iSCSI to the VM or a physical server)

    the obsticle I face is, that Snapshots of that LUNs cannot be mapped into the VM, since RDMs are not setup by CV and iSCSI is not an option in that environment

  • Re: IntelliSnap on DB2 - howto restore ?
    Posted: 10-11-2018, 10:42 AM

    Best option to make consistent backups and provide point in time as far as I can see:

    • Backup: VM without RDM, Application via Agent
      Recovery: Recover the VM, provide a LUN to recreate the disk layout and restore the application data with the Agent to the LUN
      If only app data needs to be recovered your agent will do the trick.
    Other options are not application consistent.
    What is in your opinion the reason/additional value to make the LUN snapshot?

    Jos Meijer
    Senior Technical Consultant
  • Re: IntelliSnap on DB2 - howto restore ?
    Posted: 10-11-2018, 10:55 AM

    I'm talking of DB2 databases which size exceeds 20TB.

    creating streaming backups of such a database will take several hours.
    other if creating an IntelliSnap Backup of that application.

    since multiple backups have to be created during the day, streaming backup is not an option w/ such a huge amount of data. Especially if not all recoverpoints have to be copied to disk or tape for longterm retention.

    BackupCopy load can be done off-host on a proxy, so no additional load on the DB server for dedup hash calulation and compression

  • Re: IntelliSnap on DB2 - howto restore ?
    Posted: 10-11-2018, 11:04 AM

    You could use intellisnap in the DB2 database agent:

    Jos Meijer
    Senior Technical Consultant
  • Re: IntelliSnap on DB2 - howto restore ?
    Posted: 10-11-2018, 11:10 AM

    sorry the original question was not clear enough ....

    I was talking of using IntelliSnap w/ DB2 agent inside the VM to backup LANs mapped as RDMs.

    so far, so good.

    but how is the restore done ?
    in the SnapshotManagement section related to DB2 agent, I can't find any description of that process other then which parameter to check in the GUI.
    I don't find the description of how and from where data is transfered.
    nobody mentions how and where snapshots are mounted at all.

  • Re: IntelliSnap on DB2 - howto restore ?
    Posted: 10-11-2018, 1:08 PM

    Take a look and see if this helps you.

    Page 107 intellisnap and 147 Restore.

  • Re: IntelliSnap on DB2 - howto restore ?
    Posted: 10-11-2018, 2:46 PM

    that is a great quick guide.

    Thanks for providing the link 

  • Re: IntelliSnap on DB2 - howto restore ?
    Posted: 10-11-2018, 2:57 PM

    Glad it helped. I`ve attached to this post for future reference.

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