Is it possible to copy Dynam/T controlled IDCAMS multi-file tapes to a VTL (Virtual Tape Library) System?

Document ID : KB000025208
Last Modified Date : 07/09/2018
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Question:

We have replaced our tape robot with a VTL (Virtual Tape Library). Although some tapes with a long retention have been successfully copied to the VTL, there are some multi-file volumes with multiple IDCAMS catalog backups we have not been able to copy.

Is there a CA Dynam/T Utility which can be used to copy this volumes ?

Answer:

NO, "For several reasons there is no CA Dynam/T Utility to do this Copy"

 

Additional Information:

But, a possibility to do this can be:

A secured way to achieve what you want to do is to restore the backups (eventually on a temporary catalog) back to a disk and than "back it up again using the new devices".The problem is not PIOCS, but the fact that there are embedded "TM" (Tapemarks) in the middle of data's. 
See also KB000054495 
This explain why we can't copy the tapes with DYNAM/T utility.

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