Where We Can Find How To Backup Our Security Files?

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Last Modified Date : 14/02/2018
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How does one go about backing up the BACKUP file to tape, after the daily backup?

Install Guide only talks about backing up with TSSXTEND to another DASD formatted file; never a sequential tape backup. Can IEHPROGM per TSSRESTN? 

(VSAMBKUP is easy, of course, just using REPRO from IDCAMS) 

How does one go about backing up the RECFILE to tape?

Would one use TSSRCVR1 to collect the commands, and back that up, rather than copying the RECFILE itself with IEHPROGM?



To backup restore the security file, there are three members in the CAKOJCL0 which are: SMSBCKUP; SMSRESTN; SMSRESTR

These jobs are the way to backup security files with ADRDSSU utility. 

This utility can be used as well to backup the RECFILE. The RECFILE can be saved with IEBGENER as well, it is not a keyed dataset. 

It might be not needed to backup your RECFILE. It is a wrap around file and if it is large enough to contain all security file modifications/updates between two backups, then when your backup takes place the contains of the RECFILE is no longer useful.

Additional Information:

For CA Top secret r16.0 you can have more information about the RECFILE backup at, this is valid for Ca Top sectret r15.0 as well:


You can also review the BACKUP procedures at: