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How to confirm that TSAFS and TSAFSGW is being used to backup GroupWise

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Novell GroupWise 7
Novell GroupWise 8
Novell Open Enterprise Server 2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
TSAFSGW being used to take the backup
Supported Backup Software for OES/SLES being used to take the backup


How to confirm that TSAFS and TSAFSGW is being used to backup GroupWise
Checking if TSAFS and TSAFSGW is being used to safely backup and restore GroupWise databases
Checking if TSAFS and TSAFSGW is being used to backup and restore open GroupWise files


To make sure that TSAFSGW is being used by the backup engine, load the TSAFSGW with --logpath and --loglevel switch and then check the tsafsgw.log file to see if it contains data. The amount of information in the tsafsgw.log file should be very detailed. If that is the case it means tsafsgw is being used. If the file is empty, the TSAFSGW is not being used by the backup engine.
/opt/novell/sms/bin/smsconfig -l tsafs --enablegw
/opt/novell/sms/bin/smsconfig -l tsafsgw --home /opt/novell/groupwise/gwdom --home /opt/novell/groupwise/gwpo --logpath /tmp/gw --loglevel 9

Additional Information

One other method would be to use the --tempdir switch with TSAFSGW and then use the inotifywait application to see what files get created and deleted in the temporary directory and see if it the output consisits of it creating and deleting files. If so, it means it is caching the databases and using TSAFSGW. inotifywait application can be downloaded from the following website

The TSAFS and TSAFSGW APIs are designed to work openly with supported 3rd party backup software for OES2 SP1 Linux.


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  • Document ID:7003433
  • Creation Date:03-JUN-09
  • Modified Date:27-APR-12
    • NovellGroupWise
      Open Enterprise Server

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