1. Log on to AIX as root.
  2. Creating a directory or file system: If you want to save your current data on the hard disk, create a directory, or even a file system, in which to store the file. Make sure the location is not within either the /home/dirTalk or /usr/lpp/dirTalk directories. If you are upgrading the AIX operating system, make sure you do not save data to any hard disk location that could be affected by the AIX upgrade.

    Use tape if you are uncertain, particularly if you are upgrading the operating system.

  3. Changing to a working directory: Change to an appropriate working directory, where the utility can put working files. Do not use a directory in /home/dirTalk or /usr/lpp/dirTalk. For example, use the$HOME directory for dtuser, or use /tmp:
    cd /tmp
  4. Setting up the environment : Type the following command and press Enter:
    . /usr/lpp/dirTalk/tools/vae.setenv

    Leave a space between the period and the slash before usr.

  5. Type the following command and press Enter:
    echo $VAE

    If the environment is properly set up, the system should display the following message:

  6. Checking the current directory: Type the following command and press Enter:

    The system displays the path for your current directory. Make sure it is not within the /home/dirTalk or /usr/lpp/dirTalk directories.

  7. Saving the data: Type the following command and press Enter:

    The system displays the Save DirectTalk Data Script menu:

    Save DirectTalk Data Script--Backup Device
     Total amount of space needed to save DirectTalk: 3393 Kbytes
    1) Diskette (Recommended only for Small Amount of Data) 
    2) Hard Disk file (using tar)
    3) Tape (using tar)
    4) Quit
    Select device type: (type ENTER to list choices) >
  8. The menu shows the amount of space you need to save your application data. Ensure that you have enough space before continuing.
  9. Type the number for the option you want to use, then press Enter. The system prompts you for the device, directory, or file name, as appropriate.
    Note: Options 2 and 3 use the AIX tar command to save your application data in a single file, using the United States Tape Archiver format (USTAR). This format supports:
    • Directory path names with a maximum of 155 characters
    • File names with a maximum of 100 characters.

    If you select one of these options, you need to ensure that the files you are saving, and the directory you are saving to, do not exceed these limits.

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