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Allow to exclude index pages from backup - recreate after restore
Db2 backup is saving all database objects regardless if the objects (especially indexes) could be re-created, because the objects contain just redundant data.
Db2 already provides the DBM CFG parameter INDEXREC which configures when an invalid index will be re-created.
If Db2 would provide an option to backup indexes as invalid, the backup image would contain just the meta-information of the index and its state invalid. Thus, nearly no index pages will be sent to the storage manager, no backup space will be required.
After a restore of such a backup the indexes are in state invalid and depending on INDEXREC the indexes will be recreated.
Considering an environment where production backups can not be used for non-backup environments (development, test). Often the indexes contain about 30% of the total disk space. If a backup image is about 6 TiB in size and daily backups are taken, the space required at the storage manager would sum up to 60 TiB per month.
And since a restore will only be in case of a serious outage, this index-space of the backup image will never be used.
Feature would allow to save backup storage space, increase backup (and restore) speed.
The disadvantage will be the necessity of rebuilding the indexes following a restore and rollforward (depending on INDEXREC).
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