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SANtricity commands

Save storage array DBM database

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The save storageArray dbmDatabase command backs up RAID configuration data or all data to a file on the host. You can specify multiple data locations and controllers.

Supported Arrays

This command applies to any individual storage array, including the E2700, E5600, E2800, E5700, EF600 and EF300 arrays, as long as all SMcli packages are installed.


To execute this command on an E2800, E5700, EF600, or EF300 storage array, you must have the Security Admin role.


save storageArray dbmDatabase
[sourceLocation=(disk | onboard)]
[controller [(a|b)]]
[contentType= all]


Parameter Description


The file path and the file name to which you want to save the database. Enclose the file name in double quotation marks (" "). For example:

file="C:\Program Files\CLI\logs\"

This parameter must appear last, after any of the optional parameters.

This command creates a .zip file and you do not need to specify a file extension.


This parameter specifies the location from which to obtain backup database information.

  • disk indicates that data comes directly from the database on the drive

  • onboard indicates that data comes from the RPA memory location

The default location is onboard.


This parameter specifies the controller from which data will be exclusively retrieved, if sourceLocation is set to onboard. If the controller parameter is not specified, data might be retrieved from either controller.

Valid controller identifiers are a or b, where a is the controller in slot A, and b is the controller in slot B.


This parameter specifies the content type of the data that will be retrieved.

This parameter is set to all by default, so that all of the data including disk pool configuration data is retrieved.


The data that you save to the host using this command can, if needed, be restored to the controller. A validator, however, is required to restore data from the file on the host.

Minimum firmware level


7.83 adds these parameters:

  • sourceLocation

  • controller

  • contentType