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6.1. IBM Tivoli FlashCopy Manager Local Configuration Wizard.

Friday 20 November 2009 @ 11:34 am

If you don’t have IBM Tivoli Storage Manager in your environment or you don’t have a Tivoli Data Protection license for the server you have installed Tivoli FlashCopy Manager on, you will need to go through the IBM Tivoli FlashCopy Manager Local Configuration Wizard as shown below. If you have Tivoli Storage Manager & have acquired a TDP license for the server you want to backup, skip this section directly to section 6.2 to run the TSM Configuration Wizard. To configure IBM Tivoli FlashCopy Manager using the local configuration wizard, follow the steps below:

1-     Start IBM Tivoli FlashCopy Manager: start => All Programs => Tivoli FlashCopy Manager


6. IBM Tivoli FlashCopy Manager Configuration

Thursday 19 November 2009 @ 3:27 pm

IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy manager has two configuration wizards Local Configuration Wizard & TSM Configuration Wizard. The configuration wizard you will use to configure Tivoli FlashCopy Manager depends on your environment. If you don’t have IBM Tivoli Storage Manager in your environment, then you will use the Local Configuration Wizard. If you have IBM Tivoli Storage Manager in your environment & you have a Tivoli Data Protection License for the server you want to protect, you should use the TSM Configuration wizard to configure you Tivoli FlashCopy Manager.

Although integrating IBM Tivoli Storage Manager with IBM Tivoli FlashCopy Manager is optional, it’s required to send the backup to TSM Server as well to enable certain features. The table below illustrate some of the most important features of FCM & if they require TSM integration or not.

5. IBM Tivoli FlashCopy Manager Installation

Thursday 19 November 2009 @ 2:06 pm

Section 3 & 4 have shown how to prepare your host & storage for the Tivoli FlashCopy Manager Installation. This section cover IBM Tivoli FlashCopy Manager Installation. After obtaining your software either by a CD shipped by IBM or by downloading it from IBM Passport Advantage follow the below steps to install IBM Tivoli FlashCopy Manager on the SQL Server you want to protect. The installation procedure for a clustered & standalone SQL Servers are very similar, the differences will be noted in the procedure below. Though in a clustered environment, you will have to repeat the procedure below for each node in the cluster. Follow the below procedure to Install Tivoli FlashCopy Manager:

a. Double Click the Installer “Tivoli FlashCopy Manager CZ8VRML.exe”

4.3. Optional: Install Windows Power Shell.

Tuesday 17 November 2009 @ 2:43 pm

Although Windows Power Shell is not a requirement & an optional component, its highly recommended specially if you are planning to create advance scripts. Follow the few steps below to install Windows Power Shell.

1- Obtain Windows Power Shell installer from Microsoft Website.

2- Double Click the Windows Power Shell Installer.


3- Click next to start windows power shell installation.


4- Agree to the Windows Power Shell Agreement & hit Next


5- Wait for Windows Power Shell Installation to complete


6- Hit Finish to close the Windows Power Shell installation completion page.




Back to: IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager Tutorial Index

4.1. Install the required Windows & MS SQL Server hotfixes depending on your environment.

Tuesday 17 November 2009 @ 7:13 am

As stated in earlier section, our setup was using MS Windows 2003 64-bit SP2 & MS SQL Server 2005 64-bit SP3. The required hotfixes for this setup is illustrated below:

– Microsoft hotfix KB 919117 is required when performing VSS Instant Restore operations in a Windows Server 2003 cluster environment.

– Microsoft hotfix KB 952790 is required when performing VSS Instant Restore operations in a Windows Server 2008 non-cluster environment.

Note: The above patches have a different version for 64-bit & 32-bit. Please obtain the required fixes for your system from Microsoft Website & install them as per Microsoft instruction.

4. MS SQL Host Preperation for FCM Installation.

Tuesday 17 November 2009 @ 7:03 am

At this stage your DS8000 should be ready to be used with FCM, for more information on preparing your DS8000 to be used with FCM please go back to Section 3. This section will cover preparing your MS SQL Server for FCM installation. The environment used to prepare this guide as mentioned earlier was running Windows 2003 64-bit SP2 with MS SQL 2005 Server 64-bit SP3. Other versions of Windows & SQL should follow the same path of host preparation & FCM installation, but might require an additional SQL or Windows hotfixes.

2.2. IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager for SQL in DS8000 Study Case Setup:

Monday 16 November 2009 @ 11:50 am

IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager for SQL can be used in many different combinations of different versions of Windows, different versions of SQL, as well many different combinations of hardware. In order to cover the full details of installing & configuring IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager for SQL in DS8000 enviornment, the setup showing in figure 2-1 & explained below will be assumed in further chapters.


  • SQLnode01_POC:

SQLnode01_POC is a System X machine running Windows 2003 64-bit               SP2. It’s the first node of SQL 2005 64-bit SP3 cluster.

  • SQLnode02_POC:

SQLnode02_POC is a System X machine running Windows 2003 64-bit               SP2. It’s the second node of SQL 2005 SP3 cluster.

2.1. IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager Prerequisites

Monday 16 November 2009 @ 11:27 am

Before you install Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, ensure your system meets the minimum hardware, software and operating system requirements. Review the following prerequisite information before attempting to perform any installation tasks.

_Minimum hardware requirements

Table 2.1 Minimum hardware requirements:


Note: Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager also supports hardware that is required when using the Windows System Provider or a Microsoft-compliant software or hardware VSS Provider.

– In order to use the hardware provider provided by IBM Storage, you will have to obtain the optional FlashCopy License for your storage. FlashCopy feature on your storage must be enabled prior to using your IBM storage hardware provider. For more information about enabling FlashCopy on your IBM Storage please refer to your storage documentation.

2. IBM Tivoli FlashCopy Manager for SQL & Microsoft VSS integration

Sunday 15 November 2009 @ 1:17 pm

The Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager integrates with Microsoft VSS – Volume Shadow Copy Services – to protect MS SQL Server databases & logs. Tivoli FlashCopy manager help you back up and restore data to and from local shadow volumes with automated tasks, utilities, and interfaces.

_Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Services – MS VSS Service

The Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) is a Microsoft component that is provided with the Windows operating system. VSS manages and directs the Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager VSS requestor and other VSS software applications.

1.3. IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager

Sunday 15 November 2009 @ 12:41 pm

In today’s business world, where application servers are operational 24 hours a day, the data on these servers must be fully protected. You can’t afford to lose any data, but you also can’t afford to stop these critical systems for hours so you can protect the data adequately.As the amount of data that needs protecting continues to grow exponentially and the need to keep the downtime associated with backup to an absolute minimum, IT processes are at their breaking point.

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