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Initialize & Tune IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 5.5 on Windows (Day4 – Part II)

Saturday 6 March 2010 @ 12:13 pm

In Part I, you have learned how to Install IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 5.5 on Windows. In Part II in here, you will learn how to initialize & carry out the initial tune up of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 5.5 on Windows.

Initialize IBM TSM 5.5 Server:

1- Select Start => All programs => Tivoli Storage Manager => Management Console

2- Choose standard configuration => hit start to do the Define environment setup & answer the questions of the wizard

3- After the define environment setup finish just hit start again to do the rest of the wizards (Configure performance – Server Initialization – Configure Devices – Configure Nodes) and answer the questions according to your environment.

Install IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Server (Day 4 – Part I)

Saturday 6 March 2010 @ 10:29 am

Today, you will learn how to install IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Server. You have two methods of getting the installation steps. Just watching the small video below after each section, or read the article below. Ah should I make this video training to be a paid one!!! Should it cost $$$$? Just a thought. As I am not paid to put this online & really its more of a time constrain, I was not able to add voice to these video or re-edit the videos & did not want to drag this tutorial further till I add voice to them. If you want to donate some of your time to do this, I can provide the video source.

Installing IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (Day 3)

Saturday 6 March 2010 @ 9:37 am

OK, I have been kicked right and lefts by the e-mails I got to continue my tutorial. In the next few days I will try to put as much of it out there. I had wrote many of the articles, but I had no time to post them lately being busy with IBM Tivoli FlashCopy Manager.

Today, we will start with the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager installation. I will limit this day short to point out the two different parts of the installation & will post the actual installaiton of each part on Day 4, 5, & 6.  Though I will try to upload these 4 Days of my tutorial all at once for you to enjoy it.

System Requirement & Supported Platforms for IBM Tivoli Storage Manager

Wednesday 22 April 2009 @ 10:12 am

Each component of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager has its system & Software requirements. Below I am bringing your attention to the requirements of each component. Please visit IBM website for the latest requirements for IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Components as its an always updated document.

System Requirement & Supported Platforms for IBM Tivoli TSM Server

IBM TSM Server System Requirements:

IBM Tivoli Storage manager Server requirements are specific to the operating system & architect it will run on. Below are the requirements for the most commonly used platforms.

Requirements for: AIX Windows
Hardware 64-bit RISC System/6000 ® or pSeries system Intel Pentium ® processor or compatible multiprocessor based system

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 5.5 Packaging Contents

Wednesday 22 April 2009 @ 9:33 am

OK, OK, you had just received your IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 5.5 CDs. I can guess, ah you are asking what are you going to do with all these CDs. Guess what!! You might only need 3 of them, or might need all of them depending on the enviornment you have. IBM tend to ship you all the CDs at once, and leave it up to you to use what you have licensed. Below is the list of CDs you should recieve with your IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Package.

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Server

  • Operational Reporting
  • Administration Center
  • Linux Server
  • HP-UX Server
  • Solaris Server
  • Windows Server
  • AIX Server

Tivoli Storage Manager Packaging Contents & System Requirements (DAY 2)

Wednesday 22 April 2009 @ 8:17 am

Finally Day two is ready to be published. I know quite few readers were waiting for it. The surprise we have promised about that our tutorial from Day 3 on will include videos of the steps we used in the installation and configuration. We are sorry that the video quality is not too high & does not include sound, but that is how much efforts our team is able to handle at the moment. We are considering to release a new set of video & re-clean up the whole tutorial after finishing it. So stay tuned.

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 5.5 Licensing

Tuesday 17 March 2009 @ 2:20 pm

IBM TSM 5.5 come with three license schema as below:

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 5.5 Basic Version requires tsmbasic.lic license file

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 5.5 Extended Edition requires tsmee.lic license file

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 5.5 Retention Edition requires dataret.lic licesne file.

Note:  License can’t be mixed at the site level.

IBM TSM Functionality & Capabilities

Tuesday 17 March 2009 @ 2:06 pm

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager is a backup & archive solution, so if you are familiar with backup solutions you will discover that TSM will have to be capable of performing four main functions: backup, restore, archive, and retrive. Although these concepts seem easy to most, many new admins have a hard time distinguishing between backup & archive. As I am trying to cover every one, below you will find a brief of each as being defined by IBM Tivoli Team.

Backup: Creates a copy of a file to protect against the operational loss of destruction of that file. Customers control backups by defining the backup frequency and number of versions.

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Components

Tuesday 17 March 2009 @ 1:18 pm

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Components is the first section of three section of the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Introduction (Day1). In this section we will cover up IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Components.

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager have 9 Components. Six of these components reside on the TSM Server it self & another 3 are a part of the solution, but does not reside on the TSM Server. The first Six components in the list below are the TSM Components which reside on the TSM Server, where the last 3 components which has been colored in red are components which does not reside on the TSM Server.

TSM Components:

  1. Administrative Interface
  2. Tivoli Storage Manager Server
  3. Scheduler

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Introduction (Day1)

Friday 13 March 2009 @ 12:31 pm

As its your first day in our TSM School, please choose your seat and tighten your belt and be ready. Today we will introduce you to IBM Tivoli Storage Manager & its primary functions.

TSM is the primary backup & data management solution used into the enterprise today. TSM has a tough competition in the SMB mainly due to its cost, as its an enterprise solution. In the other hand, its a clear winner when it come to the enterprise for many reasons just summarizing few of them below:

1- TSM Can easily scale up to thousands of nodes without any problem. It has been designed with enterprise scalability in mind. Most other backup solutions fail to scale up after couple of hundreds of nodes, but with TSM scalability is a major advantage.