Overview

The purpose of TSMManager is to monitor and control IBM Spectrum / Tivoli Storage Manager servers.

It consists of :

  1. A central collector part that is in charge of all communication with up to 30 TSM servers.
  2. A viewer part that can be installed on multiple PC's and supplies the user interface.
  3. A built-in webserver that allows easy access to pulling lists for the vaulting function.


TSMManager has several functions :

  • Vaulting
  • Backupset Generation
  • Alert/Reporting
  • Data Gathering
  • Monitoring Operations
  • Utilities
  • Display Functions
  • Report Functions
  • Web Access Function


Vaulting
The vaulting function of TSMManager is a complete replacement for Tivoli's DRM feature. 
It will handle everything necessary with regard to moving tapes out of libraries, producing pull-lists for operators, returning volumes and checking them in to libraries. Everything runs scheduled and without manual intervention. (Except for the physical movement of volumes)

It will handle :

  • Copypool volumes
  • Primary pool volumes
  • Database backups, both full/incr and snapshot
  • Backupsets


It will also generate a recovery plan with all needed support files and allows you store it in a safe place in case your TSM server dies and needs to be rebuilt.

Backupset generation.
If you think about replacing your monthly archives with backupsets, then it is very easy with this function. It will control retention, scheduling and use parallel streams to generate backupsets from the nodes you choose.

Alert/Reporting
Send a daily e-mail notification informing you of exception conditions in your TSM server.
Show a visual indication of the servers availability, updated every 2 minutes.
Send you an e-mail immediately if error messages occur.
Send e-mail alerts to specific users if the node(s) they are responsible for fails their backups.

Data gathering
The collector collects 2 types of data :

A 14 day history with measurements taken every 15 minutes that shows :

  • Diskpool usage
  • Number of running sessions
  • Log usage


A 2 year history with measurements taken every 24 hours that shows :

  • Database usage
  • Total data amount stored
  • Total data amount stored per tapepool
  • Total data amount stored per node
  • Schedule success rates
  • Occupancy for each node
  • Data amount backed up daily per node
  • Number of files backed up daily per node
  • Elapse time for daily backup per node
  • Network transfer rate per node during backupTotal number of volumes used
  • Number of volumes used per tapepool
  • Daily total data amount backed up
  • Daily total data amount archived
  • Daily total data amount restored
  • A summary of the 2 year history across all servers

and much more...

With these functions you can see the trends of all your servers in a single view

Monitoring operations
You can optionally make TSMManager keep an eye on certain conditions and alert you if one is true :

  • If there are outstanding requests that needs to be answered
  • If the number of scratch volumes in a library falls below a certain threshold


Manual operations

  • The viewer directly supports more than 300 TSM commands,
    • Most built by easily used windows with online help for all necessary parameters.
  • An administrative client type of interface
  • Console mode operation, showing you what happens right now.
  • Show outstanding requests


Utilities

  • An editor for client option sets
  • An editor for server scripts
  • Checkin/checkout control
  • Labeling control
  • Auditing control


Display and control functions

  • A graphical overview of the timing aspects of your client and administrative schedules.
  • A graphical overview over your drive usage.
  • How much data was transferred during the last 24 hours.
  • How much space is taken up by each node.
  • A summary of all data involving a certain node.
  • On which volumes a node has its data.
  • Status of all volumes
  • Warning window with all abnormal conditions
  • Graphic overview of the configuration of your TSM servers
  • and many more additional views.


Reports

  • Many different reports can be generated showing all collected data either as text, graphs or both
  • Reports can be printed or saved as pdf, rtf, xls and csv files, or sent as e-mail
  • A builtin scheduler can automatically generate reports weekly or monthly as you decide


Web access function
There are 2 types of web access :

  • Access for TSM administrators that need a quick status display or access to the vaulting functions from a web browser.
  • Access for users that need the backup status for their servers, but who are not allowed to access the TSM server itself.