TSM Manager

The purpose of TSM Manager is to monitor and control TSM servers. It consists of:

  • A central collector that is in charge of all communications with up to 30 TSM servers;
  • A viewer that can be installed on multiple PCs and supplies the user interface;
  • A built-in web server that allows easy access to pulling lists for the vaulting function;
  • TSM Manager has several functions:
  • Vaulting;
  • Backupset generation;
  • Alert/Reporting;
  • Data gathering;
  • Manual operations;
  • Utilities;
  • Display and control;
  • Reports;
  • Web access;

Vaulting
The vaulting function of TSM Manager 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 into libraries. Everything runs as scheduled and without manual intervention (except for the physical movement of volumes, of course).

It will manage copypool volumes, primary pool volumes, database backups (both full/incremental and snapshot), and backupsets. It will also generate a recovery plan with all needed support files, and let 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, 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 email notification informing you of exception conditions in your TSM server

Show a visual indication of the servers availability, updated every two minutes

Send you an email immediately if error messages occur

Send email alerts to specific users if the nodes they are responsible for fail their backups

Data gathering
The collector collects two types of data.

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

  • Diskpool usage
  • Number of running sessions
  • Log usage
  • A two year history with measurements taken every 24 hours that shows:
  • Database usage
  • Total data amount stored
  • Total data amount stored, per tape-pool
  • 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 backup
  • Total number of volumes used
  • Number of volumes used, per tape-pool
  • Daily total data amount backed up
  • Daily total data amount archived
  • Daily total data amount restored
  • and more...

A summary of the two year history across all servers.

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


Monitoring operations
As an option, TSM Manager will monitor certain conditions and alert you if there are outstanding requests that need to be answered, or 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. It has an administrative client type interface, and a console mode operation showing you what happens right now. You can also show outstanding requests.


Utilities

  • An editor for client option sets
  • An editor for server scripts
  • Check-in/check-out control
  • Labelling control
  • Auditing control

Display and control functions

  • A graphical overview of the timing aspects of your client and administrative schedules
  • A graphical overview of 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

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 emails. A built-in scheduler can automatically generate reports weekly or monthly as requested.


Web access
There are two types of web access: (1) access for TSM administrators who need a quick status display or access to the vaulting functions from a web browser, and (2) access for users who need the back-up status for their servers but who are not allowed to access the TSM server itself.

Learn more about TSM Manager