IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1.4 Advanced Administration, Tuning, and Troubleshooting - TS626G

IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1.4 Advanced Administration, Tuning, and Troubleshooting - TS626G


This course is for storage administrators familiar with the daily management of IBM Spectrum Protect/Tivoli Storage Manager.


You should complete IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1.2 Implementation and Administration - TS616G prior to attending this course.


5 days.

Course Objectives

IBM Spectrum Protect, formerly known as IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, is a data backup and recovery solution designed to help you manage your data retention, reduce the cost of storage, and provide appropriate recovery point objectives to meet any service level agreement. IBM Spectrum Protect offers improved efficiency and flexibility through the use of object-based data management, policy driven retention, and an easy to use interface, the Operations Center.

In this advanced-level course, you streamline your daily operations by implementing the latest features, such as inline data deduplication using storage containers, secure communications, and node replication. You use the Operations Center and administrative command line to manage multiple IBM Spectrum Protect servers and nodes. The hands-on exercises are performed on two Windows 2012 R2 virtual machines.

This course is the second in a two-course series. It is for storage administrators familiar with the daily management of IBM Spectrum Protect, and focuses on the latest features, such as container pool storage. Basic concepts and installation are not covered in this course. The first course in the series, IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1.2 Implementation and Administration - TS616G, covers basic administration and installation.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe a multi-server IBM Spectrum Protect storage environment
  • Manage storage containers and traditional storage pools
  • Configure a multi-server environment
  • Improve data protection and recovery with replication
  • Enable advanced client functions
  • Protect and monitor the IBM Spectrum Protect environment
  • Use scripting to automate daily processing
  • Optimize the IBM Spectrum Protect server and client
  • Troubleshoot common problems
  • Describe the other IBM Spectrum Protect family products

Course Content

Unit 1 - The IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1.4 environment
IBM Spectrum Protect concepts
Operations Center navigation
Benefits of a multi-site/multi-server environment
Secure communications overview

Unit 2 - Storage pool management overview
Manage storage pool hierarchies
Data movement in traditional storage pools
Define policy to determine storage destination
Container storage pools
Data deduplication
Container pool management
Cloud tiering

Unit 3 - Multi-site/multi-server management
Overview of multi-site/multi-server management
Create server pair
Configure servers for multi-site/multi-server management

Unit 4 - Replication and disaster recovery
Configure replication
Configure automatic client failover
Audit and repair damage in a container storage pool
Additional disaster recovery methods

Unit 5 - Client functions and management
Backup and restore overview
Journal-based backups
Image/snapshot backups
Decommissioning a client node
Automatic client updates with the Operations Center
DSMCUTIL commands

Unit 6 - Daily maintenance and monitoring
Daily maintenance overview
Daily storage pool maintenance tasks; traditional disk to tape
Daily storage pool maintenance tasks; multi-site/multi-server
Database backup
Review events and messages
Configure Operation Center alerts
Client Management Services (CMS)
Create reports in the Operations Center

Unit 7 - Automation and scripting
IBM Spectrum Protect SQL interface
Server scripts
Daily maintenance scripts
IBM Spectrum Protect REST API

Unit 8 - Tuning the server and client for optimization
Performance tuning overview
Optimized planning considerations
Tuning options
Server tuning
Optimizing the IBM Spectrum Protect database
Client tuning
Server and client instrumentation

Unit 9 - Troubleshooting and recovery
Problem determination
Database recovery
Storage pool recovery
Trace functions
Report an issue
Where to find more information

Unit 10 - IBM Spectrum Protect additional products
Other products in the IBM Spectrum Protect family
Overview of IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

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