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The purpose of TSMManager is to monitor the state and manipulate the objects of TSM servers.

It consists of:

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

TSMManager has several functions

  • Vaulting
  • Backupset generation
  • Alert/Reporting
  • Data gathering
  • Manual operations
  • Utilities
  • Display functions
  • Report functions
  • Web access functions
TSMManager Vaulting

Vaulting. Let us take a deeper look inside

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, of course).

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 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, 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.

TSMManager 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 2 minutes
  • Send you an Email immediately if error messages occur


Data gathering

The collector collects 3 types of data:

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

  • Disk pool usage
  • Number of running sessions
  • Log usage

A 2 year statistic 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 backup
  • Total 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 365 day statistics across all servers

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


Manual operations

  • An administrative client type of interface
  • Console mode operation, showing you what happens right now
  • Show outstanding requests


  • 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 lots of other views...


  • Printed reports showing all collected data either as text, graphs or both

Web access function

There are 2 types of web access:

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