TSM Symposium 2001 : Managing the Impossible

Proceedings from the symposium ...

Speaker Agenda Topic Topic Abstract
Laura Buckley Using TSM Macros, SQL Selects and Server Scripts This session will provide a beginners overview to using the TSM Server Macros, SQL Select command and Server scripts to automate repetitive server tasks, increase overall operations productivity and gain more information from your TSM Server. During this interactive session, the instructor will show you how to create your own Macro's, build SQL Select commands, use the ODBC driver and create server scripts. Bring your laptop with TSM Server installed to follow the instructors examples!  
Dave Cannon TSM Server Internals This presentation will reveal key features of the TSM server design and relate these to server behaviour. Possible topics include server architecture, session management, inventory management, bitfile and storage services, database, recovery log, transaction management, and data-transfer operations.  
Dave Cannon Scalability Enhancements Performance, manageability, and resource sharing are contributors to the scalability of Tivoli Storage Manager. This session will describe planned and potential future product enhancements to improve scalability.  
Steve Cliff TSM 3.7 Updates and Announcements What's new and coming soon in TSM  
(written by Freddy Saldana and presented by Steve as Freddy was unable to attend)
Geoff Cole Storage Networking Developments A comprehensive look at current network storage technology  
Bruno Friess Mastering Exchange 2000 and Active Directory with Tivoli First hand experiences including clustering, problem determination, performance issues of the implementation 
Jose Iglesias Overview of Tivoli Storage Network Manager and Tivoli SANergy An overview of the Tivoli Storage Network Manager and Tivoli SANergy products 
Jose Iglesias Tivoli Storage Overview An overview of the Tivoli Storage product portfolio with trends and directions (given after dinner on the first evening) 
Barry Kadleck TSM 4.2 Technical Tips from the Early Support Programme
Kelly Lipp The Case for TSM: helping your users make sense of TSM ...  or ,  ... 'How to get away from Daily, Weekly, Full, Monthly and what-not backups'

The goal of the hour is to help teach the attendee strategies for informing/teaching their end-users how TSM works and how to put it into a business context to help them in designing a TSM efficient backup strategy that meets the business needs. Students will learn the differences between backup and archive and disaster recovery and how to distinguish these different business requirements when talking to end-users. Strategies will be presented to help reduce overall backup retention times while adding an archive strategy that meets overall business objectives.  
William Mansfield LAN Free and Server Free Backup Implementations The very rapid increase in database size has outsripped TSM's ability to backup this data across a LAN. At the same time business globalization has shrunk backup windows as corporate data are made continuously available to far flung users. TSM has implemented LAN Free database clients and support for large storage systems' instant copy functions to enable more effective backups of large, highly available databases across Storage Area Networks. Bill will present results of early experiences with these advanced techniques including potential pitfalls and performance achieved using the new IBM LTO tape libraries. 
Peter McNamarra Tape Technology Update Review of current tape technology, focus primarily on IBM 3590 and LTO 
(written by Dick Replogle but presented by Peter as Dick was unable to attend)
Lindsay Morris Forum : A look inside your server Most discussions of how TSM works are theoretical. This session will let you SEE exactly what several different TSM servers did for a three-day period: all jobs and sessions, their timing, speed, and success.

We hope this will stimulate a best-practices discussion between the participants. Some sites run reclamation constantly; some sites have unusual daily processing cycles; some deliberately terminate expiration before it completes. In this session, you can discuss with your peers the reasons behind their setup, and perhaps get new ideas that make sense for your site.

The success of this session, of course, depends on the willingness of participants to share the workings of their site. The only input required is three days of logs, and the more participants, the better. Please use the scripts here to email your logs before Sept 12. You'll get to preview your graphs before the session; you may ask that they not be included in the session if you wish.  
Andy Raibeck Client Diagnostics for Beginners (not presented as Andy was unable to attend)
Andy Raibeck The TSM Client - A Peek Under the Hood This presentation will provide more detailed information than is generally available in the documentation about how certain parts of the client work. Among the topics to be discussed: client multi-threading and transaction processing.
(not presented as Andy was unable to attend)
Gerhard Rentschler User Requirements Survey
(not available)
A presentation of the results of the analysis of TSM User Requirements Survey which was done in conjunction with Rolf Bogus and Gerhard Rentschler  
Gerhard Schneider TSM between "Scylla and Charybdis" The ever increasing capacity of cheap disks puts the pressure on TSM to provide even cheaper backup facilities. The flood of data is increased by new applications like digital libraries which rely on long term accessibility of data. In addition the awareness of society with respect to manipulated scientific results demands for long term integrity of archived data. As an example the Max Planck Society is now asking its institutions to keep fundamental data for at least 10 years.  
Hans-Bertram Wiegerman Metal Particle Tape for the Future A breakthrough in magnetic tape formulations was achieved by developing and formulating a specially designed chlorine-free binder system, uniquely tailored to the requirements of iron metal particle based coatings, with the intent to impart superior encapsulation of the metal particles. This resulted in thermal and environmental stability in a low-stress tape coating. The cooperation partners, IBM and EMTEC, believe that the new binder has provided a tape with improved durability and stability. As a result, the products utilizing this formulation and process are is expected to show marked improvements over current tapes in durability, error performance, and useful lifetime.  
Paul Zarnowski Cornell's Support Model of TSM This session explores Cornell's "EZ-Backup" support model. With over 2000 nodes, a team of 3 support everything from monitoring the health of the server, to customizing client packaging, to charge back, to training, to FAQs. The EZ-Backup team leverages Tivoli's packaging and support, with several "homegrown" scripts to keep the service up and running. Join us as we share our experiences behind Cornell's use of Tivoli Storage Manager.

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