TSM Symposium 2005 : Facing the Future

Proceedings from the symposium ...

Speaker Agenda Topic Topic Abstract
Michael Abel & Bruno Friess eXSM.cluster - A High Availability Solution for TSM In this session, an alternative method (to HACMP or MSCS) for building a cluster solution using only UNIX and TSM is presented. This can offer a highly available TSM with alerting, monitoring, and an easy to manage controlled failover. 
Jens-Peter Akelbein Insights into TSM/HSM for UNIX - and what about Windows? This presentation gives an update on HSM functionality and how the HSM concept can be applied in different application areas. Furthermore, it gives an overview how the Information Lifecycle Management concepts can be implemented using TSM HSM. 
Gerd Becker ISC Administration This workshop provides detailed information about the new web interface for administrators, the Administration Center. The underlying architecture of the new technology introduced with the ISC is explained. Installation instructions, hints and tips, backup and restore of the ISC and ISC futures are covered.
Joost Bleijenberg Positioning Storage Technologies with TSM Positioning the right backup/archive solution is a challenging task. This workshop focuses on combinations of TSM setups with storage technologies that complement one another. Pros and cons of different methods will be reviewed, along with implications for manageability, scalability and recoverability. The workshop touches on topics such as: file type storage pools, TSM housekeeping, simultaneous write and scalability, collocation groups, restore performance, and lan-less implementations.
Christoffer Buchhorn Pitfalls in Complex System Recovery This session will provide insight into the world of fast system recovery, presenting the issues and requirements for successful recovery. Typical pitfalls in a recovery scenario include changes in server hardware, password problems, insufficient bandwidth and the neglect of mission-critical databases. 
Laura Buckley Alphabet Soup - A Cookbook Approach to Solving Common TSM Problems This session will present a methodology for solving common problems with TSM servers and clients. Using real-world examples, it will explore several common scenarios including failed client schedules, failures in daily processing and issues with tape drives and libraries. Learn the most effective methods for interpreting messages from the activity log, client schedule and error logs, and quick SQL queries to obtain more information. 
Ian Cameron BMR Strategies This workshop will focus on the strategies that are used by organisations to re-build servers rapidly following a failure or disaster. It will focus mainly on the Windows platform which tends to be the most problematic but will also look at methods and techniques for Unix (AIX, Linux, Solaris and HP-UX) platforms. It will examine manual procedures for re-building new machines as well as software utilities and solutions such as ASR, Ghost, LiveState Recovery and CBMR.
Dave Cannon Understanding Disk Storage in TSM With the trend toward expanded usage of disk for backup/recovery, understanding the nuances of TSM disk storage is becoming increasingly important. This session examines design features of TSM that facilitate optimal use of disk in the storage hierarchy. Differences between random-access and sequential-access disk are described in detail.
Dave Cannon A Close-up Look at Potential Future Enhancements This session describes selected potential enhancements for optimizing backup and recovery, managing data in server storage, and database management.
Bill Colwell Implementing Collocation Groups (Slides) This session follows a real-life implementation of collocation groups. The new commands that make up the collocation group feature are reviewed and the process of converting a large server (in excess of 180GB database) is followed, including a description of a process used to move the data from uncollocated volumes to collocated-by-group volumes. The process involves disk-based sequential pools, SQL, scripts, macros and admin schedules. 
Richard Cowen TSM Reporting Tools This workshop highlights various areas of TSM reporting and, using sample reports from real sites, discusses the source of the data, the logic around the understanding of the data, and the presentation format of the results. This workshop may prove useful to those TSM administrators who are struggling to write their own reporting tools, or who are looking for alternative tools to purchase. 
Bart Dozier Rudimentary High Availability: Protecting TSM Data Using the Incremental Export Function As of TSM 5.2, a new method to build remote copies of enterprise backups and archives, referred to as Incremental Export, became available. Two new features of the export node command make this feature suitable in a DRM context: first the ability to merge the imported data into existing client file spaces, and second the ability to export data based on a date specification. This presentation discusses Incremental Export and compares it with Virtual Volumes. 
Pétur Eyþórsson ASR: Dreams in Microsoft Land? This presentation focuses on "Windows Automated System Recovery", its benefits and downsides. It includes an in-depth example of using ASR to restore a system with a network adapter that is not supported (by the Windows installation CD).  
Matthias Fay How to Restore a Server Within Minutes Using vmware and TSM Virtualizing x86 hardware can help improve both backup and restore times. With a sopisticated server and storage setup, backup and restore duration can be cut down to an acceptable time frame. This talk will highlight some of the experiences gained in Freiburg. 
Matthias Feyerabend User Experience with Filesystem Restore This short talk shares some experiences of painful (and some less painful) filesystem restores on AIX and Windows at the University of Freiburg. It covers the pros and cons of no query restore, backup and restore of NTFS permissions, LTO performance, restartable restores and utilising a number of restore sessions. 
Bruno Friess TSM and Exchange - How Do They Fit Together? This presentation explains the basic functionality of ITSM for Mail in a Windows 2000/2003 environment, including Microsoft Cluster, Active Directory and LANfree infrastructure. Special functions such as Single Mailbox Restore and the upcoming Volume Shadow Copy Service integration will be shown in detail. Hints and tips about the TSM and Exchange installation will also be given to help with performance issues. 
Patrick Fuhrmann The Tivoli Storage Manager in the Large Hardron Collider Grid World (Slides) In 2007, the most challenging high energy physics experiment ever, the LHC at CERN, will go online and will produce a sustained stream of data in the order of the content of one ordinary CD every two seconds. This would result in a stack of CDs as high as the Eiffel Tower every week. This talk will concentrate on the opportunity for the TSM system to become the tape back end for LHC Storage Elements. 
Claus Kalle TSM on Linux This session describes the installation of TSM on a Dell SMP system, running Redhat Linux connected to a 3494 library with 3592 tape drives. This setup is running in an SVC/FastT SAN environment, utilising flashcopy functions to back up in excess of 1TB per day. 
Michael Klatt StorageTek Libraries Managed in a TSM Environment This presentation covers differences between FC/SCSI attached libraries and serial attached, drive addressing and the definition of libraries to TSM. It also covers the new native library sharing for ACSLS in ITSM 5.3.
Steve Legg Storage Virtualization This session will address IBM's Storage Virtualisation strategy and products. Abstracting the logical view of storage from the physical devices is a powerful method to improve the manageability and utilisation of storage. IBM's SAN Volume Controller and SAN File System are two mature products that allow these techniques to be applied to a wide variety of storage environments. As well as explaining how these work, this session will contrast IBM's approach with some of the other offerings in this area.
Kelly Lipp Tapeless Backup (Challenge) The Tapeless Backup Challenge Session will consider and discuss: "Does tape backup have a future? Do SATA disks deliver the required performance and reliability? Should we abandon tape and back up to disk instead?".
Kelly Lipp TSM and D2D2T - Making a Bigger D This session explores various configuration options, with an emphasis on building reliable, high performance solutions. SCSI, SATA, and RAID configurations are discussed along with real-world experiences. 
Peter McNamara Tape Technology Update With the rate of change accelerating and new tape technologies appearing approximately every two years, this presentation will offer a review of the current tape market and will focus on product positioning between the various tape (and disk!) offerings available today. It will also cover IBM's tape strategy for the future, both in the short and long term. 
Peter Micke TSM on zOS/zLinux This presentation starts with TSM on zOS and describes specific problems and reasons for leaving zOS as the TSM platform. The use of TSM on zLinux in LPAR mode or under VM, including tape drives and disk usage, library connections (3494), implementation and migration is described. It also explores future ideas for the system. 
Ruth Mitchell Archiving (Challenge)

The Archiving Challenge Session will consider and discuss: "Is TSM a suitable tool for archiving valuable data? Is the client node an appropriate archiving platform? Will the data come back in 20 years' time?".

Lindsay Morris When the SRM honeymoon's over... What features in a backup-reporting product are just cute, and which ones will actually save you time and money? What works? This session will discuss real-world examples of techniques that have been proven to work, from more than 10 years of experience and over 200 customers. Take away a list of questions you should ask vendors of secondary SRM systems.
Peter Pijpelink Reporting Tools (Challenge) The Reporting Tools Challenge Session will consider and discuss: "Do the numbers mean anything? Can you trust the recommendations? What role does capacity planning have?".
Jarrett Potts Finding Performance Bottlenecks in Tivoli Storage Manager Environments Do you know what tools and statistics are available to help you find TSM performance problems? This session will take you through diagnostic approaches in isolating TSM performance problems, using traces and statistics available in TSM and the underlying OS. It will present examples of real-life situations, how the bottlenecks were found and what changes were made to improve performance. 
Klemens Poschke TSM and Retention Managed Data (ILM) TSM offers a new variant of the TSM Server which can protect archived data with software WORM. This presentation will cover the differences between backup, archive and HSM technologies, and will introduce the new capabilities and functions in TSM for Data Retention. It will address various implementions and give an overview of currently ported application providers. 
Andy Raibeck TSM Client Diagnostics This presentation is about gathering diagnostic information for problems with the TSM client. Ultimately you may not be able to resolve the problem on your own, but should you need to contact TSM support, you will be better prepared to provide the necessary information. This in turn will help expedite problem identification and resolution.
Andy Raibeck Why does it Work that Way? This session covers a miscellany of TSM idiosyncrasies, with explanations as to why they work the way they do.
Andy Raibeck A Guided Tour of the TSM Client for Windows This presentation will cover Windows-specific support provided by the TSM client, including: adaptive subfile backup, open file support, journal-based backup and cluster support
Allen Rout Administrative Tools (Challenge) The Administrative Tools Challenge Session will consider and discuss: "How automated can you go? Are admin schedules/server scripts better than Perl-based or other external tools?".
Allen Rout TSM Cluster Design Evolution The University of Florida has been using ADSM and TSM centrally since 1997. In that time the demands placed upon it have grown and changed dramatically. In late 2003 a major upgrade to central infrastructure was designed to accomodate the growth in usage and change in patterns. Of course, our anticipation of changing needs and patterns was perfectly correct, and the design functioned exactly as envisioned.
Freddy Saldana TSM Trends and Directions This session provides an overview of the candidates for TSM enhancements through 2006. A review of TSM's role in managing a storage on demand will be followed by the TSM target roadmap. The session will include a preview of TSM support for Continuous Data Protection, Windows HSM and TSM Express and also updates introduced since TSM 5.3 general availability.
Sheelagh Treweek Facing the Future This short session welcomes everyone to Oxford and the TSM Symposium and introduces some of themes running through this year's programme.
Ulf Troppens Advanced Tape Management for TSM with eRMM

This session gives an overview on Enterprise Removable Media Manager (eRMM). eRMM complements IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller and IBM TotalStorage SAN File System to provide storage virtualization and advanced storage management for removable media, for open systems.

Lothar Wollschläger Managing Terabytes of Supercomputer Storage with TSM/HSM This presentation describes how large amounts of user data from the supercomputer at the Juelich Research Centre is managed using TSM/HSM. It also covers the management of the GPFS data from the BlueGene/l computer and the user data from the EU Project DEISA, which uses multi-cluster GPFS and TSM/HSM 5.3. 


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