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IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1.7 Advanced Administration, Tuning, and Troubleshooting – TS627G


Duration – 40 Hours

Level: Advanced

Information about training

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.

TS617G, the first course in the series, IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1.6 Implementation and Administration, covers basic administration and installation.

Course prerequisites

Complete IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1.6  – Implementation and Administration TS617G prior to attending this course.


Target audience

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


Course objectives

IBM Spectrum Protect concepts

Operations Center navigation

Benefits of a multi-site/multi-server environment

Secure communications 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

Overview of multi-site/multi-server management

Create server pair

Configure servers for multi-site/multi-server management

Configure replication

Configure automatic client failover

Audit and repair damage in a container storage pool

Additional disaster recovery methods

Backup and restore overview

Journal-based backups

Image/snapshot backups

Decommissioning a client node

Automatic client updates with the Operations Center

DSMCUTIL commands

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

IBM Spectrum Protect SQL interface


Server scripts

Daily maintenance scripts

IBM Spectrum Protect REST API

Performance tuning overview

Optimized planning considerations

Tuning options

Server tuning

Optimizing the IBM Spectrum Protect database

Client tuning

Server and client instrumentation

Problem determination

Database recovery

Storage pool recovery

Trace functions

Report an issue

Where to find more information

Other products in the IBM Spectrum Protect family

Overview of IBM Spectrum Protect Plus