Thursday, July 23, 2009

TSM Server Scripts Sleep Option

I have been frustrated with the lack of a sleep command with TSM scripts for a long time and just today a co-worker sent me this link which I think sums up how we've had to get around the it within TSM server scripts. The WAIT=YES option is only good for commands that allow it, and is not exactly what many of us need in certain situations. Since this document's modified date shows as 7-23-2009, I will take it that there is no respite from the issue with TSM 6.1. Basically IBM recommends you break the script in two and where you need the sleep you have the script schedule a onetime schedule of the secondary script for X number of minutes in the future. It does work. I've use this process on some scripts, but you'd think they would have added a sleep option by now. So I assume when it's absolutely needed many of you resort to a regular shell script to execute tasks, any alternate processes than that? I'd like to hear about it.

Friday, July 17, 2009

TSM's VTL DeDupe Reclaim Problem

So a friend of mine sent me this link to an article from Scott Waterhouse's "The Backup Blog" that discusses a known issue with TSM not reclaiming VTL tapes when dedupe is in use. I would recommend you check it out if you are using dedupe in your environment since it looks like it affects TSM no matter what dedupe product is in use when you use it with a Virtual Tape Library. The problem is solved with release 5.5.2 or higher.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Still Looking For TSM Admins In Boulder, CO

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Artech has an urgent contract for one of our direct clients:

Job Title: TSM Administrator
Location: BOULDER, CO
Job Description:
Required Skill: TSM support

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