Thursday, October 29, 2009

Update: TSM 2009 Symposium

I received a response to my query on the cost of the 2009 TSM Symposium presentations USB stick. The following will provide you with the needed purchase information:

The USB-stick with all symposium presentations and materials in PDF-format is
available for 50 EUR plus shipping costs (Germany 3 EUR, European Union 5 EUR,
US 8 EUR).

Payment is accepted only by Paypal. Please transfer the respective amount by
using the Paypal service ( to
nc-kallecl(at) Add your post address as optional message for the
payment or mail it to

Pay Pal will make the necessary conversion from dollars to euros and expect to pay around $86 with current conversion rates. If you'd like to check the conversion rates try Google's currency conversion tool.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

TSM 2009 Symposium

I went looking for the presentations given at the 2009 TSM Symposium and discovered that the presentations will be provided on a USB stick for around 50 Euro plus shipping. Previously the presentations had been posted for the community to access, but it looks like we wont have that opportunity going forward. I didn't see anything for U.S. cost and will post an update when I find out if/how we can purchase the symposium presentations. I would recommend you talk your company into purchasing it since I have always found the presentations to be very informative, and with 6.1 out it might help you with any planned migration/upgrade.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Tivoli User Community

I had the opportunity this week to attend the Arizona Tivoli User Group and gain some valuable information on TSM Fastback, TSM 6.1, and Tivoli Storage Virtualization Management. They covered these products in the morning session and had a hands on demonstration of TSM 6.1 Admin interface and reporting features in the afternoon. What was even better was they offered a free certification exam so I got caught up on my TSM certification. Not every group will be able to afford free certifications, but it is definitely worth your time to check out your local or regional group for contacts and information. To find the Tivoli User Group in your are check out the Global Tivoli User Community website. If there is no group within your area you can still join the global group and attend webinars and participate in online activities.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Update: Weird Volhist Records

Upon further investigation I found that my other shared library environment, that has multiple NAS devices defined to the library manager, is also showing the NAS device class for all LTO-3 volumes used by the library clients. If anyone has a NAS attached to a shared library environment please compare your volhist devclass to those of your library clients and tell me if you see the same situation. CRAZY THING IS, it doesn't seem to affect the library clients from using their tapes or acquiring scratch. What my concern is, is that I am slowing losing use of tapes that should be marked back as scratch, but due to the volhistory settings is unable to be released. I am wondering if this is a bug in TSM that could be affecting others.