Monday, December 19, 2011

DB2 Doesn't Make A Difference

I've been working with some IBM reps/consultants lately, and I find it kind of funny how they talk about TSM. We were discussing the issue with some queries to the TSM DB being so hard to process that many times they don't return any data, when the IBM rep said "With DB2 that wont happen." I laughed and said, "DB2 didn't help that much." For example try something like this and see how long it takes to get a response.

select  cast(sum(b.file_size/1073741824) as decimal(18,2)) AS GB_SIZE from backups a, contents b where a.node_name in ('DEV01_ORA','DEV02_ORA','DEV03_ORA','PRD01_ORA','PROD02_ORA') and a.backup_date < '2011-11-01 00:00:00' and a.object_id=b.object_id

I'm running this query to determine the amount of space I would free up if I deleted old oracle backup objects that they DBA's never reconciled through RMAN. I ran it over 30 minutes ago.....still waiting! The problem is the schema has not changed enough in the TSM table structure to make some select statements run any better than in pre-DB2 days. Anyone else seen this? 

(Yes! I know if I used a specific NODE_NAME then TSM would probably return some data, but handles queries 1000x times more complex than these in the non-TSM world)

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

TSM 6.x Client Deployment

Has anyone used TSM's client deployment process/function?  How well does it work? Is it worth the effort? I have a lot of servers we need to install TSM too and would like to utilize it if it will work.