Windows Workstation or Server
AutoVAULT runs on a Windows 32 bit or
64 bit platform. It can be run on the Spectrum Protect
(Tivoli Storage Manager - TSM) for Windows Server (x32 or
x64) or from a remote Windows workstation or server.
AutoVAULT has been tested with 2008/2008R2/2012/2012R2/2016
Server, or Windows 7/8/10. VMware is also supported.
TSM Server for Windows, AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, or Linux
AutoVAULT will manage Spectrum Protect (TSM) versions v7.1 and
v8.1. TSM Server must be running on a Windows (x32 or x64),
AIX, or Linux platform. To manage a TSM server, AutoVAULT must
run on an Windows server or workstation with TCP/IP access to
the remote TSM server or can run directly on a TSM for Windows
server. The TSM administrative command line client and FTP/SFTP
(remote only) are used by AutoVAULT to manage the Storage
Manager Server and you must have at least one volume history
file and device configuration file defined at the same location
as the DSMSERV.OPT file.
Tape Libraries Supported by AutoVAULT
AutoVAULT interfaces with tape libraries using TSM commands.
Therefore, AutoVAULT supports the same tape libraries that
TSM supports with the same restrictions. Note that AutoVAULT
ejects media individually, one tape per MOVE or CHECKOUT
command. Your tape library must be configured to allow for
ejects of individual media.
Use AutoVAULT with OR without IBM Tivoli Disaster Recovery Manager (DRM)
If you have a TSM server running DRM, you can add AutoVAULT to
DRM to fully automate your vaulting functions and provide
all the vaulting reports you need. AutoVAULT still supports
the traditional vaulting method using CHECKOUT LIBV and
UPDATE VOLUME commands, but also supports all DRM functions
including MOVE DRMEDIA, MOVE MEDIA, and PREPARE. You can
choose which method works best for each of your TSM server
TSM administrative command line client
A TSM administrative command line client is required for the
operation of AutoVAULT. You should install a version that
matches the version of your TSM Server. The TSM
administrative client must be installed on the same Windows
server or workstation running AutoVAULT. The TSM
administrative client is bundled with the TSM backup/archive
client and must be installed using a custom install.
TSM Administrator access
AutoVAULT requires a TSM
administrator with system privilege so that it can
communicate with the Storage Manager server. After the
userid and password are supplied and verified during the
AutoVAULT installation, they are encrypted for AutoVAULT to
use when it runs. If the userid and/or password need to be
changed at a later date, run AutoVAULT configuration by
selecting 'Configure' from the AutoVAULT management console.
FTP access for Remote Management
If AutoVAULT is managing
a TSM server remotely, a userid is required with ftp access
(active or passive) or SFTP to the Storage Manager server's
configuration files. After the userid and password are
supplied and verified during the AutoVAULT installation,
they are encrypted for AutoVAULT to use when it runs. If
the userid and/or password need to be changed at a later
date, run AutoVAULT configuration by selecting 'Configure'
from the AutoVAULT management console. On TSM for Windows,
you must enable the FTP server and create a virtual ftp
directory to the location containing your dsmserv.opt file.
TCP/IP connectivity to TSM server
The TSM administrative
client and FTP/SFTP require TCP/IP access to the Storage
Manager server. If your TSM server runs remotely, the
server or workstation running AutoVAULT must have TCP/IP
communications to the TSM Server.
To use AutoVAULT with TSM Library Clients you must use the
DRM vaulting method. IBM only supports Library clients using
the DRM commands. AutoVAULT supports TSM Library Clients
using MOVE DRMEDIA and MOVE MEDIA commands. Backupset media
management has limited support for a Library Client. For
backupset media, AutoVAULT uses TSM command routing to send
CHECKOUT LIBV commands to the Library Manager server. Only
one tape library can be specified for all backupset media.
Error checking is also limited.
Once AutoVAULT has been installed and configured, it should be scheduled to run using whatever mechanism you are comfortable with using. This might be manually by an operator or you might choose a method that is somewhat more automated. AutoVAULT can be scheduled using any scheduling method. We recommend running AutoVAULT as a scheduled command from the Storage Manager Central Scheduler. By doing this, the operation of AutoVAULT is accessible through the same interface you already use to schedule your database and onsite storage pool backups. details.
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