Topics: Backup & restore, Spectrum Protect

Check Spectrum Protect / TSM backups

An easy command to check on the Spectrum Protect / TSM server what the backup status of all the Spectrum Protect / TSM clients is using the "q event" command. For example:

q event * * begind=-1 begint=09:00 endd=today endt=09:00
The command above will display the status of all the backups jobs in the last 24 hours between 9 AM yesterday and 9 AM today.

Topics: Backup & restore, Spectrum Protect

Spectrum Protect / TSM: Display deduplicaton bytes pending removal

There are numerous show commands available for IBM Spectrum Protect / TSM, that will display information about the environment. Many of them aren't as well documented, probably because IBM intends to use these commands for their own support.

Quite a lot of these commands have been documented by Spectrum Protec / TSM users, and an example can be found on the following web site: http://www.mm-it.at/de/TSM_Show_Commands.html.

A very interesting show command, that can be used to display the amount of deduplicate bytes pending removal, is the following command:

tsm: TSM>show deduppending file_disk
ANR1015I Storage pool FILE_DISK has 7,733,543,532,121 duplicate bytes pending removal.
The command above shows the number of byes for storage pool "FILE_DISK" still to be removed by the dedupe processes.

The command may take quite some time to run, up to 10 minutes, so please be patient when issuing this command.

Topics: Backup & restore, Spectrum Protect

IBM Spectrum Protect/TSM Links

Official IBM Spectrum Protect / Tivoli Storage Manager sites:

Other TSM related sites: IBM Spectrum Protect

Topics: Backup & restore, Spectrum Protect

Start a backup from the TSM / IBM Spectrum Protect server

There is a way to start a backup from the TSM / IBM Spectrum Protect server itself, and that is by defining a client action. For example, to start an incremental backup on a node, run:

define clientaction action=incremental
You can use wild cards like * in the node name, for example:
def clienta node* act=i
You can monitor the schedule event, using the following command:
q ev * @1
You may cancel this schedule, by running:
delete schedule @1

Topics: Backup & restore, Spectrum Protect

Tail TSM / IBM Spectrum Protect console log

The following command can be used to tail the TSM / IBM Spectrum Protect console log:

dsmadmc -console
This will allow you to continously follow what is happening on the TSM / IBM Spectrum Protect server.

Topics: Backup & restore, Spectrum Protect

Show configuration of a TSM / IBM Spectrum Protect server

To save the complete configuration of a TSM server to a file, run:

dsmadmc -id=admin -password=admin show config > /tmp/config
This assumes that you have an admin account with the password admin. And it will write the output file to /tmp/config.

If you wish to have comma separated output, add -comma.

To just display the status of the TSM / IBM Spectrum Protect server, run (this is included in the output of show config):
q status
Another very interesting command to run is:
q system

Topics: Backup & restore, Spectrum Protect

Register a new TSM / IBM Spectrum Protect administrator

To register a new TSM / IBM Spectrum Protect administrator, run:

register admin adminname password contact="Contact details of the new admin" emailaddress=email-address@ofthenewadmin.com
Next, grant system privilege authority to the new admin:
grant authority adminname class=sys
To remove a TSM admin, run:
remove admin adminname

Topics: AIX, Backup & restore, System Admin, Virtual I/O Server, Virtualization

How to make a system backup of a VIOS

To create a system backup of a Virtual I/O Server (VIOS), run the following commands (as user root):

# /usr/ios/cli/ioscli viosbr -backup -file vios_config_bkup
-frequency daily -numfiles 10
# /usr/ios/cli/ioscli backupios -nomedialib -file /mksysb/$(hostname).mksysb -mksysb
The first command (viosbr) will create a backup of the configuration information to /home/padmin/cfgbackups. It will also schedule the command to run every day, and keep up to 10 files in /home/padmin/cfgbackups.

The second command is the mksysb equivalent for a Virtual I/O Server: backupios. This command will create the mksysb image in the /mksysb folder, and exclude any ISO repositiory in rootvg, and anything else excluded in /etc/exclude.rootvg.

Topics: AIX, Backup & restore, Storage, System Admin

Using mkvgdata and restvg in DR situations

It is useful to run the following commands before you create your (at least) weekly mksysb image:

# lsvg -o | xargs -i mkvgdata {}
# tar -cvf /sysadm/vgdata.tar /tmp/vgdata
Add these commands to your mksysb script, just before running the mksysb command. What this does is to run the mkvgdata command for each online volume group. This will generate output for a volume group in /tmp/vgdata. The resulting output is then tar'd and stored in the /sysadm folder or file system. This allows information regarding your volume groups, logical volumes, and file systems to be included in your mksysb image.

To recreate the volume groups, logical volumes and file systems:
  • Run:
    # tar -xvf /sysadm/vgdata.tar
  • Now edit /tmp/vgdata/{volume group name}/{volume group name}.data file and look for the line with "VG_SOURCE_DISK_LIST=". Change the line to have the hdisks, vpaths or hdiskpowers as needed.
  • Run:
    # restvg -r -d /tmp/vgdata/{volume group name}/{volume group name}.data
Make sure to remove file systems with the rmfs command before running restvg, or it will not run correctly. Or, you can just run it once, run the exportvg command for the same volume group, and run the restvg command again. There is also a "-s" flag for restvg that lets you shrink the file system to its minimum size needed, but depending on when the vgdata was created, you could run out of space, when restoring the contents of the file system. Just something to keep in mind.

Topics: AIX, Backup & restore, System Admin

Restoring individual files from a mksysb image

Sometimes, you just need that one single file from a mksysb image backup. It's really not that difficult to accomplish this.

First of all, go to the directory that contains the mksysb image file:

# cd /sysadm/iosbackup
In this example, were using the mksysb image of a Virtual I/O server, created using iosbackup. This is basically the same as a mksysb image from a regular AIX system. The image file for this mksysb backup is called vio1.mksysb

First, try to locate the file you're looking for; For example, if you're looking for file nimbck.ksh:
# restore -T -q -l -f vio1.mksysb | grep nimbck.ksh
New volume on vio1.mksysb:
Cluster size is 51200 bytes (100 blocks).
The volume number is 1.
The backup date is: Thu Jun  9 23:00:28 MST 2011
Files are backed up by name.
The user is padmin.
-rwxr-xr-x- 10   staff  May 23  08:37  1801 ./home/padmin/nimbck.ksh
Here you can see the original file was located in /home/padmin.

Now recover that one single file:
# restore -x -q -f vio1.mksysb ./home/padmin/nimbck.ksh
x ./home/padmin/nimbck.ksh
Note that it is important to add the dot before the filename that needs to be recovered. Otherwise it won't work. Your file is now restore to ./home/padmin/nimbck.ksh, which is a relative folder from the current directory you're in right now:
# cd ./home/padmin
# ls -als nimbck.ksh
4 -rwxr-xr-x    1 10  staff  1801 May 23 08:37 nimbck.ksh

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