Using TSM V5 Operational Reporting with TSM V6 and TSM V7

The IBM Tivoli Storage Manager operational reporting feature automates some of the monitoring tasks you typically perform manually. Operational reports can be scheduled to run daily and are generated even if there are no problems. Operational reporting is administered through the Microsoft Management Console on a Windows machine. Operational reporting runs as a service and supports multiple Tivoli Storage Manager servers running on a single machine. 

The operational reporting installation package contains two default custom summary templates, one for a report and one for a monitor. Default e-mail messages will notify you if the server is running smoothly, or if there are issues such as failed or missed schedules. You can also link to a Web summary page to check operational reports about your server. You can run the Operational Reporting interface on Windows only, but it supports servers running on any supported operating system.

Tivoli Storage Manager V5.5 Operational Reporting is part of the Tivoli Storage Manager Management Console for V5.5 servers. TSM V5.5 Operational Reporting is not supported and not included with Tivoli Storage Manager V6 & V7packages. If a Tivoli Storage Manager V5.5 server on a Windows system is upgraded to Tivoli Storage Manager V6, the Tivoli Storage Manager V6 Management Console is installed without the Operational Reporting feature. But with some modifications, the V5.5 Operational Reporting feature can be used to work with V6 or V7 servers.  

Follow the instructions to modify the V5.5 Operational Reporting feature to make the default reports and monitors work with V6.1 and V6.2 servers. You may run both the V5.5 Operational Reporting feature and the V6 or V7 reporting and monitoring feature at the same time. However, you must install and run the features on different systems. The V5.5 Operational Reporting feature cannot be installed on the same system as the V6 or V7 Management Console.

Installing and Configuring TSM V5 Operational Reporting with TSM V6 and V7

1) To modify Tivoli Storage Manager V5.5 Operational Reporting to work with a Tivoli Storage Manager V6 or V7 server, the Tivoli Storage Manager V5.5 Management Console, which includes Operational Reporting, must be installed on a separate physical or virtual Windows device. You can download the Tivoli Storage Manager V5.5 Management Console here in IBM.

2) Download the file for the Tivoli Storage Manager V5.5 Management Console, which has a name like 5.5.x.x-TIV-TSMCON-Windows.exe, where the x.x are numbers that indicate the fix level. Run the file that you downloaded to install the Tivoli Storage Manager V5.5 Management Console.

3) First you have to configure Tivoli Storage Manager V5.5 Operational Reporting as usual as explained below
  • Click on the operational reporting icon. 
  • Right click on the Tivoli Storage Manager icon and choose Add TSM Computer
  • Click TSM Operational Reporting and click Add to add a report, and click OK to accept the defaults. 
  • Expand the tree view in the MMC snap-in to find your report. 
  • Right-click on your report and choose refresh to see it.
Now you need to add the TSM Server to the Tivoli Storage Management Console 
  • From Start menu on the task bar, select Programs→Tivoli Storage Manager→Management Console
  • On the Management Console, right click Tivoli Storage Manager and select Add TSM Computer
  • In the TSM Computer Resource Properties window, under the Computer Information tab, enter the machine name. 
  • Select an Operating System. 
  • Check Include Report Features to enable operational reporting features. The TSM Web Client is optional.
  • Check TSM Web Administrator to enable the Management Console to communicate with the server. 
  • Specify Tivoli Storage Manager server information Server name, TCP/IP Address, TCP/IP, Port HTTP Port 
  • Click Add. 
  • The Logon Information window pops up. Enter the Administrator name and Password. Click OK.
  • You should now see the information you entered such as the server name and TCP/IP address. Click OK.
Also Read: TSM Storage Pool Concepts (V7 Revised)

4) After configuring the TSM V5 Operational Reporting, now you need to make some modifications to make it work with the TSM V6 & V7 servers. You have to replace the TSM V5.5 XML files with new TSM V6 XML files. You can download these new TSM V6 XML files.  Any new reports or monitors will automatically use the new templates since they will be now the defaults.

5) Go to C:\Program Files\Tivoli\TSM\console directory and delete or rename the following two TSM V5 default files to add  _TSMold to the file name as shown below
Rename default_rep_eng.xml to default_rep_eng_TSMold.xml.
Rename default_mon_eng.xml to default_mon_eng_TSMold.xml.
6) Now you have to rename the new downloaded files to the default names, so that the operational reporting will pick up these new XML files during reporting.
Rename default_rep_eng_TSM6or7.xml to default_rep_eng.xml.
Rename default_mon_eng_TSM6or7.xml to default_mon_eng.xml.
7) If you dont want to delete or rename the old TSM V5 XML files, you can specify a template to use with a reporting or monitoring seperately. To have a report or monitor use the template file
  • Right-click a report or monitor and click Properties.
  • Click Custom Summary.
  • Click Settings.
  • Select the template file that you want to use and click OK.
Apart from the default SQL queries which are included in these XML files, you can also add your own customized SQL queries for generating you own reports. Please remember that the instructions for configuring V5.5 Operational Reporting to work with V6 or V7 servers are provided separately and please beware that no additional support will be provided by IBM.

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