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IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center Beyond the Basics

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You have installed and performed the basic customization of IBM® Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center. You have collected performance data collection and generated reports. Now it’s time to learn the best ways to use the software to manage your storage infrastructure. This IBM Redbooks® publication shows the best way to set up the software, based on your storage environment, and then how to use it to manage your infrastructure. It includes experiences from IBM clients and staff and covers the following topics:

  • Architectural design techniques (sizing your environment, single versus multiple installations, physical versus virtual servers, deployment in a large, existing storage infrastructure)

  • Database and server considerations (database backup and restoration methods and scripts, using IBM Data Studio Client for database administration, database placement and relocation, repository sizing and tuning, moving and migrating the server)

  • Alerting, monitoring and reporting (monitoring thresholds and alerts, performance management and analysis of reports, real-time performance monitoring for IBM SAN Volume Controller)

  • Security considerations (Tivoli Storage Productivity Center internal user IDs, user authentication configuration methods, how and why to set up and change passwords, configuring, querying, and testing LDAP and Microsoft Active Directory)

  • Heath checks (server heath and logs, health and recoverability of IBM DB2® databases, using the Database Maintenance tool)

  • Data management techniques (how to spot unusual growth incidents, scripted actions for Tivoli Storage manager and hierarchical storage management)

  • This book is for storage administrators who are responsible for the performance and growth of the IT storage infrastructure.

    Table of Contents

    1. Front cover
    2. Preface
      1. Authors
      2. Now you can become a published author, too
      3. Comments welcome
      4. Stay connected to IBM Redbooks
    3. Notices
      1. Trademarks
    4. Chapter 1. Tivoli Storage Productivity Center overview
      1. 1.1 Tivoli Storage Productivity Center server overview
        1. 1.1.1 Tivoli Storage Productivity Center components
      2. 1.2 Tivoli Storage Productivity Center overview
        1. 1.2.1 Software components
        2. 1.2.2 Web-based GUI
        3. 1.2.3 Stand-alone GUI
        4. 1.2.4 Database components
        5. 1.2.5 Combining Tivoli Storage Productivity Center and SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center
      3. 1.3 Continuous Delivery model
        1. 1.3.1 Goals and benefits
    5. Chapter 2. Architectural design techniques
      1. 2.1 Definitions of terms
        1. 2.1.1 Monitoring
        2. 2.1.2 Alerting
        3. 2.1.3 Reporting
      2. 2.2 Choosing the solution that best meets your objectives
        1. 2.2.1 Comparison of Tivoli Storage Productivity Center and SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center options and benefits
        2. 2.2.2 Deployment and resources
        3. 2.2.3 Design considerations for the Productivity Center environment
      3. 2.3 Use case example
        1. 2.3.1 Post-installation steps
    6. Chapter 3. Database and server considerations
      1. 3.1 DB2 command interfaces
        1. 3.1.1 Microsoft Windows overview
        2. 3.1.2 UNIX overview
      2. 3.2 Database backup basics
        1. 3.2.1 Backup types
        2. 3.2.2 Backup output destination
        3. 3.2.3 Database logging
      3. 3.3 Database backup method considerations
        1. 3.3.1 Offline backup advantages and disadvantages
        2. 3.3.2 Online backup advantages and disadvantages
      4. 3.4 Scripts provided
      5. 3.5 Common setup steps for backups
      6. 3.6 Offline backup to a file system
      7. 3.7 Online backup to a file system
        1. 3.7.1 Set up DB2 database archive logging to a file system
        2. 3.7.2 Create online backup script to file system
      8. 3.8 Offline backup to Tivoli Storage Manager
        1. 3.8.1 Add new variables to Windows
        2. 3.8.2 Configure the Tivoli Storage Manager option file and password
        3. 3.8.3 Create an offline backup to Tivoli Storage Manager script
      9. 3.9 Online backup to Tivoli Storage Manager
        1. 3.9.1 DB2 parameter changes for archive logging to Tivoli Storage Manager
        2. 3.9.2 Create online backup script for Tivoli Storage Manager
      10. 3.10 Other backup considerations
      11. 3.11 Managing database backup versions
        1. 3.11.1 Managing backup versions for a file system
        2. 3.11.2 Managing archive log files on a file system
        3. 3.11.3 Managing backup versions that you store in Tivoli Storage Manager
      12. 3.12 Restoring Productivity Center databases
        1. 3.12.1 Restoring from offline backups
        2. 3.12.2 Restoring from online backups
        3. 3.12.3 Potential issues after the restore
      13. 3.13 Repository database placement and relocation
        1. 3.13.1 Repository placement
        2. 3.13.2 Selecting an SMS or DMS table space
        3. 3.13.3 Advantage of a SMS table space
        4. 3.13.4 Advantage of a DMS table space
      14. 3.14 Relocating the database
      15. 3.15 Simple repository sizing and tuning
        1. 3.15.1 Repository sizing formulas
        2. 3.15.2 Simple repository tuning
        3. 3.15.3 Self tuning capabilities
        4. 3.15.4 Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.2.2 database maintenance tool
      16. 3.16 Moving or migrating the Productivity Center server
        1. 3.16.1 Planning for migration
        2. 3.16.2 Planning for setting up a failover environment
        3. 3.16.3 Collecting configuration data
        4. 3.16.4 Export the database of the source server (Server A)
        5. 3.16.5 Build the destination server (Server B)
      17. 3.17 Migrating from physical to virtual by using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone
    7. Chapter 4. Alerting, monitoring, and reporting
      1. 4.1 Setting up Tivoli Storage Productivity Center monitoring and alerting for SAN storage equipment
        1. 4.1.1 Configuring alerts for SAN storage equipment
        2. 4.1.2 SNMP Alerts and Tivoli Storage Productivity Center
      2. 4.2 Performance management reporting
        1. 4.2.1 Real-time performance monitoring for SVC 7.3 or later
        2. 4.2.2 Use case: Performance analysis using Productivity Center reports
      3. 4.3 Managing monitoring and alerting data
        1. 4.3.1 Alerts
        2. 4.3.2 Removed resource retention
        3. 4.3.3 History Aggregator
      4. 4.4 Data Path Explorer
      5. 4.5 Cognos reports overview
        1. 4.5.1 Viewing and modifying a predefined report
        2. 4.5.2 Configuring email in Cognos
        3. 4.5.3 Scheduling a report for distribution
        4. 4.5.4 Saving Cognos reports to external file systems
        5. 4.5.5 Create a report by using Query Studio
        6. 4.5.6 Restoring default reports
    8. Chapter 5. Security considerations
      1. 5.1 Data and access considerations
        1. 5.1.1 Security vulnerabilities
      2. 5.2 Authentication concepts and components
        1. 5.2.1 WebSphere Application Server in Tivoli Storage Productivity Center
        2. 5.2.2 Difference between Productivity Center “users” and “user IDs”
        3. 5.2.3 Difference between “authentication” and “authorization”
        4. 5.2.4 Places of configuration
        5. 5.2.5 User ID and repository combinations
      3. 5.3 Tivoli Storage Productivity Center internal user IDs
        1. 5.3.1 Technical user IDs
        2. 5.3.2 Functional user IDs
        3. 5.3.3 Scenario 1. Installation where users and groups reside in a local OS context
        4. 5.3.4 Scenario 2. Installation where users and groups reside in domain context
        5. 5.3.5 Changing Tivoli Storage Productivity Center internal user ID passwords
      4. 5.4 Users of Tivoli Storage Productivity Center
        1. 5.4.1 External authentication configuration methods
        2. 5.4.2 Method 1: Authentication directly through LDAP
        3. 5.4.3 Method 2. Implicit authentication
      5. 5.5 Testing your Active Directory configuration
        1. 5.5.1 Enabling tracing in Active Directory
        2. 5.5.2 Using an LDAP browser tool to validate information gathered to enable LDAP authentication
        3. 5.5.3 Verify the LDAP authentication configuration in WebSphere Application Server
        4. 5.5.4 Other useful commands to query LDAP or Active Directory
      6. 5.6 Configuration of WebSphere Application Server for LDAP or Active Directory authentication
        1. 5.6.1 Configuration steps
        2. 5.6.2 Secure communication between Tivoli Storage Productivity Center and the LDAP repository
    9. Chapter 6. Health checks
      1. 6.1 Tivoli Storage Productivity Center Server health checks
        1. 6.1.1 Environmental documentation
        2. 6.1.2 Tivoli Storage Productivity Center documentation
        3. 6.1.3 Tivoli Storage Productivity Center logs
        4. 6.1.4 DB2 health and recoverability
        5. 6.1.5 Overall server health
      2. 6.2 System management
        1. 6.2.1 Overview
        2. 6.2.2 Component servers
        3. 6.2.3 Database
      3. 6.3 Database maintenance tool
      4. 6.4 Storage health check using the web-based GUI
        1. 6.4.1 Component status
        2. 6.4.2 Probe and job status
      5. 6.5 Verify that your GUI is performing properly
    10. Appendix A. Data management techniques
      1. A.1 How to spot files that are not backed up on Windows
      2. A.2 Defining scripted actions
      3. A.3 Spotting unusual data growth incidents
      4. A.4 Tivoli Storage Manager automatic archiving and integration
    11. Appendix B. Change password
      1. B.1 Overview
      2. B.2 How and why to set up and change passwords
      3. B.3 Default user names
      4. B.4 Change the common user and JazzSM passwords
      5. B.5 Change the Tivoli Common Reporting password (Cognos)
    12. Related publications
      1. IBM Redbooks
      2. Other publications
      3. Online resources
      4. Help from IBM
    13. Back cover
    14. IBM System x Reference Architecture for Hadoop: IBM InfoSphere BigInsights Reference Architecture
      1. Introduction
      2. Business problem and business value
      3. Reference architecture use
      4. Requirements
      5. InfoSphere BigInsights predefined configuration
      6. InfoSphere BigInsights HBase predefined configuration
      7. Deployment considerations
      8. Customizing the predefined configurations
      9. Predefined configuration bill of materials
      10. References
      11. The team who wrote this paper
      12. Now you can become a published author, too!
      13. Stay connected to IBM Redbooks
    15. Notices
      1. Trademarks