TS101DG: Fundamentals of IBM Spectrum Protect

IBM Systems Training

on February 14, 2022


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Table of Contents

  1. Short Summary
  2. Duration
  3. Content Description
  4. Objectives
  5. Agenda
  6. Audience
  7. Skill Level
  8. Labs?
  9. Keywords
  10. Prerequisites
  11. Enrollment
  12. Errata
  13. Follow-on Courses

Short Summary

This course is intended for students who otherwise have had no prior experience with IBM Spectrum Protect and is designed as an introduction to IBM Spectrum Protect.

Duration in Hours ⌚


Content Description

The IBM Spectrum Protect (formerly Tivoli Storage Manager or TSM) suite of products  includes the Spectrum Protect Server and many add-on products and components for providing enterprise class data protection and disaster recovery. In this Fundamentals of Spectrum Protect course we provide a simple, easy-to-understand introduction to many  of the components and technologies associated  with Spectrum Protect along with a series of videos to help better understand the content.


  • Understand the core data storage and protection concepts that IBM Spectrum Protect is based on
  • Navigate the main IBM Spectrum Protect command line and GUI interfaces
  • Perform basic data backups and differentiate between backup types, such as incremental backups and complete backups


Day 1

  • Unit 1: Concepts and Components

  • Unit 2: User Interface Introduction

    • Exercise Part 1: Administrative Command Line

    • Exercise 1 Basic Queries

    • Exercise 2 Use the help command

    • Exercise 3 Start a Console Mode window for monitoring

    • Exercise 4 Open the administrative command line using the dsmadmc command

    • Exercise Part 2: Operations Center

    • Exercise 5 Navigating the Operations Center

    • Exercise 6 Use the Operations Center Command Builder

    • Exercise Part 3: Backup-archive client

      • Exercise 7 Backup-archive command line introduction
      • Exercise 8 Backup-archive GUI introduction
      • Exercise 9 Examine current options in the backup-archive GUI
      • Exercise 10 Restore and replace files
      • Exercise 11 Archive selected files
      • Exercise 12 Retrieve files from archive

Day 2

  • Unit 3: Daily Operations
    • Exercise 1 Perform an incremental, complete backup
      • Exercise 2 Perform a selective backup with client-side compression 
      • Exercise 3 Send archive data to the storage pools
      • Exercise 4 Define a container storage pool
      • Exercise 5 Change policy to send backup data to container storage pool 
      • Exercise 6 Back up files to DEDUPCONTAINER using inline deduplication 
      • Exercise 7 Perform storage pool backups 
      • Exercise 8 Perform a database backup 
      • Exercise 9 Review the configuration of the database and recovery log
      • Exercise 10 Back up the database again using multiple streams and compression 
      • Exercise 11 Initiate a storage pool migration 
      • Exercise 12 Review the maintenance tasks in the Operations Center
  • Unit 4: Reporting and Monitoring
    • Exercise 1 Review security notification
    • Exercise 2 Configure a mail server for reports
    • Exercise 3 Review the default reports
    • Exercise 4 Create a new report and work with report templates
    • Exercise 5 Review and assign alerts in the Operations Center
    • Exercise 6 Review the default maintenance tasks in the Operations Center
    • Exercise 7 Use the Operations Center to review the completed maintenance


This course is intended for students who otherwise have had no prior experience with IBM Spectrum Protect.

Skill Level


Labs? 💻



TS101D; Spectrum Protect; SP; Protection; Back up; Archive; Storage Pools; Security; Compression; Maintenance; Container






None specified.

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