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TSM 8.1.11 Node Replication at a glance

TSM 8.1.11 Operation Center Commands at a glance


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Attention: TSM Show Commands are not officially supported by IBM. Use with care and first on a test TSM system. The collection does not claim to be complete but I think, it is useful

especially as i tried to add also screen-shots and practical usage documentation (all information on this website is supplied without guarantee and without liability, express or implied.).


Status – December 2020 – – will be enriched regularly with new, additional show commands (recently added SHOW PVU ).
Command / Option Description C/S Category Screen-Shots / Documents
show library <library–name (default all libs)> Shows the status of all in-memory information about libraries attached to a server, and all their drives.

Source: Forums and Richard Sims TSM Quick Facts and IBM TSM Problem Determination Guide 7.1.1
S Library
show libinventory <library–name (default all libs)> Useful if there seems to be a problem with the library inventory information. The command will display current in-memory properties of the library inventory.

Source: Forums and Richard Sims TSM Quick Facts and IBM TSM Problem Determination Guide 7.1.1 and internet forums.
S Library
show slots <library–name> Can be used to identify the status of all volumes in the library. E.g. there can be missing library volumes from the QUERY LIBVOLUME output when compared with the SHOW SLOTS output, because not all were checked in by TSM.

Source: IBM documents: swg21609650, swg21214375, swg21652440 and internet forums.
S Library
show damaged <stg–pool–name> List all the files in a storage pool that are marked as damaged. Besides "Show Damage" there exits 4 other possibilities to find out about damaged files like "query content <volume-name> damaged=yes".

Source: internet forums.
S Storage Pool
show transferstats <stg–pool–name> You use this command to get statistics from migration, backup stgpool, and reclamation process(es) for the storage pool.

Source: IBM document: swg21265179 and internet forums.
S Storage Pool
show dedupdeleteinfo Displays the status of background deletion threads for dereferenced deduplicated objects. Issue this command to check the status of the background deletion process for deduplicated objects. When a file is deleted or moved out of a deduplicated storage pool, the extents are queued to a background processor for attempted removal from the storage pool. This command is useful for checking the backlog of queued extents and the status of each deletion thread.

Source: IBM TSM 7.1.1 Problem Determination Guide;

Only for "legacy" dedup pools – NOT for Directory/Cloud Container pools. There we have the Q EXTENTUPDATES command.
S Deduplication
show deduppending <stg–pool–name> Shows the pending amount of data that will be removed.Only for File Volume dedup – NOT for Dir. Container Pools

Source: various IBM dedup documents.
S Deduplication
show duplicate DO NOT USE –. A diagnostic ANR9999D message will be issued.

Source: "trial and error".
S Deduplication
show replication Shows all known replication servers and their globally unique identifier (GUID) and all running replication processes. The processes might include the individual statistics of each file space and the status of each replication session. Issue this command if replication does not appear to be progressing or if replication is not working correctly.

Source: IBM TSM 7.1.1 Problem Determination Guide.
S Replication
show versionhistory (NEW in TSM 7.1.1). Displays the installed TSM version(s) on the TSM server.

Source: TSM 7.1.1 presentation from IBM Tivoli Software Group – Tricia Jiang 2014.
S Server
show tocsets A TOC set is used during file-level NDMP operations ( or BACKUPSETS ). During an NDMP backup with the TOC=YES parameter, a TOC is built in the server database. During a restore, one or more TOCs might be loaded into the server database to provide file and directory names to the client GUI. This command shows the status of the TOC set; for example, building or loading, and how much temporary database space is in use for each TOC set. You might issue this command if you are experiencing problems with an NDMP backup with the TOC=YES parameter, or have problems restoring files from an NDMP backup, or if TOC sets are being retained in the server database too long or not long enough.

Source: IBM TSM 7.1.1 Problem Determination Guide.
show PENDing show pending administrative and client schedules.

Source: internet forums.
S Client and ADMIN Schedules
show sdpool (NEW in TSM 7.1.3). Show container storage pool space allocation.

Source: APAR IT13187
S Container Storage Pool
show VM all show all virtual machines in ESX(I) or vCenter from the DSMC – BA Client point of view.

Source: internet forums, see also IBM documents: swg21579375 and swg1IC98876.
C VMware Backups
show version Displays the BA client version and build date for this client.

Source: IBM TSM 7.1.1 Problem Determination Guide.
C BA version
show opttable This command helps you to determine whether the client is using an option that is configured from the option file or an option that is configured from a client option set defined on the server ( CLOPTSET ).

Source: IBM TSM 7.1.1 Problem Determination Guide.
C BA options
show systemstate This command is helpful in determining which SYSTEM STATE files are installed on this Windows system and the files that might be backed up.

Source: IBM TSM 7.1.1 Problem Determination Guide.
C BA systemstate
show domain Useful to display information and summarize the DOMAIN, DOMAIN.IMAGE, and DOMAIN.NAS client options.

Source: IBM TSM 7.1.1 Problem Determination Guide.
C BA options
show pvu Useful to display information about HW and SW details from the BA Client builtin HW/SW scanner. PVU means: Processor Value Unit.

Source: E–mail contact.
C BA options

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