Ibm Tsm Placement Papers - Ibm Tsm Interview Questions and Answers updated on 24.Jun.2024

Q1. What Is The Use Of Schedule Prompting In Client Schedule Backups?

Server will initiate the schedule process by contacting the client.

Q2. How To Find The Scratch Count?

select count(*) from libvol where status=scratch

Q3. Which Library You Are Using?

IBM 3584

Q4. What Is Reclamation, Migration? How Will You Do It Manually?

Reclamation: It is the process moving the active data from fragmented volumes to single or few no of volumes. It makes the fragmented volumes reusable.

Command: Reclaim stg poolname threshold=number

duration=minutes offsitereclaimimit=no of volumes

Migration:This is used to migrate files from one stgpool to the next storage pool

Command: Migrate stgpool poolname lowmig=number duration=minutes reclaim=yes/no.

Q5. Mention The Reasons For Migration Fail?

If there is no volumes in the next stgpool or if any mig delay parameter is mentioned migration effects

Q6. What Is The Use Of Journal Based Backups?

by installing this software we can take modified files and directory which are stored in that folder.

Q7. Can We Create Server To Server Communication Between Server A Which Is 5.5 And Server B Which Is 6.2 ?


Q8. What Type Of Library Model You Are Using?

3582 MODEL

Q9. What Is Difference In Between Label And Checking?

Labeling is naming vol. check in is inserting the vol to slot.

Q10. Which Are Tsm Configuration Files?

dsmserv.opt, dsmserv.dsk,volhist.out, devconfig.out

Q11. How You Will Check Dr Media?

Move drmedia command is used.

Q12. What Is Prole Process (tsm)?

Background process in TDP for hardware. (TDP for ESS).

Q13. Drm Steps?

  1. mountable to non-mountable
  2. non-mountable to courier
  3. courier to vault
  4. vault to vault-retrieve
  5. vault-retrieve to courier-retrieve
  6. courier-retrieve to onsite retrieve
  7. check in as private

Q14. What Are Tsm Server Configuration Files And Explain About Them?

devconfig.out, volh.out dsmserv.disk, dsmserv.opt

Q15. Health Monitoring Cmds?

  q db f=d  q log f=d  q event * * t=c  q stg f=d  q event * t=a

Q16. What Are The Server Configuration Files? Explain In Detail?

dsmserv.opt, dsmserv.dsk, devconfig.out, volhist.out

dsmserv.opt: All the server configuration Information

dsmserv.dsk: All db, log volumes paths

devconfig.out: All device configuration information like device class, drives configuration info.

volhist.out: All sequential volumes information.

Q17. How Will You Checkin & Checkout Volumes In Library?

checkin libvolume library_name volume_name search=no/yes/bulk status=private/scratch

Checkout libvolume library_name volume_name remove=bulk/yes/no

Q18. How To Checkin Cleaning Tape?

checkin libvolume Libraryname volname status=cleaner cleanings=10/only for scsi libr checklabel=no/for cleaner it shud be no

Q19. How Many Drives Do You Have?


Q20. Difference B/w V5 And V6.2?

in ver6.2 we have deduplication option.

Q21. What Is The Difference Between Backup An Archive?

backup is for short period storage and where as archive is for long term storing your data Backup is having versions archive does not have versions and backup is full, incremental, differential where as archive is as it is snapshot.

Q22. Can You Brief Your Activity On Tsm?

Monitoring Schedules, DB and Recovery Log etc. Already explained.

Q23. Which Are The Systems Eligible For Incremental Backup?

home directory of all users. (Which are frequently changed?)

Q24. How To Restore Tsm Server Database Using Dbs/incr/full Database Backups?

dsmserv restore db

Q25. What Are The File Lookouts If Tsm Server Crashes?


Q26. How To Restore Tsm Server Database Without Volhist File, Devconfig Files?

you must recreate it before you can start the restore operation. The device configuration file must follow these conventions:

The commands must be in this order:

  •  DEFINE SERVER (if you are using virtual volumes)

Q27. How Will You Take Scheduling Backup In Tdp Sql?

define shed domainname shedname action= command object=”c:sqlfull.cmd” startday=” “ starttime=” “ duration=” “ durationunits=min

Q28. How To Break The Plan File?

by running this script command:pathcscript planexpl.vbs path of the plan file

Q29. What Are The Advantages Of Server To Server Communication?

Export and import Command Routing and Enterprise management.

Q30. What Is The Model Of The Tape You Are Using? What Is Its Size?


Size: 400 GB, when compressed 800 GB

Q31. Suppose I Have To Take Full Backup On Friday And Then Friday To Thursday Incremental And Then Full Backup?

will be scheduled in crontab.

Q32. Explain About Drm Tape States? How To Change From One State To Other?

mutable/not mountable/courier/vault/vault retrieve/courier retrieve/onsite retrieve//// move media volname were state=x to state=x 

Q33. How To Restore A Single File, Using The Image Backup?

There is no chance of restoring single file in image backup. We have restore entire image.

Q34. What Is Sbt_tape In Rman Backup?

device type

Q35. What Exactly The Role Of Recovery Log?

Storing the traction, which is not committed to DB and are, required for consistency of TSM DB.

Q36. Important Files In Tdpsql?

tdpsql.cfg & dsm.opt

Q37. How Will You Move Copy Storage Pools To Offsite In Drm?

Move drmedia medianame where state=courier tostate=vault

Q38. What Are Tdp Oracle Agent Utilities?

Tdpoconf: The tdpoconf utility is used for password maintenance and general Data Protection for Oracle setup and maintenance.

Tdposync: Use the tdposync utility to delete the Oracle backups on the Tivoli Storage Manager server which are not in the RMAN catalog. By thus removing unwanted objects in Tivoli Storage Manager storage, you can reclaim space on the server. This utility allows you to repair such discrepancies between the Tivoli Storage Manager Server and the RMAN catalog.

Q39. Tape Stuck In Drive, How Do You Resolve It?

Checkout the tape, power cycling the drive, raise the ticket to Hardware team.

Q40. What Is Reclamation?

It is the process of moving the fragment data from one or more volumes to a different volume, so that the volumes being reclaimed can be used as scratch volumes in TSM again. By using this technique we can save a lot of space in TSM. This process is controlled by reclaim threshold parameter of the storage pool.

Q41. How Will You Change Password Of Tsm Server?

set server password *****

Q42. If Your Dbspace Is Full Then What You Will Do?

Add database volumes by the command line as TSM server will not work if DB is full.

Q43. Mention Any Other Commands Other Than Q Db, Q Log?

Using SELECT commands we can do

Q44. Can You Brief Your Responsibilities On Tsm And Daily Activities?

Check Schedule, DB & Recovery log, managing volumes. Explained earlier.

Q45. Explain About Search=yes/no/bulk Parameter In Checkin Command?


Q46. How To Increase Cache Hit Ratio?

by increasing the bufpoolsize

Q47. What Is The Use Of Crossdefine Parameter?

If cross def is on we can establish server to server communication.

Q48. What Are Your Daily Activities?

Health check of TSM servers.

Checking schedule status, if any missed or failed schedules resolving the problem.

Q49. What Are Various Server Configuration Files?

dsmserv.opt, volhist.out, devconfig.out, dsmserv.dsk.

Q50. Do You Have Idea About Exchange, Tdp Oracle, Tdp Sql?

Yes I know about TDP SQL