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Exploring IBM Spectrum Protect V7.1.7

By Archive User posted Fri October 21, 2016 10:11 AM


Originally posted by: DeirdreOC

Do you wish you had all the answers when it comes to IBM Spectrum Protect? Do you need to install the Operations Center or configure a backup-archive client? Do you want to know the best way to monitor your IBM Spectrum Protect storage environment? We’ve put together some useful links to help guide you through the documentation.

IBM Knowledge Center

To get the latest IBM Spectrum Protect documentation, go to IBM Knowledge Center:

Tip: Beginning with Version 7.1.3, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager is now IBM Spectrum Protect. Some applications such as the software fulfillment systems and IBM License Metric Tool use the new product name. However, the software and its product documentation continue to use the Tivoli Storage Manager product name. To learn more about the rebranding transition, see

In IBM Knowledge Center, you can search all documentation for a particular version of IBM Spectrum Protect, including all products within the IBM Spectrum Protect family, from the following link:


When you choose V7.1.7 from the drop-down menu, you can access the following links:

  • What’s new videos: This wiki page contains Version 7 server, client, and Operations Center video links.
  • V7.1.7 PDF files: This page contains links to the PDF content available for IBM Spectrum Protect. 

Tip: to open the table of contents for easy navigation of IBM Knowledge Center, click the hamburger icon:


Most of the information in IBM Knowledge Center is available in PDF format, but some information is available in HTML format only.


Searching IBM Knowledge Center

You can search for an item in IBM Knowledge Center by using the search function:


To return search results related to a particular release, ensure that you have selected the release from the product landing page.

Operations Center

The Operations Center is the web-based interface for managing your storage environment. You can use the Operations Center to monitor multiple servers and complete administrative tasks. The Operations Center also provides web access to the IBM Spectrum Protect command line.

Explore the Operations Center on your own to find out more:

In V7.1.7, you can use the Operations Center to do the following tasks:

  • Protect directory-container storage pools by copying the data to tape
  • Optimize data transfer to cloud storage
  • Back up data to Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) cloud storage.

From IBM Knowledge Center, you can read about different tasks in Managing the Operations Center.



The IBM Spectrum Protect wiki is regularly updated with white papers, FAQs, and other product information:!/wiki/Tivoli%20Storage%20Manager/page/Home

From the wiki, you can access the PDFs by release to view previous versions of the PDF documentation.


Useful links

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1 comment



Mon October 24, 2016 01:35 PM

Originally posted by: bobby_g

Great job Deirdre! Concise and very informative one stop shop for all Protect documentation that brings into play all the social media tools. Don't forget to post to the Groups on Linkedin that correspond to your product! Reach the sales people, the sales enablement people, the business partners.........