Data Protection for VMware - Self Service File Restore

At version 7.1.3 and later, our developers have introduced a Self Service File Restore feature into Data Protection for VMware.  This feature makes it much easier to  allow virtual machine users to safely and easily restore their own files from virtual machines backed up on a Spectrum Protect Server.

Watch my short video here.

Spectrum Protect for Mail - VMware Integration

One of the highest priorities for Spectrum Protect (TSM) development is enhancing the integration between Microsoft Applications like SQL Server and Exchange and Spectrum Protect when they are hosted in a VMware Environment.

Version 7.1.2 of Spectrum Protect for Mail  enhances Microsoft Exchange integration when the Exchange servers are hosted in VMware and the virtual Machines are backed Up with Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments.

In this short video, I show the new combined GUI that allows you to do a Exchange 2013 database restore directly from a backed up VM .

The development team for Protect has written a very good white paper that discusses the many options for using Protect in virtualized environments.  It's highly reccomended if your backing up an application that is virtualized.



Spectrum Protect Part of the IBM Spectrum Storage Family

IBM has recently started rebranding Tivoli Storage Manager to Spectrum Protect.  We've done this to help align the name of our data protection software with all the other storage software IBM is now offering within the IBM Spectrum Storage portfolio.

As you go through the videos on our site, you will see that we've started changing the text descriptions to match new nomenclature.  Although the older videos will still be available, Tricia and I will start phasing in the new IBM Spectrum Protect names as we add content to the site.

As you might expect with over 20 years of product videos, documentation, and innovation, the transition to the new name will take some time.  But our hope is that Spectrum Protect's close alignment with other storage products within IBM will lead to continuing data protection innovations.

In the meantime, please feel free to send Tricia and I suggestions for the types of videos you would like to see.


Hands-on Labs at Edge in Las Vegas

Come see Tricia and I Edge 2015 in Las Vegas.  We'll be running hands-on labs covering snapshot backups, the operations center, VMware, and Spectrum Protect all week.


We'll be in Casanova 504.  We'd love to hear your ideas for education material, videos, and other ways to help you use Spectrum Protect.

Come see us at Interconnect 2015

Are you planning on attending #InterConnect2015 in Las Vegas.  Come see us in the open lab room or at one of the managed labs.  We would love to see you.


Open Labs

Mandalay Bay Convention Center, 3RD Floor,

South Seas Ballroom F


Monday February 23rd                                             OPEN   10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuesday February 24th & Wednesday 25th        OPEN    9:30  AM – 5:00 PM

Thursday February 26th                                           OPEN    9:30  AM – 4:00 PM


  • CDP-3611 Protecting Microsoft SQL and Microsoft Exchange Data Using Snapshots

  • CDP-3616 IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager 4.1.1 for VMWare

  • CDP-3619 IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager 4.1.1 for UNIX and DB2

  • CDP-3620 IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments  7.1.1 VMWare Lab

  • CDP-3623 IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 7.1.1 Node Replication

  • CDP-3624 IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 7.1.1 Operations Center

  • CDP-3627 IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center 5.2 Daily Operations and Provisioning

  • CDP-3629 IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center 5.2 Reporting

  • CDP-5653 IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 7.1.1 Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V Basics

  • CDP-5654 Getting Started with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 7

These step-by-step labs walk you through the software on live cloud systems. Experts are always around to answer questions or help. All labs will take from 1-2 hours to complete and can be started any time during open hours.

TSM for VE - 101

Tricia and I continue to add 101 (Introduction) videos.  I've done a Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments (TSM for VE) introduction which covers both Data Protection for VMware and Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V.

The direct link to Youtube is below.  Or you can go to the 101 page in this Blog.

TSM for Virtual Environments 7.1.1 - 101 Introduction


Back to the basics.


Our team is constantly producing enablement around the new features, functions and products.  However, we realize there are people just learning the Tivoli Storage Manager products or needing a quick review, so I'm working to get more 101 / high-level / introduction type videos produced.     Take a look at the first 5 videos.   We'll post more as we finish up other 101 topics.

All the best -  Tricia

My New Website

Hello - My name is Sean Sperry and I develop education, enablement, and hands-on labs for the IBM Software Group.  At IBM, we share information with users of our products in many different ways.  I want to try some alternative ways of quickly and easily delivering information so I set up this web site.  I'll slowly be adding material as time allows and my work exposes me to different storage products in the IBM storage portfolio.

For a start, take a look at the FlashCopy Manager page on this site.  I've arranged some videos that cover the basics of FCM for Windows.  I hope you find these short videos useful.