Retrieving archive files via the ITSM Graphical User Interface (GUI)

To retrieve your own archive files, you generally need to be on the same machine used to originally archive the files. For many UNIX users, this would be flora.slac.stanford.edu. The ITSM (IBM Tivoli Storage Manager) client software also needs to be installed. The instructions below are based on the ITSM v.5.2 client software, though it will probably be similar for all v.5.x versions.

  1. Login to the original machine containing the ITSM client software and enter the following command:
        dsm &

    Once the ITSM GUI appears, click on the "Retrieve files and directories from long term storage" button.

  2. In the Retrieve window, select files or directories to retrieve from tape. Some hints:

    Click on the + box to view a directory's subdirectories (if present).
    Click on a volume or directory icon to view files within that specific volume or directory.
    Check the left column box to retrieve a specific file or directory (and its contents).

  3. Click on the Estimate button if you want to see how much disk space is required to retrieve the selected file(s).

  4. When you've completed your selections, click on the Retrieve button.

  5. When the Retrieve Destination window appears, select the destination option you prefer. Make sure the destination location has enough disk space available to accommodate the selected files, then click on the Retrieve button.

  6. The Task List window will indicate the progress of your request. If the files are in the ITSM disk cache, the retrieve process should begin and end quickly. If the files have already been flushed from cache, you will have to wait for ITSM to mount the appropriate tape(s) and retrieve the files.

  7. Once the retrieve is complete, you can look at and close the various status boxes that show up. This will eventually return you to the main ITSM window, where you can go to the File menu and exit.

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Last modified: 14 December 2005