3. Checking the Scheduled Backups

The TSM Scheduler writes its output to the end of the dsmsched.log file and any errors in the dsmerror.log file. It is important to regularly examine the schedule log for details of the latest scheduled backups. To do this open the dsmsched.log file and scroll to the end of the file. The TSM Scheduler will have written summary information of the last scheduled backup similar to below

It is important to determine if any files have failed to backup. If the number of objects listed as failed is greater than zero then scroll up the file for the next occurrence of the word 'fail' to determine which file(s) this affects. The most common reason for a file failing to be backed up is that it is held open (locked) by another program. In this case, the choice is either to close the program before the backup, or exclude the file from the backup process by adding it to the Exclude entries in the dsm.opt options file. Other failures and errors will be accompanied by an error message and a corresponding entry in the dsmerror.log file. Further help with any errors may be found using either the TSM Help facility or the HFS TSM Help pages.

Note that the schedule log file does not grow endlessly, but is pruned of entries older than the setting of the SchedlogRetention option in the dsm.opt options file. By default this is set to 30 days. See the entry in the client TSM online Help for possible values for this option.

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