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Components

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Administrative Client The administrative client provides a graphical user interface for controlling the Tivoli Storage Manager server. It also lets the administrator manage the server from anywhere within the Tivoli Storage Manager network. Backup-Archive Client The backup-archive client provides backup-restore and archive-retrieve functions to Tivoli Storage Manager clients. The component runs on each PC, workstation, file server, or LAN server that requires Tivoli Storage Manager backup and archive. Application Programming Interface The application programming interface provides backup and archive function to applications running on API client platforms. The API can allow applications to store, query, and retrieve data from the Tivoli Storage Manager server. The Tivoli Storage Manager API lets application programmers define an object to be stored in server storage. An object is a collection of data that is defined by an application and managed by the server. For example, an object can be a file, directory, a database table, or an image. Hierarchical Storage Management Client

The hierarchical storage management client provides HSM function to HSM clients. The HSM component can be installed on workstations or file servers. Server The server provides administrative services and server resources to Tivoli Storage Manager clients. It uses the Tivoli Storage Manager database, recovery log, and Tivoli Storage Manager server storage to ensure data availability. The Tivoli Storage Manager server coordinates backup and migration of client files to disk, optical disk, or tape. The server console provides a command-line interface, but it is often more convenient to access the server from the administrative client. Database and Recovery Log Although the database and recovery log are not a component of Tivoli Storage Manager, the Tivoli Storage Manager database and recovery log are at the heart of Tivoli Storage Manager activity. Tivoli Storage Manager saves information in the Tivoli Storage Manager database about each file that it backs up, archives, or migrates. This information includes the file name, file size, file owner, management class, copy group, and location of the file in Tivoli Storage Manager server storage. Tivoli Storage Manager saves information about database update transactions in the recovery log. This information allows Tivoli Storage Manager to recover the database to a current state in the event of a disaster or interruption to Tivoli Storage Manager server processing. Server Storage Although not a component of Tivoli Storage Manager, server storage is the destination for all Tivoli Storage Manager client data.