Daily operations for directory-container storage pools

Schedule daily operations for the server depending on the type of storage pool that you use. You can complete specific tasks with directory-container storage pools.

About this task

The following image illustrates how IBM Spectrum Protect™ tasks fit into the daily schedule.
Figure 1. Daily schedule of operations for directory-container storage pools
The image shows the timeline for the daily schedule: Client backups run from approximately 12 midnight to 6 AM. Storage pool protection runs intermittently from approximately 12 midnight to 2 AM, 6 AM to 8 AM, 12 noon to 2 PM, and 6 PM to 8 PM. Database backup runs from 2 PM to 6 PM. Node replication runs from approximately 8 AM to 12 noon. Expiration runs from 8 PM to 12 midnight.

You can schedule daily activities for IBM Spectrum Protect by using the Operations Center. The Operations Center creates the storage pool protection schedules when you use the wizards to configure replication or add a directory-container storage pool. You can also use the Operations Center to schedule client backups.

To manually create a schedule for daily operations, use the DEFINE SCHEDULE command.


  1. Perform an incremental backup of all clients on the network by using the incremental client command or use another supported method for client backup operations.
  2. Create a DR copy of the IBM Spectrum Protect database by using the BACKUP DB command.
  3. Protect data in directory-container storage pools to reduce node replication time by using the PROTECT STGPOOL command. Protect storage pools at regular intervals during the daily schedule.
  4. Perform node replication to create a secondary copy of the client data on another IBM Spectrum Protect server by using the REPLICATE NODE command.
  5. Remove objects that exceed their allowed retention period by using the EXPIRE INVENTORY command.