Deleting protected files from Tivoli Storage Manager storage

You can configure a reconciliation process to delete protected files from Tivoli® Storage Manager storage.

About this task

A protected file is a file that was migrated to Tivoli Storage Manager storage and the file was deleted from the file system. Some migration jobs delete the file from the file system on the initial migration. Some migration jobs delete the stub file of a migrated file. Both kinds of jobs yield files that are protected in Tivoli Storage Manager storage. A reconciliation process with default configuration values does not delete protected files. To delete protected files from Tivoli Storage Manager storage, you must configure a reconciliation process with the option to delete protected files.

Procedure

  1. Configure a reconciliation process to delete protected files. A reconciliation process for deleting protected files is similar to a reconciliation process for unprotected files, with the following caveats:
    • In the Reconcile Settings window, you must set the Reconcile protected files option.
    • When you set the Reconcile protected files option, you can specify a time period. Specify the time period as a number of days. The reconciliation process processes protected files that became protected only before that time period. The default value is 1095 days.
  2. Optional: You can test the configuration by running the dsmhsmclc command with the reconcilemode=emulation option.
  3. Run the reconciliation process. Files that became protected before the time period are marked for deletion.
  4. Run the reconciliation process again. On the second reconciliation, the files are deleted from Tivoli Storage Manager storage.