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Recommendations for IBM Spectrum Protect Client and Server Fixes

Preventive Service Planning


This document answers the frequently asked question "What IBM Spectrum Protect product version is recommended?"


Tip: The product now known as IBM Spectrum Protect™ was named IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager in releases earlier than Version 7.1.3. To learn more about the rebranding transition, see technote 1963634.


  • Apply an interim fix only if it includes a needed fix for which no circumvention is available.

  • An interim fix should be applied only if it includes a required fix that is not available in the latest fix pack, and cannot use a work-around or wait until the next fix pack. Interim fixes receive much less testing than fix packs, so they are more risky to install and use in production. It is recommended to first test any interim fix on a test system before you implement it on a production system.
  • Same level roll-out

  • If you must roll out the same level to all machines, use the latest needed interim fix. However, such a strategy is strongly discouraged. Apply interim fixes only to machines that require the interim fix. The latest fix pack should be applied to those machines that do not require an interim fix.

Other Information and Recommendations
  • Subscribe to the ADSM-L list server. This is an IBM Spectrum Protect user community with a large body of collective "real world" knowledge.
    Subscribe to the list server by sending an email to the following email address:

    The body of the message must contain the following:
    SUBSCRIBE ADSM-L yourfirstname yourlastname

    The list server sends a response asking to confirm the subscription request. When the subscription is confirmed, the list server sends further instructions. To post messages to the list server, send an email to:

    To unsubscribe from ADSM-L, send a note to the following email address:

    The body of the message must contain the following:

    The ADSM-L archives can be searched for existing information.

    ADSM-L is maintained by Marist College. ADSM-L is not affiliated with IBM. Because this is not an official IBM support channel, contact IBM Technical Support if a response is required specifically from IBM.

    IMPORTANT NOTES: ADSM-L is a very useful source of information about IBM Spectrum Protect, but IBM does not verify the content of the ADSM-L list server. Consumers of any information that is obtained from ADSM-L (or any other information source) are responsible for verifying the correctness and applicability of that information to their environment, before you implement any changes based on that information.

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Modified date:
17 June 2018