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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: Beginning with Version 7.1.3, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager is now IBM Spectrum Protect. Some applications such as the software fulfillment systems and IBM License Metric Tool use the new product name. However, the software and its product documentation continue to use the Tivoli Storage Manager product name. To learn more about the rebranding transition, see


  • 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 needed 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 implementing it on a production system.
  • Same level roll-out
    If there is a requirement for the same level to be rolled out to all machines, then use the latest needed interim fix. However, such a strategy is strongly discouraged. As described above, it is recommended that interim fixes be applied only to those 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
  • Check the product support page on a monthly basis for the latest information. There is also a link to My Notifications, where you can subscribe to regular email updates of interest.
  • 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 e-mail address:

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

    The list server will send a response asking to confirm the subscription request. Once confirmed, the list server will send further instructions. To post messages to the list server , send an e-mail to:

    To unsubscribe from ADSM-L, send a note to the following e-mail 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 obtained from ADSM-L (or any other information source) are responsible for verifying the correctness and applicability of that information to their environment, before implementing any changes based on that information.

Document information

More support for: Tivoli Storage Manager

Software version: All Versions

Operating system(s): Platform Independent

Reference #: 1247179

Modified date: 31 August 2015