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Status Future consideration
Created by Guest
Created on Oct 17, 2019

User/owner name should be again a part of the backup information (ISP Server Database table backups/archives column “owner”)

After upgrading the ISP Client from 7.1.x to Version 8.1.8, the configuration on the DB2 Server is not compatible anymore.
The instance owner as user is not presented on the Spectrum protect server backup/archive table(s) anymore and we would need to change all ISP Client configuration files, all DB2 instance configurations (including a restart of the instances).
After migrating the ISP Client from the current version V7.1.x to V8.1.8 we setup a connection without instance owner and configure all DB2 databases on the server, each instance owner can see all databases of all instance owners. So this is not an option in terms of security. There were only simple changes on the password file access rights necessary.
It's not usefull to create a dedicated Optionfile for each DB2 Instance or a dedicated Server Stanza in the dsm.sys configuration file – because we have more than 150 instances running (!)
Instance owner name should be again a part of the backup information (ISP Server Database table backups/archives column “owner”) !!
In the spectrum protect backup/archive table the instance owner name field is still available but only empty, so the information got lost between client and server.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Aug 4, 2020

    We ran into this issue as well, and stayed on TSM 7.1.6 for a long time in hopes that IBM would come up with a solution. However, we've reached the point where we can no longer stay on 7.1.6 and need to upgrade.

    To add to this RFE's description:

    We use TSM/ISP to backup servers that are shared by many users. Each of these users needs to be able to restore their own files. Users must not have access to other users' files. Some of these users have files scattered in many different paths on the server (a single user's files are not reliably consolidated in a single location such as a home directory).

    Prior to TSM 7.1.8, we configured a single dsmcad daemon on each server to backup the entire server. For restores, we allowed any user to run the `dsmc` command as a "non-authorized user", which meant that users could only restore files whose "object owner" on the TSM server matched the "non-authorized user session owner" in the client dsmc process (which was the username of the Linux user that ran the `dsmc` process). This provided a clean and simple solution for our use case.

    The IBM documentation related to the TSM 7.1.8 upgrade and removal of the trusted communications agent (TCA/dsmtca) functionality suggests having each user back up their own data using their own "node". This doesn't work well for us for two reasons:
    1) It appears that a separate dsmcad daemon is required for each "node", and due to the number of users, running separate dsmcad daemons for every user is not practical on our system.
    2) Due to the scattered files for each user, separately managing the backup filespaces and incl-excl lists for each user is not practical.

    For us, a better solution is to have "root" back up all of the files under a single "node", then grant individual "user nodes" access to that user's files in the "root node". However, the problem with this is that "set access" only appears to allow granting access based on file path, not based on file ownership. Unfortunately, due to our users' files being scattered across the filesystem, managing access based on file paths is not practical.

    It appears to us that there are at least three different ways that IBM could accomodate our use case without re-introducing the TCA or reverting to the old security model:
    1) Add support for explicitly granting one node access to another node's files based on file ownership, in addition to or instead of granting access based on filespec (file path). (Eg. by extending the existing "set access" command.)
    2) Add support for manually configuring a static "session owner" value on the TSM server for each registered node, then use the old/existing "non-authorized user" logic to prevent a node that has a configured "session owner" value from accessing any files on the TSM server that do not have a matching "object owner".
    3) Add support for manually configuring a static "session owner" value in dsm.sys on the TSM client for each configured node, then use the old/existing "non-authorized user" logic to prevent a node that has a configured "session owner" value from accessing any files on the TSM server that do not have a matching "object owner".

    Our temporary work-around (to enable us to upgrade TSM/ISP) is to have "root" back up all files under a single "node" for a server, create a separate "node" for each user on each server, then use scripts to find relevant files for each user and automatically generate/update access lists based on file paths to allow each user "node" to access the relevant files in the root "node". However, our scripts are complicated and error-prone, and this scheme doesn't handle some corner cases well (eg. when file ownership changes).

    Unfortunately, given the absence of a practical solution for our use case in TSM/ISP, and the fact that IBM appears unlikely to solve this problem any time soon, we are forced to evaluate alternative backup products/solutions.

  • Guest
    Mar 6, 2020

    This request may not be delivered within the release currently under development, but the theme is aligned with the current multi-year strategy. IBM may consider and evaluate any RFE Community feedback for this request through activities such as voting. IBM will update this request in the future.