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Running a Manual Backup with the HFS Backup Client for Linux

With effect from version 8.1 onwards, the IBM TSM (Tivoli Storage Manager) backup / archive product has been rebranded as IBM Spectrum Protect. This is a rebranding exercise by IBM and, unless indicated specifically, there is no difference in the operation of the two brands. Version 7 of the (old) TSM client is still available for installation on older operating systems and you will see references to both IBM Spectrum Protect and TSM throughout these pages.

1. What is a manual backup?

A manual backup is a forced backup of your local system outside of the scheduled backup window. We ask all users to complete a manual backup prior to their first scheduled backup so that we can ensure that both the client-server communication is in place and also that the majority of your data is captured at the first pass. Please note that if you have a large amount of data (over 100GB) then it may take several manual backups to complete this process.

When would you need to do a manual backup?

  • First-time backup
  • After missing one or more scheduled backups
  • After experiencing one or more failed backups
  • You have a substantial amount of new data that you wish to back up before the next scheduled backup
  • You have changed a substantial amount of data and you want to make sure that the backed-up copy is up-to-date.

2. Running a manual backup

Below are instructions for completing a manual backup using the Graphical User Interface (GUI) in Linux. For how to use the command line interface to run a backup, please see our page on the using the backup client command line interface.

  1. Close any programs that you are running, where possible. We recommend this because TSM will not be able to back up files that are in use, such as open Word files.

  2. To open the TSM client, run dsmj as root.

  3. A window similar to the following will appear. Click on the blue Backup link:

  4. The backup window will appear, giving you a choice of which areas to back up:

  5. Please do NOT select the tick box marked 'Nodes' nor the tick box next to your nodename. This will cause TSM to try to back up all your drives, including ones mapped/shared from other machines.

  6. Tick the box next to the Local option and then expand this selection:

  7. You will see tick boxes next to all the local drives attached to your machine. Folders are displayed in the left-hand window, and files on the right. Note that some folders and files are marked with a barred red circle - these are files and folders excluded from backup by default.

    • If you have any external drives attached to your machine then these will also get backed up - if you do not wish for these to be backed up in this session then please untick the specific drives.

  8. When you are happy with your selection for this backup session, click on the Backup button and the backup will commence:

  9. During the backup a Task List window will display the backup process:

  10. When the backup has completed you will see a Backup completed pop-up appear; click OK.

  11. A Backup Report will now be displayed:

    This report contains useful information such as:

    • Elapsed time - The time it took for the backup to complete
    • Bytes transferred - The amount of data that has been backed up in total
    • Backed up - The total number of files that have been backed up in total.

    You may wish to click on View to see what files failed - these were probably open or in use during the backup.

  12. Click on the cross to close down the report.

You should now have completed a successful backup of your local system! If this was your first backup and you want to run automatic scheduled backups, then please now see our page on preparing for scheduled backups. Please note that your selection of drives and/or folders in this session will not be saved by the backup client software - if you wish for certain items not to be included in your scheduled backups, please see our section on how to exclude files and folders from backup.

Backup unsuccessful? Use the Linux Help and Support section to troubleshoot your backup issues.

3. Frequently Asked Questions - manual backups

Manual backups - FAQs (See all FAQs)

Written by IT Services. Latest revision 27 November 2017