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Setting Up a New TSM Scheduler in Windows

The TSM scheduler is normally installed automatically with the HFS TSM client software for Windows. Before following the instructions below, please verify via our page on Troubleshooting the TSM Scheduler for Windows that you do not already have a TSM scheduler, because two or more schedulers running on one machine will cause confusion, and may paradoxically cause backups to be deleted prematurely and/or cause any subsequent installation and update of the HFS TSM software to fail. If you are certain that you do not already have a TSM scheduler already installed, it will probably be because of one of the following:

  • TSM was hand-configured on your machine, rather than set up with the HFS TSM installer.
  • The existing TSM scheduler was removed from your machine.
  • You are registered on OX_HFS_VPN for which there are no schedules.
  1. In Windows 7, run TSM by clicking on the Windows logo in the lower-left corner of the screen and then select [All Programs] > [Tivoli Storage Manager] > [Backup-Archive GUI].

    In Windows 8 or 10, go to the Start screen by clicking on the Windows logo in the lower-left corner of the screen; then type in "backup", and from the search results select [Backup-Archive GUI] to run TSM.

  2. Click on the Utilities menu and choose the [Setup Wizard] option to display the following. Choose the Help me configure the TSM Client Scheduler option.

  3. Click Next. A screen similar to that below will appear.

  4. Select Next, and you will see the following screen. Ensure that the Install a new or additional scheduler option is highlighted, then click the Next button.

  5. Give the scheduler service an appropriate name and ensure that the Local Machine radio button is checked. Do not select the Use the Client Acceptor daemon (CAD)... checkbox. Click Next.

  6. The next screen prompts for a path to the dsm.opt options file. This should point to the file in the installation directory of the software - by default c:\Program Files\Tivoli\TSM\baclient\dsm.opt. Ensure that this is so and click Next.

  7. In the following window, check the entry for Node name carefully and ensure that it matches the full Nodename under which the machine was registered for HFS TSM backup. Typically this will be of the format MACHINE.DEPT or USERNAME-FREETEXT-DEPT. If you are unsure of this, but can connect and run backups manually using the TSM Backup Client, then just use the NODENAME entry from the dsm.opt options file here. Do not forget to enter the TSM password in the second field before proceeding.

  8. Ideally, the services should run under the System account. If the scheduler service is to run under any other account, before proceeding please read our page on how to back up in Windows as a non-administrative user. Without the necessary rights, the TSM scheduler will be unable to back up all the files and objects on the local system. The System account has all the necessary rights to back up the entire local filestore, and TSM advises that the service be installed under this account. You should select the option Automatically when Windows boots so that the service starts automatically.

  9. Clicking the Next button displays the following screen, which prompts for the location of the schedule and error logs - by default dsmsched.log and dsmerror.log in the installation directory. We recommend accepting these defaults.

  10. The next screen offers the possibility of starting the service directly after completion of the setup wizard. This is recommended.

  11. Click Next and then you will be asked also to click on Apply, as shown below.

  12. There will then be a pause while TSM puts your settings into effect:

  13. Now the completion screen should be displayed. Click the Finish button. You have now finished setting up the TSM scheduler service and it should now start if the immediate start option was chosen. This can be checked as described in our page on starting and checking the TSM scheduler in Windows.

Written by IT Services. Latest revision 19 January 2016