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TSM 6.x for Mac OS X - Set Up and Confirm Scheduled Backups

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Timing of Scheduled Backups

TSM scheduled backups can be requested to run every weekday or every week, starting on the hour, 7am-6pm or at midnight.

Set Up Scheduled Backups

  1. Make sure TSM is installed and configured.
  2. Make sure you have completed the first-time login before proceeding.
  3. Be sure that your system does not go to sleep:
    1. Go to System Preferences > Energy Saver. Be sure that system sleep is set to Never.
  4. Launch TSM Tools for Administrators.
    Result: The TSM Tools for Administrators screen appears.
  5. If you are not upgrading from a previous version, go directly to the next step. If you are upgrading to a new version, do the following:
    1. Select Stop the Client Daemon from the list and click OK.
    2. Then launch TSM Tools for Administrators again.
  6. Select Start the Client Acceptor Daemon from the list and click OK.
    Result: A message tells you that the process to start the Client Acceptor Daemon takes a few minutes.
    Select application to run screen
  7. Click OK.
    Result: The Authenticate window for the installer appears.
  8. Enter your OS X password and click OK.
    Result: A window with a confirming message tells you that the Client Acceptor Daemon started successfully.
  9. Click OK.

If You Have More than One Local Hard Drive and Don't Want to Back Up Each One

Deselect one or more of your local drives for backup:

  1. Go to Applications > Tivoli Storage Manager and open TSM Tools for Administrators. Select Tivoli Storage Manager from the list and click OK.
  2. On the Edit menu, select Client Preferences.
  3. In the left Preferences section, select Backup.
    Result: The Backup options appear, and the Domain List window shows all local drives.
  4. Use click and shift-click to highlight only those drives to back up. After you have made your choices, click OK.

Confirm Scheduled Backups – Check the TSM Schedule Log Periodically

  1. Check the Schedule Log, located in the Library/Logs/tivoli/tsm folder, named dsmsched.log
  2. Use a text editor to open the schedule log.
  3. Go to the end of the log and look for confirmation that the backup completed. Look for completion summary beginning with the text: SCHEDULEREC STATUS BEGIN.
  4. You may find it helpful to create an alias on the desktop or in the dock of the schedule log, as a reminder to periodically check it.

Manage Large Schedule Logs

  1. Your first scheduled backup may produce a large Schedule log. This is normal.
  2. After you verify completion of the latest backup, you can delete the log. TSM will create a new log during the next scheduled backup.
  3. If you want to save the Schedule Log and it becomes too large, rename it.
  4. You can also change the number of retention days for the Schedule Log: On the Tivoli Storage Manager main menu bar, go to Edit > Preferences > Scheduler. The default retention period is 35 days.

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May 05, 2016

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