2. Restoring to a new machine

Below are instructions for restoring data using the Graphical User Interface (GUI) on a Mac. For how to use the command line interface to restore data, please also refer to our page on using the TSM client command line interface.

If you are upgrading to a new machine, using the TSM client software to move your data from one machine to another can be a convenient way to move data to the new machine. If you can no longer access the data on your old machine (e.g. because it has been lost or stolen, or because its hard drive is no longer working) then a TSM restore is the way to get your data back. In either case, before proceeding, please read our page on how to recover your entire system.

The first thing to check is that you are moving data between two similar operating systems. For example, moving data from a Mac OS X 10.5 machine to a Mac OS X 10.6 machine is not likely to be problematic; but TSM does not support cross-platform restores, so you cannot restore Windows or Linux data to a Mac. If you are moving between different types of operating systems please contact hfs@ox.ac.uk and let us know what you are trying to achieve; we will then advise you on the best course of action.

If you are moving between two similar Mac operating systems then please do the following:

  1. If possible, ensure that you have an up-to-date backup of the old machine - this can be done by following the instructions for running a manual backup on a Mac.

  2. Contact hfs@ox.ac.uk, mentioning this web page, to ask the HFS Team to rename your old data set that you want to restore from. This is so that you do not accidentally back up your new machine's data in the same space: that would mark your old, wanted data for deletion.

  3. Once you have heard that the old data set has been set aside, you can proceed with the restore.

  4. You will need to access the old data set in your TSM account, for which you will need your TSM password. So, if you do not remember the password for your TSM account, or if the account is over a year old (in which case the password will have been automatically reset by TSM), browse to the TSM self-registration page and select the option 'Change client password' for the TSM nodename of the account that you want to restore data from.

  5. To restore the data from your TSM account to the new machine, you need to run TSM on a Mac. So next, follow our instructions for installing the TSM client for the Mac to install TSM on your new machine. Use the nodename of the TSM account where your old data set is held.

  6. On the new machine where you have installed TSM with your TSM account name, run TSM: go [Applications] > [TSM Tools for Administrators] > [Tivoli Storage Manager]. (You must use the TSM Tools for Administrators menu - if not then you may not be able to see all your files for restore.)

  7. You will now see a normal TSM client view and you can follow the normal instructions for restoring files and folders - However, please note these limitations:
    • Depending on the location of the files that you want to restore, you may not be able to "Restore files to their current location";
    • You will be able to select "Restore files to an alternative location".
  8. Now please follow the instructions for restoring files and folders.

2.1. Tidying up after restoring to a new machine

If you have restored to a new machine then there are some tasks that need to be completed: only perform these tasks when you have finished restoring data from the old node, and it is no longer required.

Tidying up the new node

  • Please contact hfs@ox.ac.uk when you are finished restoring and have backed up your new machine, so that the HFS Team know that they may delete the old data set.

Tidying up the old node

  • Remove the TSM client by following the TSM removal instructions; this will not apply if the machine crashed/failed and cannot be used.

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