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.
- 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.
Below are instructions for completing a manual backup. More detailed, platform-specific instructions are available on our pages about running manual backups with the TSM client for Windows, Mac, Linux/Unix and on the command line.
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, as well as making it back up unnecessary system data (called System Object / System State).
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.
This report contains useful information such as:
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 TSM - 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 Help and Support section to troubleshoot your backup issues.