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?
2. Running a manual backup
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.
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.
The following window will appear. Click on the blue Backup link:
The backup window will appear, giving you a choice of which areas to back up:
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).
Tick the box next to the Local option and then expand this selection:
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.
When you are happy with your selection for this backup session, click on the
Backup button and the backup will commence:
During the backup a Task List window will display the backup process:
When the backup has completed you will see a Backup completed pop-up appear; click
A Backup Report will now be displayed:
You may wish to click on
View to see what files failed - these were probably open or in use
during the backup.
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 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.
3. Frequently Asked Questions - manual backups