1. Registering for the backup service
Before you can use the HFS backup service you must first register your desktop/laptop/server with the service. You will also need to meet the following criteria:
2. Registration process
The process of registering a computer for backup is very straightforward: please follow the steps below to complete the registration.
In the page you have just opened you will see a screen similar to the one below:
Click on the link labelled Register a computer for TSM backup. This will take you to a TSM Client Registration screen that will offer you different types of account to choose from. All users have the choice between a normal account (for fast backups on the university network) and a backup-over-VPN account (intended for small backups from outside the university network - see further our page on VPN-based backup). Additionally, IT Support Staff will see four more options, for registering DNS-registered desktops and servers. A full list looks like the screen below:
Make your choice and click
Proceed. Next you need to specify your TSM nodename (account name). If you are
registering a personal desktop or laptop, the screen will look like this:
An example of a completed registration screen can be seen below:
You will then be asked to enter and confirm a password - this password is used in the configuration of the backup software and also to protect your backups.
You will have a summary of details presented to you; confirm all is correct and then click
Submit. If some details prove to be incorrect, please click
Cancel and start the registration process again.
Submit, you will now see a screen confirming your registration and will soon receive an email from the HFS Team confirming your node registration.
Please note that the email you receive from the HFS Team will contain details of your automated backup schedule and other useful information.
3. Registration - Frequently Asked Questions