2. Running a manual backup
Below are instructions for completing a manual backup using the Graphical User
Interface (GUI) in Solaris. For how to use the command line interface to run a
backup, please see our page on the using the
TSM client command line interface.
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
To open the TSM client, run
dsmj as root.
The following window will appear. Click on the blue Backup
The backup window will appear, giving you a choice of which areas to back
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.
Tick the box next to the Local option and then expand this
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
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
When the backup has completed you will see a Backup completed pop-up
A Backup Report will now be displayed:
This report contains useful information such as:
- Elapsed time - The time it took for the backup to complete
- Bytes transferred - The amount of data that has been backed up in
- Backed up - The total number of files that have been backed up in
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 unsuccessful? Use the Solaris Help and
Support section to troubleshoot your backup issues.
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