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 using the Graphical User Interface (GUI) in Windows. 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.
Please do NOT select the tick box marked 'Nodes' nor the tick box next to your nodename. Selecting either of these would cause TSM to try to back up all your drives, including: any CD/DVD that you may have left inserted; drives mapped/shared from other machines, if you have any; and, most notably, system data called System Object / System State that on its own can take an hour to be backed up.
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.
- Now you can select what you want to back up:
Alternatively, you can make a smaller selection of particular files and/or folders for backup, which is recommended if you have a slow internet connection (e.g. if you are backing up from outside the university network). For example, if you wish to select your 'My Documents' folder, then you will find this under your username in
C:\Documents and Settingsif you are using Windows XP/2003, or in
C:\Usersif you have Windows Vista/2008/7. The example below shows the
Documentsfolder for user
Jasonabout to be backed up in Windows 7.
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 Windows Help and Support section to troubleshoot your backup issues.