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 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.
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.
Run TSM from
[All Programs] >
[Tivoli Storage Manager] >
The following window will appear. Click on the blue Backup link:
The backup window will appear, giving you a choice of areas to back up and listing your backup type as
[Incremental (complete)] (which should not be changed):
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.
Expand the section under Local:
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.
If you wish to back up whole drives, select the tick box beside Local to back up all drives (including external ones) or select each drive individually.
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 Settings if you are using Windows XP/2003, or in
C:\Users if you have Windows Vista/2008/7. The example below shows the
Documents folder for user
about to be backed up in Windows 7.
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, if any, 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 Windows Help and Support section to troubleshoot your backup issues.
3. Frequently Asked Questions - manual backups