The HFS Team is conducting a survey into backup provision and use within the university. We are looking to extend our reach, to improve ease-of-use and to enable more university members to use our service. So we would like to hear about the expectations, needs and demands of all types of university members - staff, researchers and students - about the backup service that they would like to see available.
The survey runs until the end of fifth week, 15th February 2013. When it ends there will be a prize draw, and one participant will win a £50 Amazon voucher!
To complete the survey and be entered into the draw, please go to:
A supported TSM client for OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) users is now available from our usual Mac download page at http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/hfs/help/mac/downloadingmac.xml.
Current HFS users running Mountain Lion should upgrade to TSM 6.4 at their earliest convenience; earlier versions of TSM are not supported on Mountain Lion. Users running 10.7 (Lion) may optionally upgrade to this new version too, but this is not necessary as TSM 6.3 is supported on Lion.
Please note that the sleep issue described in our page on Mac sleep settings is not resolved in this new version.
IBM have released information regarding some security vulnerabilities in older versions of the TSM client for Windows. If you are running our latest packaged version of the TSM client (126.96.36.199) you already have the fixes.
Although we are not aware of any current exploits for these vulnerabilities we recommend upgrading older versions to the latest version which can be obtained from http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/hfs/help/downloading.xml
Information on the vulnerabilities is available at https://www-304.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21457604
The OUCS packaged TSM client for Mac OSX 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard) has been updated to version 188.8.131.52. This brings it up to the same level as the client packages for Windows and Linux.
For installation instructions and a download link see http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/hfs/help/downloading.xml.
The HFS will be offering a backup over VPN pilot service from Monday 2nd August. Further details can be found at:
This service is intended to meet the needs of those who work outside Oxford (off the University Network) for long periods and who still want to ensure that their data is appropriately secured using Oxford-run facilities.