A new version of the IT Services TSM client for Win 2003 Server (both 32- and 64-bit) is now available and contains some important fixes including a bug which may cause the scheduled backup service to stop working. The latest package upgrades the TSM client software to version 184.108.40.206. We recommend that client machines running Windows 2003 Server be upgraded to this latest version of TSM at users' earliest convenience.
A new version of the IT Services TSM client for OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) is now available and contains some important fixes including a bug which may cause the scheduled backup service to stop working. The latest package upgrades the TSM client software to version 220.127.116.11. We recommend that client machines running Snow Leopard be upgraded to this latest version of TSM at user's earliest convenience.
On 23rd May we released a new version of the IT Services TSM client for OS X 10.7 (Mountain Lion) and 10.8 (Lion), which contains some important fixes. The latest package upgrades the TSM client software to version 18.104.22.168. It features a rewritten configuration script that better handles upgrading more unusual configurations; supports an additional server which we have just brought into service; fixes the problem with Reconfigure Node not functioning as expected; and fixes the issue whereby a Mac may fall asleep during a backup or restore if left unattended.
We recommend that client machines be upgraded to this latest version of TSM.
On 10th May we released to the repositories updated TSM client packages for 64-bit and 32-bit Linux clients. We recommend that client machines be upgraded to the latest version.
The 64-bit package upgrades the software to version 22.214.171.124, which is the latest version available for 64-bit systems. It also features a rewritten configuration script that better handles upgrading more unusual configurations and supports an additional server which we are bringing into service.
Alongside the client update the oucs-hfs-repo package which sets up the HFS repositories is replaced by ox-hfs-repo. Because of this if you are using the command line on Debian based systems you will need to do an apt-get dist-upgrade rather than apt-get upgrade.
The 32-bit package update is a minor update from the version released last month that doesn't update the client version. It simply adds support for the additional server mentioned above.
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.