1. Introduction to HFS Policy

Backup is expensive, and yet invaluable if you lose your disk! The HFS cannot retain copies of backup data forever. In order to manage our resources efficiently and provide an effective service, the guidelines for use of the HFS Backup service ask users to cooperate with us and maintain active backups of data. By active we mean that the backups reflect the current state of the disk. To ensure your data is secure we strongly encourage you to make regular scheduled and/or manual backups of your system(s) at least once a week. The easiest way to achieve this is to run the automated scheduled backups offered by the HFS service to all clients. Platform-specific instructions for setting this up are available from this front page.

The sections below deal with the following aspects of this policy.

Mailing you about your old backups In order to encourage clients to keep their backups up to date ...
Why your backups may be old There may be many reasons why backups have gone a long time without being refreshed ...
If you are away from Oxford If a laptop is to be taken away from Oxford for work purposes ...
Troubleshooting the TSM software If you are having problems using the HFS Backup service ...
De-registering machines from HFS backup If you no longer require the backups of an entire machine to be kept ...

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