Install the IBM Spectrum Protect client: Mac OS X

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Step 1: Register your computer for TSM

Note:  IBM Spectrum Protect is compatible with Mac OS 10.11-10.13.

To register your computer, visit the online administration page. Login with your primary NetLink ID and password.

  1. Click on Create, located under Nodes.

  2. Name your node appropriately by following the instructions on the administration page. Nodes have three components that must combine to make a unique name within TSM:

    • The first component is your department code. Select the appropriate one from the drop-down list (by default, the department you are associated with will appear at the top of the list).
    • The second is a sub-group name within your department. You can enter a pre-existing sub-group or create your own.
    • The third can be anything you wish. You can also create an additional sub-group by separating values with a period.

Be sure to select your operating system from the corresponding drop-down list and click Create. If necessary, you can rename or remove accounts after they have been created.

Step 2: Download the TSM client

  1. Download the TSM client for Mac OS X.
  2. A window should open. Save the file to your computer.
  3. Find and double click on the file to mount the IBM Spectrum Protect disk image on your desktop.
  4. Double click on the IBM Spectrum Project.pkg package to begin.

    spectrum protect installer
  5. Click Continue on the Introduction page.
  6. Click Continue on the Read Me page.
  7. Click Install.
  8. Enter your computer's Administrator name and password. Once the installation is complete, click Close.
  9. In the Finder, return to the IBM Spectrum Protect disk image containing the installer.
  10. Drag both dsm.sys and dsm.opt into the Tivoli Storage Manager folder as indicated in the screenshot, below.

    spectrum protect disk image
  11. In the Finder, navigate to the Applications folder and then open the IBM Spectrum Protect folder. Double click on IBM Spectrum Protect Tools for Administrators.

    spectrum protect icons
  12. Select IBM Spectrum Protect and click OK. Enter the credentials for an administrator account when prompted.

    spectrum protect menu
  13. If prompted for a TSM Login, click CANCEL.

    node password
  14. On the next screen, click OK.

    tsm operation stopped
  15. When asked if you wish to continue, click Yes.

    local update warning

  16. In the new IBM Spectrum Protect window, click Edit in the top menu and select Client Preferences.

    client prefs menu

  17. Under Common Options, update the Node Name field (ENTER.NODENAME.HERE in this example) with your personal TSM node name.

    preferences enter node

    In the lect sidebar, click the Authorization button.

    sidebar click authorization
  18. Under the section "Password access" edit the line under Password Generate:

    Location: /Users/username/Library/Preferences/Tivoli Storage Manager

    Replace "username" with the username you use to log into the computer. For example, if your login is "mattsmith" then the line will read:

    Users/mattsmith/Library/Preferences/Tivoli Storage Manager

    preferences pathway
  19. Click the Apply button. If a warning box appears, click the OK button. Finally, click the OK button in the preference editor window. 

    ***If you are using Apple's Time Machine to back-up your computer, you MUST exclude time machines back-ups from TSM. Click here for step-by-step instructions for excluding Time Machine back-ups from IBM Spectrum Protect back-ups.
  20. Quit IBM Spectrum Protect.
  21. In the Finder, navigate to the Application folder and open the IBM Spectrum Protect folder. Double-click on IBM Spectrum Protect for Administrators.
  22. When prompted, enter the password for the TSM node. After you enter the password, press the Login button.

    TSM Mac node password
  23. Configuration is now complete.

See the document TSM initiate overnight backups: Mac OS X for further instructions.