Restore files from backup using IBM Spectrum Protect: Mac OS X

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The instructions in this document are for the restoration of files and folders that remain in the TSM backup storage, not for the complete restoration of a damaged hard drive. System software and applications should be reinstalled from the original media. If you need assistance, call the Computer Help Desk.

  1. In the Finder, navigate to the Application folder and then open the IBM Spectrum Protect folder. Double click on IBM Spectrum Protect Tools for Administrators.

    IBM spectrum protect tools for administrators icon
  2. Select IBM Spectrum Protect from the list and click OK.

    spectrum protect menu
  3. Enter your computer's administrator username and password.

  4. If prompted, type your computer's TSM node name and password. If you are unsure of your node name, visit the TSM Administration page and check your node name.

    node password
  5. In the IBM Spectrum Protect window, click the Restore icon.

    Click on restore
  6. Browse and select your files for recovery:

    • Click the triangle icon beside your node name to expand the navigate window. In this example, the node name is SYST.DEPT.VICTORY
    • Click the triangle beside File Level to expand. Your computer and hard drive will be indicated by a forward slash (/). Other drives will be indicated by the name of the drive.
    • Continue expanding the file structure until you find the folders/files you would like to restore.
    • Place a checkmark in the box beside each file and folder that you would like to restore.

      restore window
  7. Press the Restore button to continue.
  8. In the Restore Destination window, click the button next to Following location. Click Select and browse to where you would like the restored files to be saved on your computer. You should create a new folder to save the restored data.
  9. Click the button next to Restore partial path. Note: it is not recommended that you restore files directly to their original location, as you risk writng over existing files. 

    restore location
  10. Click the Restore button to begin restoration.
  11. The Task List window, which displays transfer progress, will open. This process could take several minutes while the TSM server locates your files.

    restore progress
  12. Click OK when the restore is complete.

    restore complete
  13. You will be returned to the Detailed Status Report window. If errors have occurred, the last error encountered will be displayed at the bottom of the Detailed Status Report window. Select View to inspect other error messages.

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  14. Close the window and exit IBM Spectrum Protect.
  15. Locate the restored files on your computer to verify that they were restored properly.