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TSM installation and configuration: Windows 8.1 and Windows 10


Step 1: Register your computer for TSM


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 and install the TSM client


For Windows 8, 10, and 11 (64-Bit):
IBM Spectrum Protect

TSM configuration files (right-click to save as):
dsm.opt file



Step 3: Install the TSM Client

Navigate to where you saved your TSMBAC file (If you didn't specify where you wanted to save the file, it's likely stored in your Downloads folder.)

Right-click the TSMBAC file and select the Extract All.  Leave the destination as is and click on Extract.


Navigate into the TSMClient folder that's created and double-click the spinstall.exe file.



You will see a welcome screen. Click Next.

wecome install wizard


Leave the destination folder as is (c:\Program Files\Tivoli\TSM\) and click Next.


destination folder



Choose Typical as the setup type. Click Next.


set up type typical



Click Install to begin the installation.


ready to install



You should see a screen informing you that the application was installed successfully.



install wizard completed


Step 4: Download and configure the dsm.opt file using Notepad


Double-click on the dsm.opt file to open.  If prompted for a suitable application, select Notepad.


Near the top of the file, under USER SETTINGS, replace the generic TSM NODEname with the TSM Node Name you registered for your computer. If you have forgotten your Node Name, login to the administration page to see your nodes.

dsm opt notepad



If you would like to specify which drive(s) on your computer you would like to have backed up, list the drive(s) under the DOMAIN ALL-LOCAL -SYSTEMOBJECT heading. Many computers use the letters C: or D: to represent their hard drives. If you leave the dsm.opt file as is, every drive on your computer will be backed up.


Click Save As and leave the file name as dsm.opt and select All Files from the file type drop-down list. After saving the file dsm.opt, move the file to C:\Program Files\Tivoli\TSM\baclient. You will be prompted to enter admin credentials to successfully move a file into the Program files protected directory.

dsm opt save as


Step 5: Launch the TSM client

For Windows 10: 
Go to the> Start Screen and click on All Apps , then scroll down to locate the Trivoli Storage Manager and click to open.  Right-click on Backup-Archive GUI and select Run as Administrator. When prompted, enter your node name and password.


For Windows 8:
Go to the Start Screen and click on the down arrow to view All Programs , then locate Tivoli Storage Manager . Right-click on Backup-Archive GUI and select Run as Administrator.



tsm login


TSM configuration should now be complete.