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TSM installation and configuration: Windows 7, 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 the TSM client

Select your operating system:

Don't know your operating system? Click on the Windows icon and then right click on Computer (or My Computer). Select Properties. Basic information, including the operating system and system type, will be displayed.
Your operating system

Step 3: Install the TSM Client

  1. A window will open. Save the TSMBAC file to a place where you can retrieve it later.
  2. Navigate to where you saved your TSMBAC file and double click on the file. (If you didn't specify where you wanted to save the file, it's likely stored in your Downloads folder.)
  3. Select Extract All.  Leave the destination as is and click on Extract.

    extract all

    destination folder
  1. A new window will open. Leave this window open and reference it again in Step 4 below. Double-click on the TSMBAC file. Select a location to save the files (we recommend leaving the default folder). Click the Next button.

    location to save files
  2. Select your installation language (i.e. English). Click OK.

    install language
  3. Eventually, you will see a welcome screen. Click Next.

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

    destination folder
  5. Choose Typical as the setup type. Click Next.

    set up type typical
  6. Click Install to begin the installation.

    ready to install
  7. 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

  1. Double-click on the dsm.opt file to open.  If prompted for a suitable application, select Notepad.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Click Save As and leave the file name as dsm.opt and select All Files from the file type drop-down list.
  5. Save the file to your TSM>baclient folder (i.e. C:\Program Files\Tivoli\TSM\baclient). If you receive an administrator error when trying to save to the baclient folder, save the file to your desktop. Click Save.

    dsm opt save as

Step 5: Launch the TSM client and finish configuring the options file

  1. 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.
    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.
  2. If the Configuration Wizard does not automatically begin, select Utilities > Setup Wizard from the top menu. Then check the box beside Help me configure the TSM Client Options File and click Next.

    client options file config wizard
  3. Select Import from an existing options file for use.

    options file task
  4. The correct file path should appear. If it doesn't, Browse your computer and click on This PC > Local Disk (C:) > tsm _images > TSM_BA_Client to locate the recently edited dsm.opt file and click Next.

  5. Your TSM Node Name should appear in the Node Name field. If it doesn't you may have configured your dsm.opt file incorrectly. Click Next.

    tsm client node name
  6. Select TCP/IP as the communication method.

    TSM client server communications
  7. For the Server Address, type Leave the port as 1500.

    TCP IP options
  8. You may specify which folders and file types to include or exclude. We recommend keeping the default settings, as specified in the dsm.opt file. Click Next until you get to the Apply and Finish options.

    domain for back up

    completing configuration
  9. If prompted, enter your node name and password.

    tsm login
  10. TSM configuration should now be complete. Click Finish.

    completing configuration