How to configure TSM Fastback for Workstation clienet using Configuration Wizard


After you installed Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations, the configuration wizard helps you configure your protection settings. After the installation completes successfully, the configuration wizard starts automatically. The wizard steps you through a new configuration or the recovery of an existing configuration. You can modify the configuration using the notebook settings after you complete the initial configuration. The Configuration wizard does not startup after an upgrade.

 If you close the wizard before you finish configuring the client, the changes that you made are canceled. Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations protects your files according to the configuration settings that were defined for installation. You can view and change your settings at a later time with the Settings Notebook.

To configure a new computer, the wizard guides you through the following tasks:

Configuration wizard Welcome page

The Welcome page lists the steps that you must complete to configure your computer for the first time, or to configure your computer from an existing backup on a remote server. Click the Next button to open the Select Setup Type page of the wizard. Alternatively, click back to change the configuration type. Only click Cancel if you want to exit the wizard without changing the configuration settings.

Select Setup Type page

The Select Setup Type page gives you a choice between configuring your computer for the first time, or for configuring your computer from an existing backup on a remote server.
Select Setup Type page

Select Next to open the Specify Backup Server page of the wizard. Alternatively, click Cancel to exit the wizard without changing the initial protection settings.

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What is Critical page

Specify the files and folders that you want to protect. The specified files and folders and applications will be continuously protected. Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations creates backup copies on a storage area as soon as the files are changed.

What Is Critical page
  • When Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations is installed, it is preconfigured with a list of files and folders to continuously protect. Use this page to confirm that the initial protection settings are correct for your system, or change the settings as appropriate.
  • The protected files are listed by Folders and Files and by Applications. These lists are not exclusive of one another, but offer two views of what is protected.
  • If you want to view the file paths, names, and extensions that are protected, use the Folders and Files summary pane. You can use a file tree to specify what to protect.
  • If you want to view the applications that are protected, use the Applications box. You can specify the applications from a list. Files that are created by the listed applications are protected. The file extensions associated with the application are added to the Folders and Files list.
Note: Email applications are specified in the Email Protection page. Because these files are often very large, their protection settings are configured separately.

 Email Protection page

Use this page to select the email applications that you want to protect. Specify the schedule for protecting the email applications.

E-mail Protection page

Because email files typically are large, they are not backed up continuously, but only on the schedule that you select. Email files are backed up only to remote storage. If the remote storage is not available at the scheduled backup time, Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations backs up the email files when the remote storage area becomes available.

 Remote Storage page

Use this page to specify the remote storage for backups of your protected files.

Remote Storage page

Storing files in a remote storage area protects the files in case local copies are lost. Backups of continuously protected files, and files protected on a schedule, are stored in the same remote area. Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations is tolerant of intermittently available networks. If the remote storage area is temporarily unavailable, Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations queues backup copies until the remote storage becomes available.

Use the Remote Storage page to specify the remote storage server or device and its location for your backup copies. You can also specify how many versions to keep.

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Backup Identifier

In this field, type the name that helps you to identify your backup files on the remote server. The default is your logon name

Location for the External Device or File Server

Select a file server or removable disk to store the backup copies. The remote device can be another computer (such as network-attached storage or a file server), a remote disk, or a removable disk.
  • If you choose a remote server in the Location field, you can use Universal Naming Convention (UNC) specifications for the file server instead of drive letters. Drive letters can change after you restart the system and often do not reconnect automatically.
  • If you choose a USB external device, you can select the drive letter. However, removable external device drive letters can change.
Click Browse to view a Browse for folder dialog box. Use this dialog box to go to the location for your remote storage area. If this dialog becomes hidden behind other windows, click the task bar to bring it to the front.

Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations creates backup copies in a subfolder called \RealTimeBackup\computer name. For example, if a computer name is Computer1, and the remote storage location is configured with the value \\remote\share, backup copies are stored in \\remote\share\RealTimeBackup\Computer1\.

If you log on to your computer with a user name and password that is also valid on your remote storage location, Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations authenticates your credential at that location. If the user name and password is not valid on your remote storage location, you must log on to the network using another account with regular privileges. You can log in interactively by using the Net Use command.

WebDAV Server storage location

Some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning, or WebDAV. With the WebDAV protocol, you can create, change, and move documents on a remote server. The WebDAV protocol is useful for authoring the documents that a web server serves, but can also be used for general web file storage. If your ISP provides WebDAV functions, Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations can store backups on a web-based server.

In the Location field, enter your WebDAV server location using the following format: https://MyISP.com/MyAcct.When using WebDAV, Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations can use the basic authentication method. Because this authentication method sends the password as clear text over the network, the web server is configured to use secure sockets.


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Tivoli Storage Manager storage location

Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations can store backup copies on a Tivoli Storage Manager server. In the Location field, specify the Tivoli Storage Manager server location, using the following format: tsm://Host.com. You can also use an IP address for the server address.

You can use Tivoli Storage Manager server version 6.1 or later with Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations.

Configure the Tivoli Storage Manager server before you connect from Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations. Register the computer as a Tivoli Storage Manager node. Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations prompts you for the password for this node in order to connect to the Tivoli Storage Manager server. 

If you specify a Tivoli Storage Manager server as the backup target and you want encryption or compression features applied to the backup, you must specify these options in the dsm.opt file in the Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations subfolder of the Program data folder.
 
Restriction: You cannot use a subfile backup feature when the Tivoli Storage Manager server is the backup target.

In addition to backing up data directly to a Tivoli Storage Manager server, you can back up data using a two-stage method. First, use Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations to create remote backups on a file server. Then, schedule a Tivoli Storage Manager backup-archive client on that file server to back up the files to a Tivoli Storage Manager server.

Restriction: If you use Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations encryption, you cannot use Tivoli Storage Manager compression.

To manage storage space, the Tivoli Storage Manager administrator must grant authority to the Tivoli Storage Manager client node to delete backup copies. 

Remote Storage advanced settings
 
Depending on the remote storage location that you specified, use the advanced settings in the Remote Storage page to select to encrypt or compress files. You can specify whether to use subfile copies when backing up larger files.

Initial Backup page

Use the Initial Backup page to select whether you want to back up all your files when you finish the configuration wizard.

Initial Backup page

After the first installation of the Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations client, you can immediately back up all files that you configured for protection. In the initial backup, newly created files and existing files that are changed are protected. Existing files that are not changed are backed up after the initial scan is done.

The initial backup scans all of your local drives, looking for files that you selected for protection. All files that meet the specifications are backed up to local or remote storage areas. This process can take a long time and affect the performance of your computer. Start this initial backup when you will not be using your computer for other applications. If you do not back up data using the installation wizard, you can force a complete backup at a later time. When you run a complete backup, use the Files to Protect page of the Settings Notebook.

 Specify Backup Server page

On the Specify Backup Server page in the configuration wizard, you can choose to restore data from a Tivoli® Storage Manager server, the web, a file server or an external device.

Specify Backup Server page of the configuration wizard

After you select one of the backup server options from the menu, you must specify the target location of the server that you selected. When you are restoring from the file server, you can either input the server location or click Browse to locate the server.

Identify the Backup page

You must enter a Tivoli Storage Manager node name and password, or select a backup location from a list of backup identifiers.

Identify the Backup page of the configuration wizard for a Tivoli Storage Manager Server

Enter the node name and password if you are restoring data from a Tivoli Storage Manager server. If you are restoring data from a file server or a web server, select the backup identifier to verify the remote location.

 Start Restore Wizard page

Use the Start Restore Wizard page to start the restore wizard or to delay this action until a later time.
Use the Start Restore Wizard page to choose whether to start the restore wizard when the configuration completes.

Start Restore Wizard page

Select the Yes option to start the Restore wizard when you click Finish on the Summary page. The Restore wizard steps you through the process of selecting the files you want to restore, and choosing the location to store the restored files, If you decide not to start the restore wizard, you can access it by selecting the Restore icon on the Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations Status page.

Summary page

Use the Summary page to view the summary information for your configuration of Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations. When you click Finish the configuration is complete.

The Summary page lists the configuration details you specified in the previous pages of the wizard.

Choose Back to return to a previous page to modify your configuration choices.

Choose Finish to apply your configuration choices. Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations continues to run in the background and to protect your data by using your configuration settings. When you recover an existing configuration, if you selected to start the restore wizard on completing the configuration the restore wizard opens when you click finish. Otherwise the status page is opened. 

Choose Cancel to exit the wizard without applying your configuration choices. Depending on the configuration chosen, the summary lists:
  • The remote storage location,
  • The backup location or the node name of the remote server,
  • The files for restoring,
  • A warning that the backups will continue to run. You should also ensure that no other computer is backing up to the same node or to the same location.
If you cancel the configuration wizard, Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations continues to run in the background and protect your files using the pre-configured settings.




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