How to install and configure TSM FastBack Clients on Windows


In Windows when you run the installation or upgrade process, use a Windows logon ID with Administrator authority.

In Linux run the installation process as the root user. The root user profile must be sourced. If you use the su command to switch to root, use the su - command to source the root profile.

How to install TSM Fastback Client software on client machines 

Read the terms of the license agreement. You must accept the terms of the license agreement to continue the installation and click Next.


Give the Fastback server hostname or IP address to which this client has to send backups.



If the client has only DAS disks, no additional steps are required. When you install the FastBack Client, by default, the SAN Module option is disabled. Use the FastBack Client Configurator to enable the SAN Module option when you use CLUSTER or LANFREE.

If the client has SAN disks, configure the client according to the following steps:
  • From the Start menu, choose Programs > Tivoli Storage Manager > FastBack > FastBack Client Configurator.
  • Verify the DNS host name or IP address for the FastBack Server system.
  • If you have a cluster environment, enable the SAN Module option.
  • Click OK.
You can also use the FastBack Client Configurator to connect a FastBack Client to a FastBack Server. To use the FastBack Client Configurator to connect a FastBack Client to a FastBack Server, complete the following steps:
  • On the computer where you installed FastBack Client, from the Start menu, select Programs > Tivoli Storage Manager > FastBack > FastBack Client Configurator.
  • Type the host name or IP address for the FastBack Server.
  • Click OK
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After you connect a client to a server through the Client Configurator, in the FastBack Manager, you might not see the client in the client list. A client version mismatch is the cause of the problem. To resolve this problem, verify that both the client and the server are using the same version of Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack. After you install the correct version, restart both the client and server by using the Windows Services. To go to to the Services window, click Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services.

If you start the executable file for the installation process after you complete the initial installation, a Program Maintenance window is displayed. From this window, there are two options:
  • Modify - Use this option to change the location of the installation.
  • Remove - Use this option to uninstall Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack




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