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ADSM TSM Network Backup for Windows: Installation

 

There are two kinds of programmers: those who have lost data, and those who will.

UIC maintains a network backup system called ACCC Distributed Storage Manager, or ADSM for short, which can protect the files on your personal computer or workstation from accidental loss. Use IBM Tivoli Storage Manager client software to make a backup copy of your files across the network, onto the ACCC IBM Tivoli Storage Manager server. Then, if you inadvertently erase a file, if your hard drive fails, or if your laptop is stolen, you can restore your files from the server.

However, the most important aspect of restoring files that you lose is that you must back them up first. This obvious fact is ignored by many people until after a loss occurs and then it is too late.

Upgraded to Windows 7 or Server 2008? Current versions of the TSM client software for Windows support Windows 7 and Server 2008. Install and use TSM on these systems exactly the same way as you did on previous Windows operating systems.

New: Your Personal ADSM Server Hostname

Rather than have to ask people switch to new ADSM servers again and again as we add new servers, we have given everyone their "own" ADSM server associated with their ADSM account, with a server hostname of the form:

yournodename.adsmserv.uic.edu

Nodenames are of the form: netid.adsm1, thus the server name for Ada Byron's adabyron.adsm1 ADSM account is:

adabyron.adsm1.adsmserv.uic.edu

The port in all cases is 1500. (Note that the ".adsm1" has nothing to do with the number of the ADSM server you are using -- it's the number of your ADSM account -- 1. )

You can switch to this nodename now; if you are already using ADSM, the instructions you need are in Switching to Your Personalized ADSM Server Hostname.
 
     
 
     
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About this page
 

This page describes how to set up the Tivoli Storage Manager client software on your Microsoft Windows personal computer, connect it to the ADSM Server, make an initial full backup, and schedule regular incremental backups. The following page, ADSM Network Backup for Windows: Restoring Files, explains how to restore files should the need arise.

Examples here are from Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 using the Version 5.5.1.1 and Version 5.5.2.2 of the Tivoli Storage Manager client program. Note that Windows XP Home is not supported by Tivoli Storage Manager.

Version 5.5.1.1 and newer versions only support Windows XP SP2+, 2003, Vista, 2008, and Windows 7. Older Windows operating systems got left behind at different TSM client software levels, which is why you have to select the correct versionof TSM for each OS.

There are lots of steps and lots of pictures, but don't panic. It's actually very easy.

 
     
Notes
 
  1. There are separate versions of the client software for the various versions of Windows. (Windows XP Home is not supported.) Be sure you get the right one! The installation steps vary somewhat between the different versions of Windows.
  2. You need to be logged into an account with administrator permissions to install TSM on Windows NT and higher.
  3. FaCT Program machines come partially ready for ADSM Backup -- the Tivoli Storage Manager client program is pre-installed and the automatic backup Scheduler is pre-enabled. You need only perform the configuration steps.
  4. If you run into problems at any point during these procedures, please send email with "ADSM" in the subject to the Client Service Office at consult@uic.edu. Please tell us what step you were working on and provide the complete text of any error messages that you received.
 
     
0. Get your UIC Netid and ACCC Password
 

Assuming you are eligible to use the service as outlined above, you will need a netid and an ACCC Common password that allows you to authenticate with Bluestem. If you have an ACCC email account and you know its password, you are all set. If you do not yet have a netid or an ACCC password, get your netid and activate it now.

Click here if you do not yet have a UIC netid.
Click here to activate your netid.

 
     
1. Register your Computer to use ADSM
 

If you haven't already been using ADSM backup or if you are switching from adsm.cc.uic.edu to adsm-2.cc.uic.edu, you must register your netid with your ADSM server.

  1. Click the link below to register your computer with the adsm-2.cc.uic.edu server.
  2. You will be asked to Bluestem authenticate yourself by entering your UIC netid and ACCC password.
  3. You will be asked to choose a new ADSM password. This password is unique to ADSM and is not related to your other passwords.
  4. Follow all of the registration instructions, then close the new browser window and continue following the instructions below.

If you haven't already, click here to register your computer with ADSM.

 
     
-- ADSM Passwords
 

If your ADSM node name -- which is your netid - dot - adsm1, adabyron.adsm1, for example -- is already registered for ADSM, you won't have to reregister. What is your ADSM password in this case?

  • If you are installing the new version of TSM over your old one and if you previously used Password Generate, the stored password from your old version will also allow you to log into the new one.

  • Otherwise, while you are configuring your TSM client, you will be asked to login to ADSM. When the TSM Login dialog box open, type your ADSM node name for your User id, type your ADSM password, and click Login.

You will need to change your ADSM password:

  • If you are uninstalling your previous version of TSM and you previously used Password Generate; your password probably has changed.
  • Or, please don't tell me this is true, if you just didn't use your ADSM account; you may forgotten your password.

In either case, you'll need to change it to something that you do know, because you will need it to login to TSM. Go to the ADSM password change Web page to change it. Don't worry; you'll use your UIC netid and ACCC common password to log into the ADSM password page; it won't matter whether you know your current ADSM password.

Click here to change your ADSM password if you need to.

 
     
2. Download the Tivoli Storage Manager Client Software
 
FaCT Program Machines come with Tivoli Storage Manager client software already on them; skip this step.

Click on the download link below and select your operating system; save the installation file to your desktop.

Click here to download the Tivoli Storage Manager Backup Client Software.

 
     
3. Install the TSM Client Software on Your PC
 
FaCT Program Machines come with Tivoli Storage Manager already installed; skip this step.

If you are recycling a computer -- changing it from one nodeID to another, say from cbabbage.adsm1 to adabyron.adsm1 and you are not installing Version 5.5.1 or higher, then you should delete the Tivoli Windows Registry items before you install/reconfigure. TSM for Windows keeps a lot of its information in the Registry, and changing the information in the TSM GUI in older versions of the TSM client does not change the Registry entries. See Deleting the TSM Registry Entries.

The details of this install are for Version 5.5.1.1 for Windows  XP Pro, 2003, Vista, and 2008, and Version 5.5.2.2 for Windows 7; other versions are similar.

  1. Stop all instances of the Tivoli Storage Manager client (services, interactive clients, etc.) before performing the install. You will need to reboot the your PC after the install if any part of the client is running during the install.

  2. You may uninstall any previous versions of ADSM or TSM if you wish, but you don't have to.
    1. Click Start then Settings (XP) then Control Panel then Add/Remove Programs
    2. Find "ADSM", "ADSTAR Distributed Storage Manager" or "Tivoli Storage Manager" in the list of programs, highlight it, and click Add/Remove.
    3. Select Remove.
    4. If you are changing the nodename (for example, adabyron.adsm1) of the machine and you are not installing Version 5.5.1 or higher or if you had previously used the Client Acceptor Daemon, you must delete the previous node name from the Windows Registry before you reboot. See Deleting the TSM Registry Entries.
    5. Reboot your computer to complete the uninstall.

  3. Double-click on .exe file you just downloaded in Step 2 (its name will vary) and confirm that you want to allow it to run. The Publisher is IBM Corporation. The setup wizard will guide you through the rest of the installation process.

  4. Location to save files: The first step is to select a location for the expanded installation files. Select a location and click Next >. Keep track of this location; you can delete these files after you finish installing TSM.


  5. A window will open giving the status of the expansion. If you have installed TSM before, you may be asked whether you want to overwrite the files. Click Yes to all. This is important because names are reused from version to version; you don't want to get files from a previous version of TSM.

  6. Choose Setup Language: After it expands the files, the installer will ask you what language you want it to use for the install. US English is the default. Select the language you want from the drop-down list and click OK.


  7. After a couple of initialization screens, you will see the InstallShield Welcome screen; click Next >.


  8. On the Destination Folder screen, choose the install location for the program; it is best to use
    the default: C:\Program Files\Tivoli\TSM\
    You will need to know what this is for later in the installation; you might want to write it down.
    Click Next >.


  9. On the Setup Type screen, select the Typical option. Click Next >.


  10. On the Ready to Install the Program screen, Click Install to begin the installation.


  11. An InstallShield Wizard window will open giving the progress of the installation.

  12. The InstallShield Wizard Completed screen will be displayed. Click Finish.
 
     
4. Configure Your PC To Use ADSM: dsm.opt
 

FaCT Program Machines must perform this step too.

Your configuration for the Tivoli Storage Manager Client program will be stored in the file dsm.opt in the folder where you installed the TSM client, typically C:\Program Files\Tivoli\TSM\baclient\. This file contains your ADSM nodeID, the Internet address of our ADSM server, and other information about communication methods and such, and a default set of Excluded files.

  1. Now open the TSM client and confirm that you want to allow it to run if asked.
    Start then Programs then Tivoli Storage Manager then Backup-Archive GUI
     

  2. We need to open the TSM Client Configuration Wizard.
    • If you're starting from scratch, TSM should open the TSM Client Configuration Wizard automatically. If it does, click Next>.
    • If it does not open automatically, then select: Utilities then Setup Wizard.
  3. Check Help me configure the TSM Backup Archive Client and then click Next>.
  4. In the Option File Task screen, select Create a new options file if you are starting from scratch, which we assume in these instructions, and click Next>. If you have an existing options file, it will give you the option to edit it.
  5. In the TSM authentication screen, type your ADSM node name in the box and click Next>. Ada Byron's, netid adabyron, node name is adabyron.adsm1. Yours is similar -- your netid followed by a period and adsm1.
  6. On the TSM Client/Server Communications screen, keep the default selected TCP/IP and click Next>.
  7. Next enter the Server Address and Port:
    • We have given you your own ADSM server associated with you ADSM account, with a Server Address of the form:
      netid.adsm1.adsmserv.uic.edu
      Thus the server name for Ada Byron's adabyron.adsm1 ADSM account is:
      adabyron.adsm1.adsmserv.uic.edu
      (Note that the ".adsm1" has nothing to do with the number of the ADSM server you are using -- it's the number of your ADSM account -- 1. )
    • The Port in all cases is 1500.



  8. Click Next>.
  9. On the Recommended Include/Exclude List screen, click Select All then click Next>.
  10. On the Common File Exclusion Selection screen, you can select the file extensions of the types of files that you never want to backup. When you are done, click Next>.
  11. Leave the Domain for Backup screen as it is to get the ACCC system default. Click Next>.
    • In particular, do not check Back up all local file systems.
    • By default, in Windows, we only allow the C: drive to be backed up. Note that if your personal user data -- which is all the ACCC expects ADSM to be used to back up -- is on a different drive, such as your D: drive, send an email message to datasave@uic.edu explaining this and we will fix it for your node ID.
    • Also the Backup Type should be Incremental.
    • Also do not back up the SYSTEM OBJECT.
  12. You will receive and error message saying you didn't select a domain and the default will be used. Click OK.
  13. On the Completing the TSM Client Configuration Wizard screen click Finish.
  14. You might receive another error message saying there is a problem with your options file. This is still about the domain; it will get fixed automatically. Click OK.

If you are upgrading from a previous version and you use Password Access Password Generate before, the main menu of TSM will probably open now and you will probably be logged in. Skip to Set up the Scheduler to run automatic ADSM Backups.

However, you might receive some error messages about passwords. We've tried to figure out when you'd get them, but haven't managed. It doesn't matter. If you do get them, you can just ignore them.

  1. You may get an error message about your password. If you do, just click OK.
    Password is not updated.
  2. If you are asked to enter your ADSM password, do so, and click Login.
  3. You should get dialog box saying your Password was successfully changed; click OK. If not, check the alternate information below, One of three things happens next.
  4. The TSM Main screen will open.

 
     
5. Set up the Scheduler to run automatic ADSM Backups
 

ADSM can be configured to perform an automatic incremental backup each evening after you go home. This automatic backup will create backup copies of any new files you've created or changed since the previous backup. Follow these instructions to enable automatic daily incremental ADSM backups on your PC.

 
     
-- First, make sure that Password Access Password Generate is set:
 

If necessary, open the TSM client and confirm that you want to allow it to run if asked.
Start then Programs then Tivoli Storage Manager then Backup-Archive GUI

The TSM Login dialog box might open. |

  • If it doesn't -- that is, if you get logged into TSM without having to enter a password, then your Password Access Password Generate password is probably already setup, and you can skip to Now, setup the TSM Scheduler.

  • If the TSM Login dialog box does open,
  1. Type your ADSM password in the boxand click Login.


  2. One of three things will happen next:
    1. You immediately see the Tivoli Storage Manager main window. This means your registration and password are in order.

    2. You get the error message Node ID unknown to server. This means either:
      1. This machine is not registered yet, or
      2. You used the wrong netid when you generated your dsm.opt file.

        If you are certain you typed your netid correctly and you know your ACCC common password, see Step 1 Get your ADSM Node Name and ADSM Password. If the registration Web page says you are already registered, record the node name it displays, and go back to double-check your work. The node name from the registration Web site must match the node name in file c:\Program Files\Tivoli\TSM\baclient\dsm.opt

    3. It says Please enter your password again. This means your node name is registered OK, but you didn't type your password correctly. Try a second time. If you do not remember your ADSM password but you do know your ACCC common password, can use the ACCC Web Password Utility to set a new ADSM password. If you cannot enter a good password at this point, click Cancel to exit the backup client program.  
      After you click Cancel, you may see the Tivoli Storage Manager main screen. This does not necessarily mean it worked. Close this instance of the backup client for now.

  3. FaCT Program Machines come with the TSM Scheduler already set up; skip the rest.

  4. After you get logged into the TSM client, on the TSM main screen, select Edit then Preferences.


  5. If you want to use the automatic scheduler, you need to also use the option Password Access Password Generate. Password Generate is completely secure -- except for a situation where your PC is not physically secure. A physically secure computer is  in a locked office or a locked suite of offices accessed only by trusted coworkers. A laptop is a physically insecure computer, since they are so frequently stolen. However, protecting an insecure computer with an overall Windows password can make it secure enough to use Password Access Password Generate. And you can always change your ADSM password; that expires the Password Generate password, requiring you to login again with the appropriate new ADSM password.

    Click the Authorization tab; for Password Access, click Password Generate. Encryption Key Password should be Save encryption key password locally and Encryption Type should be 128-bit AES.

    These are now the defaults, but if you installed over an old dsm.opt file they might not be selected.



  6. Click OK.

  7. A dialog box asking you to restart the client to allow the new preferences to take effect will open. Click OK.


  8. Close the TSM client.
 
     
-- Now, login and set your TSM Password Access Password Generate password:
 
  1. Now open the TSM client again..
    Start then Programs then Tivoli Storage Manager then Backup-Archive GUI
  2. Type your ASDM password if necessary and click Login. If you selected Password Access Password Generate, this should be the last time you will be asked for your ADSM password. (Until you change your ADSM password, that is.)
 
     
-- Now, setup the TSM Scheduler:
 
  1. On the TSM main screen, select Utilities then Setup Wizard.
  2. From the list of TSM Client Configuration Wizards, check Help me configure the TSM Client Scheduler and then click Next>.
  3. On the TSM Scheduler Wizard screen, only the selection for Install a new or additional scheduler should be available to be selected. Select radio button Install a new or additional scheduler and click Next >.

    If Update a previously installed scheduler is not grayed out, use the bottom radio button, Remove a previously installed scheduler to delete it and restart the Wizard.
  4. On the TSM Scheduler name and Location screen: In the space for the name of the scheduler, type: TSM Scheduler
    Click to select Local Machine, and leave the check box for Use the Client Acceptor daemon empty and unchecked.
    Click Next >.
    Note: You can use the Client Acceptor daemon to run the TSM Scheduler if you want; it works fine and is easy to set up. But the TSM for Windows Scheduler Wizard can only change the details of the TSM Scheduler service if you ever need to change it. Changing the Client Acceptor requires editing your Windows registry. Your choice.
  5. In the Option file name and location screen, The name of the option file should already be filled in with the correct value, which will typically be: C:\Program Files\Tivoli\TSM\baclient\dsm.opt
    If not, click Browse and find your dsm.opt file. Click Next >.
  6. On the TSM Authorization screen, the TSM node name should already be filled in with your registered ADSM node name. Leave the Password space blank and uncheck Contact the TSM Server to validate password.

  7. On the Service Login Options screen: For the account, select The System account.
    For when to start the service, select Automatically when Windows boots. Click Next >.
  8. On the Log file names and locations screen:
    Leave the client scheduler log set to: c:\ program files\tivoli\tsm\baclient\dsmsched.log
    and the client error log c:\program files\tivoli\tsm\baclient\dsmerror.log.
    Click Enable event logging. Click Next >.
  9. On the Immediate Start Option screen: Click Yes to start the TSM scheduler immediately. Click Next >.
  10. On the Completing the TSM Client Configuration Wizard screen: Click Finish.
 
     
-- Finally, check the Scheduler:
 

After you create the scheduler, you should check to make sure it will automatically start when you reboot your computer. Because the scheduler runs as a service, you have to start the Services Administrative Tool to do this. The illustrations are from Vista, but it works the same in Windows XP.

  1. Check to see if the Scheduler automatically starts upon booting as it should.
    Start then Settings (XP) then Control Panel then Classic View (Vista) or Select Large Icons or Select Small Icons from the View by: dropdown list in the upper right (Windows 7) then Administrative Tools then Services then right-click on TSM Scheduler then select Properties from the right-click menu.

  2. On the General tab, if the Startup type: is not Automatic, select it from the dropdown list. This will tell Windows to automatically start the TSM Scheduler each time you boot Windows.
  3. On the Recovery tab, select Restart the Service from the dropdown lists for each of the three failures.
  4. Click OK.
  5. The TSM Scheduler service should now be Started with Startup Type Automatic. Close the Services window.
 
     
How to Check on Your ADSM Backups
 

The ACCC ADSM Status Web utility shows you when the last time you successfully backed up using ADSM and which allows you to sign up for daily automatic email messages to keep you up to date with this information. Type your email address in the box in the Watcher column to request the email message be sent to you.

 
     
How to Tell What The Scheduler Program Is Doing
   
     
-- During Boot and While It's Running
 

A TSM Scheduler window may display during the boot process.

After that,

  • In Windows 95, 98, or Me, TSM Scheduler will appear as a task on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen.
  • In Windows NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, or Windows 7, the TSM Scheduler will appear as a Started Local Service; check in:
    Start then Settings (XP) thenControl Panel then Classic View (Vista) or Select Large Icons or Select Small Icons from the View by: dropdown list in the upper right (Windows 7)then Administrative Tools then Services

From now on, do not turn your computer off when you leave for the day. Your TSM Scheduler will negotiate with the server to choose a start time for your daily backup, which will be a random time between 5 PM and 5 AM.

If you are backing up a laptop that you take home at night, send email to datasave@uic.edu and request that it be put on the daytime backup schedule for laptops. If your computer is on the daytime backup schedule, your TSM Scheduler will negotiate with the server to choose a start time for your daily backup, which will be a random time between 12 noon and 1 PM, presumably while you are at lunch.

 
     
-- After Each Backup
 

You can verify the results of your backup, see any error messages that occurred, or see when the next scheduled backup will occur, by viewing file dsmsched.log that is located in the same folder where you installed the ADSM backup client, typically: C:\Program Files\Tivoli\TSM\baclient\dsmsched.log

To do this, find dsmsched.log in Windows Explorer, double-click it, and when it asks you which program to use to open this type file, select Notepad. After this, double-clicking on it will open the file automatically in Notepad. In Notepad, simply scroll to the bottom of the file to see what is going on, including any error messages, and when it plans to do your next backup. Right-click on dsmsched.log in Windows Explorer and drag it onto your desktop and select Create Shortcut Here to make a convenient desktop icon that will open the log so you can easily check the health of the Scheduler, in one step.

If the Scheduler is running OK, it should be waiting for the next scheduled backup window to start, and the last lines in the dsmsched.log file will look something like this:

10/30/2008 11:00:59 TSM Backup-Archive Client Version 5, Release 5, Level 1.1
10/30/2008 11:00:59 Querying server for next scheduled event.
10/30/2008 11:00:59 Node Name: ADABYRON.ADSM1
10/30/2008 11:00:59 Session established with server ADSMW: AIX-RS/6000
10/30/2008 11:00:59 Server Version 5, Release 5, Level 1.0
10/30/2008 11:00:59 Data compression forced off by the server
10/30/2008 11:00:59 Server date/time: 10/30/2008 11:00:57 Last access: 10/30/2008 11:00:57

10/30/2008 11:00:59 --- SCHEDULEREC QUERY BEGIN
10/30/2008 11:00:59 --- SCHEDULEREC QUERY END
10/30/2008 11:00:59 Next operation scheduled:
10/30/2008 11:00:59 ------------------------------------------------------------
10/30/2008 11:00:59 Schedule Name: LATEINC
10/30/2008 11:00:59 Action: Incremental
10/30/2008 11:00:59 Objects:
10/30/2008 11:00:59 Options:
10/30/2008 11:00:59 Server Window Start: 22:00:00 on 10/30/2008
10/30/2008 11:00:59 ------------------------------------------------------------
10/30/2008 11:00:59 Command will be executed in 11 hours and 36 minutes.

 
     
-- Starting and Stopping the TSM Scheduler
 

The TSM Scheduler is normally started each time you boot your computer. However, you may need to stop or restart it at other times, such as to force it to use a newly set password.

Windows 95, 98, Me: To stop the TSM Scheduler, find its tiny safe icon in the right end of your Start bar, right-click it, and click Stop TSM Scheduler. To restart it:
Start then Programs then Startup then TSM Scheduler
or simply reboot your computer.
Windows NT, 2000, XP Pro, 2003, Vista, Windows 7: The TSM Scheduler runs as a Windows System Service. These are started and stopped at:
Start then Settings (XP) thenControl Panel then Classic View (Vista) or Select Large Icons or Select Small Icons from the View by: dropdown list in the upper right (Windows 7)then Administrative Tools then Services
Beware that if you stop it, rebooting your computer may not restart it unless you've made sure it is automatic as described in Finally, check the Scheduler. Otherwise, you can start it by hand; see Finally, check the Scheduler.
 
     
6. Start your first backup, manually.
 

Your ADSM registration must be complete and if you are not using Password Generate, you must know your ADSM password to perform this step. Tip: This might take several hours. Start this initial full backup as the last thing before you leave at the end of the day and allow it to run overnight. Your future backup runs will only back up new and changed files since the last backup, and so will run much more quickly than this one.

  1. Start then Programs then Tivoli Storage Manager then Backup-Archive GUI
    If you are not using Password Generate, the TSM Login window will prompt you for your password.

  2. You should now see the Tivoli Storage Manager main screen. Click the Backup button.


  3. Now you should see this Backup window. You will be given the choice to make backups of your local, network, RAW (unformatted), or removable drives, and System Objects (your Registry and the like). Click the small gray box between the "+" and "Local", so that a black check mark appears in it.
    Backup window; Click to see whole window
    The ACCC's policy is only to backup your C: drive. Note that if your user data -- which is the ACCC expects ADSM to be used to back up -- is on a different drive, such as your D: drive, send an email message to datasave@uic.edu explaining this and we will fix it for your node ID.

  4. Click the Backup button, and you should then see this Task List window change as files are backed up. If you have never used ADSM before, all files on your C: drive will be backed up during this first run, so this may take several hours to complete. Future backup runs will be much shorter incremental backups, which will only copy files that have been created or changed since the previous ADSM backup run.
    Task List progress window; Click to Enlarge

  5. When the backup has completed, you should see the Backup completed dialog box.

That's it for manual backups. You can run a manual backup whenever you please, but after the first, you should be taken care of by scheduled backups.

 
     
ADSM Passwords
 

The ADSM server requires a password to access your backed-up files. This is to insure that nobody except you can restore them. This password is separate from your other passwords at UIC, such as your password used to read email or authenticate with Bluestem.

 
     
-- Changing Your ADSM Password
 

There are two ways to change your ADSM password. With either method, you should stop the Automatic Scheduler before changing your password, or else it will fail to start in the future since it will be trying to run its automatic backups using your old password. See Starting and Stopping the TSM Scheduler.

  1. Through the Backup Client Program: This only works if you are not using Password Access Password Generate. Start the Tivoli Storage Manager client program as though you were going to make a manual backup as described above. You will be asked to enter your current ADSM password. Click Utilities and select Change Password. In the popup window, enter your old password again, and enter the new password you want twice.

  2. Through the UIC Password Changing Facility Web Page: The same Web page that you use to set your passwords for all other UIC ACCC computer systems has a link to the page that can be used to change your ADSM password. Note: If you have more than one ADSM account, the Password Changing Facility will reset your passwords for all your ADSM accounts at once.
    ACCC Web Password Utility

Regardless of which method you use, after you change your password, stop and restart the ADSM Scheduler, so that it will use your new password for its scheduled backups.

 
     
-- Password Access Password Generate
 

ADSM contains a feature called "Password Access Password Generate" that can both increase security, and eliminate the need for you to remember your ADSM password. The way it works is that your password is encrypted and stored in a secret location on your computer. Each time it is needed by either the manual client program or the automatic scheduler, it is decrypted and sent to the server as though you had typed it in.

Password Access Password Generate is completely secure -- except for a situation where your PC is not physically secure. An example of a physically secure computer is one in a locked office or a locked suite of offices accessed only by trusted coworkers. An example of a physically insecure PC is a laptop computer, since they are so frequently stolen. Protecting an insecure computer with an overall Windows password can make it secure enough to use Password Access Password Generate.

To start using Password Access Password Generate if you have not been using it before, open the Backup Archive GUI program as though you were going to run a manual backup. Click:
Edit then Preferences then Authorization then Password Generate
Now click OK. It will say you must restart the client for the new preferences to take effect.

To test to be sure it is working properly, close the client program and reopen it. This time it should not ask for your password, which will verify that Password Access Password Generate is working properly.

Of course, to turn it off, do the same as above, except select Password Prompt.

After you enable Password Access Password Generate, or after you set a new password using the second method above, you may be prompted for your password one more time -- the next time you use ADSM. After that, you will no longer be prompted for passwords again; Passwordaccess Generate will be operating to store your password for you.

It is possible for Password Access Password Generate to get out of synchronization. That is, the password stored in your client will no longer match the password stored in the server. You'll know this has happened if it asks you for a password even though you are using Password Access Password Generate. This can happen, for instance,

  • if you change your ADSM password by any method,
  • if you upgrade to a newer version of the client software (actually, these days, this isn't enough to do it),
  • if you lose your hard drive and you reinstall the client software from scratch,
  • it can occasionally happen for no apparent reason at all. (Perhaps a network glitch occurred, but again, not so much anymore.)

In all of these cases, to get back into sync, set a new ADSM password using the second (Web) method above, enter that new password once the next time you use ADSM, restart the TSM Scheduler, and then Password Access Password Generate operation will resume.

 
     
IBM Manuals for Tivoli Storage Manager
 

Links to a complete set of IBM/Tivoli manuals for ADSM is available in the ADSM Related Links page.

 
     
Restoring Files from ADSM Backups
 

The following page explains how to restore files from ADSM backups.

 
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