From the KnowledgeBase
TSM is a network-based backup service available to faculty, staff, and graduate students. There are two options of service; one charged, and one non-charged.
Personal Data Backup Only
Personal work documents stored on faculty, staff and graduate student workstations will be backed up at no charge and with no limit on size. The definition of personal documents will be based on the location of the documents, for example the "My Documents" and "\usr" folders on a Windows NT or Windows 2000 systems, "or /Users" on a Mac OS X system. Graduate students will purchased SCI computers will still need to register for the service in order to back up their computers (it is not set up by default).
Complete System Backup
For those systems that need backup service beyond the personal documents directories, a complete backup option is available for a fee. This complete backup service encompasses all directories on all disk volumes, with the exception of a few such as Temporary Internet Files and other similarly temporary directories. See TSM Usage and Charging Policy for more information. Computers participating in DeSC, because of their special standardized software, will continue to receive their regular backups at no charge.
Undergraduate students are provided network disk storage (aka H: drive) where their data is protected by two different backup/restore capabilities. Back up your intellectual property (including your papers, thesis, problem sets and class work) on the Central File Server so that disaster can be averted! Undergraduate students are not able to create TSM backup accounts.
To register a computer for TSM backup service, please see the TSM Account Management page (Princeton netID and password required).
Verify the host name displayed in the registration form, and enter your e-mail address. If the computer already has a TSM account, the form will return the node name, server name, and port number assigned to it.
To obtain the current TSM software, for all platforms, see TSM Client Software.
Four pieces of information will be needed to configure TSM following installation:
- TSM node name
- Server Address
This information is obtained during the TSM registration process. The setup wizard will create a new options file for your computer, based on the information you provide, along with a TSM password.
If you forget your TSM password, you will need to do the following:
- Visit the TSM Account Management page
- Click on the link Maintain your TSM account(s)
- Click on the radio button next to the computer you administer
- Click the Continue button
- The next screen will give you the option to change the TSM password with a Change Password button
Detailed installation instructions for Windows and Mac OS platforms are available from the OIT KnowledgeBase:
TSM keeps four different versions of all your files on the server. This does NOT necessarily mean that if you have backed up more than four times since the last time the file existed in the form you need it, the file is gone. When TSM does an incremental backup of your hard drive, it only overwrites files that are new or that have changed since the last time you backed up. So if you created a file 30 days ago and changed it three times or less before today, all four versions are retrievable, even if you have been backing up every day.
If you used TSM for data backup on your Windows computer and have left the University, see kb.princeton.edu/9835 for removal instructions.
...restore files from the server
...do a manual backup (Windows)
...run TSM scheduler automatically (Windows)
...exclude certain files from being backed up
... remove TSM from your Windows computer