Data Backup via Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM)

A guide on how to use TSM on Windows is only available in German, as work on the English version is still in progress. We apologize for the inconvenience. The guide is available here.

Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) enables you to do → incremental backups of computers, and to archive files.




Backups facilitate protection and recovery of files, for example after a disk problem or after accidental deletion of files. At the TSM server the files will be overwritten with any new version, and the previous version as well as the newest version will be provisioned on the server. If the previous version is older than 90 days it will be deleted.

If a user deletes a file on his computer, the latest version of the file will be stored on the server for 180 days and earlier versions will be deleted.

Please note: if you save a file with the same name in the same directory as the file that was previously deleted, then the backed-up latest version of the deleted file will be overwritten by the new file at the next backup.

We recommend to make a daily backup of file systems and to exclude directories with many files that change very often (scratch, tmp, ...). If the latest backup of a file system was made more than a year ago, it will be deleted by the Data Center.
A backup is tied to a specific computer.

Archives are made for storing files that are currently not - or only rarely - needed. This enables you to save storage space on local storage media..

In case of a re-setting of the archive system of the university the users of the archive have to transfer the files from the old archive to a new one no later than 3 months after having been notified.
Archives can be access by multiple persons using a password.

Apply for access

Your computer needs to be added as a node to the server. You may apply for login credentials by writing an e-mail to
You need to provide the following information:

For Backups

  • A valid e-mail address
  • Your computer's IP address
    • Linux
      You can get your computer's IP address by typing ip addr. You will see a list of all your network interfaces. Choose your network interface. In most cases this will start with "en" on a wired connection and with "wl" on a wireless connection. Your IP address can be found after the first line starting with inet.
    • Windows
      Type ipconfig into your terminal. We need the Ipv4 address.
  • FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name)
    • Linux
      You can get your FQDN by typing hostname -f inside a terminal.
    • Windows
      Press windows + pause a windows opens the FQDN is the "Full computer name".
  • An estimate of how much space you will need.

For Archives

    • A valid e-mail address
    • For which institution this archive is for
    • How long is the archive needed
    • An estimate of how much space you will need.