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TSM Setup for Mac OS X

User Guides

TSM User's Guides are available at:


For information about hardware and software compatibility, see the detailed system requirements document at the following web pages:

Apple Macintosh client requirements

The following information is required to configure TSM:

  • node name and password - this is assigned by TSM Administrator.  Complete this form  to set up your account. NOTE: One node name is needed for each Macintosh OS X computer. Backing up multiple computers with one node name will cause issues.
  • TSM Host:
  • Exclude list for files not to backup. More about this later.

Beginning with Version 7.1.3, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager is now IBM Spectrum Protect™.

Version 7.1

Hardware Operating System
Any 64-bit Intel-based Macintosh Macintosh OS X:
10.10 with 7.11 or higher client
10.11, with or higher client

For Java GUI and Web GUI:  7.1.2 client or later, Java JRE 8 is included



Download link for client

Client Installation instructions:

  • Download client V7.1.4.0
  • Double click on downloaded file.
  • Double-click the "Tivoli Storage Manager" installation package icon
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation
  • Details of Queen's setting can be found in the Setup Tutorial.


Install TSM on OS X 10.7.x use TSM Backup V6.4.1.5

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IBM Support statement for TSM

TSM Version Client for Macintosh Installation instructions:

  • Download the file.
  • Double-click on the file. This will cause the disk image to mount. Depending on your security setting, you may need to Right click (control-Click) and select Open. Then select Open.
  • Double-click the "Tivoli Storage Manager" installation package icon.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
  • Details of Queen's setting can be found in the Setup Tutorial

First time setup:

  • Go to the /Application/Tivoli Storage Manager folder and open: TSM Tools for Administrators
  • If this is a new install, and you have not have a configuration file in: /Library/Preferences/Tivoli Storage Manager/ you will be prompted to configure TSM.

Note: preference files are called: dsm.opt and dsm.sys. The dsm.sys contains the NODENAME, TCPSERVERADDRESS( and exclude rules. You can use TSM GUI or Text Edit to review them and change them. Also in this folder is TSM.PWD which contains the saved password files for schedule backups (it's encrypted).

For Mac OS X 10.6.x use TSM Backup V6.3.0:

For Mac OS X 10.5.x use TSM Backup V6.1.3.0:

What's Installed

For all versions of TSM installer, it installs the main user's application at:

   /Application/Tivoli Storage Manager/

and TSM command line tools (used by TSM Applications) are stored in: /usr/bin/ and linked to:

    /Library/Application Support/tivoli/tsm/client/ba/bin/

they are:

  • /usr/bin/dsmagent -> /Library/Application Support/tivoli/tsm/client/ba/bin/dsmagent
  • /usr/bin/dsmc -> /Library/Application Support/tivoli/tsm/client/ba/bin/dsmc
  • /usr/bin/dsmcad -> /Library/Application Support/tivoli/tsm/client/ba/bin/dsmcad
  • /usr/bin/dsmtca -> /Library/Application Support/tivoli/tsm/client/ba/bin/dsmtca
  • /usr/bin/dsmtrace -> /Library/Application Support/tivoli/tsm/client/ba/bin/dsmtrace

If you see them running in your process list, it's ok. If you get prompted to allow access for Firewall for one of the above items, this is okay too.


  • Make a habit to backup files regularly using TSM and/or CD/DVD. See TSM schedule setup for automatic backups.
  • Make a habit to backup after each major project (if you don't backup every day).
  • iTunes Purchased Music, Pictures and Movies can be backed up to CD/DVD allowing for easy access and filling. These are contained  inside the users directory: Users/[account]/, Music, Pictures an Movies.
  • Mac OS X 10.5, you will see an added EXCLUDE.DIR "/Volumes/[backvolume]/Backups.backupdb/*" (notice the * ) where [backvolume] is the volume set in Time Machine Preferences, This command will prevent your Time Machine Backup being backed up to the TSM backup server.

Last Updated: February 2, 2018