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Bucky Backup - Client Configuration for Windows

This document explains how to further configure the Bucky Backup client for Windows, Linux, or MacOS X through the graphical client in a step by step process.

Further Client Configuration

Some of these settings are required and some are optional or recommended.
  1. Start the GUI client by running "Backup-Archive GUI" from the IBM Spectrum Protect or Tivoli Storage Manager (depending on version installed) program group.



  2. Enter the password for your node if prompted.



  3. Edit your preferences: Edit -> Client Preferences
  • The options are organized under tabs on the left size of the screen. Some tabs will be skipped because no changes are needed.
  • If the option is not mentioned then the defaults are recommended for most users
  • General tab:



    • Optional: Automatic Client Deployment (default: Yes)
      • The Bucky Backup team may offer to automatically deploy client upgrades
      • Selecting "No" will not allow automatic client deployments
      • Recommended: "Yes, if no reboot is required."
    • Recommended: Error Log (default: not pruned)
      • This setting allows the client to truncate the error log by pruning entries older than X number of days. The defaults will allow the file to grow indefinitely.
      • Recommended: Default file name
      • Recommended: "Prune old entries" checked
      • Recommended: 30 days
  • Backup tab:



    • Compression Settings
      • See also: Bucky Backup - Compression in TSM
      • Compressing your backups saves on costs.
      • Compressing data that's already compressed can result in the file growing larger than the original size.
      • Files can be excluded from compression. See KB 25685 and 25684. 
      • Recommended: "Compress objects" checked
      • Optional: "Continue compressing if object grows" (default: unchecked)
        • Unchecked will cause the client to stop sending a file if it detects that compression caused it to grow. This may save on costs, but may cause backup times to increase.
        • Checked will cause the client to continue sending even if the object grows during compression.
    • Domain for Backup
      • Allows users to choose which file systems to backup
      • Required: Backup type should be "Incremental".
      • Recommended: Most users should check the box for "Back up all local file systems".
      • Optional: If you have local file systems that you want to exclude or mounted network file systems you want to include, uncheck the box and select them in the list.
  • Snapshot tab:



    • Using snapshots helps to prevent backup errors due to open and changing files
    • Image Snapshot Preferences
      • Enable snapshot based online image backup using: (default: Do not use a snapshot)
        • Recommended: VSS
      • Enable snapshot based file backup/archive using: (default: Do not use a snapshot)
        • Recommended: VSS
  • Scheduler tab:



    • Schedule Mode (default: Prompted)
      • Required: Polling
      • Recommended: Query Schedule Interval: 12 hours
    • Error Log (default: not pruned)
      • This setting allows the client to truncate the schedule log by pruning entries older than X number of days. The defaults will allow the file to grow indefinitely.
      • Recommended: Default file name
      • Recommended: "Prune old entries" checked
      • Recommended: 30 days
  • Authorization Tab



    • Password Access (default: Password Prompt)
      • Password Generate allows the client to save the password to allow automatic backups.
      • Password Generate will also automatically generate and change a password that has expired. Bucky Backup may be required to automatically expire passwords.
      • Required: Password Generate
    • Encryption Key (default: Save)
    • Encryption Type (default: 128-bit AES)
      • Recommended: "256-bit AES)
  • Web Client tab



    • The Spectrum Protect client includes a feature that allows remote access via a self-contained web server, which was useful before remote desktop access was widely available in Windows.
    • This feature was not widely used and has had frequent security vulnerabilities, so we recommend disabling it.
    • IBM has plans to remove the feature from future client versions. 
    • Managed Services Options
      • Recommended: Scheduler
      • This allows only the client acceptor daemon to run as a managed service
  • Deduplication tab



    • The Spectrum Protect client support deduplication of data from the client side.
      • Deduplication happens on a server level regardless of this setting and indirectly lowers costs for customers because it reduces the amount of storage required to store backup data. 
      • Duplicate data chunks are removed and only stored once.
      • Client side deduplication has two benefits
    1. Less data is sent over the network
    2. The server ingests less data during the backup windows, which helps with performance
  • Client side deduplication can cause backup times to increase and increase CPU load during backups
  • Deduplication Options (default: unchecked)
    • Recommended: Enable Deduplication checked
  • Click "OK"
  • Exit the client by clicking the "X" or File -> Exit.



  • Keywords:bucky backup tsm windows install upgrade configure config download client lite enterprise archive tivoli IBM Spectrum Protect ISP setup options   Doc ID:83392
    Owner:Kevin K.Group:Bucky Backup
    Created:2018-07-05 15:12 CSTUpdated:2018-08-16 07:20 CST
    Sites:Bucky Backup, DoIT Help Desk, DoIT Staff
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