Bucky Backup - How to create archives in TSM

This document explains how to create archives in TSM for Bucky Backup.

How to Create Archives

This document assumes that you have installed and configured the TSM client. 

What is an archive?

For more information on archives see:  Bucky Backup - What is an archive? .

Creating an archive in the GUI client

  1. Start the TSM GUI
    • Windows: Start -> Programs -> Tivoli Storage Manager -> Backup Archive GUI
    • Mac: Applications -> Tivoli Storage Manger -> TSM Tools for Administorators -> Tivoli Storage Manger
    • UNIX/Linux(requires X-windows client): as root or with sudo run dsmj or /path/to/tsm/bin/dsmj if it's not in your path
  2. Once you start the GUI, the interface should look very similar across all platforms
  3. Enter your TSM node name and password if necessary (it will likely already be saved)
  4. You should now see a window that looks something like this:

    TSM Main Window

  5. Click on Archive above the text, "Creates an archive copy in long-term storage."
  6. Browse the tree on the left to find the files or folders you want to include your archive object.Choose files
  7. Optional: Change the description.
    • This is especially useful if you are creating more than one archive in the same day.
    • The default is "Archive Date: " followed by the current date in MM/DD/YYYY format.
  8. Click the Options button.
    1. Check the box for compression (optional). For more information on compression see: https://kb.wisc.edu/page.php?id=25685
    2. Check &no_frill=1"Override include/exclude list".
      • You cannot archive files that have been excluded in an include/exclude list in your options files unless you check this box.
    1. Choose a retention for your archive object from the drop-down list.
    2. Click "OK".
      Archive options
  9. Click the Archive button to start the archive
  10. When complete you will see this:

    Archive complete

Creating an archive from the command line


  1. Run a command prompt as an administrator
    • Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> Right click on "Command Prompt" and choose "Run as administrator"
  2. Change to the directories where the TSM executables are located
    • cd "\Program Files\Tivoli\TSM\baclient" (default install location)
  3. Run your "dsmc archive" command (see below)
    • Note: You may need to use "dsmc.exe" in place of "dsmc" in some Windows environments.


  1. Open a root command shell or use sudo
  2. Run your "dsmc archive" command (see below) (include full path to dsmc if necessary)

Basic Syntax

> dsmc archive -archmc=MANAGEMENT_CLASS_NAME c:\path\to\files\* -description="Description" 

DSMC Command options