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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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)
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Click "OK"
  12. 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 16:12 CDTUpdated:2018-08-16 08:20 CDT
Sites:Bucky Backup, DoIT Help Desk
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