Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM)

Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM)

The service we commonly refer to as TSM, the legacy infrastructure for distributed backup, will reach its End of Life (EoL) on December 31st, 2018.  It will be succeeded by the University Backup for Infrastructure (UBI) service.  We are prepared to deploy UBI University-wide.  No new nodes will be created in TSM after April 1st, 2018.

For current TSM users, TSM will remain fully functional until September 1st.  At this time it will become “Read-only”.  No new backups will be allowed to happen to the legacy servers and data will only be available for restore.  The Storage group will work with existing TSM customers to establish new UBI nodes.  This will require you to upgrade to a supported version of Spectrum Protect and point the client to the new server.

Obtaining Access

To change or deactivate TSM service, a TSM Deletion Form must be submitted to the Computer Accounts Office (204 Wagner Building). Service charges will be billed until explicitly cancelled with the submission of a TSM Deletion Form. The form to deactivate TSM can be found under the Documentation & Resources heading below.
Assistance with form submissions can be achieved by contacting the Computer Accounts Office via accounts@psu.edu or (814) 865-4772.


Automatic backups can be configured to run at defined times. Scheduled backup times allow for data to be stored without manually initiating the process. Additional configuration is needed to initiate scheduled backups. All instructional information and contacts can be found under the Documentation & Resources tab below.

Image backup is also supported through TSM. An image backup is the replication and storage of an entire file system as one object. Instead of backing up individual files, a point-in-time “snapshot” of the file system is taken and sent to the backup server. The storage method provides many benefits including quicker backup and restoration than the file-by-file method, conserving database storage resources on the server by only requiring one entry to the server for the entire image. Users should be aware, however, that the total amount of a node’s data utilization might increase as a result.

Alternatively, an archive process can be used to copy client data to server storage for records retention. The process is useful for compliance with legislative and policy-based retention requirements, which keeps files for a period of time that is specified upon archiving. Newly created archives do not affect pre-existing archives, therefore, once created, files will remain until the expiration period has elapsed.

Service Rates

Storage space is available at $0.02/GB/month.

TSM is billed based on the amount of storage used by primary data on the TSM server for each node.


Previously called Workstation Data Save Facility (WDSF), the IBM software was implemented to Penn State’s mainframe in 1980, as a first backup solution for the University. In subsequent collaboration, Penn State and IBM teamed up to write the Mac Client for the software later in the decade. WDSF then became known as ADSTAR Distributed Storage Manager (ADSM) in 1993, before a rebranding in 2001 as TSM.

Documentation & Resources

Supported Operating Systems for TSM
ITS For-Fee Services Request Form
TSM Authorization Form
TSM Deletion Form

Help & Support

TSM Support

IT Service Desk
(814) 865-4357
204 Wagner Building
W130 Pattee Library

ITS Computer Accounts Office
(814) 865-4772
204 Wagner Building