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TSM (Tivoli Storage Manager) lets you back up and restore files to and from your server machine, over the MIT network or via the Internet, to a secure server that IS&T manages.

TSM accepts new registrations for server machine backups only. To back up your desktop or laptop, download and register for a CrashPlan account.

How to Obtain


TSM is available to MIT students, faculty, and staff for use on server machines only.


TSM accepts new registrations for server machine backups only. To back up your desktop or laptop, download and register for a CrashPlan account.

Download TSM 7 for Mac


IS&T has found that this application is not compatible with the Gatekeeper security feature in Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and 10.9 (Mavericks). Learn how to temporarily disable Gatekeeper to allow for the installation of this application.


About this Version 

TSM is the latest backup/archive client from IBM for the Mac platform.


  • Since the release of version 7.1, TSM now uses a different method for configuring the TSM client for new user installations only. New users should follow the configuration process outlined in the Knowledge Base. Existing users can simply upgrade their existing installations.
  • Time Machine backup data is excluded from TSM backup. IS&T does not support Time Machine at this time.

System requirements

  • Processor: Intel-based Mac
  • Operating system: Mac OS X 10.7 and later
  • Memory: 128 MB
  • Disk space: 100 MB
  • Additional requirements:
    • Network connection
    • MIT account (SAP cost object) or personal MIT ID number to be billed monthly
    • Nodename and password and TSM server address.
      Note: Register online for TSM service or contact the IS&T Service Desk. An email will be sent to you with your TSM nodename, password, and TSM server address. These three items are needed when installing the TSM client software.