Advanced Configuration - NAS iDataAgent

Table of Contents

Understanding the CommCell Console

Configuring User Defined Backup Sets

Creating User Defined Backup Set

Creating an On Demand Backup Set

Creating User Defined Subclients

Configuring Multiple Streams for Backups

Modifying User Accounts for a File Server

Configuring Pre/Post Processing for Backups

Configuring a Subclient for Pre/Post Processing

Setting Up Post Processes to Run During Failures

Changing User Account for Executing Pre/Post Commands

Configuring Filters for Backups

Managing File Servers

Modify File Server Details

Delete File Server

Configuring Libraries and Drives Attached to a File Server

Manually Configuring Library and Drives

Configuring a Library Shared Across a SAN Environment

Additional NAS Features

Configuring Subclients for Tape Silvering

Configuring Block Based Backups (SnapMirror to Tape)

Configuring Folder Size for Backups

Configuring Access Time Collection for NAS

Modifying an Agent, Backup Set or Subclient

Deleting an Agent, Backup Set or Subclient

Command Line Operations

Log on to the CommServe

Create NAS clients

Configure Subclients

Modify Username and Password for NAS Client

List Schedule Policy Association

Understanding the CommCell Console

NAS iDataAgent uses the following main components to perform backup and restore operations from the CommCell Console.

Backup Set - collective information of all the data that needs to be backed up for the client.

Subclient - defines the data to be backed up.

Configuring User Defined Backup Sets

A default backup set is created as soon as the NAS client is added. The default backup set includes a default subclient which will backup all the data in the file server.

You can create user defined backup sets to group a set of selected data. A user defined backup set will contain its own default subclient.

Creating a User Defined Backup Set

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client>.
  2. Right-click the <File Server> NAS NDMP and select All Tasks | Create New Backup Set.
      If you create a user defined backup set, you cannot perform incremental or differential backups for any backup set. However, for NetApp NAS NDMP clients, there are no limitations on the type of backups that can be performed for the default backup set.
  3. In the New Backup Set Name box, type a name.
  4. Click OK.

Creating An On Demand Backup Set

On Demand backups allow content to be specified as an external input at the time of initiating a backup. Whereas traditional backups are performed using subclients, which contain fixed content configured prior to performing the operation, On Demand backups allow you to specify content each time you perform a backup.

Creating a Content File

Content for On Demand backups is defined through a Content File, which is a text file that defines the location of the data that you want to protect. The Content File contains the fully qualified paths from the root directory to the directories and devices which you want to back up. The Content File must be placed on the CommServe or the MediaAgent.

The following examples demonstrate the specific format for entries in the Content File for NetApp File Server:

/vol/vol0/Dir1

/vol/vol0/Dir2

The following examples demonstrate the specific format for entries in the Content File for Celerra File Server

/fs1/Dir1

/fs1/Dir2

Do not use filters, wildcards, or regular expressions in the Content File.

Using the Content File Stored on a MediaAgent

If you want to use the content file stored on a MediaAgent, create the following registry key on the MediaAgent:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Storage Resources | MediaAgents.
  2. Right-click the <MediaAgent> in which you want to add the registry key, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Registry Key Settings tab.
  4. Click Add.
  1. In the Name box, type OnDemandLocalFilePath.
  2. In the Location list, type HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\CommVault Systems\Galaxy\Instance<xxx>\

    If you are creating this registry key on a Unix client, in the Location list, type /etc/CommVaultRegistry/Galaxy/Instance<xxx>/NAS/.properties

  1. In the Type list, select REG_DWORD.
  2. In the Value field, type the full path of the content file.
  3. Click OK.

Creating On Demand Backup Set

After creating the Content File defining the content to be backed up, create an On Demand Backup Set.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client>.
  2. Right-click the <File Server> NAS NDMP and select All Tasks | New On Demand Backup Set.
  3. In the New Backup Set Name box, type a name (up to 32 characters).
  4. Click OK.
  Once an On Demand Backup Set has been created, it cannot be changed into a traditional backup set.

Creating User Defined Subclients

As file servers may contain large amounts of data, you can create user defined subclients to manage your backups, such as the following:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | <File Server> NAS NDMP | Backup Set.
  2. Right-click the Backup Set and select All Tasks | New Subclient.
  3. In the Subclient Name box, type a name.
  4. Click the Storage Device tab.
  5. In the Storage Policy list, select a storage policy name.
  6. Click the Content tab.
  7. Select a root volume or file system from the Backup Content Path list and enter the path of the directory.
  8. Click Add.

    If the selected data is already included in any other subclient in the same backup set, it will be excluded automatically from that subclient. However, if it is included in any other backup set, it will not be excluded and will get backed up twice.

  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 to include all the volumes, files, and directories to be backed up.
  10. Click Close.
  11. Click OK.

Use the following guidelines while specifying the content for a subclient:

BlueArc

You can include CIFS shares or NFS exports in the subclient content in the following format:

/__VOLUME__/<File System Name>/<path in the file system>

For example:

 /__VOLUME__/FS1/share1

 /__VOLUME__/FS1/share2

EMC Celerra/ Hitachi

Use the following format to define the subclient content:

/<File System Name>/<directory name>

For example:

/fs001/dir1

/fs001/dir2

NetApp

Use the following format to define the subclient content: the following format:

/<File System Name>/<directory name>

For example:

/vol/vol0

/vol/vol1

Configuring Multiple Streams for Backups

The Multi-Streaming feature enables multiple data streams per subclient for data protection operations. This allows backups of multiple paths in a subclient to run concurrently, as part of the same job, thus reducing the total number of running jobs. This feature is dependant on the number of available resources (drives) and can be useful in the following scenarios:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | <File Server> NAS NDMP | Backup Set.
  2. Right-click the <Subclient> in the right pane and click Properties.
  3. In the Number of Data Readers box type or select the number of data streams.

    The actual number of concurrent backup streams employed during a backup job is limited by the number of resources available to the Storage Policy. The number of available resources will be limited if other subclients are also using the same Storage Policy or a specific content path requires more time for backup.

  4. Click the Storage Device tab.
  5. In the Storage Policy list, click a storage policy name.
  6. Click OK.
  The number of streams configured in the Storage Policy should be equal to, or greater than the specified Number of Data Readers.

Modifying User Accounts for a File Server

If the file server access information has been modified, follow the steps given below to change the user account settings.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client>.
  2. Right-click the <File Server> NAS NDMP and click Properties.
  3. Click NDMP Properties.
  4. Select the Change Password check box.
  5. Enter the user name in the NDMP Login box.
    • For NetApp, type root.
    • For EMC Celerra, type ndmp.
    • For all other file servers, use any value.
  6. Enter the password in the NDMP Password box.
  7. Click OK.

Configuring Pre/Post Processing for Backups

You can add and modify Pre/Post processes for a subclient. These are batch files or shell scripts that you can run before or after certain job phases. For example, you can use an echo command to check the level of a backup. Similarly, you can include a case statement within a script to run specific operations based on the level of the backup job.

A Save As Script file can also be run as a pre/post process, if you include the absolute path of the associated input file in the script file.

Configuring a Subclient for Pre/Post Processing

The Pre/Post Process commands are executed on the MediaAgent associated with the active drive pool of the storage policy that is assigned to the subclient. Ensure that the required batch files or shell scripts are available on the MediaAgent where the Pre/Post commands are executed.

Follow the steps given below to specify the Pre/Post commands for a subclient:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | <File Server> NAS NDMP | BackupSet.
  2. Right-click the <Subclient> in the right pane and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Pre/Post Process tab.
  4. Depending on the process you want to set up, enter the path of the batch file or the shell script in one of the following boxes:
    • PreBackup Process
    • PostBackup Process
  5. Click OK.

Setting Up Post Processes To Run During Failures

By default, a specified post process command is executed when a backup job is completed or killed.

Use the following steps to run a post process when the backup operation does not complete.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | <File Server> NAS NDMP | BackupSet.
  2. Right-click the <Subclient> in the right pane, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Pre/Post Process tab.
  4. Enter the path of the batch file or the shell script in the PostBackup Process box.
  5. Select the Run PostBackup Process for all attempts check box.
  6. Click OK.

Changing User Accounts for Executing Pre/Post Commands

For a Windows MediaAgent you must specify the user account and password required for executing the Pre/Post commands.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | <File Server> NAS NDMP | BackupSet.
  2. Right-click the <Subclient> in the right pane, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Pre/Post Process tab.
  4. Depending on the process you want to set up, enter the path of the batch file or the shell script in one of the following boxes:
    • PreBackup Process
    • PostBackup Process
  5. Click Change.
  6. Select one of the following user accounts:
    • Use Local System Account - Select this option to use the local system account on the MediaAgent for executing the Pre/Post Process commands. 
    • Impersonate User - Select this option to use an authenticated user account for executing Pre/Post commands. However, if the specified user account is not available on the MediaAgent, backup jobs using Pre/Post commands will fail.
  7. Click OK.

Configuring Filters for Backups

You can set filters to exclude certain files and directories from backups. Filters can also be used to exclude system-related files which consistently fail during a backup operation. See Content, Filters, and Regular Expressions for comprehensive information on filtering data from backup.

Follow the steps given below to configure filters for a subclient:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | <File Server> NAS NDMP  | <Backup Set>.
  2. Right-click the <Subclient> in the right pane and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Filters tab.
  4. Under Exclude these files/folders/patterns, click Add.
  5. In the Enter Path box, type the paths or names of files and directories that you want to exclude.

    If you want to specify a file name pattern, you can use wildcards in the filter strings. The filter strings are case-sensitive.

    For example: If you want to filter all the filenames starting with LICENSE, specify LICENSE*. However, filenames starting with license (in lowercase) will not be filtered.

  6. Click OK.

You can modify or delete existing filter strings. Any modification to the filter configuration is effective during the following backup.

Use the following guidelines while entering the filters:

EMC Celerra

  • By default, you can specify a maximum of 5 directory and 5 file filters. The number of filters can be increased to 50 for each filter type by using the PAX.filter.numDirFilter or PAX.filter.numFileFilter parameters. Please consult the vendor documentation for information on configuring these parameters.
  • Filters are supported for DART OS 5.5 or higher.

Hitachi

Filters are not supported.

NetApp

  • You can specify a maximum of 32 filters for a subclient.
  • Path filters are not supported.
  • When you specify a file or directory name and there are multiple files (and/or directories) with the same name in different locations, all of them will be excluded from the backup.

Managing File Servers

Modifying File Server Details

  1. From the Tools menu in the CommCell Console, click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Library & Drive Configuration.
  3. Under Available MediaAgents, select the MediaAgent and click Add.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Click Start and select NDMP| Servers.
  6. Select the required NAS file server and click Edit.
  7. Modify the required properties of the NAS file server.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Click Close.

 

 

Deleting a File Server

  1. From the Tools menu in the CommCell Console, click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Library & Drive Configuration.
  3. Under Available MediaAgents, select the MediaAgent and click Add.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Click Start and select NDMP| Servers.
  6. Select the file server that you want to delete and click Remove.
  7. Click Yes.
  8. Click Close.

 

 

Configuring Libraries and Drives Attached to a File Server

Auto-detection is the recommended method of configuring library and drives attached to a file server. The auto-detection method is explained in Getting Started. However, you can manually configure the library and drives if the automatic detection fails or you want to configure a specific drive for the file server.

Manually Configuring Library and Drives Attached to a File SErver

1. Ensure that the tape drive and media changer are detected by the file server. For information on verifying tape drive(s) and media changer, refer to your vendor documentation.  
2. From the Tools menu in the CommCell Console, click Control Panel.
3. Double click Library & Drive Configuration.
4.
  • Under Available MediaAgents, select the MediaAgent and click Add.
  • Click OK.
5. Click Start | NDMP and then select Add Library... .
6.
  • Select the name of the MediaAgent that will control the library attached to the NAS file server from the MediaAgent list.
  • Select the name of the file server from the NDMP Server Hostname list. 
  • Enter the access path through which the file sever communicates with the media changer in the library in the NDMP Server Device Name box. A typical value for the first device (media changer) is mc0.
  • Click Detect Library Data. The system automatically populates the Library Data (Vendor, Model, Firmware, Base Address and Drive Count).

    If the library is not supported by the NAS device, an error message is displayed when you click the Detect Library Data button. Contact your software provider for a list of supported storage devices.

  • Click OK.
7. The library information is displayed, with "not configured" status, and place holders for the drives in the library.

Click Start | NDMP and then select Add Drive....

8.
  • Enter the name of the library containing the drive in the Library list.
  • Enter the physical location of the drive in the Drive Number box.
  • Select the name of the Drive Pool from the list.
  • Select the name of the MediaAgent that controls the library’s media changer from the MediaAgent list.
  • Select the name of the file server from the NDMP Server Host Name list.
  • Enter the access path through which the NAS file server communicates with the drive in the NDMP Server Drive Path box.
  • Click Populate Serial Number and Model. This automatically populates the Drive Serial Number and Drive Vendor/Model fields. If they do not display automatically, you have to add the information manually.
  • Click OK.

Repeat Steps 6 and 7 until all drives are added.

9. Right-click the library and select Configure.
10.
  • Click Library and all drives to configure all the drives within the library.
  • Click OK.
11. Click Yes.
12. Select Default Media Type from the list and click Yes.
13. The status of the library changes to Configured.

If you chose to configure all associated drives, the status of the drives also changes to Configured.

The Libraries tab provides the physical view of the devices (library and drives).

Configuring a Library Shared Across a SAN Environment

In a SAN environment, the drives in a library can be dynamically shared between the file servers and MediaAgents. When you share a library between two file servers, the file server configured first will control the media changer. The same rule applies for a library shared between a MediaAgent(s) and file server(s).

1. Configure the shared library using a file server. For more information refer to Configure a library and drives attached to NAS file server using automatic detection.  
2. From the Tools menu in the CommCell Console, click Control Panel.
3.
  • Under Available MediaAgents, select the MediaAgent and click Add.
  • Click OK.
4.
  • Click NDMP Devices. The MediaAgent that controls the library is displayed.
  • Select the Exhaustive Detection check box.
  • Click OK.
5. A prompt appears informing you that the exhaustive detection will unload all drives and hence may interfere with backup/restore jobs.

Click Yes.

 
6. Select the file server from which you wish to detect the library and click OK.
7. Click Yes to start the device detection process.
8. When the exhaustive detection process is completed, the log file is displayed. Note the log file contents and click Close to proceed.
9. Click OK.
10. When the Exhaustive Detection is completed, the system displays the devices in the Library and Drive Configuration window.

New detected devices are not configured at this point, and the configuration information will not be saved if you exit from the Library and Drive Configuration window.

 

11. Right-click the library and then click Configure.  
12.
  • Click Library and all drives to configure all the drives within the library.
  • Click OK.
13. Click Yes.
14. Select Default Media Type from the list and click Yes.
16. The status of the library changes to Configured.

If you chose to configure all associated drives, the status of the drives also changes to Configured.

The Libraries tab provides the physical view of the devices (library and drives).

Additional NAS Features

Configuring Subclient for Tape Silvering

Feature Description Applies To
Tape Silvering Tape silvering is the process of shipping a physical copy of the source data to a destination site. This is useful for large file systems as it saves time and resources and also avoids transferring the file system over the network. Refer to the EMC Celerra documentation for more information. EMC Celerra running version 5.6 or higher.
  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | <File Server> NAS NDMP  | Backup Set.
  2. Right-click the Subclient in the right pane and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Content tab.
  4. Specify the source path of the replication that was created from the Celerra Management Console or command line. Append .ts to the path name. For example, /sourcefs/.ts.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Click OK.

Configuring Block Based Backups (SnapMirror to Tape)

Feature Description Applies To
Block Based Backup The block based backup allows you to backup an entire volume to media. Snapshots on the volume will be included in the backup. Restoring from a block based backup provides fast volume recovery as opposed to a file based restore.

When you configure a backup set for block backup, you cannot change this configuration and use the backup set for regular (non-block) backups.

Follow the steps given below to create a backup set for block based backups:

NetApp running ONTAP 8.0 or higher
  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client>.
  2. Right-click a <File Server> NAS NDMP and select All Tasks | Create New Backup Set.
  3. Enter the name of the backup set in the New Backup Set Name box.
  4. Select the Image Backup Set check box.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Right-click the Backup Set and select All Tasks | New Subclient.
  7. In the Subclient Name box, type a name.
  8. Click the Storage Device tab.
  9. In the Storage Policy list, select a storage policy name.
  10. Click the Content tab.
  11. Click Browse.
  12. Select an entire volume.
  13. Click OK.
  14. Click OK on the Subclient Properties dialog box.

Command Line Operations

You can add, modify or delete several configurable properties for the NAS iDataAgent from command line.

Command line configuration enables you to:

The following sections describe the available command  line configurations:

Log on to the Commserve

To run command line operations you must first login to the CommServe as follows:

create NAS clients

  1. Download the create_NAS_Client.xml file and save it on the computer from where the command will be executed.
  2. Execute the following command from the <Software_Installation_Directory>/Base folder after substituting the parameter values.

    qoperation execute -af  create_NAS_client.xml -ndmpServerHostName XXXXX -userName xxxxx -password xxxxx

Configure Subclients

Create Subclient

  1. Download the create_subclient_template.xml file and save it on the computer from where the command will be executed.
  2. Execute the following command from the <Software_Installation_Directory>/Base folder after substituting the parameter values.

    qoperation execute -af  create_subclient_template.xml -clientName xxxxx -subclientName xxxxx -numberOfBackupStreams 2 -description 'xxxxx' -enableBackup true -storagePolicyName xxxxx -contentOperationType ADD -content/path 'xxxxx' -content/excludePath 'xxxxx'

Get Subclient Properties

  1. Download the get_subclient_properties_template.xml file and save it on the computer from where the command will be executed.
  2. Execute the following command from the <Software_Installation_Directory>/Base folder after substituting the parameter values.

    qoperation execute -af get_subclient_properties_template.xml -clientName xxxxx -subclientName xxxxx

Modify Subclient

  1. Download the update_subclient_add_template.xml file and save it on the computer from where the command will be executed.
  2. Execute the following command from the <Software_Installation_Directory>/Base folder after substituting the parameter values.

    qoperation execute -af update_subclient_add_template.xml -clientName xxxxx -subclientName xxxxx -contentOperationType ADD -description 'xxxxx' -numberOfBackupStreams 4 -enableBackup true -storagePolicyName xxxxx -content/path 'xxxxx'

Delete Subclient

  1. Download the delete_subclient_template.xml file and save it on the computer from where the command will be executed.
  2. Execute the following command from the <Software_Installation_Directory>/Base folder after substituting the parameter values.

    qoperation execute -af  delete_subclient_template.xml -clientName xxxxx -subclientName xxxxx

Available Parameters for Subclients

The following table displays all the parameters you can use with the commands mentioned in the above sections. To add a parameter to your command, use the following syntax: (Some examples are provided at the end of the table.)

qoperation execute -af <template XML file> -<parameter name> <value>

Parameter Description of Parameter Values
clientName Name of the client computer.
appName Name of the application. In this case it would be 'NAS NDMP'.
subclientName Name of the subclient.
enableBackup Option to enable/disable backup.

Valid values are True/False.

encryptionFlag Option to set the encryption points during backups. Valid values are:
  • ENC_MEDIA_ONLY, to encrypt the backup data after transmission and prior to storage on the media.
  • ENC_NETWORK_AND_MEDIA, to encrypt the backup data before transmission. The data is stored encrypted on the media.
  • ENC_NETWORK_ONLY, to encrypt the backup data for transmission and then decrypt the data prior to storage on the media.
  • ENC_NONE, to disable data encryption.
numberOfBackupStreams Option to set the number of backup streams.
description A general description of the subclient if needed.
networkAgents Number of Network Agents.
storagePolicyName Name of the Storage Policy to be associated for backup.
content/path Location of the content to be backed up. This parameter must be used along with the contentOperationType parameter, for example:

-contentOperationType <value> -content/path '<path value>'

content/excludepath Location of the content to be excluded from backup. This parameter must be used along with the contentOperationType parameter, for example:

-contentOperationType <value> -content/excludepath '<path value>'

contentOperationType Modification type. Valid values are
  • ADD, to add content to the subclient
  • OVERWRITE, to overwrite contents to the subclient.
  • DELETE, to delete the contents from the subclient.

The following examples show how to add a parameter for a command:

Adding Content To update the location for the subclient content, add the 'path' parameter to the following command:

qoperation execute -af update_subclient_add_template.xml -clientName client1 -subclientName subclient1 -description 'add content' -contentOperationType ADD -content/path '/vol/vol1/vol123'

Setting a Storage Policy To assign a storage policy to a subclient, add the 'storagePolicyName' parameter to the following command:

qoperation execute -af update_subclient_add_template.xml -clientName client1 -subclientName subclient1 -storagePolicyName sp1

For detailed information on the Subclient parameters see Subclient Properties.

Modify Username and Password for NAS Client

You can modify the username and password for a NAS client. Execute the following command from the <Software_Installation_Directory>/Base folder after substituting the parameter values.

qoperation execscript -sn SetNasIDAProp -si @clientName='client1' -si @userName='domain\user1' -p2 @password='password'

Where:

ClientName is the NAS client name.

UserName and Password are the user credentials that you want to define for the client.

List Schedule Policy Association

  1. Download the sched_policy_association_template.xml file and save it on the computer from where the command will be executed.
  2. Execute the following command from the <Software_Installation_Directory>/Base folder after substituting the parameter values.

    qoperation execute –af sched_policy_association_template.xml –taskName mypolicy

Parameter Description of Parameter Values
taskName Name of the Schedule Policy to be associated.

Configuring Folder Size for Backups

You can use the Show Folder Size option to get a graphical representation of the space used by backed up data on a client. This can be done for each subclient for a given client. The graph gets refreshed every time a backup is run for the change in data. To use this option, you must enable SRM for a given client and run a Full Backup.

  1. Enable SRM
    • From the CommCell Browser, right-click the File System iDataAgent and select Properties.
    • Click Enable SRM Feature from the General tab.
    • Click OK.
  2. Run a Backup
    • Right-click the subclient, and click Backup in the CommCell Browser.
    • Click Full as backup type and then click Immediate.
    • Click OK.
  3. Show Folder Size
    • From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | File System | defaultBackupSet.
    • Right-click the subclient for which you want to display folder size information and click Show Folder Size.
    • Chart displaying the folder size of the backed up data will be displayed.

Configuring Access Time Collection for NAS

Add the sAddFileLevelAnalyticsMeta key to turn on collection of file level access time as index metadata for NDMP backups.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Storage Resources | MediaAgents.
  2. Right-click the <MediaAgent> in which you want to add the registry key, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Registry Key Settings tab.
  4. Click Add.
  1. In the Name box, type sAddFileLevelAnalyticsMeta.
  2. In the Location list, type NAS
  3. In the Type list, select REG_SZ.
  4. In the Value field, type Y.
  5. Click OK.

Modifying an Agent, Backup Set or Subclient

The following table describes the properties that can configured from the agent, backup set and subclient levels.

Option Description Related topics
Create New Index on Full Backup

This option accelerates Full or On Demand backups and is enabled by default. Subsequently, when you perform a browse and restore operation, the default browse displays data up to the most recent full backup. To browse and restore older data you have to use the options to browse before or between specific dates.

When disabled, Full or On Demand backups may be slower. However, the default browse displays all data in the entire retention period; not just one full backup cycle.

Use the following steps to configure this option for all subclients. This option can also be set for the individual backups when initiating the job.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client>.
  2. Right-click the  <File Server> NAS NDMP and click Properties.
  1. Click the Index tab.
  2. Select the Create new index on Full Backup check box.
  3. Click OK.
 
Convert to Full Backup on Indexing Failure Use this option to ensure that the backup does not fail if the index is irretrievable. When disabled, the backup will fail if the index is irretrievable.
  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client>.
  2. Right-click the  <File Server> NAS NDMP and click Properties.
  1. Click the Index tab.
  2. Select the Convert to full backup on indexing failures check box.
  3. Click OK.
 
Change Storage Policies You can modify the storage policies in any of the following situations:
  • To include a different media for the backup operation.
  • To use a storage policy with a different retention criteria.

You can change the storage policies from the subclient level.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the subclient.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. Click Storage Device.
  4. Select the Storage policy from the drop-down menu.
  5. Click OK.
Refer to Storage Policies.
Rename a Backup Set or Subclient You can rename backup sets and subclients.

Renaming BackupSet:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | <File Server> NAS NDMP.
  2. Right-click the <Backup Set> in the right pane, and then click Properties.
  3. In the Backup Set box, type a name.
  4. Click OK.

Renaming subclient:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | <File Server> NAS NDMP | BackupSet.
  2. Right-click the <User Defined Subclient> in the right pane, and then click Properties.
  3. In the Storage Policy list, click a storage policy name.
  4. Click OK.
 
Data Transfer Options You can efficiently configure the available resources for transferring data secured by data protection operations from the subclient level. This includes the following:
  • Enable or disable Data Compression either on the client or the MediaAgent.
  • Configure the transfer of data in the network using the options for Network Bandwidth Throttling and Network Agents.

You can configure the data transfer options.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | <File Server> NAS NDMP | BackupSet.
  2. Right-click the <Subclient> in the right pane, and then click Properties.
  1. Click the Storage Device tab.
  2. Click the Data Transfer Option tab.
  3. Choose the appropriate software compression option for this subclient.
  4. Click OK.
Refer to Data Compression.
View Data Paths
  1. Click the Storage Device tab.
  2. In the Storage Policy list, click a storage policy name.
  3. Click Data Paths.
  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | <File Server> NAS NDMP | BackupSet.
  2. Right-click the <Subclient> in the right pane, and then click Properties.
  1. Click the Storage Device tab.
  2. In the Storage Policy list, click a storage policy name.
  3. Click Data Paths.
 
Configure Activity Control You can enable backup and restore operations from the agent and subclient level. However, you can enable restore operations only from the agent level.
  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client>
  2. Right-click the <Client> or <Subclient> in the right pane, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Activity Control tab and select or clear option(s) as desired.
  4. Click OK.
Refer to Activity Control.
Configure User Security You can configure user security from the agent or subclient level.

You can perform the following functions:

  • Identify the user groups to which this CommCell object is associated.
  • Associate this object with a user group.
  • Disassociate this object from a user group.
  1. From the CommCell browser, right-click the subclient.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. Click Security.
  4. Select the appropriate user groups to which you want to associate to the CommCell object from the Available Groups pane, and then move the user group to the Associated Groups pane.
  5. Click OK.
Refer to User Administration and Security.
Enable/Disable Data Encryption You can enable data encryption from the suclient level.Encryption must be enabled at the client level prior to configuring any instances residing on that client.
  1. From the CommCell browser, right-click the subclient.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. Click Encryption.
  4. Select the desired encryption.
  5. Click OK.
Refer to Data Encryption.
View Software Version and Installed Updates The Version tab, at the Agent level displays the software version and post-release service packs and updates installed for the component.
  1. From the CommCell browser, right-click the agent.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. Click Version.
  4. Click OK.
 

Deleting an Agent,Backup Set or Subclient

The following sections describe the steps involved in deleting an agent, archive set or subclient.

When you delete an instance or backupset, the associated data is logically deleted and you can no longer access the corresponding data from CommCell Console for recovery purposes.

Refer to the troubleshooting article on Recovering Data Associated with Deleted Clients and Storage Policies for information on how to recover data if you accidentally delete an entity.

Deleting an Agent

You need to uninstall or DeConfigure the agent software from the client computer before deleting from CommCell Browser. After you delete the client software, you can either leave the corresponding data intact for appropriate action or you can remove the data immediately. If you choose to remove the data immediately, you must delete the agent from the CommCell Browser. If you delete the agent, all of the agent's data is irretrievably lost.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client>.
  2. Right-click the <Agent>, and then click Delete.
  3. A confirmation message is displayed with the following message:

    This operation will permanently delete the data backed up from this level and it cannot be restored.

  4. Click OK to continue with the deletion operation., or click No to abort the deletion.

Deleting a BackupSet

Consider the following before deleting a Backup Set:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | <Agent>.
  2. Right-click the <Backup Set>, and then click Delete.
  3. A confirmation message is displayed, asking if you want to delete the Backup Set.

    Click No to cancel the deletion and retain the Backupset, or click Yes to continue the deletion.

Deleting a Subclient

Consider the following before deleting a subclient:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | <Agent> | <Backup Set>.
  2. Right-click the <subclient> that you want to delete, and then click Delete.
  3. A confirmation message is displayed, asking if you want to delete the subclient.

    Click No to cancel the deletion and retain the subclient, or click Yes to continue the deletion.

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