Getting Started - Windows File System iDataAgent Deployment on a Cluster

Skip this page if you are not installing this agent on a cluster.

Click to continue with the deployment.

Where to Install

Before You Begin

Install the software from the active node in the cluster group. Make sure the cluster group satisfies the minimum requirements specified in the System Requirements.

Follow the steps given below to install the Windows File System iDataAgent in a Clustered Environment.

Download Software Packages

Download the latest software package to perform the install.

System Requirements

Verify the cluster group which you wish to install the software satisfies the System Requirements.


1. Run Setup.exe from the Software Installation Package.  
2. Select the required language.

Click Next.

3. Select the option to install software on this computer.
  The options that appear on this screen depend on the computer in which the software is being installed.
4. Select I accept the terms in the license agreement.

Click Next.

5. Select Configure a Virtual Server.

Click Next.

6. Select the disk group in which the cluster group resides.

Click Next.

7. Expand Client Modules | Backup & Recovery | File System and select Windows File System iDataAgent

Click Next.

8. If this cluster group and the CommServe is separated by a firewall, select the Configure firewall services option and then click Next.

For firewall options and configuration instructions, see Firewall Configuration and continue with the installation.

If firewall configuration is not required, click Next.

9. Enter the fully qualified domain name of the CommServe Host Name.

Click Next.

  Do not use space and the following characters when specifying a new name for the CommServe Host Name:


10. Verify the Virtual Machine name and click Next.
  The virtual machine is the name of the resource hosting the cluster group.
11. Select the name of the Physical Machine from drop-down list.

Click Next.

12. Select Add programs to the Windows Firewall Exclusion List, to add CommCell programs and services to the Windows Firewall Exclusion List.

Click Next.

  This option enables CommCell operations across Windows firewall by adding CommCell programs and services to Windows firewall exclusion list.

It is recommended to select this option even if Windows firewall is disabled. This will allow the CommCell programs and services to function if the Windows firewall is enabled at a later time.

13. Type or Browse to specify the software installation path which must be located on local disk of your physical machine and then click Next.
  • Do not install the software to a mapped network drive.
  • Do not use the following characters when specifying the destination path:

     / : * ? " < > | #

    It is recommended that you use alphanumeric characters only.

14. Verify the default location for Job Results Path.

Click Browse to change the default location.

Click Next.

15. Select a Client Group from the list.

Click Next.
This screen will be displayed if Client Groups are configured in the CommCell Console.

16. Click Next.
17. Click Next.
18. Select a Storage Policy from the drop-down list and click Next.
  Select the Configure for Laptop or Desktop Backup option to install Backup Monitor utility. This utility allows you to view the backup job summary from the client computer without opening the CommCell Console. See Monitor - Laptop User for more information.
  If you do not have Storage Policy created, this message will be displayed.

Click OK.

  You can create the Storage Policy later in step 27.
19. Click Next.
20. To install the software on the remaining nodes of the cluster, click Yes.

To complete the install for this node only, click No.

21. Select cluster nodes from the Preferred Nodes list and click the arrow button to move them to the Selected Nodes list.

Once you complete your selections, click Next.

  • The list of Preferred Nodes displays all the nodes found in the cluster; from this list you should only select cluster nodes configured to host this cluster group server.
  • Do not select nodes that already have multiple instances installed.
22. Specify User Name and Password for the Domain Administrator account Information to perform the remote install on the cluster nodes you selected in the previous step.

Click Next.

23. The progress of the remote install for the cluster nodes is displayed; the install can be interrupted if necessary.

Click Stop to prevent installation to any nodes after the current ones complete.

Click Advanced Settings to specify any of the following:

  • Maximum number of nodes on which Setup can run simultaneously.
  • Time allocated for Setup to begin executing on each node, after which the install attempt will fail.
  • Time allocated for Setup to complete on each node, after which the install attempt will fail.
  If, during the remote install of a cluster node, setup fails to complete or is interrupted, you must perform a local install on that node. When you do, the install begins from where it left off, or from the beginning if necessary. For procedures, see Manually Installing the Software on a Passive Node.
24. Read the summary for remote installation to verify that all selected nodes were installed successfully.

Click Next.

  • If any node installation fails, you must manually install the software on that node once the current installation is complete. See Manually Installing the Software on a Passive Node for step-by-step instructions.
  • The message displayed on your screen will reflect the status of the selected nodes, and may look different from the example.
25. Click Next.
26. Click Finish.
If you already have a storage policy selected in step 18, Click button available at the bottom of the page to proceed to the Configuration section.

If you do not have Storage Policy created, continue with the following step.

27. To create a storage policy, you must have configured a library in the CommCell.  


  1. From the CommCell Console, click the Backup Target button on EZ Operations Wizard.
  2. Click Disc Library (For backup to disc) and click Next.
  3. Click Use Local Disk.

    Type the name of the folder in which the disc library must be located in the Enter backup destination folder box or click the Browse button to select the folder.

    Click Next.

    If you click the Use Network Share option you will be prompted for the credentials (user name and password) to access the share.

  4. Click Next.
  5. Click Finish.

This will create a library and Storage Policy. Click the button available at the bottom of the page to continue.


Storage Policy Creation:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Policies.
  2. Right-click the Storage Policies and then click New Storage Policy.
  3. Follow the prompts displayed in the Storage Policy Wizard. The required options are mentioned below:
    • Select the Storage Policy type as Data Protection and Archiving and click Next.
    • Enter the name in the Storage Policy Name box and click Next.
    • From the Library list, click the name of a disk library to which the primary copy should be associated and then click Next.

      Ensure that you select a library attached to a MediaAgent operating in the current release.

    • From the MediaAgent list, click the name of a MediaAgent that will be used to create the primary copy and then click Next.
    • For the device streams and the retention criteria information, click Next to accept default values.
    • Select Yes to enable deduplication for the primary copy.
    • From the MediaAgent list, click the name of the MediaAgent that will be used to store the Deduplication store.

      Type the name of the folder in which the deduplication database must be located in the Deduplication Store Location or click the Browse button to select the folder and then click Next.

    • Review the details and click Finish to create the Storage Policy.