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Using a Smart Network Topology When Setting Up Network Connections

Instead of creating a standard network topology, which is comprised of routes from clients in an infrastructure group to all MediaAgents and the CommServe machine in the group, you can use a smart network topology, which is comprised of routes from clients to only the CommServe machine and MediaAgents that the clients actually communicate with.

Although each client in an infrastructure group communicates only with the MediaAgents and CommServe machine that are defined by the storage policies associated with its subclients, standard network topologies create routes to all MediaAgents and the CommServe machine in the group. A smart network topology, on the other hand, prevents the creation of unnecessary routes between clients, MediaAgents, and the CommServe machine.

You can use a smart network topology for one-way direct connections, two-way direct connections, and connections via a network gateway.

Note: You may not perform certain advanced configurations (for example, incoming tunnel port, additional open port) on smart network topology client groups (explained below). Instead, you must perform these configurations at the client or client group level.

Procedure

From the appropriate client group list, select one of the following italicized smart network topology options that will initiate connections:

  • My CommServe: Represents the CommServe machine. When this option is selected as a client group, the system creates routes by considering the CommServe machine as one end of the route (based on the type of topology being created).
  • My Media Agents: Represents all MediaAgents that the involved clients have a storage policy associated with. When this option is selected as a client group, the system determines all MediaAgents that each client in the other group can possibly communicate with (using the storage policy associations for the clients), and then creates routes based on the type of topology being created.
  • My CommServe and Media Agents: Represents a combination of the previous two options. When this option is selected as a client group, the system determines the CommServe machine as well as all MediaAgents that each client in the other group can possibly communicate with (using the storage policy associations for the clients), and then creates routes based on the type of topology being created.

Note: You can select an option from only one client group.

For example, suppose you are creating a smart network topology for a one-way direct connection. In the Network Topology dialog box, you can select an option from either the Infrastructure Client Group list or the DMZ Client Group list, but not both. If you select options in both client group lists, the system displays an error message.

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Last modified: 2/4/2019 3:39:21 PM