Disaster Recovery Backup - How To

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Designate the Disaster Recovery User Account

Select a Disaster Recovery Export Destination

Select a Disaster Recovery Backup Destination

Select the Number of Disaster Recovery Backups to Retain on Disk

Select the Number of Disaster Recovery Backups to Retain on Media

Schedule a Disaster Recovery Backup

Start a Disaster Recovery Backup

Browse and Recover Disaster Recovery Backup Data

Add Pre/Post Commands to Disaster Recovery Backup Settings


Designate the Disaster Recovery User Account

Before You Begin

For Disaster Recovery backups to work successfully for the new user, this user must have a minimum of read/write permissions to the Disaster Recovery backup destination directory.

Required Capability: Capabilities and Permitted Actions

To designate the Disaster Recovery account:

  1. In the CommCell Browser, right-click the CommServe, click Control Panel, and then click DR Backup Settings.
  2. From the DR Backup Settings (Export Settings) dialog box, click the Change button associated with the User Name field.
  3. In the Change User Account dialog box, type the user name and password of the Windows user account under which you want the Disaster Recovery backups conducted. Type the password a second time to confirm it, and click OK.
  4. The Disaster Recovery program does not attempt to validate the user name and password at the time it is entered/modified through the DR Backup Settings (Export Settings) dialog box. To validate the user name and password, run an immediate Disaster Recovery backup.


Select a Disaster Recovery Backup Export Destination

Before You Begin

Required Capability: Capabilities and Permitted Actions

To select an Disaster Recovery Backup Export destination:

  1. In the CommCell Browser, right-click the CommServe, click Control Panel, and then click DR Backup Settings.
  2. From the DR Backup Settings (Export Settings) dialog box, select either Use Network Share or Use Local Drive in the Backup Metadata Destination Folder Type field.
  3. Enter or or use the Browse button to specify a backup path in the Back Up Metadata to this Folder field.

    NOTE

    If you are backing up to a network drive, then this directory must be a valid UNC network path in the UNC format \\<server>\<share>\path. If you are backing up to a local drive, then this drive must be a local CommServe drive.


Select a Disaster Recovery Backup Destination

Before You Begin

Required Capability: Capabilities and Permitted Actions

To select an Disaster Recovery Backup destination:

  1. In the CommCell Browser, right-click the CommServe, click Control Panel, and then click DR Backup Settings.
  2. From the DR Backup Settings (Export Settings) dialog box, select a storage policy from the Back Up Metadata to this DR Storage Policy dropdown list.
  3. Click OK.

Select the Number of Disaster Recovery Backups to Retain on Disk

Before You Begin

The number of Disaster Recovery backups you select to retain on disk refers to the number of backups created during the exporting of a Disaster Recovery backup. The number of Disaster Recovery backups created during the backup that are retained on media are determined by the retention criteria of the Disaster Recovery Backup storage policy.

Required Capability: Capabilities and Permitted Actions

To select the number of Disaster Recovery backups to retain on disk:

  1. In the CommCell Browser, right-click the CommServe, click Control Panel, and then click DR Backup Settings.
  2. From the DR Backup Settings (Export Settings) dialog box, select a number from the Number of Full Metadata Backups to be retained field.
  3. Click OK.

Select the Number of Disaster Recovery Backups to Retain on Media

Before You Begin

Required Capability: Capabilities and Permitted Actions

To select the number of Disaster Recovery backups to retain on media:

  1. See Changing the Retention Rules of a Storage Policy Copy.

Schedule a Disaster Recovery Backup

Before You Begin

Required Capability: Capabilities and Permitted Actions

To schedule a Disaster Recovery Backup:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the CommServe, click All Tasks, and then click Disaster Recovery Backup.
  2. From the Disaster Recovery Backup Options window, click the Job Retry tab to specify the job running time and the number of job retries. See Job Restart and Job Running Time for more information. Note that the Number of Retries specified for this particular job will only be used by the system if Disaster Recovery Backup was configured as a Restartable job type in the Job Management Control Panel. For step-by-step instructions, see Specify Job Restartability for the CommCell.
  3. Click the General tab and select either Full or Differential Backup.
  4. Click Schedule.
  5. From the Schedule Details tab, select the necessary scheduling options
  6. To view the job summary for the Disaster Recovery Backup job that you have scheduled, click the Job Summary tab.
  7. Click OK to save the schedule.

Start a Disaster Recovery Backup

Before You Begin

Required Capability: Capabilities and Permitted Actions

To start a Disaster Recovery Backup:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the CommServe, click All Tasks, and then click Disaster Recovery Backup.
  2. From the Disaster Recovery Backup Options window, click the Job Retry tab to specify the job running time and the number of job retries. See Job Restart and Job Running Time for more information. Note that the Number of Retries specified for this particular job will only be used by the system if Disaster Recovery Backup was configured as a Restartable job type in the Job Management Control Panel. For procedures, see Specify Job Restartability for the CommCell.
  3. Click the General tab and select either Full or Differential Backup. If necessary, select the option to Shrink the CommServe database before the DR backups. Note that if free space is not an issue on the CommServe computer, it is not necessary to select the Shrink the CommServe database before the DR backups option.
  4. Click Schedule to schedule the backup at another time, or click OK to run it immediately. For more information on scheduling a back, see Scheduling a Disaster Recovery Backup.

Browse and Recover Disaster Recovery Backup Data

Required Capability: Capabilities and Permitted Actions

To start a Disaster Recovery Backup:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the CommServe, click All Tasks, and then click DR Restore and Browse and Recover.
  2. From the Browse Options dialog box, select the appropriate options for the disaster recovery backup data you wish to browse.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Select the data to be recovered from the Client (Media Agent) window, and then click Recover All Selected...
  5. From the Restore Options from All Selected Options (General) dialog box, select the appropriate options for restoring the data.
  6. Click the Advanced button for additional restore options, and click OK.
  7. Click OK.

Add Pre/Post Commands to Disaster Recovery Backup Settings

Required Capability: Capabilities and Permitted Actions

To add pre/post commands to the the Disaster Recovery Backup settings:

  1. In the CommCell Browser, right-click the CommServe, click Control Panel, and then click DR Backup Settings.
  2. From the DR Backup Settings (Pre/Post Process) dialog box, click inside the text box that corresponds to the phase that you want to start the process. Enter the full path of the process (i.e., batch file or shell script) that you want executed. Alternatively, use Browse to locate the process (applicable only for paths that do not contain any spaces).
  3. If you want to run the PostScan or PostBackup processes for all attempts, then select the corresponding checkbox. (This will run both pre and post processes for all attempts.)
  4. If no Pre/Post Impersonation account is currently selected, or if you want to change the account, select Change.
  5. Select Use Local System Account, or select Impersonate User and enter a user name and password. Click OK.

    NOTE

    If you selected Use Local System Account, click OK to the message advising you that commands using this account have rights to access all data on the client computer.

  6. Click OK to save your entries. This closes the Pre/Post commands dialog box.

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