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Additional Operations

Table of Contents

Audit Trail

Auxiliary Copy

Deleting Backup and Archive Data

Global Filters

Online Help Links

Operating System and Application Upgrades

Operation Window

Schedule Policy

Storage Policy

Audit Trail

The Audit Trail feature allows you to track the operations of users who have access to the CommCell. This capability is useful if a detrimental operation was performed in the CommCell and the source of that operation needs to be determined.

Audit Trail tracks operations according to four severity levels:

  • Critical: This level records operations that will result in imminent loss of data.
  • High: This level records operations that may result in loss of data.
  • Medium: This level records changes to the general configuration of one or more entities. Such changes may produce unintended results when operations are performed.
  • Low: This level records changes to status, addition of entities, and other operations that have minimal impact on existing CommCell functions.

To set Audit Trail retention periods:

  1. From the Home tab in the CommCell Console, click Control Panel and then, from the Monitoring options, click Audit Trail.
  2. From the Audit Trail dialog box, select the desired retention time (in days) for each severity level.
  3. Click OK.

For details, see Audit Trail.

Auxiliary Copy

An auxiliary copy operation allows you to create secondary copies of data associated with data protection operations, independent of the original copy.

  1. Expand the Policies node, right-click storage policy for which you want to perform an auxiliary copy, click All Tasks,and then click Run Auxiliary Copy.
  2. If you are starting the auxiliary copy operation from the CommServe level, select the storage policy for which you wish to perform the auxiliary copy.

    Note: If you are starting the auxiliary copy operation from the Storage Policy level, the Storage Policy field is already populated with the name of the Storage Policy you selected.

  3. If the source copy is configured with a shared library, select the Source MediaAgent for the auxiliary copy.
  4. Click OK to start the auxiliary copy operation. A progress bar displays the progress of the operation.

For details, see Auxiliary Copy.

Deleting Backup and Archive Data

Data that has been backed up or archived can be permanently deleted so that it is no longer available for browsing and recovery. Data that has been deleted cannot be restored.

For more information, see Deleting Backup and Archive Data.

Global Filters

Global Filters are exclusions that filter data from backups across all Agents in a CommCell that support the feature. Global Filters serve as a template for files, folders, and entities that should always be excluded from all (or most) backups in a CommCell, such as temporary data a computer does not retain or data that is recoverable by means other than a restore. This saves space on media and enhances backup performance.

By default, filters configured for a particular subclient override any Global Filters configured for the CommCell. You can, however, configure subclients to include global filters along with any filters already configured for the subclient.

For details, see Global Filters.

Configure Global Filters

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the CommServe, click Control Panel, and then click Global Filters.
  2. Select Use Global Filters on All Subclients.
  3. From the Global Filter Category list, select Exchange Mailbox Filters.
  4. Click Add to add the folder pattern in the Folder Name field to be excluded from data protection operations.
  5. Click OK.

Enable Global Filters for a Subclient

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the subclient for which you want to enable Global Filters and click Properties.
  2. Click the Filters tab.
  3. Select one of the following values from the Include Global Filters list:
    • ON to enable Global Filters for this subclient.
    • OFF to disable Global Filters for this subclient.
    • Use Cell Level Policy to enables or disables Global Filters for this subclient.

      Note:

      If the Use Global Filters on All Subclients option is enabled, then the Use Cell Level Policy option will enable Global Filters on this subclient.

      If the Use Global Filters on All Subclients option is disabled, then the Use Cell Level Policy option will disable Global Filters on this subclient.

  4. Click OK.

Online Help Links

Use the following links to view the online help for the corresponding tabs in the CommCell Console:

Operations

Entity

Online Help Links

Sub Links

Configuration

Agent

Exchange Public Folder Properties (General)

Exchange Public Folder Properties (Version)

Exchange Public Folder Properties (Security)

Exchange Public Folder Properties (Activity Control)

Exchange Public Folder Properties (Storage Device)

 

 

Backup Set

Backup Set Properties (General)

Backup Set Properties (Security)

 

 

Subclient

Subclient Properties of <Subclient Name> (General)

Subclient Properties of <Subclient Name> (Contents)

Subclient Properties of <Subclient Name> (Filters)

Subclient Properties of <Subclient Name> (Pre/Post Process)

Subclient Properties of <Subclient Name> (Security)

Subclient Properties of <Subclient Name> (Storage Device)

Subclient Properties of <Subclient Name> (Activity Control)

Subclient Properties of <Subclient Name> (Encryption)

 

Backup

Backup Options

Backup Options for Subclient <Subclient Name>

Advanced Backup Options

Save As Script

Command Line XML Options

 

Advanced Backup Options

Advanced Backup Options (Data)

Advanced Backup Options (Startup)

Advanced Backup Options (Job Retry)

Advanced Backup Options (Media)

Advanced Backup Options (Data Path)

Advanced Backup Options (Vault Tracking)

Advanced Backup Options (Alert)

 

Restore

Restore Options

Exchange Public Folder Restore Options (General)

Exchange Public Folder Restore Options (Job Initiation)

Save As Script

 

Advanced Restore Options

Advanced Restore Options (General)

Advanced Restore Options (Options)

Advanced Restore Options (Copy Precedence)

Advanced Restore Options (Data Path)

Advanced Restore Options (Selected Path/ Filters)

Advanced Restore Options (Startup)

Advanced Restore Options (Alert)

 

Operating System and Application Upgrades

Operating system upgrades are only supported when upgrading from one version of an operating system to a different version of the same OS (For example, Windows 2003 to Windows 2008). The two methods of upgrading are:

  • Seamless Upgrade - This involves uninstalling the agent software, upgrading the operating system, and then reinstalling the agent software.
  • Full OS Replacement - This involves performing a clean install of a new version of the operating system, reinstalling any application software, then reinstalling the CommServe, MediaAgent, and/or agent software.

For Full OS Replacement, the client computer must be configured to have the CommServe, MediaAgent, and/or client software reinstalled to the same location, the same fully qualified domain name or short domain name, the same partitions, disk drive format (FAT, NTFS, and so on), and IP configuration as previously.

Caution: If it is necessary to remove the agent software to facilitate an operating system or application upgrade, do not delete the icon for the agent from the CommCell Console, or all associated backed up data will be lost.

Use the following strategy to upgrade the operating system software:

  • Identify the computers you want to upgrade and the CommCell components that are installed on each of these computers.
  • Choose the type of upgrade procedure you want to use on each computer: seamless or full replacement.
  • CommServe, MediaAgent, and client computers can be upgraded in any order.

For details, see Operating System and Application Upgrades.

Operation Window

By default, all operations in the CommCell can run for 24 hours. To prevent certain operations from running during certain periods of the day, you can define operation rules so that these operations are disabled during those times.

When operation rules are configured, operations that are started within the time window specified will go to a queued (as opposed to pending) state. Once the time window specified in the operation rule has elapsed, these queued or running operations will resume automatically.

  1. In the CommCell Browser, right-click the appropriate entity, click All Tasks, and then click Operation Window.
  2. Click Add.
  3. From the Operation Window dialog box:
    • Enter the name of the rule in the Name field.
    • Select either an administration, data protection (either full or non-full), and/or a data recovery operation from the Operations pane.
  4. Click OK.

For details, see Operation Window.

Schedule Policy

An agent specific data protection schedule policy can be used as a scheduling template for data protection operations for Exchange Mailbox agents and Exchange Public Folder Agent in a CommCell.

This type of data protection policy is useful when there are many clients or subclients within the CommCell that require the same schedules for specific data protection operations. In addition, this policy provides the ability to define advanced data protection options at a granular level that are specific to the Exchange Database Agent.

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Policies.
  2. Right-click Schedule Policies, and then click New Schedule Policy.
  3. Type a name for the schedule policy in the Name box.
  4. From the Agent Type list, expand Exchange Mail > Protected Mail, and then select the appropriate agent.
  5. Type an appropriate description in the Description box.
  6. Click Add.
  7. Type a name in the Schedule Name box and select the appropriate scheduling options.
  8. Click the Backup Options tab and select the type of backup and other options that apply to your environment.

    Optionally, you can click Advanced to define advanced backup options for the Exchange agents.

  9. Click OK.
  10. Click the Associations tab.
  11. Select the client computer or client groups that you want to associate with the schedule policy.

    You can also associate the schedule policy to a specific agent, backup set, or subclient of a client computer by expanding the client node.

  12. Click OK.

Storage Policy

A Storage policy defines the data lifecycle management rules for protected data. Storage policies map data from its original location to a physical storage media and determine its retention period.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Policies.
  2. Right-click Storage Policies, and then click New Storage Policy.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Select Data Protection and Archiving to create a regular storage policy or CommServe Disaster Recovery Backup to backup the CommServe database and click Next.
  5. In the Storage Policy Name box, specify the name of the storage policy, and then click Next.
  6. From the Library list, select a library for the primary copy, and then click
  7. From the MediaAgent list, select the MediaAgent, and then click Next.
  8. Enter number of data streams and set the retention period for the policy, and then click Next.
  9. Click Next.
  10. From the MediaAgent Name list, select the MediaAgent.
  11. In the Location box, type or click Browse to your designated deduplication database location, and then click Next.
  12. Confirm your selections, and then click Finish.

For details, see Storage Policy.

Last modified: 4/19/2018 3:29:12 PM