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IntelliSnap - Additional Operations - Notes Database iDataAgent

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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.

    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.

Related Reports

Offline Snap Copy Job Summary Report

When you select the Backup Copy option, the Offline Snap Copy Job Summary Report is created. The Backup Copy Job Summary Report displays information about backup copy jobs for each storage policy.

To generate the report:

  1. On the CommCell Console menu bar, select the Reports tab, and then click the Summary button. The Report Selection dialog box appears.

  2. On the General tab, select Administrative Jobs, and then select Backup Copy Work Flow.

  3. Click Run.

    The report appears in your default Web browser.

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

Configuration

Subclient Subclient Properties (IntelliSnap Operations)
Backup   Advanced Backup Options (Data)
List Snaps Subclient/ Storage Policy Snaps created during IntelliSnap operation (Volume View)

Snaps created during IntelliSnap operation (Disk View)

Mount Path

Array Management

Array List Array Management

Filer Properties (General)

Filer Properties (Snap Configuration)

Filer Properties (Security)

Create Snapshot copy

Storage Policy Copy Snap Copy Properties (General)

Configure Backup Copy

Storage Policy Storage Policy Properties (Snapshot)

Run Backup Copy

Storage Policy Backup Copy (Backup Copy Options)

Erasing Backup Data

The Erase Data feature allows you to permanently erase any data that can be backed up.

Configuring Erase Data

To erase data, you need to first assign a Filter Storage Policy for Erasing Data. Follow the steps given below to assign a Filter Storage Policy:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the storage policy that you want to use as a filter storage policy, then click Properties.
  2. From the General tab of the Storage Policy Properties dialog box, select the Allow Erase Data check box.
  3. Click OK.
  4. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the <Agent> and then click Properties.
  5. From the Storage Device tab of the agent Properties dialog box, select a filter storage policy from the Filter Storage Policy list.
  6. Click OK.

Running an Erase Data Job

After the configuration has been completed, you can now browse and erase data. Keep in mind that the erase data operation only erases the backup data - the source data will remain on the local hard drive. Therefore, it is recommended to delete the data from the source first so that it will not be backed up again. However, the stubs must be deleted from the source before running the erase data operation so that they are not backed up again. Otherwise, the synthetic full backup jobs will fail. 

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the <Backup Set>, select All Tasks and then click Erase Data By Browsing.
  2. You are warned that the data will be permanently removed. Click Yes to continue.
  3. From the Erase Data by Browsing dialog box, click Browse.
  4. In the Browse Options dialog box, select a browse time range and any advanced browse options, and click OK.
  5. From the browse selection window, select the data objects that you want to erase, and click OK.
  6. In the Job Initiation tab, select Immediate to run the job immediately.

    You can track the progress of the job from the Job Controller or Event Viewer.

For details, see Erasing Backup 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. Click Browse to locate the files or folders to be excluded from backups and click OK.
  4. Click OK to save your changes.

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.

    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.

Schedule Policy

An agent specific data protection schedule policy can be used as a scheduling template for data protection operations for Backup iDataAgents in a CommCell.

This type of data protection policy is useful when there are many clients or subclients within the CommCell that require same schedules for specific data protection operations. Additionally this policy provides the ability to granularly define advanced data protection options specific to the Backup iDataAgents.

Use the steps given below to create a data protection schedule policy:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Policies.
  2. Right-click Schedule Policies and click New Schedule Policy.
  3. Type a name for the schedule policy in the Name box.
  1. From the Agent Type list, expand Files | Protected Files and select the specific agent. For example, Windows File System.
  1. Type an appropriate description in the Description box.
  2. Click Add.
  3. Type a name in the Schedule Name box and select the appropriate scheduling options.
  1. 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 agents.

  2. Click OK.
  3. Click the Associations tab.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Subclient Policy

Subclient policies allow you to configure multiple subclients within a CommCell from a centralized template. This alleviates the need to manually configure each subclient that shares a similar configuration.

  1. Expand the Policies node, right-click Subclient Policies and click New Subclient Policy.
  2. Enter policy name in the Name entry field, then select the appropriate file system type from the iDataAgent drop-down list.
  3. In the Subclient pane, assign a storage policy for each subclient template by clicking in the drop down box under the Storage Policy column.
  4. Click OK.

For details, see Subclient Policies.

Additional Options

Several additional options are available to further refine your backup and restore operations. The following table describes the additional options:

Option Description Related Topics
Pre/Post Commands The Pre/Post commands for IntelliSnap backup can either be executed on the proxy or the source computer. You can use the Pre/Post Process tab of the Subclient Properties dialog box to select where you wish to execute the Pre/Post commands. IntelliSnap backup supports Pre/Post commands for the agents that support it. For more information on using the Pre/Post commands, see Pre/Post Processes.
View Snapshot Details You can view the details of a snapshot for an agent, job, or a snapshot copy. When you right-click any of these entities, you will be able to browse all the snapshots corresponding to the selected entity.
  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the entity that contains the snapshots you want to browse, and click All Tasks | List Snaps.
  2. The Snaps created during IntelliSnap operation dialog box displays a list of all the snapshots created for the selected entity and displays important information about each snapshot, including the source mount path, snap mount path, the storage array, and the source client.
  3. Right-click the snapshot and click Details to view the snapshot properties.
 
Select a Job for Backup Copy You can select a specific job for creating backup copy. Once selected, the Move Snap to Tape field for the specific job will be changed to Picked (i.e., the next backup copy operation will move this job to media).
  1. Right-click a storage policy containing IntelliSnap backup jobs, and then click View Jobs.
  2. Right-click the job and then click Pick for Backup Copy.
 
Disable a Job for Backup Copy You can prevent a job from being moved to media. You can apply this option to those jobs that were previously selected for moving to media. On selecting this option, the Move Snap to Tape field for the specific job will be changed to Not Picked (i.e., the next backup copy operation will not move this job to media).
  1. Right-click a storage policy containing IntelliSnap backup jobs and then click View Jobs.
  2. Right-click the job and then click Do not Backup Copy.
 
Find Use Find to search and locate files or folders from an IntelliSnap backup. If you want to restore a specific file or folder from a backup set or subclient, you can search the file or folder in the backup set or subclient.

Before searching the subclient, ensure that all the files and folders in the subclient are included in the index. The files and folders are included in the index when you perform the File Level backup or Enable Granular Recovery before performing the Volume Level or Disk Level backup.

See Finding and Restoring for more details.