V11 SP8

Additional Operations - NAS iDataAgent

Table of Contents

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.

Online Help Links

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



Online Help Links

Sub Links


Agent <File Server> NAS Properties (General)

<File Server> NAS Properties (Version)

<File Server> NAS Properties (Security)

<File Server> NAS Properties (Activity Control)

  Backupset Backup Set Properties (General)

Backup Set Properties (Security)

  Subclient Subclient Properties of <Subclient Name> (General)

Subclient Properties of <Subclient Name> (Content)

Subclient Properties of <Subclient Name> (Filters)

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

Subclient Properties of <Subclient Name> (Storage Device)

Subclient Properties of <Subclient Name> (Security)



Backup Options Backup Options for Subclient <Subclient Name> Save As Script

Schedule Details

  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 (NAS Options)

Advanced Backup Options (Alert)



Restore Options NAS Restore Options Save As Script
  Direct Restore Options NAS Restore  
  Advanced Restore Options NAS Advanced Restore Options (Startup)

NAS Advanced Restore Options (Copy Precedence)

NAS Advanced Restore Options (Data Path)

NAS Advanced Restore Options (Encryption)

NAS Advanced Restore Options (Job Retry)

NAS Advanced Restore Options (NAS Options)

NAS Advanced Restore Options (Browse Options)

NAS Advanced Restore Options (Alert)


Operating System and Application Upgrades

Operating system upgrades are only supported when upgrading from one version of an OS to a different version of the same OS (e.g., Win2003 to Win2008). The two methods of upgrading are:

  • Seamless Upgrade - This involves uninstalling the Agent software, upgrading the operating system, and then re-installing the Agent software.
  • Full OS Replacement - This involves performing a clean install of a new version of the OS, re-installing any application software, then re-installing 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 re-installed to the same location, the same Fully Qualified Domain Name or short domain name, the same partitions, disk drive format (FAT, NTFS, et. al.), and IP configuration as previously.

If it is necessary to remove 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 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 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.