Replication Workflow

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Overview

The replication workflow is a pre-defined workflow that can be manually executed from the CommCell Console. It is useful when you want to protect sensitive data from a client in the CommCell.

Aside from running the workflow on demand, you can also automate it as follows if you want to continuously protect your data:

  • scheduling the workflow to run at specific times
  • calling out the workflow (as an XML file) in your automation scripts.

How does it work?

Starting a replication workflow with the storage policy as the input will start SnapProtect for Open Systems backup for all the subclients that are associated with the storage policy. These are referred to as child backup jobs of the workflow.

The workflow coordinates the child backup jobs that it starts.

It is also responsible for starting the OnCommand Unified Manager job for the dataset that corresponds to the storage policy.

Killing a workflow before the OnCommand Unified Manager job starts will result in all the subclient jobs getting killed.

Killing a workflow after the OnCommand Unified Manager job starts will have no effect on the child subclient jobs.

The following graph displays the sequence of activities defined for the Replication workflow:

Executing the Workflow

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Workflows.

    Right-click Replication Workflow and then click All Tasks | Execute.

  2. Select the workflow engine from the Run workflow on list and specify the value of the following variables in the Value column.

    Click OK.

    You can track the progress of the workflow job from the Job Controller. You will see a job for each activity in the workflow e.g., backup, restore.