Additional Operations - OSSV Plug-In

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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. The Control Panel dialog box appears.
  2. From the Monitoring options, click Audit Trail.
  3. From the Audit Trail dialog box, select the desired retention time (in days) for each severity level.
  4. 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.

License Administration

Required Licenses

The following licenses are required to perform data protection and recovery operations using this agent. A license is required when a NAS client is added in the CommCell Browser, not at the point of software installation on the MediaAgent.

OSSV Plug-In on Windows QR Enabler for OSSV

QR Enabler for Windows Volume Shadow Service

Quick Recovery Agent for MS Windows

1 license per client. The license is consumed when this component is configured on the client computer.
OSSV Plug-In on Unix QR Enabler for OSSV

QR Enabler for Windows Volume Shadow Service

Quick Recovery Agent for Unix

1 license per client. The license is consumed when this component is configured on the client computer.
QSnap on Unix QSnap on Unix 1 license per client. The license is consumed when this component is configured on the client computer.
NetApp NAS NDMP iDataAgent for NetApp NAS NDMP 1 license per client. The license is consumed when this component is configured on the client computer.
NDMP Restore Enabler iDataAgent for NDMP Restore Enabler 1 license per client. The license is consumed when this component is configured on the client computer.
NDMP Remote Server on Windows iDataAgent for NDMP Remote Server on MS Windows 1 license per client. The license is consumed when this component is configured on the client computer.
NDMP Remote Server on UNIX iDataAgent for NDMP Remote Server on Unix 1 license per client. The license is consumed when this component is configured on the client computer.

The NetApp file server requires the following licenses:

  • When using the SnapVault OSSV Agent on Windows, the Windows Primary and Secondary SnapVault licenses must be present on the file server.
  • When using the SnapVault OSSV Agent on Unix, the Unix Primary and Secondary SnapVault licenses must be present on the file server.

Converting Evaluation Licenses to Permanent Licenses

If you installed the software using an Evaluation License, you can upgrade to a Permanent License as follows:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the CommServe icon, click Control Panel, and then click License Administration.
  2. Select the Update License tab and then click Convert.
  3. Check the box that corresponds to the evaluation license you would like to upgrade and then click Convert.

The license information is updated in the License Administration window.

Using Capacity-Based Licensing

License Usage by Capacity is a licensing mechanism that allows you to obtain licenses based on the amount of data you back up. It provides the following features:

  • Flexibility of usage on all agents, rather than being tied to number of server, agents, etc.
  • Allows you to purchase licenses based on your data protection needs

Both Core and Enterprise license types are available. Refer to License Usage by Capacity for comprehensive information on utilizing this method.

Releasing a License

If you no longer require a license on a computer, such as cases where the computer is being retired, you can release the license and use it later for another computer. Backup data from the retired computer can still be restored after the license is released provided the data is not aged.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the name of the client from which you want to release a license, click All Tasks, and then click Release License for Client.
  2. Click OK to continue releasing the license
  3. Click Yes to confirm you want to release the license or No to abort.

If releasing a license is unsuccessful, a number of popup messages appears. In some cases, the message requests that you take some corrective action. For example, the message might advise you to ensure that there are no jobs running on the agent. In such a case, click OK and take the appropriate action. Then repeat the process. If releasing a license is successful, the tree element is dimmed and available for deletion.

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

   
  Instance    
  Subclient    

Backup

Backup Options

   
  Advanced Backup Options    

Restore

Restore Options

   
  Advanced Restore Options    

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

A schedule policy is a defined schedule or group of schedules for specific operations to be performed on associated objects within the CommCell. When the schedules from a policy are run, the specified operations, (e.g., auxiliary copy, backup, etc.,) will be performed on the associated CommCell objects.

  1. Expand the Policies node, right-click Schedule Policies and click Add.
  2. Type the Name of the schedule policy.
  3. Select the Type of schedule policy.
  4. Select the Agent Type.
  5. Type a description of the schedule policy.
  6. Click Add.
  7. Enter a Schedule Name in the Schedule Pattern tab.
  8. Click OK.
  9. On the Associations tab, select the objects to be associated with the schedule policy.
  10. Click OK.

For details, see Schedule Policy.

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.

Uninstalling Components

If you plan to uninstall QSnap from your client computer, you must de-configure any CXBF devices using the Volume Explorer option of Control Panel in the CommCell Console before uninstalling the agent.

You can uninstall the components using one of the following method:

Method 1: Uninstall Components Using the CommCell Console

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the desired Client Computer and click All Tasks -> Add/Remove Software and click Uninstall Software.
  2. Uninstall Software Options dialog will appear.
  3. In the Uninstall Software tab, select Uninstall All to uninstall all the software packages.
  4. 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.

Method 2: Uninstall Components from Add or Remove Programs

  1. Click the Start button on the Windows task bar and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add/Remove Programs.

    For Windows Vista/Windows 2008, click Uninstall a Program in the Control Panel.

  3. Click Remove to uninstall the components in the following sequence:
    1. <Agent>
    2. File System iDataAgent
    3. Base Software

For details, see Uninstalling Components.