Advanced Backup - PostgreSQL iDataAgent

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Full Backups

Full backups provide the most comprehensive protection of data.

Backups for any client start with a full backup. The full backup becomes a baseline to which subsequent backup types are applied. For example, a full backup must be performed before a log backup can be initiated.

You can perform a full backup of DumpBasedBackupSets and FSBasedBackupSets.

Use the following steps to run a full backup on a DumpBasedBackupSet subclient:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to <Client> | PostgreSQL | <Instance> | <DumpBasedBackupSet>.
  2. Right-click the <Subclient> and click Backup.
  3. Select Full as the backup type and click Immediate.
  4. Click OK.

    You can track the progress of the job from the Job Controller.  When the backup job has completed, the Job Controller displays Completed.

Use the following steps to run a full backup on a FSBasedBackupSet subclient:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to <Client> | PostgreSQL | <Instance> | <FSBasedBackupSet>.
  2. Right-click the <Subclient> and click Backup.
  3. Select Full as the backup type and click Immediate.
  4. Click OK.

    You can track the progress of the job from the Job Controller.  When the backup job has completed, the Job Controller displays Completed.

Log Only Backups

Log backups are useful when you want to recover database transactions that have been lost due to an operating system or disk failure. You can apply these logs to an online backup in order to recover a database.

File system backups include both data and logs. However, you can run a log only backup. Prior to running log only backups ensure that the PostgreSQL database is in ARCHIVE mode.

Use the following steps to run a log only backup:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to <Client> | PostgreSQL | <Instance> | <FSBasedBackupSet>.
  2. Right-click the <Subclient> and click Backup.
  3. Select Log Only as the backup type and click Immediate.
  4. Click OK.

    You can track the progress of the job from the Job Controller.  When the backup job has completed, the Job Controller displays Completed.

Performing Log Backups

For successful log only backups, it is mandatory that the WAL segment size for PostgreSQL is 16 MB both for Windows and UNIX clients. By default, all the versions of PostgreSQL have 16 MB WAL segment size except for Postgres Plus® Advanced Server version 9.0.

Use the following steps to configure the WAL segment size for Postgres Plus® Advanced Server version 9.0 to 16 MB:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers.
  2. Right-click the <Client>, and then click Properties.
  3. Click Advanced.
  4. Click the Additional Settings tab.
  5. Click Add.
  6. In the Name box, type sWalSegmentSize.

    The Category and Type details will be automatically populated.

  7. In the Value box, type the WAL segment size as 16 MB.
  8. Click OK.

Scheduling a Backup

Follow the steps given below to schedule a backup:

  1. From the CommCell Console, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | PostgreSQL | <Instance> | <BackupSet>.
  2. Right click the <Subclient> and click Backup.
  3. Click Schedule.
  4. Click Configure.
  5. Select the appropriate scheduling options.  For example:
    • Click Weekly.
    • Check the days you want the run the restore job.
    • Change the Start Time to 9:00 PM
    • Click OK to close the Schedule Details dialog
    • Click OK to close the Backup Options dialog

    The backup job will execute as per the schedule.

See Scheduling for a comprehensive information on scheduling jobs.

Managing Jobs

Jobs can be managed in a number of ways. The following sections provide information on the different job management options available:

Restarting Jobs

Jobs that fail to complete successfully are automatically restarted based on the job restartability configuration set in the Control Panel.

Changes made to this configuration will affect all jobs in the entire CommCell.

To configure the job restartability for a specific job, you can modify the retry settings for that job. This will override the setting in the Control Panel. It is also possible to override the default CommServe configuration for individual jobs by configuring retry settings when initiating the job. This configuration, however, will apply only to the specific job.

Backup jobs for this Agent are resumed from the point-of-failure.

Configure Job Restartability at the CommServe Level

  1. From the CommCell Console ribbon, click the Home tab, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Under System, click Job Management.

    The Job Management dialog box appears.

  3. Click Job Restarts tab.
  4. From the Job Type list, select the appropriate item.
  5. Select the Restartable check box to make the job restartable.
  6. In the Max Restarts box, change the maximum number of times the Job Manager will try to restart a job.
  7. In the Restart Interval (Mins) box, change the time interval between attempts for the Job Manager to restart the job.
  8. Click OK.

Configure Job Restartability for an Individual Job

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | PostgreSQL | <Instance> | <BackupSet>.
  2. Right-click the <Subclient> and click Backup.
  1. Click Advanced.
  2. In the Advanced Backup Options dialog box, click the Job Retry tab.
  3. Select Enable Total Running Time and specify the maximum elapsed time before a job can be restarted or killed.

    Select Kill Running Jobs When Total Running Time Expires to kill the job after reaching the maximum elapsed time.

  4. Select Enable Number Of Retries and specify the number of retries.
  5. Click OK.

Controlling Jobs

The following controls are available for running jobs in the Job Controller window:

Suspend

Temporarily stops a job. A suspended job is not terminated; it can be restarted at a later time.

Resume

Resumes a job and returns the status to Waiting, Pending, Queued, or Running. The status depends on the availability of resources, the state of the Operation Windows, or the Activity Control setting.

Kill

Terminates a job.

Suspending a Job

  1. From the Job Controller of the CommCell Console, right-click the job and select Suspend.
  2. The job status may change to Suspend Pending for a few moments while the operation completes. The job status then changes to Suspended.

Resuming a Job

  1. From the Job Controller of the CommCell Console, right-click the job and select Resume.
  2. As the Job Manager attempts to restart the job, the job status changes to Waiting, Pending, or Running.

Killing a Job

  1. From the Job Controller of the CommCell Console, right-click the job and select Kill.
  2. Click Yes when the confirmation prompt appears if you are sure you want to kill the job. The job status may change to Kill Pending for a few moments while the operation completes. Once completed, the job status will change to Killed and it will be removed from the Job Controller window after five minutes.

Additional Options

The following table describes the available additional options to further refine your backup operations:

Option Description Related Topics
Startup Options

The Startup Options are used by the Job Manager to set priority for resource allocation. This is useful to give higher priority to certain jobs. You can set the priority as follows:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | PostgreSQL | <Instance> | <BackupSet>.
  1. Right-click the Subclient in the right pane and click Backup.
  2. Click Advanced and click Startup tab.
  3. Select the Change Priority checkbox.
  4. Enter a priority number - 0 is the highest priority and 999 is the lowest priority.
  5. Select the Start up in suspended State check box to start the job in a suspended state.
  6. Click OK.
Refer to Job Priority and Priority Precedence.
Alerts

This option enables users or user groups to get automatic notification on the status of the data protection job. Follow the steps given below to set up the criteria to raise notifications/alerts:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | PostgreSQL | <Instance> | <BackupSet>.
  1. Right-click the Subclient in the right pane and click Backup.
  2. Click Advanced and select the Alert tab.
  3. Click Add Alert.
  4. From the Add Alert Wizard dialog box, select the required threshold and notification criteria and click Next.
  5. Select the required notification types and click Next.
  6. Select the recipients and click Next.
  7. Click Finish.
  8. Click OK.
Refer to Alerts and Notifications.
Data Path Options

Data Protection operations use a default Library, MediaAgent, Drive Pool, and Drive as the Data Path. You can use this option to change the data path if the default data path is not available. Follow the steps given below to change the default data path:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | PostgreSQL | <Instance> | <BackupSet>.
  1. Right-click the Subclient in the right pane and click Backup.
  2. Click Advanced and select the Data Path tab.
  3. Select the MediaAgent and Library.
  4. Select the Drive Pool and Drive for tape library.
  5. Click OK.
Refer Change Data Path.
Start New Media

The Start New Media option enables you to start the data protection operation on a new media. This feature provides control over where the data physically resides. Use the following steps to start the data protection operation on a new media:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | PostgreSQL | <Instance> | <BackupSet>.
  1. Right-click the Subclient in the right pane and click Backup.
  2. Click Advanced and select the Media tab.
  3. Select the Start New Media check box.
  4. Click OK.
Refer to Start New Media.
Mark Media Full on Success

This option marks the media as full, two minutes after the successful completion of the data protection job. This option prevents another job from writing to this media. Follow the steps given below:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | PostgreSQL | <Instance> | <BackupSet>.
  1. Right-click the Subclient in the right pane and click Backup.
  2. Click Advanced and select Media tab.
  3. Select the Mark Media Full on Success check box.
  4. Click OK.
Refer to Export Media.
Allow Other Schedules To Use Media Set

The Allow Other Schedules to use Media Set option allows jobs that are part of the schedule or schedule policy and using the specific storage policy to start a new media. It also prevents other jobs from writing to the same set of media.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | PostgreSQL | <Instance> | <BackupSet>.
  1. Right-click the Subclient in the right pane and click Backup.
  2. Click Advanced and select the Media tab.
  3. Select the Allow Other Schedules To Use Media Set check box.
  4. Click OK.
Refer to Creating an Exportable Media Set.
Extended Data Retention

This option allows you to extend the expiration date of a specific job. This will override the default retention set at the corresponding storage policy copy. Follow the steps given below to extend the expiration date:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | PostgreSQL | <Instance> | <BackupSet>.
  1. Right-click the Subclient in the right pane and click Backup.
  2. Click Advanced and select the Media tab.
  3. Select one of the following options:
    • Infinite - Select this option to extend the expiration date by infinite number of days
    • Number of day - Select this option to specify the number of days to extend the expiration date and then enter the number of days.
  4. Click OK.
Refer to Extended Retention Rules.
Vault Tracker

This feature provides the facility to manage media that is removed from a library and stored in offsite locations. Depending on your Vault Tracker setup, select the required options. Use the following steps to access and select the Vault Tracker options.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | PostgreSQL | <Instance> | <BackupSet>.
  1. Right-click the Subclient in the right pane and click Backup.
  2. Click Advanced and select the Vault Tracking tab.
  3. Select the required options.
  4. Click OK.
Refer to Vault Tracker.
CommCell Readiness Report The CommCell Readiness Report provides you with vital information such as connectivity and readiness of the Client, MediaAgent, and CommServe. It is useful to run this report before performing a backup or a recovery operation. Follow the steps given below to generate the report:
  1. On the CommCell Console menu bar, select the Reports tab.
  2. Click Readiness.

    The Report Selection dialog box appears.

  3. If necessary, select Reports | CommServe | CommCell Readiness in the left pane.
  4. Select the Computers tab, and then click Modify below the Computers list.
  5. In the dialog box that appears, clear Include All Client Computers and All Client Groups.
  6. Select the appropriate client from the Exclude list, and then click Include >.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Select the MediaAgent tab, and then clear Include All MediaAgents.
  9. Select the appropriate MediaAgent from the Exclude list, and then click Include >.
  10. Click Run.

    The report appears in your default Web browser.

Refer to CommCell Readiness Report.
Backup Job Summary Report The Backup Job Summary Report provides you with information about all of the backup jobs that are run in last 24 hours for a specific subclient. You can get information such as status, time, data size, and so on for each backup job. It is useful to run this report after performing the backup. Follow the steps given below to generate the report:
  1. On the CommCell Console menu bar, select the Reports tab.
  2. Click Summary.

    The Report Selection dialog box appears.

  3. If necessary, select Reports | Jobs | Job Summary in the left pane.
  4. On the General tab, select Data Management.
  5. Select the Computers tab.
  6. Select Subclient, and then select the Edit sub tab.
  7. Navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | File System | Backup Set | <Subclient>.
  8. Click Run.

    The report appears in your default Web browser.

Refer to Backup Job Summary Report.