Configuration - SnapProtect for UNIX File System


Once installed, the File System iDataAgent requires some additional configuration before running your first SnapProtect backup. Follow the steps given below to complete the configuration.

Configuring an Instance

  1. From the CommCell Browser:
    • Navigate to <Client> | File System | defaultBackupSet.
    • Right click the default subclient and click Properties.


  2. From the Subclient Properties dialog box:

    Click the SnapProtect Operations tab.

    Select the SnapProtect option.

    Select a Snap Engine from the available list.

    • From the Use Proxy list, select the MediaAgent where SnapProtect and backup copy operations will be performed.

      When performing SnapProtect backup using proxy, ensure that the operating system of the proxy server is either same or higher version than the client computer.

    • Click Use Separate Proxy for Snap to Tape if you want to perform backup copy operations in a different MediaAgent.

      Select the MediaAgent from the Proxy list.

  3. Click the Content tab.

    Click Browse and specify the content for the subclient.

    Click OK.

    • The subclient content must contain data that resides on the storage device volume; do not include local drives as subclient content.
    • The root folder (/) or a folder belonging to the root volume should not be added as subclient content.
    • Wildcards are not supported to define the subclient content.

  4. Click the Storage Device tab.

    In the Storage Policy box, select the storage policy.

    Click OK.

  5. In the Backup Schedule dialog box, click Do Not Schedule, and then click OK.
  6. Creating a Storage Policy:
    1. Click Create Storage Policy.
    2. Follow the prompts displayed in the Storage Policy Wizard. The required options are mentioned below:
      1. Select the Storage Policy type as Data Protection and Archiving and click Next.
      2. Enter the name in the Storage Policy Name box and click Next.
      3. From the Library list, click the name of a disk library to which the primary copy should be associated and then click Next.

        Ensure that you select a library attached to a MediaAgent operating in the current release.

      4. From the MediaAgent list, click the name of a MediaAgent that will be used to create the primary copy and then click Next.
      5. For the device streams and the retention criteria information, click Next to accept default values.
      6. Select Yes to enable deduplication for the primary copy.
      7. From the MediaAgent list, click the name of the MediaAgent that will be used to host the Deduplication database (DDB).

        In the Location box, type the name of the folder in which the DDB must be located or click the Browse to select the folder, and then click Next.

      8. Review the details and click Finish to create the Storage Policy.

Skip this section if not using Solaris.

Enable SnapProtect Backups on Solaris Zone

Follow the steps given below to enable SnapProtect backups on each of the non-global zone clients containing the application data.

  1. From the CommCell Console, navigate to Client Computers | <Client>
    • Right-click the client and select Properties.
    • Click Advanced.
  2. In the Advanced Client Properties (General) tab
    • Select the Global zone host name from the drop-down list.
    • Click OK.

      • We support disks on a global zone mounted using loopback File System on a non global zone.
      • This option need not be enabled if you are using a NFS share. This is because when using NFS mount paths, the operations are limited to the non-global zone and does not use the global zone.

  3. Click OK and repeat the above steps on all the non-global zone clients containing the application data.

Skip the following section if you already created a snapshot copy.

Create a Snapshot Copy

The following section provides step-by-step instructions for creating a Snapshot Copy for a Storage Policy.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Policies | Storage Policies.

    Right-click the <Storage_Policy> and click All Tasks | Create New Snapshot Copy.

  2. Specify the following to create a Snapshot Copy:
    1. Type the Copy Name in the Copy Name box.
    2. From the Library list, select the name of Library.
    3. From the MediaAgent list, select the name of a MediaAgent.
    4. From the Drive Pool list, select the name of a Drive Pool.
    5. From the Scratch Pool list, select the name of the Scratch Pool.

      Drive Pool and Scratch Pool are not applicable for disk libraries.

    6. Click OK.

The newly created Snapshot Copy can be associated with the subclient from which the snap backup is performed. In this case, the Snapshot Copy acts as the primary copy and therefore will contain only the metadata information associated with the snapshot Backup.

Configuring a Backup Copy

A backup copy operation provides the capability to copy snapshots of the data to any media. It is useful for creating additional standby copies of data and can be performed during the SnapProtect backup or at a later time.

Follow the steps given below to configure Backup Copy for moving snapshots to media.

  1. Open CommCell Console:
    • From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Policies | Storage Policies.
    • Right-click the <Storage Policy> and click Properties.

  2. Click the Snapshot tab.

    Select Enable Backup Copy checkbox to enable movement of snapshots to media.

    Click OK.