CommCell Management Group Overview

A CommCell management group is the logical grouping of all SnapProtect software components that protect, move, store, and manage the movement of data and information. A CommCell group contains one CommServe server, one or more MediaAgents, and one or more Clients.

CommServe

The CommServe server is the central management component of the CommCell group. It coordinates and executes all CommCell group operations, maintaining Microsoft SQL Server databases that contain all configuration, security, and operational history for the CommCell group. There can be only one CommServe server in a CommCell group. The CommServe software can be installed in physical, virtual, and clustered environments. For more information about the CommServe server, see Overview - CommServe.

MediaAgent

The MediaAgent is the data transmission manager in the CommCell group. It provides high performance data movement and manages the data storage libraries. The CommServe server coordinates MediaAgent tasks. For scalability, there can be more than one MediaAgent in a CommCell. The MediaAgent software can be installed in physical, virtual, and clustered environments. For more information about MediaAgents, see MediaAgent - Overview.

Client

A client is a logical grouping of the SnapProtect software agents that facilitate the protection, management, and movement of data associated with the client. For detailed information about clients, see Client.

Agent

An agent is a SnapProtect software module that is installed on a client computer to protect a specific type of data. Different agent software is available to manage different data types on a client, such as Windows file system data, Oracle databases, etc. Agent software can be installed in physical, virtual, and clustered environments, and may be installed either on the computer, or on a proxy server. For more information about the available SnapProtect software agents, see the following:

CommCell Console

The CommCell Console is the central management user interface for managing the CommCell group - monitoring and controlling active jobs, and viewing events related to all activities. The CommCell Console allows centralized and decentralized organizations to manage all data movement activities through a single, common interface. For detailed information about the CommCell Console, see CommCell Console - Basic.

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