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Metalogix Backup for SharePoint 6.5.1 - User Guide

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Understanding load balancing

When you install Metalogix Backup for SharePoint, you normally install the Backup Service instances on multiple Web front end (WFE) servers in your SharePoint farm. When your deployment includes multiple Backup Service instances, the Management Service automatically assigns backup tasks to the next available Backup Service. Using multiple Backup Service instances helps you balance the load that is assigned to each of the servers in your SharePoint farm.

When the Management Service assigns a job to a Backup Service, it checks Backup Service availability in the same order used for fault tolerance. If the first Backup Service in the fault tolerance list is busy, the Management Service tries the next, and so on, until it locates an available Backup Service.

If all of the Backup Service instances are busy, the Management Service waits for the first available Backup Service. You do not need to manage load balancing manually.

For more information about configuring the fault tolerance order, and thus the order that the Management Service uses to assign jobs to Backup Service instances, see Configuring fault tolerance.

Managing alerts

Metalogix Backup for SharePoint can generate an alert when a condition that you specify occurs. When an alert occurs, you can specify that Metalogix Backup for SharePoint does one or more of the following:

·Send an email to one or more addresses.

·Write the alert to the application event log on the Management Service host.

You can specify that one or more of the following triggers an alert:

·Success of a backup, mount, link, restore, or preview operation.

·Failure of a backup, mount, link, restore, or preview operation.

·Warning about a backup, mount, link, or restore operation.

·Canceled backup, mount, link, or restore operation.

·Operations that take longer than a specified time.

·Low disk space.

·A secondary Backup Service is used for backup.

·Full backup triggered by the size of a differential backup.

You can explore the following for more information about alerts:

·Learning about alerts

·Viewing alerts in the Management Console

·Configuring the alert settings

·Managing the alert notification settings

·Configuring alert grooming

Learning about alerts

An alert is a message from Metalogix Backup for SharePoint when a specified condition occurs. You can choose what triggers the alert and also what happens when Metalogix Backup for SharePoint generates the alert.

The Alerts tab in the Alert Settings dialog box lets you configure when Metalogix Backup for SharePoint generates alerts. Alert notifications are grouped in the following categories:

·Operation status alerts

·General alerts

What do the alerts inform me about?

Operation status alerts inform you about backup, mount, link, restore, and preview failures. These alerts also inform you about errors that Metalogix Backup for SharePoint encounters during a backup, mount, link, restore, or preview. Finally, the alerts inform you when a backup, mount, link, restore, or preview is successful, and when a backup or restore is canceled.

General alerts notify you about conditions that are not specific to a single backup or restore operation. Rather, general alerts warn you about issues that are common to all backups. Specify alert settings for each farm separately.

What triggers an Operation Status Alert?

The following events can trigger an operation status alert:

Failed

When selected, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint generates an alert when an operation fails. Backup, mount, link, restore, and preview operations can all generate failed alerts.

Warning

When selected, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint generates an alert when a backup, mount, link, or restore operation succeeds, but encounters errors.

Successful

When selected, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint generates an alert when an operation succeeds. Backup, mount, link, restore, and preview operations can all generate successful alerts.

Canceled

When selected, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint generates an alert when a user cancels a backup, mount, link, or restore operation.

What triggers a General Alert?

You can specify the triggers for general alerts. Any of the following conditions can trigger a general alert:

Secondary Backup Service used for operation

When selected, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint generates an alert if the default Backup Service is unavailable and Metalogix Backup for SharePoint uses a secondary Backup Service to perform a backup or restore operation.

Operation took longer than <number> <unit>

When selected, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint generates an alert when a backup takes longer than the amount of time that you specify.

Differential backup set size triggered a full backup for next scheduled time

When selected, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint generates an alert when the size of a differential backup triggers a full backup during the next scheduled backup.

You specify when the differential backup size triggers a full backup when you create the scheduled backup. For more information about creating a scheduled backup, see Configuring farm backups.

Warning alert when disk free space falls below <number> GB.

When selected, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint generates a warning alert when the free space it can use to store backup files is lower than the size you specify. The size is in gigabytes (GB). The Backup Service checks the available free space one time each day.

Error alert when disk free space falls below <number> GB.

When selected, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint generates a warning alert when the free space it can use to store backup files is lower than the size you specify. The size is in gigabytes (GB).

How do I configure alerts?

You use the Alerts page in the Alert Settings dialog box to configure alerts.

To configure alerts

1.In the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Console, do one of the following:

oIn the Farm Backup/Restore pane or the Configuration pane, click the name of the farm whose alert settings you want to configure, then click Tools > Alert Settings.
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oIn the Farm Backup/Restore pane, click any farm whose alert settings you want to configure, then in the ribbon, click Alerts.
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oIn the Farm Backup/Restore pane, click any server icon in a farm, whose alert settings you want to configure, then in the ribbon, click the Alerts tab, and then click Configure Alert Settings.
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2.In the Alert Settings dialog box, click Alerts.
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3.In the Alerts pane, configure the settings for the farm alerts.
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4.Click OK to close the dialog box and save the changes.

Viewing alerts in the Management Console

The Management Console lets you view all of the alert notifications generated by Metalogix Backup for SharePoint.

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TIP: Deleted alerts do not appear in the Alerts view. You can delete alerts manually. In addition, alert grooming can delete alerts automatically.

How do I view alerts?

The Alerts view in the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Console lets you review and delete alerts and configure alert triggers. The Alerts view also lets you filter alerts to display only those alerts that are most important to you.

To view alerts

In the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Console, do the following:

·In the Farm pane, click any server icon in the farm whose alerts you want to view, then in the ribbon, click Alerts.
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How do I filter the displayed alerts?

You can use the Alerts view to filter alerts and display only those alerts that are most important to you.

To filter alerts in the Alerts view

1.In the Alerts view, in the filter area of the ribbon, select one or more of the following check boxes to display alerts in that category:

oCritical Alerts

oWarning Alerts

oSuccess Alerts
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2.In the Filter area of the ribbon, click Date Range. In the pop-up menu, do one of the following:

oSelect a predefined range from the Range drop-down list.

oSelect Custom from the Range drop-down list, then specify the start date in the From field and the end date in the To field.
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3.Click Apply.

How do I view alert notification details?

The Alerts view lets you view the details of any alert.

To view alert notification details

1.In the Alerts view, click any alert to select it.
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2.In the View area of the ribbon, click Details.
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How do I delete an alert?

You use the Alerts view to delete an alert.

To delete an alert

1.In the Alerts view, click any alert to select it.
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2.In the Action area of the ribbon, click Delete Alert.
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3.In the Message dialog box, click Yes to confirm that you want to delete the alert.
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How do I go to the operation that triggered an alert?

You can jump from the Alerts view see the operation that triggered the alert in the Overview tab.

To go to the operation that triggered an alert

1.In the Alerts view, click any alert to select it.
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2.In the Action area of the ribbon, click Go to Operation.
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How do I configure alert settings?

Use the Alert Settings dialog box to configure the alert settings. For more information about configuring alert settings, see Learning about alerts.

How do I configure alert grooming settings?

You use the Alert Settings dialog box to configure the alert grooming settings. For more information about configuring the alert grooming settings, see Configuring alert grooming.

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