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Metalogix StoragePoint 5.8 - EMC Isilon Adapter Guide

Isilon Adapter Configuration

This section will provide you details on how to configure a storage endpoint’s connection string to utilize the EMC Isilon Adapter. Please refer to the StoragePoint Reference Guide for information on managing Storage Endpoints.

On the Application Management page, click Storage and Backup Endpoints.

Click Create New Endpoint or click the name of an existing storage endpoint that you want to edit.

Click the Show link next to the Advanced Adapter Settings to see the additional fields.
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Isilon Adapter Connection String Parameters

Setting

Value/Options

Name

Enter the unique name of the Storage or Backup Endpoint.

Type
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See Backup Services Settings in the Reference Guide for more information on how Backup Endpoints are used.

Primary – this endpoint will be available for externalization when creating storage profiles.

Backup – this endpoint will be in the Backup Services dropdown on the profile page.

The selection is locked down when saving.

Status

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Online – Storage Endpoint should be available to associate to a Storage Profile and accept BLOBs. (default)

Offline (Read Only) – A storage endpoint can be configured, but not made available for externalizing content. The BLOBs already on the endpoint are still read only.

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Select the adapter for the endpoint that is being created.

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IP or DNS name chosen at the time the storage solution was provisioned which represents the Isilon access point.  

Single host examples:

mycluster.company.com

Or

192.168.1.42

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Enter the Isilon share that will be used to hold content specific to this endpoint.

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If needed, specify the path within the Share listed above.

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Enter the port number of the Isilon access point.

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Select whether or not SSL is required to access the Isilon storage.

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Enter the connection information for accessing the Isilon storage solution, including domain if necessary.

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If supplied, the Isilon adapter will calculate and supply a retention policy, also known as SmartLock, when saving content.  Possible settings are:

None

[DateFormat] example:

Retention=*08/31/2009;

 

[Duration][Interval] example:

Retention=5D;

[Interval] may be days (D), months (M) or years (Y).

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Click Show to see the buffer size field. The buffer size field limits the amount of resources used to externalize data to the Isilon endpoint.

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If the endpoint is on a WORM (Write Once, Read Many) device, Unused BLOB Cleanup will ignore this endpoint.

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No – Externalized content BLOBs are not placed in folders.

Yes – Externalized content BLOBs are placed in folders (default).

If Folder Content in BLOB Store is Yes then you can select a date/time folder scheme from the dropdown.

YYYY/MM/DD/HH/MM is the default.

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The Test Storage Settings button can be used at this point, or after completing the endpoint configuration, to verify that the endpoint is accessible.

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No – Externalized content BLOBs are not compressed (default).

Yes – Externalized content BLOBs are compressed.

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None – Encryption will not be applied to externalized BLOBs (default).

AES (128 bit) – 128 bit AES encryption will be applied to externalized BLOBs.

AES (256 bit) – 256 bit AES encryption will be applied to externalized BLOBs.

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Enter a passphrase to use when generating the encryption key. Using a passphrase will help you re-create the encryption key if necessary. You can generate a random key by leaving the box blank and clicking the Generate Key button. The encryption key passphrase will be hidden.

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A warning email can be sent if it encounters errors.

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An online storage endpoint can be automatically taken offline if it encounters errors. If a storage endpoint is taken offline automatically, BLOBs that were intended to be written to that endpoint will go to the content database.

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Default email addresses for system error and offline notification can be entered. Check the box to include the list of Default Notification Contacts specified on the General Settings page.

Example Storage Endpoint Using Isilon

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Click the Show Connection String checkbox to edit the connection string. Otherwise, fill in the connection fields shown for the adapter selected. Notice that the connection string parameters are name/value pairs separated by semi-colons when editing using the Show Connection String option.
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NOTE: Adapter parameters are not case-sensitive.

NOTE: You should always use a passphrase when generating encryption keys. The passphrase gives you a means of re-creating keys should they become unrecoverable or corrupt. It is very important to remember or record the passphrase outside of Metalogix StoragePoint. Otherwise, encrypted content could become irretrievable in the event of a database failure.

If you choose to externalize content you should test the storage profile settings by clicking the Test Storage Settings button. A message under the button will indicate whether or not the test was successful. If the test fails the message will include the error that was the root cause of the failure.

NOTE: When testing access to an endpoint from within Central Administration, the Identity of the Application Pool hosting the Central Administration Site is the one that is being used for the test. If there are different Identities used for other Web Applications in the Farm then those identities will also need access but cannot be tested from within Central Admin itself. See BLOB Store Security and Metalogix StoragePoint Required Privileges in the Metalogix StoragePoint Reference Guide.

Retention Promotion from IMP

If retention settings have been configured in the SharePoint site or library, those retention settings will stay with the BLOB when it goes to the endpoint. To enable this, there is a box on the endpoint screen, when adding the endpoint to the profile. If the profile already exists, with the endpoint added, the feature can still be enabled, but will only be applied to BLOBs created after the feature is enabled.

1.Open or create the profile.

2.Add the endpoint to the profile.

3.On the endpoint screen, at the bottom, will be an option to Enable Retention Promotion from IMP. Check this box.
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