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Metalogix StoragePoint 5.8 - Reference Guide

Planning the Metalogix StoragePoint Implementation Backup/Restore and Disaster Recovery Synchronous versus Asynchronous Setting up Metalogix StoragePoint Default Values General Settings Managing Storage and Backup Endpoints Managing Storage Profiles
Creating a New Storage Profile Editing an Existing Storage Profile Converting a Profile to RBS Copying a Profile Delete an Existing Storage Profile Storage Profile Timer Jobs
Metalogix StoragePoint Timer Job Monitoring File Share Librarian Large File Support Dashboard User Experience Activating the Software Appendix A: Import\Export Tool Appendix B: Feature Matrix

Job Execution Frequency

The Unused BLOB Cleanup Job should be run on a regular basis to keep the file store from becoming cluttered with orphaned BLOB files. When creating a new profile, it will default to weekly. However, how frequently it should run depends on several factors:

·How active is the SharePoint site? If the site has users performing lots of check-in/checkout activity or deletion of files, then the file store could see large numbers of orphaned BLOB files start to accumulate.

·How large are typical files in use on the site? If very large files are being manipulated or uploaded to the site, then the BLOB store could see a sizeable amount of space devoted to orphans. However, if the files are small, then this may not be a major concern.

·How big is the content database? If the content database has large numbers of documents, then the Unused BLOB Cleanup job make take several hours to run. This means that the job must be carefully scheduled around backup/restore and other maintenance windows.

·How many content databases are there in the farm? If there are a large number of content databases in the farm, then each will need its own Unused BLOB Cleanup Job scheduled. These need to be carefully scheduled to avoid overloading the WFE servers or database servers.

·How much “slack” space does the BLOB store have? If the BLOB store has plenty of room to expand (and then shrink once the cleanup job runs), then running the Unused BLOB Cleanup Job less frequently may be viable option. However, if space is tight, then the job may need to be scheduled to run more often.

Unused BLOB Cleanup

This job will remove BLOBs from the BLOB store(s) associated with the storage profile that are no longer referenced in SharePoint. It can be configured to run Daily or Weekly at a certain time. This job is scheduled by default when a profile is created. The job can also be run immediately by clicking Remove Unused BLOBs Now. Please refer to Unused BLOB Cleanup Job Considerations for more information.

·If Large File Support is enabled, the Unused BLOB Cleanup job scans all content for orphaned BLOBs. This can be disabled by selecting No in the first dropdown.

·If a Site Collection has recently been deleted, SharePoint doesn’t delete it until the Gradual Site Delete timer job has been run. The Unused BLOB Cleanup job may return errors until the deleted site collection is removed by SharePoint. It is recommended that the Gradual Site Delete timer job manually, after deleting a Site Collection.

·If the filter is used on a Manually Initiated Job (Remove Unused BLOBs Now), it will not be retained for scheduled jobs, unless the timer job is saved.

 
UBC settings

To configure the Unused BLOB Cleanup job:

1.Note the Timer Job Scope (at the top of the page) of the Storage Profile selected.

2.Select Yes or No for Include Large File Scanning. Yes will include the BLOBs and stubs created while using the Large File Upload in the scan for content to be removed. No (default) will ignore them.

3.(Optional) If Yes was selected for Include Large Files, click the Scan Only Large Files to only analyze Large File Uploads within the profile.

4.Select the Never, Daily, or Weekly on option.

5.For Weekly, select the day of the week from the supplied dropdown.

6.For Daily or Weekly, select the start window time from the between dropdowns and the end window time form the and dropdowns.

7.(Optional)  On the on Server dropdown list, select the WFE server to run the job on.

8.(Optional) Click the Show link next to Job Filter. Click Change to open the scope selection window. By default the entire scope of the profile is included. Select a scope from within the profile scope to narrow down the amount of data the timer job will have to process. Click Ok.
BLOB Health Analyzer filter
Use the Change link to modify a filter and the Clear link to remove a filter.

9.(Optional) On the Job Filter dropdown, select one, multiple, or all (default) endpoints.

10.(Optional)  Click the Show link next to the Advanced Job Settings to view notification settings.

11.Under the Send Completion Notice: header, select whether the email notification should go out Always, or Only when errors occur.

12.(Optional)  In the To section:

a.Check the Default Notifications Contacts box to have a completion email sent to the email address entered in General Settings. Note that for this feature to work, the Default Notification field on General Settings must contain a valid email address.

b.In the Additional Contacts box, enter a semi-colon delimited list of other email addresses that should receive the notification.

13.Click Save to save the configured job schedule.

14.(Optional)  Click Remove Unused BLOBs Now, to begin the timer job immediately.

NOTE: Endpoints on a WORM device will be ignored by the Unused BLOB Cleanup Job.

Unused BLOB Cleanup – Analyze & Estimate

To display an estimate of the number of BLOBs no longer in use and therefore ready to be removed:

1.Click Analyze and Estimate.

2.The estimates for all content databases covered by the scope of the profile will be displayed, showing how many BLOBs could be removed by running the timer job.
UBC AE results

3.Click Back to return to the Timer Jobs screen.

BLOB Health Analyzer

The BLOB Health Analyzer tool looks at the BLOBs for the profile to check for inconsistencies such as missing BLOB files, BLOB reference size mismatches, or invalid BLNK files. This timer job may have been configured to run weekly, when the profile was first created.
BHA settings

1.Note the Timer Job Scope of the Storage Profile selected.

2.Select Yes or No (default) to also scan Large Files. Selecting Yes may impact job performance. No (default) will ignore them.

3.(Optional) If Yes was selected for Include Large Files, click the Scan Only Large Files to only analyze Large File Uploads within the profile.

4.Select the Never, Daily, or Weekly on option.

5.For Weekly, select the day of the week from the supplied dropdown.

6.For Daily or Weekly, select the start window time from the between dropdowns and the end window time form the and dropdowns.

7.(Optional)  On the on Server dropdown list, select the WFE server to run the job on.

8.(Optional) Click the Show link next to Job Filter. Click Change to open the scope selection window. By default the entire scope of the profile is included. Select a scope from within the profile scope to narrow down the amount of data the timer job will have to process. Click Ok.
BLOB Health Analyzer filter
Use the Change link to modify a filter and the Clear link to remove a filter.

9.(Optional)  Click the Show link next to the Advanced Job Settings to view notification settings.

10.Under the Send Completion Notice: header, select whether the email notification should go out Always, or Only when errors occur.

11.(Optional)  In the To section:

a.Check the Default Notifications Contacts box to have a completion email sent to the email address entered in General Settings. Note that for this feature to work, the Default Notification field on General Settings must contain a valid email address.

b.In the Additional Contacts box, enter a semi-colon delimited list of other email addresses that should receive the notification.

12.Check the Restore Missing BLOBs checkbox to restore BLOBs from the backup endpoint, to the current endpoint. Only files that exist in SharePoint that are found to have their BLOBs missing will be restored.

13.Click Save to save the configured job schedule.

14.(Optional) Click Process BLOB Health Analyze Now to begin the job immediately.

The summary of the timer job will list any inconsistencies found.
BLOB Health Analyzer

The Log File and Summary File can be viewed in a browser window by clicking View Report.

The Download CSV link will download a text file of the respective report.

The Log File contains information regarding the overall status of the scan.
BLOB Health Analyzer log file contents

The Summary File will contain details about BLOBs that have generated inconsistencies.
BLOB Health Analyzer summary file contents

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