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NetVault 12.3 - Administration Guide for Managed Service Providers

Introduction Getting started Configuring clients Managing catalog search Configuring storage devices Backing up data Managing policies Restoring data Managing NetVault Backup dashboard Managing jobs Monitoring logs Managing storage devices
Role-based access to manage storage devices Monitoring device activity Managing disk-based storage devices in list view Managing disk-based storage devices in tree view Managing the Snapshot Array Manager Managing tape libraries in list view Managing tape libraries in tree view Managing tape drives in list view Managing tape drives in tree view Adding shared devices
Managing storage media Managing user and group accounts Managing Tenant Monitoring events and configuring notifications Reporting in NetVault Backup Working with client clusters Configuring default settings for NetVault Backup
About configuring default settings Configuring encryption settings Configuring plug-in options Configuring default settings for post-scripts Configuring default settings for Verify Plug-in Configuring Deployment Manager Settings Configuring Job Manager settings Configuring Logging Daemon settings Configuring Media Manager settings Configuring Network Manager settings Configuring Process Manager settings Configuring RAS device settings Configuring Schedule Manager settings Configuring Web Service settings Configuring Auditor Daemon settings Configuring firewall settings Configuring general settings Configuring security settings Synchronizing NetVault Time Configuring the reporting utility Configuring NetVault Backup WebUI default settings Configuring NetVault Backup to use a specific VSS provider Configuring default settings using Txtconfig
Diagnostic tracing Managing diagnostic data Using the deviceconfig utility NetVault Backup processes Environment variables Network ports used by NetVault Backup Troubleshooting

About deviceconfig

The deviceconfig utility is a console application that can be used to configure advanced device settings for all types of tape libraries and drives. This utility is automatically installed on the NetVault Backup Server and Client machines.

The deviceconfig utility is located in the “bin” directory under the NetVault Backup installation directory.

To use this utility, you must be logged-in with MSP Administrator privileges on Windows machine.

Configuring default settings for tape libraries

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Start a terminal session or command window, and navigate to the “bin” directory under the NetVault Backup installation directory.

-servername

Specifies the FQDN, or IP Address of the NetVault Backup Server.

With this option, you must specify either the HTTP or HTTPS port to connect to the remote Web Service.

If you omit this option, the local server is used. The deviceconfig utility connects to the local Web Service and automatically detects the local Web Service configuration.

-httpport

Specifies the HTTP port for Web Service. This option is only required if the server name is supplied.

-httpsport

Specifies the HTTPS port for Web Service. This option is only required if the server name is supplied.

-username

Specifies a valid NetVault Backup user name.

-password

Specifies the password for the user account.

-librarymachine

Specifies the name of the NetVault Backup machine to which the library is attached.

-libraryname

Specifies the name of the library.

Press Enter.
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The deviceconfig utility displays the Changer Configuration screen. You can access the configuration settings by pressing the corresponding option number. The available setting types include the following:
Configuration: To configure general settings for a tape library, select this option. For more information about these settings, see General settings for tape libraries.
Cleaning: To configure drive cleaning settings for a tape library, select this option. For more information about these settings, see Drive cleaning settings.
Mixed Media: To configure mixed media settings, select this option. For more information about these settings, see Mixed media settings.

General settings for tape libraries

On the Configuration screen, the following settings are available.

Need command to open entry/exit port

The default setting is OFF. To change it, press the option number.

Do not issue unload commands to drives

The default setting is OFF. To change it, press the option number.

Must unload drive(s) to open door

The default setting is OFF. To change it, press the option number.

Do not overlap commands to arm and drive

The default setting is OFF. To change it, press the option number.

Return inactive media to slot delay

Type the timeout period for media inactivity. The timeout period is specified in number of seconds. NetVault Backup returns the media to the slot if no activity occurs within the specified period. The default value for this option is 30 seconds.

To retain the media indefinitely in the drive, set this option to zero (0).

The default value of device config in ACSLS libraries is 120 seconds.

Mark Unknown Media Blank

The default setting is OFF. To change it, press the option number.

When it is set ON, NetVault Backup marks unknown tapes as BLANK without reading the tape headers. You still need to run the Blank command to actually delete the data and use the media for backups.

Do Not Scan Unknown Media

When you add tapes to a library, and close the door (or restart the library), NetVault Backup takes an inventory by reading the media barcodes. If NetVault Backup cannot find the barcode for a piece of media in the Media Database, it marks that tape as UNKNOWN. You can use the Mark Unknown Media Blank option to mark such tapes as BLANK.

If you do not mark the unknown tapes as BLANK, NetVault Backup starts loading each unknown tape into one of the drives to scan for backups and on-tape indices. On large systems, this process can increase the burden on the drive resources.

If you do not want to scan the unknown tapes automatically, change the setting to ON. When it is set ON, the unknown tapes are marked as UNKNOWN.

Check if Offline Media is Available

Enter or select the amount of time.

NetVault Backup waits for an offline media to become online. The request times out if the media does not become available within the specified period. The timeout for the availability of offline media is specified in minutes. The default value for this parameter is 10 minutes.

Entry / Exit Port Locks Arm

The default setting is OFF. To change it, press the option number.

Drive cleaning settings

On the Cleaning screen, the following settings are available.

Automatic Cleaning Supported

The default setting is ON for libraries that support automatic cleaning.

Barcode Prefix(es) of cleaning media

Specify the barcode prefixes for cleaning media. To configure multiple cleaning tapes, separate the barcodes using a comma. If you do not use the barcode labels of tape media, you can omit this option.

Note: The barcode prefixes (if applicable) and slot numbers are used to identify and place the cleaning media in the reserved slots. To set the “cleaning lives” option, the cleaning media should be placed in the designated slots.

Cleaning Slots

Specify the slot numbers that can hold the cleaning media. To configure multiple slots, use a comma.

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