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NetVault 12.4 - Administration Guide for Managed Service Providers

Introduction Getting started Configuring clients Managing catalog search Configuring storage devices
About storage devices SAN considerations Quest DR Series systems Quest QoreStor NetVault SmartDisk EMC Data Domain Systems Snapshot Array Manager Virtual Tape Libraries Virtual standalone drives Shared Virtual Tape Libraries Physical tape devices Storage tiers
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
Common errors Safe Mode in NetVault Backup

Available reports

NetVault Backup provides the following types of predefined reports listed on View Reports page in alphabetical order.

 

Data Stored by Client

You can use this report to view the amount of data stored by existing NetVault Backup Clients during a specified period.

By default, the report displays the data for the last 7 days; you can set the report filters to change the period. You can also set the Client Name filter to view the details for specific clients.

The table includes the following details: Start Time, Start Date, Run Length, End Date, End Time, Job ID, Client Name, Transfer Size, Plugin, and set names (Selection Set, Selection Options, Schedule set, Backup Target Set, and Advanced Options Set).

Historic Jobs — by date

You can use this report to view information about all backup and restore jobs that were performed during the specified period. The records are sorted by start date (newest to oldest).

By default, the report includes the jobs that were run in the last 7 days. You can set the report filters to change the period.

You can view the following details: start time, start date, run length, job title, job ID number, instance, client name, Backup Selection Set name, data transfer size, and job status.

Index Media

This report displays the index media of a backup job.

You can view the following details: Job title, job ID, job instance, job phase, client name, server name, plug-in name, backup time, backup date, media label, off-site location, and Media Online.

Media General

This report provides general information about available tape media items. The table is sorted by media label.

You can view the following details: media label, barcode, media type, format, machine name, media expiry date, offsite location, space used, space left, usable or not, and read-onlyor not.

Tenant Media Quotas and Usage

 

This report displays the media quota and media usage information for existing NetVault Backup tenants.

The table includes the following details: account name, media quota (in TB), and media used. Media Quota displays the total quota allocated for particular tenant (account) and Media Used displays the used space from the allocated media quota for that tenant (account).

Offline Devices

This report shows which storage devices that are currently offline.

The report includes the following sections:

Offline Devices: The section contains information about tape-based devices that are offline.
Offline RAS Devices: The section contains information about disk-based devices that are offline.

Policies Summary

This report provides information about the policy-based backups performed during the specified period.

By default, the report includes the policies that were run in the last 7 days. You can set the report filters to change the period.

The report includes the following sections:

Total Policy Summary details: This section displays the total count of Policies and Policy jobs.
Policy Basics: This section displays all policy-based backups that were performed during the specified period.

Server Daily Summary

You can use this report to view the daily backup summary for the server. The report also includes information about media items residing in the existing libraries.

The report includes the following components:

Media: The report also provides information about the tapes residing in the specified libraries.

Server License — Capabilities and Usage

This report displays the license capabilities and usage details for clients, SmartClients, and various types of devices. The report also includes the license flag information for various components.

Single Job Summary

This report provides information about a single job. The report includes job information, drive events, data transfer data, and media usage information.

You can set the report filters to view information pertaining to one or multiple instances of the specified job.

The report includes the following sections:

Single Job Main Summary: This section provides the job details for the specified job.

Working with client clusters

About client cluster support

NetVault Backup offers cluster-aware versions of various plug-ins that enable data protection for distributed data. These plug-ins require Cluster Support License Keys.

The cluster nodes are grouped into a Virtual Client on which the cluster-aware plug-in is installed. The backups and restores of cluster nodes are performed through the virtual client.

The following table lists the NetVault Backup plug-ins that can be used in a cluster setup.

Quest NetVault Backup Plug-in for FileSystem

This plug-in is shipped with the NetVault Backup software and can be used to back up the shared file system data on the following platforms:

For more information about the supported cluster software versions, see the Quest NetVault Backup Compatibility Guide. You can download this guide from https://support.quest.com/technical-documents.

A default installation of NetVault Backup does not require licensing of its native Plug-in for FileSystem. However, to use this plug-in a cluster setup, a File System Cluster Support license key is required.

Quest NetVault Backup Plug-in for Exchange

This plug-in can be deployed in an Exchange Server Single Copy Cluster (SCC)/Failover Cluster or Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) setup to back up the distributed Exchange Server data. For more information, see the Quest NetVault Backup Plug-in for Exchange User’s Guide.

Quest NetVault Backup Plug-in for Hyper-V

This plug-in can be deployed in a Hyper-V failover cluster setup to back up cluster data through a virtual client. For more information, see the Quest NetVault Backup Plug-in for Hyper-V User’s Guide.

Quest NetVault Backup Plug-in for Oracle

This plug-in can be used in Oracle's Real Application Clusters (RAC) setup to back up the distributed Oracle database. For more information, see the Quest NetVault Backup Plug-in for Oracle User’s Guide.

Quest NetVault Backup Plug-in for SQL Server

This plug-in can be used in a SQL Server Failover Cluster setup to back up the distributed SQL Server database. For more information, see the Quest NetVault Backup Plug-in for SQL Server User’s Guide.

Quest NetVault Backup Plug-in for MySQL

This plug-in can be used in a MySQL Server Failover Cluster setup on Linux platform to back up the distributed MySQL Server database. For more information, see the Quest NetVault Backup Plug-in for MySQL User’s Guide.

A virtual client is created when you install a cluster-aware plug-in. All nodes in a cluster are grouped to form a virtual client.

A virtual client is managed like any other NetVault Backup Client. It can be browsed and added to client groups and policies, granted user access, and included in reports. The NetVault Backup Server administers the creation and configuration of a virtual client. The cluster-aware version of the plug-in runs locally on the cluster nodes and the data is processed locally. A cluster node configured as a SmartClient sends data directly to the locally attached storage device.

Device configuration in cluster environment

In a cluster setup, a backup device can be connected in different ways. This section describes the pros and cons of some of the device configuration methods.

Connecting a device to the NetVault Backup Server or Client: This type of configuration allows the control of a robotic arm. However, during backups and restores, the data is transferred over the network.
Sharing drives: A derivative of the previous method can be used by connecting the physical library to the NetVault Backup Server, thus, giving it the control of the robotic arm, and sharing the drive with the cluster nodes. This configuration allows the control of the robotic arm and at the same time enables local data transfers.
Connecting a device to a cluster node: This configuration offers the fastest method of data transfer as the data is routed directly to a locally attached device.
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