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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

Managing catalog search

About catalog search

The NetVault Backup Server version 12.0 and later running on Windows and Linux operating system supports catalog searching on NetVault Backup Server, and the NetVault Backup Server version 12.2 and later running on Windows supports catalog searching on NetVault Backup Server and NetVault Backup Windows client of the same version. The NetVault Backup catalog search service provides fast-search capabilities for the metadata (name, mod date, type etc) of items backed up by NetVault Backup. Catalog search provides search capabilities for the tags (Filename) based on string data-type.

Catalog search results provides the following information:

The following plug-ins support catalog searching:

NetVault Backup Plug-in for SnapMirror to Tape
NetVault Backup Plug-in for NDMP (plug-in version 12.2 or later)
NetVault Backup Plug-in for O365 (plug-in version 12.4 or later)

Prerequisites

Before you start configuring the NetVault Backup, verify that the following requirements are met:

Allow NetVault Backup to create catalog search Linux user: The default option to allow NetVault Backup to create Catalog search Linux user account automatically (default value: netvault-catalog on Linux).
Linux user name: Create a new Linux user account by referring to the corresponding operating system guide. Ensure that the specified catalog search Linux user belongs to the group <user name>. Create the group with the same name as of the Linux user name and add the user into the same group.

Configuring catalog search

To enhance searching for files in savesets, you must install and configure the catalog search service on NetVault Backup Server running on Windows or Linux operating systems.

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On the Catalog Search Configuration page, provide the following details.

Host Information

Catalog Host

For Linux: Displays the name of the NetVault Backup Server to install the catalog search server.

For Windows: Displays the name of NetVault Backup Server and Client to install catalog search. However, NetVault Backup Server and Client must be of the same version.

 

Catalog Search Password

Type the password for the catalog search database. It cannot contain the following characters:

& < > | ^ spaces

By default, ‘admin’ is used as the password if this field is kept empty during catalog search installation.

 

Confirm Catalog Search Password

Type the password again for confirmation.

 

Existing Linux User (for Linux only)

For Linux operating system, type the existing Linux user name. Do not use the ‘root’ as a user name. For more information, see Prerequisites.

 

Database Directory

Click Browse to select the database directory for catalog search:

Click OK.
NOTE: To enter the Database Directory path manually, ensure that all the directory(s) and sub-directories must be already created and available.

 

Use same path for Snapshot and Log Directory

By default, the check box is selected and the Snapshot Directory and Log Directory fields are disabled, hence the Database Directory path is copied and same path is set for Snapshot Directory and Log Directory.

Clear the check box to enable and edit the Snapshot Directory and Log Directory field.

 

Snapshot Directory

Click Browse to select the location to store the catalog search database backup.

NOTE: To enter the Snapshot Directory path manually, ensure that all the directory(s) and sub-directories must be already created and available.

 

Log Directory

Click Browse to select the location to store the catalog search logs.

NOTE: To enter the Log Directory path manually, ensure that all the directory(s) and sub-directories must be already created and available.

 

Server Snapshot Path

Specify the shared directory path of Snapshot Directory. The format of Server Snapshot Path is <\\IP address of client>\shared snapshot directory>. Ensure the snapshot directory is shared to make it available for NetVault database catalog backup and restore operation on Windows Client.

This field is available and visible only if the Catalog Host is selected as remote windows client.

Once catalog search is installed on Windows Client, configure client host credentials:

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Click Configure, to configure the connection details for accessing shared server snapshot path of client host.
Domain: Type the Windows Domain name for the system that contains the shared folders.
Username: Type a Domain Administrator user name. The network share backups must be performed using a Domain Administrator account to fully retrieve the file and directory permissions during a restore. A user belonging to the Administrators Group does not have the Domain Administrator privileges.
Password: Type the password for the user account.

 

HTTP Port

Specifies the HTTP port for Catalog Search.

You can specify the port number range from 9200-9299 for catalog search on which the NetVault Backup Server will communicate. You can also configure the port after NetVault Backup Server is installed, and then restart catalog search service.

Configuration

Reserved RAM Size (GB)

This is the amount of RAM that the catalog search service attempts to pre-allocate before it starts. If the RAM isn’t available the service won’t start.

By default, the value is set to 1GB. Type or select the required RAM size. For systems with Large RAM size, a higher value is recommended (2 – 16 GB, based on the item backup rate and availability of RAM, limited by the restrictions mentioned in the Prerequisites section).

 

Maximum simultaneously active catalog workers

By default, 5 concurrent catalog workers can run on the server.

To change the number of catalog workers that can be run in parallel at any time, type or select the new value.

Minimum value: 1

Maximum value: 20

 

Add pre-existing and scanned backups to catalog

Select this check box to include the pre-existing and scanned backup jobs for catalog searching. By default, the check box is clear.

 

Include backups with offline indexes

Select this check box to include the backup jobs with offline indexes for catalog searching. By default, the check box is clear.

You can select this option only if the option Add pre-existing and scanned backups to catalog is selected.

 

Offline index load wait (Minutes)

This is the amount of time the catalog search service will wait for an offline index for a pre-existing backup to be loaded. If the media manager doesn’t load the offline index within this wait time, cataloging of this pre-existing backup will be temporarily skipped. Eventually, the skipped pre-existing backup will be cataloged, with the timing depending on how many other pre-existing backups are available for cataloging.

Type or select the duration (in minutes) to wait for loading the offline index during catalog indexing. By default, the minimum value is set to 10 minutes.

 

Startup offline index load wait (Minutes)

This is the minimum time from the last NetVault Backup start time before the catalog search service requests the media manager to load an offline index. This delay from the last NetVault Backup start is required to allow the media manager to complete its device scan to determine which devices are available. If a device is unavailable or hasn’t been scanned to determine its availability at the time of receipt of an offline index request, the media manager fails the request without trying to load the offline index.

Type or select the duration (in minutes). By default, the minimum value is set to 10 minutes.

 

Restrict the age of backups added to the catalog

Select this check box to restrict the pre-existing backup jobs for catalog searching.

By default, the check box is clear.

You can select this option only if the option Add pre-existing and scanned backups to catalog is selected.

 

Add backups completed on and after

To include the backup jobs completed on and after a specific date in the catalog search, type the date, or click the button next to the box, and select the date.

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Click Install And Configure.
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