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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

Virtual standalone drives

This section includes the following topics:

About virtual standalone drive

Virtual standalone drives emulate tape drives on disk. Virtual standalone drives are included in NetVault Backup as a licensable option.

With these devices, you have the flexibility to perform quick backups to disks, and during off-peak hours migrate or duplicate the backups to physical devices for off-site storage. The Media Manager does not distinguish between virtual and physical tapes. Therefore, you can use the same process to set up backup policies, including retirement period and rotation schemes. Virtual standalone drives are represented as directories on the disk. The virtual tapes reside as media files in the directory.

Creating and adding a virtual standalone drive

You can use the configuration wizard to create a virtual standalone on the NetVault Backup Server or a SmartClient. When creating the device, you can specify the size of the virtual tape. After the device is created, it is automatically added to the server.

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In the Navigation pane, click Guided Configuration, and then on the NetVault Configuration Wizard page, click Add Storage Devices.
In the Navigation pane, click Manage Devices, and then click Add Device.
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On the Add Storage Devices page, select the Single virtual disk device option, and click Next.
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On the Add Single Virtual Disk Device page, provide the following details.

Choose the location on disk where you wish to create the new device

Specify the location where you want to create the device.

Make sure that the path is already created on the selected machine. NetVault Backup does not create any non-existing directories in the path.

Choose a name for the device

Specify a unique name for the device.

Choose a 5 character media barcode prefix

The NetVault Backup Server automatically generates a barcode prefix and assigns it to the virtual tape. If you want to change it, type a unique code for the device.

Specify the media capacity

Type or select the size of the virtual tape. The media size is specified in GiB. Make sure that sufficient space is available on the disk to create the virtual media. The default value is 32GiB.

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Click Next to create and add the device.

Shared Virtual Tape Libraries

This section includes the following topics:

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