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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

Configuring saveset expiry options

NetVault Backup supports generation- and time-based retirement methods for backups. You can specify these options in the Backup Advanced Options Set. If the backups are stored on tape media, you can also use the Change Expiry method to set or change the expiry date or generation count later.

This section describes how to set the retirement age or maximum generation count for one or more savesets on physical or virtual tape media by using the Change Expiry method. For more information about the Backup Life option, see Setting backup retirement options.

If a backup has any dependent backups, you can choose to do the following:

For more information about backup retirement methods and retirement rules, see Backup retirement.

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Click Explore Tape Storage.
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On the Media Management - Change Saveset Expiry Date drawer, configure the options described in the following table.

Change Expiry Date

To configure time-based retirement, select this check box, and do one of the following:

Select the On option, and type or select the date and time in the respective boxes.
Alternatively, select the Never option to retain the backup indefinitely.

Change Generation Cycle

To configure generation-based retirement, select this check box, and do one of the following:

Select the Discard after option, and in the associated box, type or select the number of Full Backups.
Alternatively, select the Never option to retain the backup indefinitely.

Force Expiry

By default, if a backup has any dependent backups, its retirement is deferred until all dependent backups are ready for retirement.

You can select this check box to retire a backup according to its retirement schedule. Forcing this behavior can cause early retirement of dependent Incremental and Differential Backups.

To apply this rule globally to all backups, you can modify the Media Manager settings. For more information, see Configuring retirement rules for dependent backups. If the Retirement Timing Control option for Media Manager is set to Force Always, the Force Expiry is option is used, regardless of state of this check box.

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Click Apply to save the settings.
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If you set both Change Expiry Date and Change Generation Cycle options for a Full Backup, the backup is retired only when both conditions are met. For example, if you set the Discard After Full Backup Count option to four Full Backups and the Discard After option to 30 days, the backup is retired after four Full Backup counts and 30 days.
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On the Create Restore Job — Choose Saveset page, the saveset table provides a list of available savesets.

Expiring all savesets on disk-based storage

This task describes how to expire all savesets that are stored on disk-based storage.

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Click Explore Disk Storage.
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On the Explore Disk Storage Repository page, select the saveset, and then click Expire All.
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On the Expire All Savesets modal, enter the password for the device, and then entire the word EXPIRE to confirm the action.
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Deleting savesets from disk-based storage devices

Deleting a saveset from a disk-based storage device involves removing its index from the NetVault Database and deleting that backup from the device. You cannot import the deleted backup by scanning the device.

If a backup has any dependent backups, you can choose to do the following:

IMPORTANT: Regardless of your selection here, if the Retirement Timing Control option for Media Manager is set to Force Always, the savesets are removed immediately. For more information about this global setting, see Configuring retirement rules for dependent backups.
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On the Explore Storage page, click Explore Disk Storage. In the repository table, select the device, and click Explore Repository.
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Click Remove Savesets.
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In the Remove Saveset dialog box, select the Remove all duplicates associated with selected saveset(s) check box if you also want to remove the Duplicates of the selected savesets.
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Under Select removal timing option, specify whether you want to force immediate removal of the savesets or defer the removal until all dependent savesets have reached their retirement date:
Mark for removal: Use this option to mark the selected savesets for removal. If no dependent Incremental or Differential Backups exist for a saveset, the saveset is removed immediately. If any dependent Incremental or Differential Backups exist for a saveset, the saveset is removed only after all dependent backups have reached their retirement date.
Force immediate removal: Use this option to remove the selected savesets immediately. The dependent Incremental and Differential Backups that exist for the selected savesets are also removed immediately, even if these backups have not reached their retirement date.
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Click Remove.
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In the Remove Saveset dialog box, select the Remove all duplicates associated with this saveset check box if you also want to remove the Duplicates of the selected saveset.
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Under Select removal timing option, specify whether you want to force immediate removal of the saveset or defer the removal until all dependent savesets have reached their retirement date:
Mark for removal: Use this option to mark the selected saveset for removal. If no dependent Incremental or Differential Backups exist for the saveset, the saveset is removed immediately. If any dependent Incremental or Differential Backups exist for the saveset, the saveset is removed only after all dependent backups have reached their retirement date.
Force immediate removal: Use this option to remove the selected saveset immediately. The dependent Incremental and Differential Backups that exist for the selected saveset are also removed immediately, even if these backups have not reached their retirement date.
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Deleting savesets from tape-based storage devices

Deleting a saveset from a tape-based storage device essentially involves removing its index from the NetVault Database. You can still scan the media to import the backup index into the NetVault Database, and use the backup.

If a backup has any dependent backups, you can choose do the following:

IMPORTANT: Regardless of your selection here, if the Retirement Timing Control option for Media Manager is set to Force Always, the savesets are removed immediately. For more information about this global setting, see Configuring retirement rules for dependent backups.
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On the Explore Storage page, click Explore Tape Storage. In the list of media items, select the tape, and click Explore Media.
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In the Remove Saveset dialog box, select the Remove all duplicates associated with this saveset check box if you also want to remove the Duplicates of the selected saveset.
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Under Select removal timing option, specify whether you want to force immediate removal of the saveset or defer the removal until all dependent savesets have reached their retirement date:
Mark for removal: Use this option to mark the selected saveset for removal. If no dependent Incremental or Differential Backups exist for the saveset, the saveset is removed immediately. If any dependent Incremental or Differential Backups exist for the saveset, the saveset is removed only after all dependent backups have reached their retirement date.
Force immediate removal: Use this option to remove the selected saveset immediately. The dependent Incremental and Differential Backups that exist for the selected saveset are also removed immediately, even if these backups have not reached their retirement date.
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