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NetVault 12.4 - Administration Guide

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 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 NetVault Backup to use a specific VSS provider

When performing VSS-based backups, NetVault Backup uses the default VSS provider as determined by VSS. To use a specific VSS provider, you can configure the provider ID in the vss.cfg file.

On the NetVault Backup Client on which you want to run the VSS-based backup, open the vss.cfg file. This file resides in the config subdirectory under the NetVault Backup installation directory.
If the vss.cfg file does not exist on the server or client machine, manually create the file in the config directory.

Configuring default settings using Txtconfig

The Txtconfig utility provides a text-based interface to customize various settings for the server and client machines. This utility is available on all supported operating systems. The Txtconfig utility resides in the bin directory under the NetVault Backup installation directory.

Before you start Txtconfig on a Windows-based machine running the French or German version of NetVault Backup, you must set the font type and code page in the command prompt window:

Set the font type to Lucida Console: Open a command prompt window. Click the Control Menu icon in upper-left corner or right-click the title bar, and select Properties. In the Properties dialog box, click the Font tab, and select Lucida Console in the Font list.
Set the code page to 1252: In the command prompt window where you want to run Txtconfig, type the following command:

These settings are necessary to display the text correctly in the command prompt window.

Press Enter or Return
The Machine page is displayed when you start the Txtconfig utility. You can view the following details on this page: Machine name, machine ID, network names, IP addresses, NetVault Backup version, OS version, and OS platform.
To view the main menu, press p. On the main menu page, the following menu items are available:

Diagnostic tracing

About diagnostic tracing

Diagnostic tracing is used to capture detailed information about error conditions. Quest Technical Support personnel use this information for debugging and troubleshooting purposes.

Tracing is disabled by default. To capture diagnostic information, you must enable tracing on the relevant NetVault Backup machines. You can configure NetVault Backup to start tracing immediately or when the service restarts. You can also specify a time window to automatically start and stop tracing at the specified time.

Diagnostic information is written to trace files. You can generate trace files for all processes or a subset of processes. These files are generated on the machine where the selected processes are running. NetVault Backup uses a Trace Container directory to store all trace files generated during various sessions. By default, the trace container directory is created under the NetVault Backup installation directory. You can modify the default settings to specify a new location for the container directory. When tracing is enabled, a session directory is created under the container directory; all trace files generated during the session reside in this directory. You can use the WebUI to download trace files from various machines to the local machine where the WebUI is running.

MSP administrator can enable and disable tracing and tracing filters on NetVault Backup Server and its own client machines. Whereas, tenant administrator can enable and disable tracing filter only for its own client machines.

When tracing requires diagnostic information on NetVault Backup Server and tenant client machines, MSP administrator and tenant administrator must sync with each other to enable and disable tracing for a particular operation during a given time window.

After generating and downloading traces, tenant administrator provides traces to MSP administrator to send for further analysis or investigation.

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