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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

Viewing disk storage details

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On the Explore Storage page, click Explore Disk Storage.
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On the Explore Disk Storage page, you can view the repository table.
Repository Name: The name of the device or storage container.
Type: Device type (for example, NetVault SmartDisk, Quest DR Series system, or Data Domain system).
Record Count: Number of data records stored in the device.
Saveset Count: Number of savesets stored in the device.
Space Free: Amount of space available.
Space Used: Amount of space used.
Deduplication ratio: The ratio of size of data before deduplication to the size of data after deduplication.
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On the Explore Disk Storage Repository page, you can view the following information:
Repository summary: This area shows the following information:
Repository name: The name of the device or storage container.
Data stored: Total data stored in the device (total data size without deduplication).
Physical space used: Total physical space used by backups stored in the device (total data size with deduplication).
Space available: Free space available in device.
Deduplication ratio: The ratio of size of data before deduplication to the size of data after deduplication.
Storage data type: Pie chart showing the percentage of storage used by various plug-ins.
Saveset table: The Saveset table lists all backups stored in the repository. It shows the saveset creation date, saveset name, saveset size, job ID number, instance number, and phase number.
To filter the saveset list, click Filter Options, and set the filter criteria:
To view savesets created for a particular client, click the Client list, and select the client in the list.
To view savesets created during a particular period, click the Saveset Date list, and select one of the following options: Last 24 hours, Last Week Last Month, Last 6 Months, Last Year, or Any
The Explore Disk Storage Repository page loads a maximum of 5000 records initially. The total number of records fetched is displayed at the lower-right corner of the table.
You can click Load more to load the next set of records, if available. Each load action fetches a maximum of 5000 records. This button is disabled if there are no more records to load.

Viewing tape storage details

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On the Explore Storage page, click Explore Tape Storage.
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On the Explore Tape Storage page, you can view the media table.
Label: Media label.
Group: Media group label.
Barcode: Media barcode.
Library: Name of the library.
Record Count: Number of data records stored in the tape.
Saveset Count: Number of savesets stored in the tape.
Space Free: Amount of free space available.
Space Used: Amount of space used.
Online: Tape is online () or offline ().
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On the Explore Tape Media Item page, you can view the following information:
Tape summary: This area shows the following information:
Barcode: Media barcode.
Label: Media label.
Group: Media group label.
Library: Name of the library where the tape resides.
Offsite Location: Off-site location, if specified.
Media Type: Disk file (virtual tape) or physical tape.
Data Stored: Total data stored in the tape.
Space Available: Amount of free space available.
Reuse Policy: Tape can be reused or not.
Date Last Written: Date on which the last write operation was performed.
Date Last Read: Date on which the read operation was performed.
Times Reused: The number of times the tape has been reused.
Read Errors: Number of read errors.
Write Errors: Number of write errors.
Usable: Tape is usable or unusable.
Read-Only: Tape is marked read-only or not.
Media Online: Tape is online or offline.
Media Usage: Pie chart showing the amount of storage used by various savesets.
Saveset table: The Saveset table lists all backups stored in the repository. It shows the saveset creation date, saveset name, saveset size, job ID number, instance number, and phase number.

Managing tape storage media

This section includes the following topics:

Labeling tape media

Each piece of media, whether a tape cartridge or a virtual tape in a VTL, uses a label for identification. Media items can be labeled using media barcodes, system-generated strings, or user-defined strings. You can manually assign labels to blank media or automatically label the media during a backup.

By default, NetVault Backup assigns a system-generated string to a blank media item. You can modify the configuration settings to use media barcodes as the default labels. For more information, see Configuring general settings for Media Manager.

The following sections describe the procedures that you can use to assign media labels to blank tapes:

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On the Tape Library Management page, click Media Label, and configure the following options.

Type of Media

Select the type of media that you want to label. The available options are:

Blank: Select this check box to label any blank, non-labeled piece of media in a device that is accessible to the NetVault Backup Server.
Other: Select this check box to label media types that do not belong to any category listed here.
NetVault 5: Select this check box to label any piece of media that was used to back up data with NetVault Backup 5.x.
Reusable: Select this check box to label reusable media items.

Type of Label

Select the type of media label. The available options are:

Barcode: To use media barcodes as the media labels, select this option.
Machine and Date: To use a system-generated string as the media label, select this option. This string consists of the NetVault Backup Server Name, the current date, and a seed number.
User Defined: To assign user-defined label, select this option, and provide the following details:
– Label: Specify the string that you want to use as the media label.
– Seed: To identify individual media items, a sequential number is added to the user-defined string. The option defines the initial value for the sequence. This value is increased by one for each item. The default value for this option is one.

Group Label

To add the media items to a group, select the group label in the list. If you want to create a group label, type the string.

A label can contain alphanumeric and non-alphanumeric characters, but it cannot contain non-Latin characters. Group labels are case-insensitive.

All Media in List

To label all media items in the selected library, select this check box.

Media to Label

To label specific media items, select the individual media items in the list.

To select consecutive items, hold down the Shift key while clicking with the mouse button; to select non-consecutive items, hold down the Ctrl key while clicking with the mouse button.

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Click OK to save the settings.
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Click Bulk Label.
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In the Bulk Label Media window, configure the following parameters:
Type of Media to Label: Select the type of media to be labeled:
Blank: Select this check box to label any blank, non-labeled piece of media in a device that is currently accessible to the NetVault Backup Server.
Other: Select this check box to bulk label media types that do not belong to any category listed here.
NetVault 5: Select this check box to label any piece of media that was used to back up data with NetVault Backup 5.x.
Reusable: Select this check box to label a piece of media that is marked as reusable.
Type of Label: Select the type of media label:
Barcode: To use media barcodes as the media labels, select this option.
Machine and Date: To generate a string using the NetVault Backup Server Name, Current Date, and a Seed Number, select this option.
User: To assign a user-defined label, select User, and enter the following details:
Label: Enter the string to be used as media label. NetVault Backup does not support a “%” character in the string. A media label can contain alphanumeric and non-alphanumeric characters, but it cannot include Non-English characters.
Seed: For the identification of individual media items, NetVault Backup adds a sequential number to the user-defined string. The Seed parameter provides the initial value for the sequence. This value is incremented by one for each media item. The default value for Seed is one.
Group Label: To add the media items to a group, select the group label in the list. If you want to create a new group label, enter the string. The group label can contain alphanumeric and non-alphanumeric characters, but it cannot include Non-English characters.
Select Media Items: Select the applicable method:
Select Individual Media Items: In the media list, select the individual media items for labeling. To select consecutive items, hold down the Shift key while clicking with the mouse button; to select nonconsecutive items, hold down the Ctrl key while clicking with the mouse button.
Select All Media Items: To label all media items in the list, select the All Media in List check box.
Enter ‘LABEL’ to Confirm Request: To confirm bulk labeling, enter LABEL in the box. This string is case insensitive.
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In the Navigation pane, click Manage Devices, and in the list of devices, click the icon to open the library that contains the tape.
Otherwise, click the Slots link or the corresponding Manage Slots icon to open the Slot Browser. In the list of slots, select the slot that has the tape.
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Click Label, and in the Media Label dialog box, configure the following options.

Label

Specify a label for the tape.

A label can contain alphanumeric and non-alphanumeric characters, but it cannot contain non-Latin characters. NetVault Backup does not support a “%” character in the string.

There is no length restriction on media and group labels. However, the combined display range for the media label, barcode and group label is 100 characters. Therefore, a maximum of 40 to 50 characters is recommended for the media and group labels.

Group Label

To add the tape to a group, select the group label in the list. If you want to create a group label, type the string.

A label can contain alphanumeric and non-alphanumeric characters, but it cannot contain non-Latin characters. Group labels are case-insensitive.

Offsite Location

Specify the off-site location for the tape.

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Click OK to save the settings and close the dialog box.
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In the Navigation pane, click Manage Devices, and in the list of devices, open the library that contains the tape.
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In the Media Label dialog box, configure the following options.

Media Label

Specify a label for the tape.

A label can contain alphanumeric and non-alphanumeric characters, but it cannot contain non-Latin characters. NetVault Backup does not support a “%” character in the string.

There is no length restriction on media and group labels. However, the combined display range for the media label, barcode and group label is 100 characters. Therefore, a maximum of 40 to 50 characters is recommended for the media and group labels.

Group Label

To add the tape to a group, select the group label in the list. If you want to create a group label, type the string.

A label can contain alphanumeric and non-alphanumeric characters, but it cannot contain non-Latin characters. Group labels are case-insensitive.

Offsite Location

Specify the off-site location for the tape.

Tape Format

Select MTF on Windows and CPIO on Linux/UNIX.

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Select Read Only or Unusable check box as per your requirement.
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Click OK to save the settings and close the dialog box.
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