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NetVault 13.0 - 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 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 Working with client clusters Configuring default settings for NetVault
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 WebUI default settings Configuring NetVault to use a specific VSS provider Configuring default settings using Txtconfig
Diagnostic tracing Managing diagnostic data Using the deviceconfig utility NetVault processes Environment variables Network ports used by NetVault Troubleshooting
Common errors Safe Mode in NetVault

Scheduling methods and options for repeating jobs

The Schedule Type “Repeating” offers the following methods and options.

Every day

Run a job daily at the specified time.

On days of week

Run a job on specific days of the week.


Days: Select the days on which you want to run the job.
Weeks: Select the weeks on which you want to run the job. To run the job on the last week of a month, select the Last option.

On days of month

Run a job on specific days of month.



Select this option to run a job at every <n> interval. The time interval can be specified in hours, days, weeks, or months.


Run every: Type or select the interval at which you want to run the job, and select Hours, Days, Weeks, or Months.

Creating Target Sets

A Target Set is used to specify target device and media options for backup jobs. You can create Target Sets from the Create Backup Job page. The tenant administrator and tenant user can select the Media Options from the available list only.

Start the backup job wizard, and next to the Target Storage list, click the + icon.
On the Backup Target details drawer, click the corresponding button, and configure the options described in the following sections:
In the Set Name text box, enter a name for the Target Set.
Click Save.

Selecting the device

On the Backup Target details drawer, click Device Selection, and configure the following settings.

Use any device

This option is selected by default. If you do not specify a device, NetVault uses any suitable device for a job.

Specify devices

To use particular devices for a job, select this option. In the associated box, clear the check marks for the devices that you do not want to use. When you exclude a library, the associated drives are automatically excluded.

You can also use the following buttons to select or clear devices:

Unselect all: Clears all devices.
Toggle selection: Clear the selected devices and select the cleared devices.

Use locally attached devices only

To use only devices that are locally attached to the target client, select this check box.

If you select the Any Device option, NetVault tries to find a suitable local device (local to the NetVault client). To use any other device, you can set a higher media request weight for that device. For more information about media request weightings, see Configuring media request weightings.

Specifying media options

On the Backup Target details drawer, click Media Options, and configure the following settings.
Figure 17. Media Options for MSP administrator

Storage Tier

Optionally, select a storage tier from the drop-down list.

For information about how to create a storage tier, see Creating a storage tier.

NOTE: If you select a Storage Tier and select Target Media By Media in group, then only media common to both selections will be used as a target.

Target Media By

Select one of the following options:

Any media not in a group: This option is selected by default. To use media items that do not belong to any media group, leave this option selected.
Any media: To use any suitable media item regardless of its group association, select this option.
Specific media ID: To use particular media items, select this option. In the list of media items, select the label for the target media.
Media in group: To use media items that belong to a particular media group, select this option. In the list of media items, click the group label for the target media. Media group labels are case‑insensitive.


To configure Media Manager to prioritize targets for optimal efficiency, select Optimize target selection for best deduplication.

With this option, Media Manager examines the length of each segment in a backup job to determine the best media target to use.

Label Media

To automatically label blank media items during backup, select Automatically Label BLANK Media.

By default, NetVault assigns a system-generated label to blank media. The label consists of the NetVault Server Name, the current date, and a seed number.

You can configure NetVault to use media barcodes as the default labels. For more information, see Configuring general settings for Media Manager.

Reuse media

Select the appropriate option from the following:

Never: This option is selected by default. To ensure that media marked for re-use are not used for backup, leave this option selected.
Any: To allow any suitable reusable backup media regardless of the group association, select this option.
With the same group label as target media: To reuse media that belong to same media group as the target media, select this option. This option can only be set if you have specified a group label for the Target media by option.

Media Request Timeout

Type or select the amount of time NetVault waits for the backup media. The timeout value is specified in number of minutes. If the required media item is not available within the specified interval, the job is automatically aborted.

The default value is zero (0). With the default setting, the job waits indefinitely until the media is provided or the job is manually aborted.

The maximum timeout period that can be set is 1440 minutes (24 hours), which ensures that current instance is aborted before NetVault runs the next instance of a Daily job.

NOTE: Backups to disk-based devices are stream-oriented. The concept of media does not apply to disk-based devices. The media options Target Media By, Label Media, and Reuse Media do not apply to disk-based storage devices.

If a media group contains tape media and NetVault SmartDisk devices, NetVault always uses the physical or virtual tape media from that group. To write backups to a NetVault SmartDisk device, you must explicitly select the device.

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