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QoreStor 7.3.0 - User Guide

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Licensing QoreStor Configuring SAML Configuring an SSL Certificate for your QoreStor System Configuring Active Directory settings Understanding system operation scheduling Configuring Secure Connect Enabling MultiConnect Configuring and using Rapid NFS and Rapid CIFS Configuring and using VTL Configuring and Using Encryption at Rest Configuring and using the Recycle Bin Configuring Cloud Reader Configuring RDA immutability
Managing containers Managing local storage Managing cloud storage Managing replications Managing users Monitoring the QoreStor system Managing QoreStor remotely Support, maintenance, and troubleshooting Security recommendations guide About us

Adding additional storage

Additional storage can be added through the QoreStor UI or via the system --storage command in the QoreStor CLI. Refer to the QoreStor Command Line Reference Guide for more information on the system --storage command.

IMPORTANT: Adding storage requires QoreStor services to be restarted. This will take the QoreStor server offline for several minutes.

To add storage

Before adding storage, ensure that the storage is mounted to the QoreStor server as an XFS filesystem. Refer to Guidelines for configuring additional storage for additional guidelines and requirements.

  1. In the navigation menu, click Local Storage to expand the menu, then click Storage Groups.
  2. Click Add Storage Location.
  3. Enter the mount path for the additional storage. Click Save.
  4. A warning will be displayed notifying you that a service restart may be required. Click Confirm to continue.

Managing cloud storage

QoreStor enables multiple options for extending your on-prem environment to the cloud. Please refer to the sections below for additional information.


Understanding cloud and archive storage

There are two ways QoreStor lets you use cloud storage containers: as secondary, policy-based storage or as primary storage with optimized deduplication.

Policy-based cloud storage

Policy-based cloud storage is available to any compatible backup software. It requires that you configure a schedule for when QoreStor automatically transfers backups to cloud storage.

There are three purposes for using policy-based cloud storage:

  • Replication
  • Tiering
  • Archiving

For replication and tiering, the cloud storage group remains online, keeping the data accessible. For archiving, QoreStor uses offline Glacier storage, which is designed to store data for longer terms.

For more information about creating a cloud or archive tier, see Cloud tiering.

Direct-to-cloud storage

Direct-to-cloud storage is the feature that QoreStor offers which lets you store backed up data directly to a cloud container. The container can be in either the cloud storage group or the archive storage group. This feature is available only for NetVault backups. After you create the RDS container, you can enter the name of this container in the NetVault GUI as your primary storage location. QoreStor then automatically saves the backups to the cloud, performing optimized deduplication them during the process. Because the backups go directly to the container, QoreStor does not use the policy manager.

When you back up data from NetVault to a direct cloud container, the container behaves the same as any other QoreStor RDS container. The data is easily accessible, which lets you perform the following operations:

  • Listing
  • Editing
  • Backup
  • Restore

For more information about creating a direct-to-cloud container, see Configuring an RDS direct-to-cloud container.

Limitations of direct-to-cloud containers

Direct cloud containers include the following limitations:

  • Only backup applications using the RDA container type are compatible with direct-to-cloud containers. It is recommended to use them for storing copies of backups.
  • You can access and control the direct cloud container only through QoreStor. Although only NetVaultis compatible with the direct cloud container feature, the container does not appear as a repository in the NetVault UI and NetVault is not aware of its existence. The backups still pass through QoreStor to reach their destination.
  • Archive tiers do not function as direct cloud containers. Verification is required for direct cloud containers, but data in Glacier containers is offline and inaccessible.
  • Quest discourages using direct cloud containers as sources. When replicating, QoreStor recommends that you always use the RDS direct container as a target rather than a source repository.
  • Cloud locking is not supported with direct to cloud containers.
  • Direct cloud containers cannot be used with container continuous replication.


Configuring an RDS direct-to-cloud container

You can configure an RDS container as a direct-to-cloud container using either the QoreStor UI or the command line interface (CLI).

Configuring a direct-to-cloud container in the QoreStor UI

To add a direct cloud container in the QoreStor UI

  1. In the navigation menu, click Containers .
  2. On the Containers page, click Add Container.
  3. In the Add Container window, select the following options:
    1. For Protocol, select Quest Rapid Data Storage (RDS).
    2. For Name, enter the name of the direct cloud container.
    3. For Storage Group, select one of the following options:
      • DefaultCloudTier - Online Cloud Storage
      • DefaultCloudArchiveTier - Offline Long-term Cloud Storage
    4.   Click Next.
  4. On the next page, for Protocol RDS Capacity, select Unlimited, and then click Next.
  5. On the next page, for User, enter the name of the user you want to access the container, and then click Next.
  6. On the Summary page, confirm your selections, and then click Finish.

    The container appears on the Cloud Storage page and available to use as storage from the NetVault UI.

Configuring a direct-to-cloud container using the CLI

To configure a direct-to-cloud container using the CLI

  1. In the CLI, if you want to create a container in the cloud storage group, enter the following command:

    container --add --name K<name> --group_name DefaultCloudTier

  2. If you want to create a container in the archive storage group, enter the following command:

    container --add --name K<name> --group_name DefaultCloudArchiveTier

    The container appears on the Cloud Storage page of the QoreStor UI and available to use as storage from the NetVault UI.

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