Backup Storage Device Manager

 

Backup Storage Device Manager

Access the Backup Storage Device Manager by clicking “Select”/”Storage Devices” on the toolbar of the UltraBac console. This utility allows the administrator many different kinds of storage devices. They are:

1. Local Tape Device
2. PNP Tape (Plug and Play)
3. Backup Path
4. Tivoli Device
5. FTP Device
6. Image (used for imaging)
7. Partition (used for imaging)
8. Remote Storage Device

LOCAL TAPE DEVICE

As long as the OS already sees the tape device, UltraBac should recognize it as a valid storage device as well. In fact, if the tape device driver is already loaded, it will automatically appear in the “Tape” tab of the “UltraBac Storage Devices” dialog box. The tape devices are numbered in sequential order starting with the lowest SCSI ID first. Meaning, if there is only one tape drive on the system it will show up as Tape0. If there are three tape drives attached to the machine, they'll be listed as Tape0, Tape1, and Tape2. The screenshot below lists one stand-alone tape drive attached to the UltraBac host.
 


PNP TAPE (Plug and Play)

If a firewire or USB tape drive is attached to the machine (a PNP compatible tape device), it will appear in the “PNPTape” tab. No driver configuration is necessary for PNP Tape devices, assuming the OS detects the device.

BACKUP PATH

A Backup Path can be any valid folder accessible through Windows Explorer. In other words, a backup path could be a specified folder on your local hard drive or a centralized remote location on the network. Many backup administrators like to define backup paths on a server with a large amount of empty space and use it as a storage location for daily and weekly backups. Add a backup path by clicking the small green icon, specifying a device name, and typing a <Path> to the directory to be used as a storage device. If the directory doesn't exist, UltraBac will ask if you want it to be created. Clicking “Yes” will create the directory. Backup paths should be created strategically according to the nature of the backups they'll be storing. For example, if Incremental backups are being performed each day of the work week, five folders could be created on the storage drive with names like “Monday_Incremental,” “Tuesday_Incremental,” and so on. One example follows:
 



The Backup Path can also be restricted in size to prevent undesired storage expansion. This could be a hindrance if backups keep appending to their assigned storage backup path, as overpopulation of data will cause the disk to become slow in performance. If the user requires a particular amount of space always be available on the storage drive, use the “Limit size per media” option to fulfill this requirement by checking its box and specifying a cap in number of megabytes.

FTP DEVICE

The FTP Device provides UltraBac with the ability to direct backups to storage hosted by any FTP server compliant with the RFC 959 specification. This ability simplifies the process of configuring an offsite backup location, since all that is required at the target is an FTP server with sufficient storage. Additionally, this facility allows backups to be written to non-Windows hosts, which may be useful in certain environments. All that is required to configure an FTP Device is the address of a live FTP server, a valid login to this server, and a server-interpreted path specifying where the data should be stored.

Add an FTP device by doing the following:

1. Access "Select"/"Storage Devices,” click the “FTP” tab and click the “Add” icon.
2. Give the FTP device a unique name through the “Device Name” box.
3. In the “Server” field, type the <name of the FTP server> to which you're backing up.
4. In the “Path” box, type the <name of a folder> that already exists or name of your choice and it will be created for you.
5. Type the <name of a user> that has the proper access rights into the FTP server in the “User” field. Type the <user's password> in the “Password” field.
6. By default the File Limit is 512MB on backup. This may be changed, but we recommend that you leave the 512MB suggested limit.

If only a certain amount of space is to be used on the FTP server, check the “Device Limit” box and enter a <number of MB> to be used in the backup. UltraBac will not surpass the amount of MB entered. When UltraBac reaches the amount specified as a device limit, it will in turn ask for Volume 2 to continue its backup job.
 


TIVOLI STORAGE DEVICE

In order to install the Tivoli device, the host on which the Tivoli storage device is to be installed must be running the Tivoli client software. You can download the client software from the following link:

http://www.tivoli.com/support/storage_mgr/clients.html#xp

To define the Tivoli device, access “Select”/”Storage Device”/”Tivoli” and click the small green icon to add the device.

Device Name – This is up to the user and is there for identification purposes. It appears in the backup log, on the title bar through the GUI, etc.

Server – Name or IP address of the Tivoli server.

Password – This is the password defined on the selected Tivoli server for the Node name.

Folder – This is Tivoli’s “high-level name” and allows the user to host multiple independent devices on the same Tivoli server. If someone wanted to make 20 devices with one Tivoli server, they could leave all the other fields the same and just change the Folder (and Device Name).

Object Size – Limits the size of Tivoli objects on the server.
 



Advanced Properties

Configuration File – This is the TSM Client config file, and defines things like the communication protocol and port number to use when communicating with the server.

Use DSMI_CONFIG environment variable, if available – Selects whether the DSMI_CONFIG environment variable, if set, overrides the above path.

Node – The Node name that UltraBac tells the Tivoli Server. Tivoli doesn't allow data written by one node to be seen by another, so users will want to standardize on a Node name so that UltraBac can use a common data store.

Filespace – Part of an object's full name and stems from ADSM being designed to back up servers.

Click “Test” to make sure the device is working correctly. If the test of the device completes successfully, it is ready for use.

IMAGE AND PARTITION TABS

A static Mirror Image backup to a local hard drive requires the creation of a formatted partition with no assigned drive letter to use either an Image or Partition device.

Image – When imaging or cloning an entire hard drive, the target disk to which you're copying must be as big or bigger than the source. Make sure the target disk has all partitions deleted and then you'll be able to add it as an imaging device.

Partition – This type of device is used when cloning or imaging an entire partition to a locally created partition with no assigned drive letter. Similar to an image device, the Partition device must be as big as or bigger than the source partition. Create a partition through Windows' Disk Management and then take away the associated drive letter. The newly created partition can be used as a Partition device.

For more information, see the “UltraBac Disaster Recovery” portion of the User Manual.

REMOTE

NOTE: The “Remote Device” option must be installed on the machine that houses the tape drive to be used in a backup.

The “Remote Device” option is installed by running “setup.exe.” Choose “Custom” setup in the Installation Wizard, expand “Devices,” and choose “Remote” for installation (shown in the screenshot below). When the Installation Wizard completes the setup, the “UltraBac Management Service” will be running on the machine, enabling it as a valid Remote tape device. The machine on which the “Remote Device” option was installed must be pointed to the UltraBac licensing server. From the UltraBac host machine (the machine running the backups), click the “Connect” icon on the toolbar, type the <Machine Name> with attached tape drive, and click “OK.” Then click “Tools”/”License Management”/”Set License Server,” type the name of the <Licensing Server>, and click “OK.”

Add a tape device on another machine as a storage device on the “Remote” tab. Do this by clicking the small green icon, then typing the <Host Name> of the remote tape device and the <Tape Device Number> starting with “Tape0.” If there is more than one tape device attached to the system, UltraBac will see the tapes in sequential order, starting with the lowest SCSI ID first.
 



If you'd like to back up to a remote tape drive located in a different domain, a connection must first be established through UltraBac to the remote machine. Do this by clicking “Tools”/”Options”/”General”/”Accounts,” clicking the “Add” icon, typing an <Account Name> with administrative authority on the machine to which you're connecting, typing the <Password>, and typing the name of the <Remote Domain>. Click “OK,” and be sure to leave the “Set as default for other connections” box unchecked. (This account information is required for remote authentication through the UltraBac Management Service). And finally, add the remote tape drive by accessing the “Remote” tab in “Select”/”Storage Devices.”

DEVICE SELECTION

If you wanted the local Tape0 to be the global default device, simply click its radio button and click “OK.”

This option has some flexibility, as it can change if the user wants to select an alternate device on the set level other than the global storage device. In the image below, notice that there are two “Device” icons in the toolbar – one on the upper level and one on the lower level.
 


The “Device” icon in the lower level on the toolbar is selected for the set level, whereas the “Device” icon on the top level is selected for the global level. When a device is selected on the set level, that information will be retained in the set properties, so that the next time you “load” the set, the same storage device will be selected automatically. Also, you can always tell what storage device is being used by looking at the title bar on the top of the screen. In the image below, it says “[Device:Remote0]” in the title bar, meaning the backup would be directed to that storage device.