UltraBac Preferences

UltraBac Preferences

UltraBac allows the configuration of many user preferences in one centralized menu. UltraBac Management Console behavior, the path to backup logs, user accounts, and more can be configured in this menu. The menu can be accessed at any time by selecting the Manage tab, and clicking "General."

 

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Fig. 1 - Selecting the preferences.

User Options

The User menu modifies the default behavior of the UltraBac user interface.

 

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Fig. 2 - User preferences.

 

User Preferences:

 

Authentication Options

The Authentication menu allows user accounts to be added for use in UltraBac. Account passwords can also be changed or reset in this menu.

 

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Fig. 3 - Authentication methods.

 

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Fig. 4 - Show accounts.

 

To add a domain user account in UltraBac:

 

  1. Click the "Show Accounts" button in the Authentication tab.

  2. Click the "Add Account" icon.

  3. Type the domain name for the account to be used in the "Domain" field.

  4. Type the account name to be used in the "User Name" field.

  5. Type the password for the specified account in the "Password" field.

  6. Re-type the password in the "Confirm Password" field.

  7. Click "OK" to add the account.

 

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Fig. 5 - Account Information.

 

Checking "Set as default for all connections" will instruct UltraBac to use the specified account to run all scheduled backups as this user. Ad hoc backup jobs and restores are run as the currently logged on user.

 

To add a workgroup user account in UltraBac:

 

  1. Click the "Show Accounts" button in the Authentication tab.

  2. Click the "Add Account" icon.

  3. Type the account name to be used in the "User Name" field.

  4. Type the password for the specified account in the "Password" field.

  5. Re-type the password in the "Confirm Password" field.

  6. Click "OK."

  7. Type in or browse to the Windows name or IP address of the system to be backed up.

  8. Click "OK" to add the account.

 

NOTE:  When specifying an account to be used in a workgroup, do not enter any information into the "Domain" field.

 
Creating a Secondary Account

When creating a backup of a remote system, it is sometimes necessary to use an account other than the default account for the backup connection. This can be used in cases of backing up a system in a workgroup from a domain, or backing up systems in another domain. The secondary account can target either an individual system or a domain. A workgroup cannot be specified as a target; individual accounts for the systems in that workgroup must be added.

 

To add a secondary user account in UltraBac:

 

  1. Click the "Show Accounts" button in the Authentication tab.

  2. Click the "Add Account" icon.

  3. Type the domain name for the account to be used in the "Domain" field, if the target system is in a domain. If in a workgroup, leave this field blank.

  4. Type the account name to be used in the "User Name" field.

  5. Type the password for the specified account in the "Password" field.

  6. Re-type the password in the "Confirm Password" field.

  7. Click "OK" to add the account.

     

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    Fig. 6 - Specifying a system in the "Select Network Machine" screen.

 

  1. At the "Select Network Machine" prompt, type or browse to the target machine (or domain) and click "OK."

Deleting an Account

To delete an account from the Authentication menu:

 

  1. Click the "Show Accounts" button in the Authentication tab.

  2. Click on the account to be deleted.

  3. Click the red "Delete" icon.

 

To view or modify the properties of an account:

 

  1. Click the "Show Accounts" button in the Authentication tab.

  2. Click on the account to be viewed/modified.

  3. Click the "Edit" icon.

  4. Click "OK" when finished.

Pushing Authentication to Managed Machines

To push out account Authentication to managed machines:

 

  1. Click the "Show Accounts" button in the Authentication tab

  2. Highlight the account you wish to push out.

 

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Fig. 7 - Highlight account.

 

  1. Click on the "Export" button.

  2. Select the Managed Machine Group(s) to push authentication to and click "OK."

 

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Fig. 8 - Managed machine groups.

 

  1. A window will appear if the account authentication export was successful.

 

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Fig. 9 - Export successful window.

Backup Options

The Backup menu can be used to set system usage and other backup specific options.

 

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Fig. 10 - Backup preferences.

 

 

Restore Options

The Restore Options menu is used to set two restore options.

 

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Fig. 11 - Restore preferences.

 

Restore Options:

 

Verify Options

The Verify Options menu is used to set two verify options.

 

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Fig. 12 - Verify preferences.

 

Verify Options:

 

Encryption Options

The Encryption Options menu sets the global options for using AES encryption during backup. When AES is enabled, it functions on the device level, and encrypts all data written to the backup media.

 

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Fig. 13 - AES encryption options.

 

To enable encryption:

 

  1. From the main UltraBac toolbar, click "Manage"/"General"/"Encryption."

  2. Set the AES encryption strength: Disable – Turns off all AES usage.

 

  1. Select the method for generating the encryption key:

 

  1. Click "OK" to set the encryption options as specified.

 

NOTE:  For more information on using AES encryption, please see the UltraBac Knowledge Base:

 

UBQ000251:  Encrypting Backup Data with AES

General Options

UltraBac stores all backup sets and groups in the path specified under "Default path for UltraBac data files."

 

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Fig. 14 - General preferences.

 

To change the default data file path:

 

  1. Type in or browse to the folder to be used to store the UltraBac sets and groups.

  2. Click "OK."

Index Options

The Index menu can be used to set the location of both backup and express indexes, and the amount of time those indexes are to be stored.

 

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Fig. 15 - Backup index preferences.

Backup Indexes
Tape Express Index

Logs

The Logs menu can be used to set the location of backup, verify and restore logs, and define the amount of time those logs are to be stored.

 

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Fig. 16 - Log file preferences.

Log File Options

The default location and other log file options are handled by the preferences selected. The log file time can be set to use the time zone specified in the Windows clock on the backup host, or GMT, or both.

 

 

Log File / Secondary Log File (optional)

Additional Options

Media Options

The Media menu is used to set the default values for the media protection and compression options available in UltraBac.

 

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Fig 17 - Media options.

 

Default Device – Opens the UltraBac Storage Device Manager.

 

NOTE:  For more information on using the UltraBac Storage Device Manager, please visit the "Storage Device Manager" section of the User Manual:

 

UltraBac User Manual:  Storage Device Manager

Data Compression

Data compression options are set globally and cannot be overridden in the scheduled backup groups:

 

Storage Media Protection

 

NOTE:  When backing up to an autoloader, UltraBac uses the protection settings on only the first tape. If the backup uses more than one tape, UltraBac will automatically clear the subsequent tapes.

Holiday Options

The Holiday menu can be configured to alter backup behavior on specified days.

 

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Fig. 18 - Holiday preferences.

 

Use the "Events [option] holidays by default" field to set holiday behavior:

 

 

To add a holiday to the Holidays menu:

 

  1. Click the "Add New Holiday" icon.

  2. Type a description or name into the "Description" field.

     

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    Fig. 19 - Holiday properties.

 

  1. Type or use the drop-down calendar to enter a date for the holiday.

  2. Type or use the selection arrows to enter a duration for the holiday.

  3. Check "Every Year (same month/day)" to set the holiday for the same date every year.

  4. Check "Enable Holiday" to activate the holiday.

  5. Click "OK" to add the holiday.

Advanced Options

The Advanced menu contains options for configuring error handling and cluster server behavior. It is not recommended to change these settings from the default values.

 

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Fig. 20 - Advanced options.

 

Miscellaneous
Reporting Behavior
Backup Throughput

The Backup Throughput options can lower the overall backup and restore speeds by up to 75%.

 

Restore Throughput

The Restore Throughput options can lower the overall backup and restore speeds by up to 75%.

 

UltraVue Options

UltraVue allows the viewing of active backup jobs on the local system, and all systems in the Maintain Managed Machines list.

 

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Fig. 21 - UltraVue preferences.