Using SSDPC

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This page describes the various operations that can be performed in the SSDPC software starting from how to  launch this software in the following sections:

Common Operations in SSDPC

To launch StorSimple Data Protection, click the following sequence:

Start → All Programs → StorSimple Data Protection → Data Protection Console(DPC). The console will appear as shown below.

 

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The user can now create volume groups that are groups of volumes associated with one other to form the basis of a backup or restore job (Snapshot, Cloud Snapshot or Cloud Clone).  For instance, you would create a volume group consisting of Exchange database and transaction log volumes to ensure a consistent point-in-time backup copy of all of your Exchange data.

The user can see all the configured volume groups by clicking ‘Volume Groups’. To create a volume group, right-click ‘Volume Groups’ and select ‘Create Volume Group’.

 

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A Volume Group window is displayed that allows you to specify the name of the volume group, the application associated with the volume group, and the volumes to include in the volume group, as shown below. Volume groups can only contain StorSimple volumes.

 

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Specify a name, choose the appropriate application, select the volumes to include and then click ‘Accept’. Once saved, the Volume Group will be listed in the Volume Groups list.

After the user has created a volume group, the appliance that is configured to communicate with the DPC UI will show up in the results pane when the ‘Appliance’ node is selected.

 

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Note that the ‘Appliance’ shows up as type ‘Referenced’. The user can configure the ‘Rescan’ schedule for the appliance to synchronize on a regular basis. Select the ‘Appliance’ node and from the context menu, click on ‘Rescan Appliances’. In the pop-up dialog, the user can specify the frequency, start data and time, next run and advanced settings such as repetition, expiration and duration. The rescan process will sync the appliance and also perform a full backup registry Restore. Backup registry refers to the list of all the Cloud Snaps and Cloud Clones stored in the configured cloud storage for all service providers. Enabling the rescan schedule will change the appliance type to 'Configured'.

 

The volume groups (only those with associated backups) that were created on the Web UI will also be imported when rescan is initiated. The imported volume groups can be easily distinguished from the ones created on the SSDPC itself from the suffix added to each volume group as shown below. By default, the imported groups are not shown.

 

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To show the volume groups that were imported from the Web UI, use the 'Toggle imports display' option in the context menu for the localhost node.

Once the appliance is synced, the StorSimple volumes will now be shown when you click the ‘Volumes’ item in the left pane.

 

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The workspace will show the Volume Name (drive letter), Appliance Volume Name (as specified in the Appliance Web UI), Access Paths, Appliance (IP address of the StorSimple appliance the volume is provided by) and Volume Serial Number (created at the time the volume was formatted).

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Creating Backup Copies

After the volume groups have been created, you can use StorSimple Data Protection to create backup copies (Snapshots, Cloud Snapshots or Cloud Clones) in one of two ways:

  • On Demand — creates an immediate backup copy that does not repeat. Right-click on your volume group to invoke the context menu. Select ‘Take backup’ option as shown below. Alternatively, you can use the link in the ‘Actions’ pane.

 

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Selecting this action allows you to start a backup interactively. A pop-up dialog will allow you to choose between starting a Snapshot, Cloud Snapshot or a Cloud Clone. Backup jobs that are started interactively will appear in Jobs > Running for the duration of the operation.

  • Automated Schedule — creates a backup copy according to a schedule that you specify including frequency and retention. To create a scheduled backup policy, right-click ‘Policies’ and select ‘Create Policy’, or use the ‘Create Policy’ action shown in the actions pane after you have left-clicked ‘Policies’ in the left pane.

 

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A pop-up box will appear that has two tabs, ‘General’ and ‘Schedule’.  Under the ‘General’ tab, specify policy name, volume group, type of operation, and the retention period for backups associated with this policy. In the ‘Schedule tab’, specify frequency of operation, and advanced settings including how often to repeat the schedule, when the schedule should expire, and whether or not the schedule is active (enabled). Save your policy. Backups initiated will appear in Jobs > Running for the duration of the operation. Completed backups will appear in the list of Snapshots, Cloud Snapshots or Cloud Clones under ‘Backup Copies’.

 

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