Using StorSimple Data Protection

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To launch StorSimple Data Protection, click the following sequence: Start –> All Programs –> StorSimple Data Protection Console –> Data Protection Manager Console.  The console will appear as shown below.

 

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StorSimple volumes are automatically discovered and shown when you click the ‘Volumes’ item in the left pane.  The workspace will show the volume name (drive letter), target (which Armada appliance the volume is provided by), and target alias (internal name used by Armada).

 

This page discusses the following tasks associated with StorSimple Data Protection Software:

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Creating a Volume Group

Volume groups are groups of volumes that you associate with one other to form the basis of a backup or restore job (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.

 

Clicking ‘Volume Groups’ will show you all of the configured volume groups.  To create a volume group, right click ‘Volume Groups’ and click ‘Create Volume Group’, or left click the ‘Create Volume Group’ link in the actions pane.

 

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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, specify the volumes to include and then click ‘Accept’. 

 

Once saved, the Volume Group will be listed in the Volume Groups list.

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Taking an On-Demand Snapshot or Cloud Clone

Right-click on your volume group and click ‘Take Snapshot or Cloud Clone’ 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 Snapshot or Cloud Clone immediately for the Volume Group selected.  A pop-up dialogue will give you the option to choose between taking a Snapshot or Cloud Clone as shown below.

 

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Choose whether you wish to take a Snapshot or a Cloud Clone.  Note that taking a Cloud Clone requires more time than taking a Snapshot, as all of the Cloud Clone data is immediately pushed to the cloud storage service associated with the volumes in the volume group.  Click ‘Accept’ to create the Snapshot or Cloud Clone. Any Snapshots or Cloud Clones taken as a result of this policy will appear in the workspace list when left-clicking ‘Snapshots and Cloud Clones’.

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Creating a Scheduled Backup Policy

A StorSimple Data Protection policy allows you to define the rules and schedules for taking Snapshots and Cloud Clones for a volume group in an automated manner, which is analogous to creating a backup schedule in traditional backup architectures.

 

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’.  The ‘General’ tab allows you to choose a name for the policy, the volume group, the type of operation, and the retention period for Snapshots or Cloud Clones associated with this policy, as shown below.

 

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Specify the appropriate values, and click the ‘Schedule’ tab.  The schedule tab, as shown below, allows you to specify the frequency of the 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).

 

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Specify the appropriate values for your first policy, and click ‘Accept’ to save your first policy.  Any Snapshots or Cloud Clones taken as a result of this policy will appear in the workspace list when left-clicking ‘Snapshots and Cloud Clones’.

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Mounting a Snapshot or Cloud Clone

Performing a restore requires that you mount a Snapshot or a Cloud Clone.  To mount a Snapshot or Cloud Clone, right-click the Snapshot or Cloud Clone and then left-click ‘Mount’.  A pop-up window appears, allowing you to specify the drive letter to use for the mount operation, and whether or not you wish to mount the Snapshot or Cloud Clone as ‘read only’, as shown below.

 

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With the Snapshot or Cloud Clone mounted, you can access it as you would any other volume.  This allows you to perform restore operations.

 

Note

If you choose to mount a Snapshot or Cloud Clone as ‘Read-Write’ (i.e. the checkbox next to ‘Read Only’ is not selected), Armada will first clone the Snapshot or Cloud Clone.  This ensures that your backup copy is preserved.

 

 

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Unmounting a Snapshot or Cloud Clone

When you are finished working with a Snapshot or Cloud Clone, you can use the unmount operation by right-clicking the Snapshot or Cloud Clone and choosing ‘Unmount’. 

 

If the Snapshot or Cloud Clone was mounted read-write, you will be prompted to delete the volumes, as Armada created a clone, rather than directly mounting the backup copy in a read-write manner. 

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Disassociating and Assigning Backups to Other Servers

If you wish to take an existing Snapshot or Cloud Clone and re-assign it to another server, you must mount the Snapshot or Cloud Clone as ‘read-write’, and then right-click the Snapshot or Cloud Clone and click ‘Disassociate’.  This will remove access to this Snapshot or Cloud Clone from the current server, and give control of the Snapshot or Cloud Clone to the Armada management console where it can be managed as an individual volume.  From there, you can manipulate the Volume Access Group (VAG) assignment of the volume to assign it to another server.

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