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Under the ‘Backup’ option, the user can view the backups created for a given volume group. The user can also specify cloning operations for an individual volume using a backup of the entire volume group.



The ‘Backups’ page provides dropdown lists to filter the backups residing on the appliance. Filtering can be done based on the following:

  • Volume Groups – Choose from the list of volume groups that have backups.
  • Backup Type – Select from Snapshot, Cloud Snapshot, Cloud Clone or All.
  • Backup Run – Specify the start date and time for the backup.

Selecting a backup for a specific volume group will display the details of that backup.

This section details the following tasks associated with a 'Backup' page -

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Restoring a Backup

After filtering a volume group of your choice, the user can use the backup for a restore operation. Click the ‘Restore Backup’ button to proceed.



Prior to restoring, ensure that all the volumes associated with that backup (as displayed in the list view) are taken offline both on the appliance side as well as on the host side. In order to take a volume offline on the appliance side, access the ‘Volumes’ page under configure. Select the edit icon of the specific volume and uncheck the ‘Online’field available under ‘General’ tab. In order to take a volume offline on the host side, please refer to the individual operating system instructions. If the volumes are online on the appliance when attempting to perform a restore, you will see the following message. 




Repeat the restore operation after taking the volumes offline.  The user will be prompted to confirm the restore operation.




Clicking OK will commence the restore operation. The user will then be redirected to the ‘Backups’ page and notified appropriately. 




Click on the Jobs link provided at this page to navigate to the Jobs page and view the status of the restore operation.


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Deleting a backup

You can also choose to delete the backup runs. After filtering the specific backup run, click on the ‘Delete Backup’ button. A delete confirmation box will be displayed to the user.  Select OK to proceed or Cancel to cancel the operation. Should you continue with the deletion, you will be redirected to the ‘Backup’ page and notified of the deletion.


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Cloning a volume

You may want to clone an individual volume using a backup run of an entire volume group. Start the cloning process by filtering the specific backup on the ‘Backups’ page.


Locate the specific volume in the volume group that you wish to clone and click the corresponding clone  icon.  This will present the following dialog to the user.




Assign a name to the cloned volume and choose Accept. You will then be returned to the ‘Backups’ screen with the following notification.




You can click on the Jobs link to navigate to the ‘Running Jobs’ list and view the status of the cloning operation.




Once the cloning operation is completed, the clone volume created is added to the existing list of volumes as shown below. This clone is now a regular volume and any operation that is possible on a volume will be available for the clone.



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Backup Scheduling Best Practices
StorSimple Data Protection is a comprehensive solution for protecting data stored on StorSimple volumes using integrated storage within the appliance and the associated cloud storage services.  StorSimple provides three types of backup copies for your data: Snapshots – Snapshots are point-in-time backup copies of volume(s) that are tiered between appliance storage and the cloud in the same way that regular volumes are tiered.  Snapshots are considered local backup copies and are kept for short periods of time Cloud Snapshot – Cloud Snapshots are point-in-time backup copies of volume(s) that are stored in the cloud with primary volume data.  Although they are stored fully in the cloud, Cloud Snapshot data is co-resident with primary volume data.  Cloud Snapshots provide an off-site backup copy but are not truly-independent and do not protect against failure of an entire cloud region, and are analogous to a snapshot replicated to another storage array Cloud Clones – Cloud Clones are point-in-time backup copies of volume(s) that are stored in the cloud separate from primary volume data.  Cloud Clones provide an off-site backup copy that is truly-independent, and are analogous to an off-site tape vault Customers that are interested in building a data protection policy similar to that of existing infrastructure will use a combination of the three technologies described above.  These policies can be implemented either using the appliance web GUI (supporting Windows, VMware, Linux, and other environments), or, using the StorSimple Data Protection snap-in for the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) when installed on Microsoft Windows 2008 servers.  It is important to note that the StorSimple Data Protection MMC snap-in provides application-consistent snapshots, leveraging the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) framework, whereas any policies implemented via the appliance web GUI will only provide crash consistency.  This document focuses specifically on the scheduling aspect of policies and does not examine the required consistency levels for any application.  In general, it is best to use the StorSimple Data Protection MMC when protecting data for Windows file servers, SharePoint, or Exchange, but these applications can be protected using policies created in the appliance web GUI if VSS support is not required. Back to Top
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