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The Scope Pane

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This is the primary navigation mechanism for the StorSimple Data Protection MMC Snap-in.




It consists of a series of groups of clickable objects (nodes) organized in a branching scope structure. The top-level objects in the scope are referred to as master nodes. You can click on the + plus icon to expand a branch and the - minus icon to collapse the branch.  For each node you can:


  • Right click and display a context menu of available actions for that node


  • Select the node to see the available operations in the Actions Pane. Depending on the status of the node selected in this pane you are presented with a menu of actions in the Actions Pane


The screenshot above displays the following master nodes in the Scope Pane:


  • Appliances – refers to the StorSimple appliances connected to the MMC UI. This node allows the user to import any StorSimple appliance and its associated volumes, volumes groups and backup copies. Multiple appliances can be configured to connect to a single host.


  • Volumes – presented in form of drives corresponding to the volumes mounted by the host, including those discovered through use of iSCSI and a StorSimple appliance.


  • Volume Groups– also referred to as consistency groups.  Volume groups are pools of application-related volumes used as part of scheduling.  Backup jobs (Snapshots, Cloud Snapshots, Cloud Clones) are taken interactively or as part of a schedule against volume groups.


  • Policies – refer to job schedules, including those of Snapshots, Cloud Snapshots, and Cloud Clones.  Policies match a schedule to volume group and the user can apply the appropriate retention policy.


  • Backup Copies – is a list of on-site and offsite backups of the StorSimple volume groups.  This section is organized by volume group, each containing separate structures for Snapshots, Cloud Clones, and Cloud Snapshots.  Each volume group container, when expanded, enumerates all of the successfully completed backup jobs that were taken either interactively or by a configured schedule.


  • Jobs – contains three sub-folders to enumerate types of jobs; jobs scheduled in the future, completed jobs, running jobs, and status information for each.


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