Appliances

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Appliances Node

This node enables the user to configure multiple StorSimple appliances to connect to a single host. Users are now able to add and import a restored appliance configuration even if the original IP has changed. This feature provides a seamless solution for restoring and mounting backup type volumes on any Windows host. It also allows the users to import and manage backup configurations, volume groups and backup runs created on any appliance. 

 

Using this node, you can add, delete, refresh and rescan any appliance. Additionally, the user can view more information pertaining to any appliance.

 

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Selecting the ‘Appliances’ node in the Scope Pane displays the following information about the Appliances:

  • Name – refers to the name of the StorSimple appliance as configured via the ‘Name Settings’ in Setup Wizard of the web UI.
  • Address – refers to the IP address (data port) of the StorSimple Appliance that MMC is connected to.
  • Type– this field can be specified as ‘Configured’ or ‘Referenced’. Any appliance that is added is brought in as type ‘Configured’. An appliance is automatically brought in as type ‘Referenced’ when a volume group is created for a mounted volume.  If the user enables the Rescan schedule on a ‘Referenced’ appliance, it automatically changes the type to ‘Configured’.
  • Status– this can be specified as ‘Available’ or ‘Unavailable’ depending on whether you can connect to your StorSimple appliance.
  • Last synced– this informs the user the date and time when the MMC UI last synced-up with the StorSimple appliance.

This page will also discuss the common tasks associated with the 'Appliances' node such as -

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Adding an Appliance

Selecting the Appliance node will display the ‘Add’ option in the Actions Pane.  Clicking on ‘Add’ will display the New Appliance Configuration dialog:

 

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Supply the IP address of the appliance (IP of one of the data ports as configured via Setup Wizard) and click on ‘Check’. This will verify whether or not the appliance is available.  If the appliance is not available for any reason, then the user will be notified and can cancel out of this dialog.

 

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If the appliance is available, proceed to ‘Accept’. The added appliance will show up in the Results Pane and type field shows as ‘Configured’. 

 

When the appliance is added as described above, its associated volume groups and backups if any are also imported. Any policies that existed on the appliance are not imported. Only those volume groups are imported that have associated backup.  The imported volume groups are easily distinguished (as opposed to the ones created in the MMC UI itself) in the UI as a suffix is added to each indicating the appliance from which they were imported. 

 

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If you wish to hide the imported volume groups and backups, access the context menu for the top-level ‘local host’ and choose the ‘Toggle Imports Display’. You will be notified that the imported volume groups and backups are now hidden.

 

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The Scope Pane updates and the imported volume groups and backups are no longer visible.

 

 Note: Volumes are not automatically created on import.  If the user chooses to restore a volume or clone one from a backup run, then he needs to establish an iSCSI connection. The desired volume will then surface and can be mounted.

 Note: When a Volume Group is imported; a check is made for associated volumes.  If present, the volumes will be used and appear in the Volume Group (after being discovered via iSCSI, initialized and formatted).  If empty, it is up to the user to configure it at their discretion. 

 Note: Policies are not imported when an appliance is added. All the policies must be created by the user on the host.

 

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Deleting an Appliance

A right-click on the selected appliance in the Results Pane will present the user with Delete option. If the user proceeds with this delete, the appliance type changes from ‘Configured’ to ‘Referenced’, provided there are referenced volume groups and backup runs.  If there are no associated volume groups and backups, the appliance will be deleted.

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Refresh an Appliance

The refresh process available via the appliance context-menu will retrieve volume groups and any associated backup runs.  Refresh will also be available from the Actions Pane when the appliance node is selected. Unlike Rescan, it does not perform Backup Registry restore.

Note: ‘Referenced’ appliances are automatically refreshed every hour. This is not configurable. 

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Rescan an Appliance

Rescan performs the same sync process as Refresh, but also performs a full backup registry Restore.  Backup registry refers to the list of all the Cloud Snapshots and Cloud Clones stored in the configured cloud storage for all service providers.

Rescan can be scheduled by the user to synchronize on a regular basis. This can be done by configuring the appliance rescan schedule.  The user can specify the frequency, start data and time, next run and advanced settings such as repetition, expiration and duration.

 

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 Note: Please note that a Rescan or Refresh process once initiated cannot be cancelled. Also, there is no event as a result of Rescan or Refresh.

 

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With the 'Appliance' node selected in the scope pane, right-clicking will present the user with context menu.  Selecting the ‘Details’ option presents the following dialog to the user.

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Under the ‘General’ tab, the StorSimple appliance name, model number, software version residing on your appliance and the appliance serial number are displayed. In the ‘Rescan Schedule’ tab, you can view the rescan schedule specified for the appliance.

 

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In particular, you can specify the frequency, start time and recurrence in the ‘Settings’. Under ‘Advanced Settings’, you can also specify repetition, repetition frequency, expiration and whether the schedule is enabled or not.  You can also view the details of last sync up of the appliance with the MMC UI.

 

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