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To ensure that all managed computers are perpetually backed up to a consistent location, the Management Console allows the creation of Repositories. Each repository contains backup information such as, storage location, network access information, credentials required to access the resource and other basic storage management.

Repositories are required in order to use the central backup scheduling and queuing facilities in the Management Console. Once a repository has been set up, a Backup Definition can be configured to back up to the Repository according to a Schedule.

The following types of Repository backend are available:

  • Network Share - Any Windows or SMB network share may be used as Repository storage
  • Amazon AWS Storage Gateway - if an AWS Storage Gateway is available, it can be used as a Repository backend.

Adding a Repository

Repositories are managed by selecting the 'Repositories' link from the main interface under the 'Setup' main category. Initially the Repository interface will have no saved repositories and show some quick help notes. 

To create a new Repository, click the 'New Repository' link in the upper left, as seen in the image above. This will display the 'Add Repository' wizard shown below:

The initial repository wizard page allows the type of Repository to be selected. Once the appropriate type has been selected, click 'Next' to move to the next step.

Depending on the Repository type chosen, the next stage will be different. See the appropriate section for details.

Network Share Repository

For a Network Share type repository, the next stage of the wizard is shown below:

This stage of the wizard allows you to configure the network path and access credentials for the Repository. The available options are as follows:

 

OptionDescription
Path

This option will let you select the path to the network share in Windows UNC format.

Example: \\SERVERNAME\Share

Authentication

Here you will input the authentication credentials that are needed to access the repository.

 

The user requires to have Read and Write access to the repository so that the backup may be created and retention rules can be applied. If the field is left blank the default credentials will be applied.

Once the network authentication information has been entered, press next to continue to the Configuration page. 

This page contains configuration options for how the Repository will be used by the scheduled backup system. The available options are:

 

OptionDescription
Purge oldest backup set(s)

An optional value that will delete your old backups once the free space has reached a defined threshold.

 

This setting is independent of any retention rules configured in Backup Definitions and applies to all activity to this repository.
Simultaneous Scheduled BackupsThis value sets the number of backups which can be performed to the repository simultaneously. The default value is 1, but it can be increased to a maximum of 10.


Once completed, the Repository can be saved by clicking the 'Finish' button, which will return to the Repository list. 

Once Repositories have been created, the interface shows the Repository list, as seen below

For the Network Share Repository, free disk space is shown.

Amazon AWS Storage Gateway

See Amazon AWS Storage Gateway for information on configuring an on-premise gateway to the Amazon cloud.
Once setup, the next stage is add the AWS Storage Gateway settings, as below

Once the Access Key ID and Secret Key ID of the Storage Gateway have been entered, press Validate to get a list of gateway names and volumes to select.

Once the correct gateway name and volume have been selected, press next to move to the next step, configuring the local share and authentication options.

This stage of the wizard allows you to configure the network path and access credentials for the Repository. The share entered must be mapped to the AWS Storage Gateway volume selected. The available options are as follows:

 

OptionDescription
Path

This option will let you select the path to the network share in Windows UNC format.

Example: \\SERVERNAME\Share

Authentication

Here you will input the authentication credentials that are needed to access the repository.

Once the network authentication information has been entered, press next to continue to the Configuration page. 

This page contains configuration options for how the Repository will be used by the scheduled backup system. The available options are:

 

OptionDescription
Purge oldest backup set(s)

An optional value that will delete your old backups once the free space has reached a defined threshold.

This setting is independent of any retention rules configured in Backup Definitions and applies to all activity to this repository.
Simultaneous Scheduled BackupsThis value sets the number of backups which can be performed to the repository simultaneously. The default value is 1, but it can be increased to a maximum of 10.


Once completed, the Repository can be saved by clicking the 'Finish' button, which will return to the Repository list. 

Once Repositories have been created, the interface shows the Repository list, as seen below

For the Amazon AWS Storage Gateway Repository, the following data is available:

  • Free space on the volume as a pie chart
  • Upload buffer used/free
  • Gateway information and statistics
  • Volume information and statistics

Viewing Repository Information

The Repository view shows information on the Repository which has been selected in the list on the left-hand side of the screen. This information consists of:

    • Repository Status - Disk space used and any specific information for the selected repository.
    • Scheduled Backups - Any Backup Definitions scheduled to run on this repository are listed here.
    • Forecast - If Backup Definitions are schedule, a forecast of upcoming activity is shown.
    • Event Log - A log of actions, warnings and error events that have happened for the selected repository.

Scheduling Backups

The 'Schedule Backups' button shows a list of all Backup Definitions and Schedules which can be scheduled in this Repository:

Pressing 'OK' will schedule the selected Backup Definition to be backed up to the Repository according to the chosen Backup Schedule. The Repository information will update to show the newly scheduled backups:

The scheduled items can be paused by the toggle control in the 'Backup Status' column or removed permanently by the 'Remove' button.

The 'Event Log' tab contains a reduced version of the Event Log, filtered to show only information relevant to this repository:

For more details, see the Reviewing Management Console Activity page.

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