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Commvault Component outside an Active Directory Domain
Hi,I wanted to check what people’s thoughts were about keeping the Commvault components outside of the Active Directory Domain to reduce the risks of being compromised in case of a security breach, e.g. compromised AD Domain Admin credentials. I’ve had some customers ask me about this and wanted to check with the community.Regards,Jeremy
Upgrading Commvault SQL Database
Our Database team which handles SQL servers and SQL databases has sent us a notice that they are wanting to upgrade the SQL Database from 2014 to 2019. “Hello Team,BKR-BKCOM-01/COMMVAULT is still running on an old version of SQL 2014, hence we need to upgrade the server to latest version of 2019. Can you help us on how to proceed? This is a physical server so we need a new physical server to host the 2019 version then move the databases. Once tested, then we can offline the old 2014 version and online the new server to production.”I don't know if they are saying they want a new server for the Commvault Commserve or if they are hinting at their own server, which makes no sense why he added that in the email. Our specs for the commserve easily matches the SQL recommendations for 2019. My only thing i need help on is besides the article:https://documentation.commvault.com/11.24/expert/142607_upgrading_microsoft_sql_server_2016_express_to_microsoft_sql_server_2019_standard_edition.htmlIs
Report to find if a specific username is being used in multiple locations on Commvault
Report to find if a specific username is being used in multiple locations on Commvault We recently changed the password of a username that was being used to backup different environments.Is there a report in Commvault that I can use to search for a username such as domain\username so as to find out if it is being used to backup say 10 different environments.
Deploy Standby CommServe Server
Hi there! Could you please address me to the right procedure how to deploy Standby CommServe Server? I have found this page (https://documentation.commvault.com/11.24/essential/128066_deploying_standby_commserve_server.html), however we have no HyperScale Appliance it is just ordinary Commserve Server So, if I want to deploy Standby CommServe as DR site in case of speed failover, should I deploy the Standby CommServe as written there (https://documentation.commvault.com/11.24/essential/106129_installing_standby_commserve_host.html) In general, is deploying of the Standby CommServe host time consuming process or is it more intuitive task?
Install the Feature Release On the Standby CommServe Host and SQL Clients
Hello,I have a question regarding this procedure (https://documentation.commvault.com/11.24/essential/105913_installing_feature_releases_on_standby_commserve_host_and_sql_clients.html).Should be the point 2 ( From the Command Center, install the feature release or the maintenance release in the Standby Commserve Host and the SQL clients in both the production and standby CommServe hosts as follows ) run completely from the standby host?
How to propose new Commvault license to customers?
Commvault new licensing model very straight forward, but when we compare with earlier version its very flexible to match customer requirement. New license good for some one using hypervisor environment and if they planning to move cloud. But this new licensing model not suitable for onprem setup like they are using physical servers and are they have to backup separate NAS server etc….because its very costly backup solution.
Read-only Snapshots vs ransomware attacks
Is there anyone who would care to speak about (some pros and cons) using Snapshots to preserve Disk Library Mount Paths’s content? Our Storage System provide Snapshots that are read-only—they can’t be altered, overwritten, or deleted directly from Media Agent Servers. We are evaluating the possibility of creating a recovery point every 12 hours using Snapshots as an additional action beyond those described on the following pages. Mount Paths are essentially File Systems exported via NFS from Storage Systems that don’t support WORM.
You can manage and secure Commvault login credentials, application credentials, and administrative login sessions using CyberArk’s Privileged Credentials and Session Management solution.With CyberArk and Commvault integration, you can synchronously rotate account passwords across your environment. Commvault receives password rotation requests to update application and local admin account credentials so that backups continue to run seamlessly, without manual intervention. You can also use CyberArk session management to log on to Commvault using one-time use admin credentials. This went relatively straightforward. The only thing that is missing in Commvault is a way to verify that the password rotation was successful.One can either try using the commcell user or the application user to browse a subclient to test whether the change was successful. But this is a trial and error method. An enhancement to this plugin would be to have a report or an event log entry in Commvault that a change
How many media agents do you have setup for your backups?
Hello everyone,I’m curious to know how many media agents you guys are running for your backups? I have about 300 VMs + fileshares where I have daily, weekly, monthly and yearly jobs running from a specific media agent.The server fails from time to time due the amount of information that goes through it, a reboot would fix it and all the jobs would continue without a problem. I’m aware that I need more servers dedicated to act as media agent but I do not know how many I should have and the specs they should have.The media agent has the following specs: 2 CPU: E5-2670 v3 @ 2.30GHzRam: 256 GBA support agent mentioned one time that he saw some org having 10 servers acting as media agent only to run half what we have. It sound a bit overkill to me and I believe the specs of their servers may have been worst than what we’re currently running. So, how many media agent are you using in your org? What are the specs for your servers?
VMware Cloud Director plug-in experiences
Hi,We are in the proces of designing an environment based on VMware VCF with VMware Cloud Director. Customers will consume VMware services and others via Cloud Director hence we are thinking to use the Cloud Director from Commvault as well. Unfortunately I do not have a lab available right now to test it out but was looking for some screenshots/videos to get a better impression on the UX and its capabilities.Competition delivers Cloud Director nowadays based on the extension framework that was introduced some time ago, but I cannot get from the documentation if Commvault is using the same framework. VMware itself states they have an extension that is build by them, not by Commvault is that correct?C o h e s i ty R u b r i k Also curious to hear experience from other Cloud Director customers. We b.t.w. do have experience with the vCenter plugin which is also very disappointing.
MySQL Backup concept - Multi-Master & Master-Replica
Hello EveryoneI need your expertise advise on a failover solution for the backup configuration across multi master and master-slave setup.We want to know can if and how we can configure backups in multi-master and master-slave setup in such a way that the backups do not fail if the node where backup is running goes offline. ThanksSrikanth
Clients re- deployed using Jenkins + Ansible... how to make them re- register?
Hi..Scenario:Some clients are being re- deployed using Jenkins + Ansible... This re- deployment contains a decoupled install of the CVLT agent.After re- deployment, we need to go to "Client Computers", "New Client", "Unix", then enter the Client Name and Host Name along with "Fetch the configuration from the client that is installed in decoupled mode".What would be the best way to automate this, so one could skip the above steps... ? Can this be done from the client side...? (.SImwrapper tool maybe?)Any advice on this would be VERY much appreciated.. Thank you..Best regardsKim Rubeck Solstar
Maximum vs Fixed Number of Readers
Hi all,I would like to discuss the topic about Maximum and Fixed Number of Readers (Stream Readers). This option can be set up at Schedules window (Auxiliary Copy Job Options).Is there any rule, that says when there is better to have Maximum number of stream readers or just set only one allow stream reader? Especially for NDMP and ordinary File System agent aux jobs?
Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 deprecation in Feature Release 24
You may have heard or saw news that Microsoft will be deprecating Internet Explorer 11 to work with M365 apps and services on August 17th 2021, and full deprecation is slated to occur in 2022, due to the changes in web standards and availability of modernized IE/Edge browser. With this announcement we have decided to also deprecate support for Internet Explorer 11, and focus development/testing efforts on modernized browsers that take advantage of and accelerate many of the technologies that go into our Commvault Command Center. Leveraging Internet Explorer 11 in FR24+ may provide a degraded experience, so we recommend modern versions of Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari when accessing Commvault Command Center and web console. As we continue to evolve Commvault Command Center and pack it full of technology to enhance the user experience, speed, and load times, leveraging the recommended modern browsers will ensure the best possible experience. You can always find a list of suppor
Disabled backup activity on the client and data aging
Hi there,I would like to discuss the following situation:I want to disable backup activity on the client, however I want to keep aging of associate data as usual. Is there any workaround for it? It is possible to release lincence and deconfigure client, then data aging goes well... However, my question is:It is possible to keep data aging on the client that is only disabled from the backup activity?Thanks for your responses!
CDB Restore is failing with ORA-01031: insufficient privileges when using sysbackup privilige
Multi-tenant CDB restores fail during the recovery phase with the following error when using sysbackup privilige: RMAN-00571: ===========================================================RMAN-00569: =============== ERROR MESSAGE STACK FOLLOWS ===============RMAN-00571: ===========================================================RMAN-03002: failure of recover command at 05/11/2021 15:33:48RMAN-11003: failure during parse/execution of SQL statement: alter database recover datafile list clearORA-01031: insufficient privileges to overcome this error make sure that the user was created with container=all statement:Example:create user C##BACKUP identified by ********* container=all;
Reporting on environment that shows how much data has not been modified that we are backing up
My Boss found something he wants as a report and I don't know if there is a way specifically provide it. After reviewing a FLA (File Level Analytical) Report, the report shows specific servers that are backed up showing how much data we are backing up per client that hasn't been modified within Less than 3 Months, 3-6 Months, 6-12 Months, 1-2 Years, 2-5 Years, More than 5 Years. My boss loves this view point on a client level but wants to know if Commvault can do this on a grand level to show how much data we are backing up as a whole that hasnt been modified within Less than 3 Months, 3-6 Months, 6-12 Months, 1-2 Years, 2-5 Years, More than 5 Years. Does anyone know if there is a report such as this? My boss wants it at per site, but trying to think Commvault level and see if this is possible at library level, or media agent level?
Splitting Workload of data backups to increase backup performance
We have two clients that we are backing up which are taking up a huge amount of time to back up. Commvault confirmed its not the backups but the data traffic that is causing extreme lengths in time to back up. My networking team cannot go any further to increase the throughput for data. Brought this issue to my management and suggested to have a normal backup happen to the client on a daily basis and with a weekly full but the difference is to only have the backups not backup anything 45 days or older. Then once a quarter do a full backup of everything (including all the 45 days and older)This runs into an issue because I don't know how to setup another default subclient on the clients in order to generate a quarterly backup. I know normally this is all resolved if we have Commvault deduplication, but my companies motto is work harder not smarter and decided its to costly to have this option. Is there a way to get this results of:daily/weekly/monthly backup with only data that is withi
Office 365 SharePoint Storage Account for Restores
We have some customers (tenants) that are managed by a common support organisation, which is asking whether the Azure Storage account that is required for SharePoint restores needs to be within the tenancy hosting the SharePoint (M365) implementation. Presumably, they want to have their own storage account rather than ask each customer to create their own (this always seems to be an awkward conversation with customers for some reason). I’ve checked books online and it cannot find this detail.Is it possible to have the Azure storage account hosted outside the SharePoint tenancy and if so will Commvault restores cope with multiple parallel restores for different tenants (data segregation springs to mind)?We are running CV 11.22.19 and have V1 and V2 type agent for O365 applications.
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