Share Commvault best practices
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We currently use IBM V5000 arrays for our Commvault backup target to land our deduped backups. We are starting to review other options to see what other fast, cost effective options are out there. I do prefer to use Fiber Channel connections, but open to options. Since Commvault is really the brain in our scenario, the storage array does not really need any features, just good speed. What Vendor Storage arrays do you use? Are you happy with it?
We are starting a new project with everything in AWS and planning to use commvault as our backup system via AWS. So Im still a novice with commvault and Im wondering when deploying the commvault image to an instance is it like everything wrapped up in one instance.? Such as the commserve, media agent etc…Or do I need to deploy various instances for each.? Do I need a server for commservr and another one for media agent etc…?
My company is planning to do a tech refresh on our aging data domain to a newer version. We also highlighted that we’re having backup slowness issues on some of our large Oracle databases & some NDMP backups. Our current configuration is backing up to a VTL located in our data domain & no compression or deduped are enabled from Commvault layer.Dell’s sales team advice us to purchase an additional license for DDBoost for the new Data Domain. This is because DDBoost will be able to perform a very good dedupe & compression rate from the source level before transferring it to our data domain, thus saving the time it took to transfer via network.However I’ve been checking around Commvault’s KB and looks like commvault only works with BoostFS & not DD Boost. I haven’t check with Dell yet regarding this. May I know has anyone implemented DDBoost on your environment for backing up databases/vm & NDMP?
HI Community, i am very interested in your thinking of customization of the following topics and if you do this and on which way you do this at the moment to achieve this goal. Webconsole Command Center Alerts Commcell Console GUI I am very excited about your answers and your experience with this topic. Cheers Philipp
Hello,we are trying to create a custom report for endpoint backup feature, but did not succeed yet. The thing is; Commvault’s existing reports does not have the client name and client owner name in the same report. Reports are server/client centric. But we want to have owner name besides the client name in the same report so that we can understand which user’s backup is ok and which user’s is not. Maybe someone had the same issue before and found a solution? would appreciate to hear opinions and suggestions. Regards.
With all of the cool features coming in our Feature Releases, I thought it would be handy to create a list of Best Practices for planning and Performing a Commserve update to a higher Feature Release.There’s definitely a lot of Proactive work that can go into your process that will save you from potential headaches or even nightmare scenarios!Check out the Planning documentation first Plan the Timing out in advance - Make sure any key stakeholders know the CS will be down during this planned upgrade Do you use any type of Commserve Failover? If so, note the instructions for those differ accordingly. Upgrading Hardware as well? Review the documentation on Hardware Refreshes. Suspending jobs - Ideally, have no jobs running; though some jobs can be suspended and resumed after others cannot be suspended and must be killed. Check and Double check that you have the Media Downloaded or if you are using the Commserve Software Cache, that it is updated with your required Maintenance Release.
Hi Fellas, Has anyone used the key below, is it safe to use? Will it have a negative impact on the server or the application running on it?I'm thinking of using this because while taking a backup on one of our servers, clbackup and cvfwd processes are using high cpu. Compression+dedupe are on media agent.By using this key, I aim to limit the max CPU usage of these processes, will the correct usage be as follows?https://documentation.commvault.com/additionalsetting/details?name=sSDTHeadMaxCPUUsage Best Regards.
Hi Fellas,We have a BI server that we use in our own environment. Here we want to make a report on the BI server. This report will show the following information. It will show information such as Client Name, hostname, type of agent installed on it, content, last backup date according to Agent, whether there is Aux Copy, next backup date. Which tables should we read on CommServ DB for this information? Or is there a SQL Query you know about it? Best Regards.
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
Hi folks, I have a question and or rather willing to have a discussion and sharing information about how we can minimize our efforts of clicking. Possibly share scripts that we have developed and help each other out on daily tasks. We all know that Java GUI has a lot of ways to do the same and it also involves a lot of clicking. For example, I was able to find and adapt qscripts, qoperations and API for quite a few good daily ops in my scripts, automation:Get clients associated to specific Client Group; Get Client Group to which specific server belongs; Add / Remove client from specific Client Group Start / Stop media agents maintenance mode DIP’s operations (enable/disable/remove/add) Commcell activity (Enable/Disable) Finding duplicate clients between our commcells And sure, all of it depends on the level of competence in automating, but Commvault being ‘old dinosaur’ can still be automated a bit. Now, for example I cannot find a way to write a script which switches preffered media
8332 18a0 05/05 11:06:42 ####### GetFromUsersPropDB() - Enter8332 18a0 05/05 11:06:42 ####### GetFromUsersPropDB() - Exit8332 18a0 05/05 11:06:42 ####### ::processAdUser() - Blobsize returned from processSSORequest = , dwErr=[0xc000019b]8332 18a0 05/05 11:06:42 ####### ::processAdUser() - Unexpected return code [0xc000019b] from processSSORequest8332 18a0 05/05 11:06:42 ####### ::processAdUser() - error not retrieved from formatMessageA(..)8332 18a0 05/05 11:06:42 ####### EvSecurityMgr::userLogin() - processAdUser returned [-1], "error not retrieved from formatMessageA(..)"8332 18a0 05/05 11:06:42 ####### EvSecurityMgr::userLogin() - Socket [0x0000000000004028]: Database error [-1/].8332 18a0 05/05 11:06:42 ####### ::sendResponse() - FAILED [DataBase Error.]8332 18a0 05/05 11:06:42 ####### handleLoginOperations() - Encrypted Login Failed.Browser Session Id 8332 6310 05/05 11:06:43 ####### dropConnection() - Socket [0x0000000000004028]: Closing Browser Sess
Hi CVcommunity, I do have a question and maybe some of you could point to what first steps should be taken to perform the following: We have backup jobs tha are failing with error codes such as ‘Waiting for services to come online’, ‘Error encountered when closing virtual device. Please see SQL server vdi.log for more details’ and etc. - Most of those jobs usually are fixed by simply resubmitting the job or resubmitting it after restarting client services….Is there an option that Commcell could run a workflow itself when job fails with such failure reason?Workflow should restart client services and resubmit the job.
Hello, We want to enable self user restores in our company. We are wondering how other Commvault customers have implemented this and what were the challenges. Are you using Command Center or api’s? How are you letting users to restore VM backups? It would be really helpfull to hear your suggestions. We are currently looking at Command center and API options.Thank you!
I have read a couple or articles on CommVault Online that say defragmentation of the Magnetic libraries is a good idea. Diskeeper, now Dymax IO, was listed as a certified product for online volumes. I am wondering if others defrag theire libraries for performance purposes, and what products they use. I have read in older articles that the native windows defragmentation tool can be used. Also it states that it should be done outside of backup hours (makes sense). Any feedback or information would be appreciated. Thanks
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.
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?
Hi Community, I want to know about the strategy which we can take for data protection of cloud workloads using CommVault .Do we need to deploy CS in cloud or we can use on-prem cs for backup of cloud as well as on prem workloads ? if yes , How ?Please share if there is any sample reference architecture diagram for backup of cloud workloads ?What type of backup library to be used for cloud workloads backups ?
Hello Team, We have configured Huawei FusionCompute VRM for virtual backup. There are physical Media agent servers, while running backup job is showing an error Ünable to read the virtual disks": Please advise, shall we use physical media agent server will use the virtual machine backup”
Hello,I have a doubt in setting up DDB Creation in awindows cluster environment.2 physical servers with installed media agent and a virtual storage (starwind)1) can the DDB be on the storage shared by the nodes of the cluster?2) Can I use only 1 DDB for all nodes (MA) or should I have a DDB for each MA?
Optimized For concurrent LAN backups is an option in media agent properties that helps to optimize the Operating System resources on Media Agent machine. It's recommended to enable this where there are multiple clients backing up to media agent.While enabling "Optimize for..." option is generally recommended, performance wise and when there are firewall rules in place, we need to consider the type of firewall rules in place. Generally speaking adding CVD port number (8400) as additional data port on the Media agent firewall rules is recommended for performance improvements. Additional ports are not needed on the client side here. System will only use the CVD port (default 8400) on the MA side as additional port so adding other ports on the MA won't help! Please note with CVD port in additional data ports, Client will transfer the data directly to MA on CVD port bypassing the firewall tunnel and it’s protocol.
Hi, maybe someone from the community also needed to automatically restart “Completed with errors” VM job only for failed vm’s? There is an option from GUI, but it would be much easier to restart it using api or wokflow. If someone found an option to do that it would be great if yu could share it! Thank you!
Hello everyone, hopefully wanting to get some recommendations and possibly help. We are currently shopping to replace our HP LTO6 SAS Tape Libraries. We are looking at the Quantum i3’s to support LTO8. First off let me explain our setup2 Media Agents 4 Tape Libraries (HP LTO6) - 2 of them directly connected 6GB SAS to 1 media Agent and the other 2 drives directly connected 6GB SAS to the other media agentWe are looking at the i3 but would want both media agents to be able to utilize the same drives from the unit. We know how we currently have it setup and 2 drives belong to one media agent and the other 2 to the other. So some quick questions:Any recommendations on other brands we should look at? Anyone recommend the quantum tape drives? What would the setup of this look like from a SAS to Media Agent setup look like? Right now obviously 1 media agent can’t use the other’s tape drives and we dont want to be in this position in the new setup. If we have 4 drives we want all of our medi
When a Teams chat is started it automatically creates a Exchange group mailbox, an OneDrive account for that same group mailbox and a SharePoint site for that Teams chat. All conversations are put in the Exchange group mailbox and up until October 2020 they could be found under the folder Conversation History\Team Chat. Now here comes the fun part, starting October Microsoft changed something in how they save the chats and they moved the chats to a new folder named ~TeamsMessagesData.During the roll-out of a M365 customer we encountered that the teams chats were not being backupped past September 2020 and as I could not find any issue with the back-up nor any configuration issues we opened a case with Commvault to research the issue. Big was our surprise as in the first reaction from the Commvault engineer I received the answer to my question, namely a hidden additional setting which would enabled the back-up of the new Teams chat folder, being:IncludeTeamsMessagesDataLocation = HKLM\
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