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Reconfigure a File server for backup

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If you want to attach servers to new server groups, you need to reconfigure your servers. When you assign servers to new server groups, the backup policies that the servers follow also changes. Server backups follow the schedule defined in the backup policy that is assigned to the newly changed server groups. 

Notes:

  • In scenarios such as deleting server groups where you must assign servers to other server groups, we recommend that you reconfigure the servers. 
  • You cannot change the storage at the time of reconfiguring a server. 
  • You cannot reconfigure a disabled server.​

To reconfigure a file server for backup

  1. Log on to Phoenix Management Console. 
  2. On the menu bar, click All Organizations, and select the required organization from the drop-down list.
  3. On the menu bar, click Servers
  4. Click the Configured tab.

Note: To locate your server, use the filter that appears at the top right side of the servers list. This filter uses server group as a parameter to display a categorized list of servers. 

  1. In the Name column, click the server name that you want to configure.
  2. On the Server details page, click Reconfigure for Backup.
  3. On the Reconfigure Server for Backup page, you can either create a new server group or attach the server to an existing server group:
    Field Description
    Attach to an existing server group  
    1. In the adjacent drop-down list,  select the Default Group or required server group. 
      Phoenix provides the Default Group that has a default backup and retention policy attached to it. While creating a new server group, you can attach a backup and retention policy to it.
    2. Click Next.
    3. Under Configuration Summary, verify the details and click Finish.
    Attach to an new server group  

    After you select the Attach to an new server group option, click Next.
    The Create a new server group page is displayed.

  4. On the Create a new server group page, provide the following information:
    Field Description
    Server Group Name Provide a unique server group name.
    Storage You cannot change the storage at the time of reconfiguring a server. 
    Backup Policy Select Filer Server under this option.
    File Server To create a new backup policy, click the Create New option. 
  5.  On the General information page, provide the following details.
    Field Description
    Name  The name for the backup policy that you want to create.
    Description

     

    A short description of the backup policy. 
    Policy Type This option  is set to File server. You cannot change this value. 
  6. Click Next.
  7. On the Backup Content page, provide the following details.
    Field Description
    All folders Select this option if you want to backup all the folders.

    Specific folders

    Select this option to backup a specific folder,  type the absolute path of the folder in the corresponding box, and click Add
    The folder path that you add appears in the box under Add option. 

    Note: To exclude any folder paths that are added for backup, click the delete icon  next to the folder path in the box under Add

    Exclude file types

    Select this option to exclude certain files from the backup.

    In the box below the option, select the file types that you want to exclude. 

    Note: If you selected Exclude file types, click More file extensions to exclude to provide the file extensions that you do not see in the default file type list. Type an extension preceded by an asterisk (*), for example, *.dotm. Separate consecutive entries using a comma.

    Example: Consider you have 100 files (Textdata1.txt to Textdata100.txt) stored on your system. To exclude all the files. click More file extensions to exclude and enter "Text*.txt ".

     Include file types

    Select this option to backup specific files.
    In the box below the option, select the file types that you want to include for backup. 

    Note: If you selected Include file types, click More file extensions to include to provide the file extensions that you do not see in the default file type list. Type an extension preceded by an asterisk (*), for example, *.dotm. Separate consecutive entries using a comma. 

    Exclude subfolders

    Select this option to exclude subfolders from backup, type the relative or absolute path to the folder in the box under Exclude subfolders option , and then click Add.

    Note: If you are configuring Linux servers, exclude cgroups from backup. 

    To include the folders that are excluded from backup by default, click the delete icon  next to the folder name in the box under Exclude subfolders

  8. Click Next.
  9. On the Backup Schedule, provide the following details.
    Field Description

    Start at

    The time when you want backups to start.

    In the adjacent box, select the AM or PM option depending on when you want backups to occur. 

    Note: Backup operations follow the time zone of the servers. For example, if you set a schedule for backups to start at 6 AM backups from servers located in New York and London will start at 6 AM EST and 6 AM UTC, respectively. 

    Duration

    The duration after which you want backup operations to stop.

    For example, if you set Start at to 9 AM and you set the duration to 2 hours, backups from your server start at 9 AM and stop at 11 AM, even if they do not complete.

    Max Bandwidth (Mbps)

    The maximum bandwidth that each servers can consume while backing up data to Phoenix. 

    For scheduled backup, the job will consume the assigned bandwidth. However, for manually triggered backup, the job will consume the available bandwidth on your network.

    Repeat on The days on which you want backups to occur.
    Delete a schedule The delete icon only appears if you have added more than one schedules defined. If you have only one schedule defined, you cannot delete it.
    Add More  To create multiple schedules, click Add More as many times as the number of schedules that you want to create.

    Ignore backup duration for first backup

    Ignores the specified backup duration for the first backup job.

    You can disable this option to enforce backup duration for the first backup job.

    Automatic Retry

    The option to define the automatic retrial options for backup.

    For more information, see  Backup Retry.

    Note: If you do not want to define the automatic retrial options, clear the Automatic Retry check box.

    Max number of retries

    In an active schedule window, the maximum number of retry attempts for a job.

    Note: By default, the field is set to 2 attempts.

    Wait interval before each retry

    The wait interval between each retry.

    Note: By default, the field is set to 10 minutes.

    Enable Smart Scan Smart scan optimizes the scanning duration for backup. You can enable or disable the Smart scan option for the selected backup schedule.

    See also, File Server FAQs

  10. Click Next.​​​​
    You can optionally define settings for executing the pre-backup and post-backup scripts on Windows or Linux server. For more information about pre-backup and post-backup scripts, see Pre and post backup scripts for File server.
  11. On the Pre/Post Scripts settings, provide the following details:
    Field Description
    Enable scripts for Windows servers:  Select this check box to enable the execution of pre and post backup scripts on Windows server. When you select the check box, the Specify scripts location field gets enabled.
    Specify scripts location Specify the folder path containing the pre_script.bat and post_script.bat backup scripts.
    Enable scripts for Linux servers: Select the Enable scripts for Linux servers check box to enable the execution of pre and post backup scripts on Linux server. When you select the check box, the Specify scripts location field gets enabled.
    Specify scripts location In the Specify scripts location field, specify the folder path containing the pre_script.sh and post_script.sh backup scripts.
    Skip backup if: Select one of the following options.
    Pre-script is not present at the specified location Select this option to skip the backup operation when the pre-backup script is unavailable at the location specified in the Specify scripts location field.
    Pre-script execution fails Select this option to skip the backup operation when the pre-backup script execution fails.
    Abort pre/post execution if it does not complete in XX Minutes Select the time in minutes after which the backup script execution to abort.
  12. Click Finish.
     The Configure Server(s) for Backup page appears. The File server backup policy created now appears in the File server drop-down list. Select the backup policy from the drop-down list to attach to your server.
  13. To create and apply a new retention policy, click Create New.

    Field

    Description

    Policy Name

    The name of the retention policy.

    Keep all snapshots for

    The duration for which you want to retain all snapshots.

    Keep weekly revisions for

    The duration for which you want to retain weekly snapshots.

    Keep monthly revisions for

    The duration for which you want to retain monthly snapshots.

    Keep yearly revisions for

    The duration for which you want to retain yearly snapshots.

  14. Click Save.
    The retention policy created now appears in the Retention Policy drop-down list. Select the retention policy from the drop-down list, and click Next.
  15. Under Configuration Summary, verify the policy details, server group, storage, and click Finish. 

Note: While reconfiguring a server, you cannot attach a server to a server group with incompatible agent version. For example, you cannot attach a server with agent version 1.x with a server group having MS-SQL Server policies. You cannot attach a server to a server group with unsupported operating system. For example, you cannot configure or reconfigure a Linux server to a server group having MS-SQL policies.