Backups

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You can access the Backups option in the left navigation panel of the SANtricity Cloud Connector application. The Backups option displays the Backups page, which allows you to create new image-based or file-based backup jobs.

Use the Backups page of the SANtricity Cloud Connector application to create and process backups of E-Series volumes. You can create image-based or file-based backups and then perform those operations immediately or at a later time. In addition, you can choose to perform full backups or incremental backups based on the last performed full backup. A maximum of six incremental backups can be performed based on the last full backup performed through the SANtricity Cloud Connector application.

Note All timestamps for backup and restore jobs listed under the SANtricity Cloud Connector application use local time.

Create a new image-based backup

You can create new image-based backups through the Create function on the Backups page of the SANtricity Cloud Connector application.

Before you begin

Make sure you have storage arrays from the Web Services Proxy registered to the SANtricity Cloud Connector.

Steps
  1. In the Backups page, click Create.

    The Create Backup window is displayed.

  2. Select Create an image-based backup.

  3. Click Next.

    A list of available E-Series volumes is displayed in the Create Backup window.

  4. Select the desired E-Series volume and click Next.

    The Name the backup and provide a description page of Create Backup confirmation window is displayed.

  5. To modify the auto-generated backup name, enter the desired name in the Job Name field.

  6. If needed, add a description for the backup in the Job Description field.

    Note You should enter a job description that allows you to easily identify the contents of the backup.
  7. Click Next.

    A summary of the selected image-based backup is displayed under the Review backup information page of the Create Backup window.

  8. Review the selected backup and click Finish.

    The confirmation page of the Create Backup window is displayed.

  9. Select one of the following options:

    • YES — Initiates a full backup for the selected backup.

    • NO — A full backup for the selected image-based backup is not performed.

      Note A full backup for the selected image-based backup can be performed at a later time through the Run function on the Backups page.
  10. Click OK.

    The backup for the selected E-Series volume is initiated, and the status for the task is displayed under the result list section of the Backups page.

Create a new folder/file-based backup

You can create new folder/file-based backups through the Create function on the Backups page of the SANtricity Cloud Connector application.

Before you begin

Make sure you have storage arrays from the Web Services Proxy registered to the SANtricity Cloud Connector.

A file-based backup unconditionally backs up all files on the filesystem you specify. However, you can perform a selective restore of files and folders.

Steps
  1. In the Backups page, click Create.

    The Create Backup window is displayed.

  2. Select Create a folder/file-based backup.

  3. Click Next.

    A list of volumes containing file systems available for backup is displayed in the Create Backup window.

  4. Select the desired volume and click Next.

    A list of available filesystems on the selected volume is displayed in the Create Backup window.

    Note If your filesystem does not appear, verify your filesystem type is supported by the SANtricity Cloud Connector application. For more information, refer to Supported file systems.
  5. Select the desired filesystem containing the folder or files to backup, and click Next.

    The Name the backup and provide a description page of Create Backup confirmation window is displayed.

  6. To modify the auto-generated backup name, enter the desired name in the Job Name field.

  7. If needed, add a description for the backup in the Job Description field.

    Note You should enter a job description that allows you to easily identify the contents of the backup.
  8. Click Next.

    A summary of the selected folder/file-based backup is displayed under the Review backup information page of the Create Backup window.

  9. Review the selected folder/file-based backup and click Finish.

    The confirmation page of the Create Backup window is displayed.

  10. Select one of the following options:

    • YES — Initiates a full backup for the selected backup.

    • NO — A full backup for the selected backup is not performed.

      Note A full backup for the selected file-based backup can also be performed at a later time through the Run function on the Backups page.
  11. Click Close.

    The backup for the selected E-Series volume is initiated, and the status for the task is displayed under the result list section of the Backup page.

Run Full and Incremental Backups

You can perform full and incremental backups through the Run function on the Backups page. Incremental backups are only available for file-based backups.

Before you begin

Make sure you have created a backup job through the SANtricity Cloud Connector.

Steps
  1. In the Backups tab, select the desired backup job and click Run.

    Note A full backup is performed automatically whenever an image-based backup job or a backup job without a previously performed initial backup is selected.

    The Run Backup window is displayed.

  2. Select one of the following options:

    • Full — Backs up all data for the selected file-based backup.

    • Incremental — Backs up changes made only since the last performed backup.

      Note A maximum number of six incremental backups can be performed based on the last full backup performed through the SANtricity Cloud Connector application.
  3. Click Run.

    The backup request is initiated.

Delete a backup job

The Delete function deletes backed up data at the specified target location for the selected backup along with backup set.

Before you begin

Make sure there is a backup with a status of Completed, Failed, or Canceled.

Steps
  1. In the Backups page, select the desired backup and click Delete.

    Note If a full base backup is selected for deletion, all associated incremental backups are also deleted.

    The Confirm Delete window is displayed.

  2. In the Type delete field, type DELETE to confirm the delete action.

  3. Click Delete.

    The selected backup is deleted.