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Discover and Migrate - External Data Connector

Perform a Discovery

Once External Data Connector is installed on the Veeam server, information about each Veeam client can be incorporated into your CommCell Console by performing a discovery operation. The discovery process collects information from the Veeam server and transfers this information to the CommServe database. Once complete, the CommServe computer creates CommCell entities that correspond to the original Veeam entities. You can perform discovery at the subclient level and run discoveries on-demand or schedule discoveries to run at a specified time.

  • Discovery operations might fail if the Veeam server password is entered incorrectly or Veeam services are not running. To determine which failure occurred, right-click the failed discovery job in the Job Controller window, and then select Job Details. The Description field will display the job failure reason.
  • If you install the External Data Connector from the installation package created using the Download Manager, the client computer name and host name must be the same for discovery operations to complete successfully. This is not required if you install External Data Connector using the CommCell Console's Install Software feature.

Run a Discovery Immediately

During the first discovery job, a full discovery runs and collects information on every Veeam client as well as the operations and settings associated with them. Later, run incremental discovery operations that collect only new or changed information.

  1. In the CommCell Browser, right-click the External Data Connector node, and then click All Tasks | New Instance | Veeam.

    The External Data Connector dialog box appears

    If the Advanced Option was used to install the External Data Connector, you will not have to create an instance.

  2. On the General tab, enter the following information:
    • In the Server box, enter the Veeam databasename.
    • Under User Credentials, enter the user name and password for the master server.
  3. Click OK.

    An instance, default backup set, and subclient are now created and ready for the discovery process.

  4. Right-click the subclient where you want to discover Veeam data, and then click Discover.

    The Discovery Options dialog box appears.

  5. On the Job Initiation tab, select Immediate, and then click OK.

    You can track the progress of the backup job from the Job Controller window. When the backup has completed, the Job Controller displays Completed.

Schedule a Discovery

  1. In the CommCell Browser, right-click the External Data Connector node, and then click All Tasks | New Instance | Veeam.

    The External Data Connector dialog box appears

    If the Advanced Option was used to install the External Data Connector, you will not have to create an instance.

  2. On the General tab, enter the following information:
    • In the Server box, enter the Veeam databasename.
    • Under User Credentials, enter the user name and password for the master server.
  3. Click OK.

    An instance, default backup set, and subclient are now created and ready for the discovery process.

  4. Right-click the subclient where you want to discover Veeam data, and then click Discover.

    The Discovery Options dialog box appears.

  5. On the Job Initiation tab, select Schedule, and then click Configure.
  6. The Schedule Details dialog box appears.
  7. Select the appropriate scheduling options.
  8. To configure settings in the Advanced Schedule Options dialog box, click Options .

    Specify any of the following options:

    • Range of recurrence: Specify the date on which you want this schedule to take effect.
    • Repeat:Select the value for which you want to run the job repeatedly on the day in which the job is scheduled to run.
    • Time Zone: Select a specific time zone from which the job schedule time will be based.

    You can also confirm and/or edit (where applicable) your choices from the Job Summary tab. For a monthly or yearly schedule, you can select either a standard calendar or a custom calendar.

    Click OK once all the desired options have been configured.

  9. Click OK.

    Your discovery operation executes according to the specified schedule. You can track the progress of the backup job from the Job Controller window. When the backup has completed, the Job Controller displays Completed.

How Discovery Works

The discovery process occurs in two phases:

  1. Query Veeam client information.
  2. Merge Veeam information into the CommCell Console.

During the query phase, information about Veeam's entities, backup jobs, schedules, and storage resources are compiled in the form of XML files. This data is then transferred to the CommServe computer. If necessary, you can restart a discovery job from the beginning of the transfer phase.

During the merge phase, External Data Connector maps each Veeam component, such as virtual machines, backup jobs, and backup repositories, to the appropriate CommCell entity. In cases where there is no direct match between a Veeam component and CommCell component, External Data Connector will incorporate as much information as possible into a CommCell entity that most closely resembles the original Veeam entity.

Perform Your First Migration

Once a discovery job runs, you can migrate Veeam clients to the CommCell Console by installing CommCell software components, such as the File System, Exchange, or SQL iDataAgents. After the software installation, the CommCell Console creates a new set of entities, such as backup sets, which can be configured to perform future backups. Once migrated, you can run backup jobs for the client computer.

The migration process consists of the following phases:

  1. Install CommCell Components on the Veeam server.

    Note: By default, all discovered Veeam client computers migrate in a disabled state. This means that no CommCell licenses are consumed during the discovery process. When installing CommCell components onto the discovered client computers, the appropriate component license will be consumed during the installation process.

  2. Enable Data Protection and Recovery for the client computer.
  3. Enable Schedules and Schedule Policies to activate the original schedules associated with the client's Veeam jobs.

Once these phases are complete, you are ready to run backups and restores for the client computer. Refer to the documentation for your components for detailed information on protecting and recovering data.

Note: Prior to running backups, ensure that the subclients created do not contain any duplicate content.

Enable Data Protection and Recovery

Next, enable data protection and recovery for the client computer to begin running jobs.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the CommServe, client computer group, client computer, agent, or subclient, and then click Properties.
  2. In the Associated Properties dialog box, on the Activity Control tab, select or clear any options, as needed.
  3. Click OK.

Enable Schedules and Schedule Policies

Finally, enable schedules and schedule policies if they are not currently enabled for your client.

Viewing Job Information

Once you have migrated Veeam clients to the CommCell Console and have run your first backups, you might want to view specific historical information about the jobs, such as the following:

  • Items that failed during the job
  • Items that succeeded during the job
  • Details of the job
  • Media associated with the job
  • Events of the job
  • Log files of the job.

This information can be viewed in the Job History window, which is accessible at the client computer, agent, instance, or subclient level in the CommCell Console.

The contents of the history depends on the entity from which the job history is viewed. For example, viewing job history from the subclient level will yield information for only the jobs performed in that subclient. Conversely, viewing job history from the backup set level will yield information for jobs run from all subclients within the backup set.

To view job history:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the client computer, click View | Job History.
  2. From the Job History filter window select the filter options, if any, that you want to apply, and then click OK. The system displays the Job History window.

    Once you have chosen your filter options, they appear in the Job History window.

    To view the additional options discussed above, right-click the desired job, and then choose an option.

  3. Click OK to exit the Job History window.

Last modified: 2/27/2018 8:30:52 PM