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Backups by state

From Job State -> Backups, you can check the details of all performed backups, such as status, backup EOL, data size, throughput, etc. You can filter backup operations by time, by client or location, by their status and/or by event type.

You can check the details of your backups online by using Web UI. For details, see SEP sesam Web UI.

You can change the order of the columns by dragging-and-dropping the selected columns. By selecting a task and clicking the button Properties or by simply double-clicking the task you can view its details. An active task can be canceled by selecting it and clicking the button Cancel.

By right-clicking a column header the following pop-up menu appears:

It enables you to resize the columns, to show all hidden columns or to set up displayed columns. By selecting Column Selection, you can simply select the relevant check boxes to set up which columns will be displayed.

View Mode

The View Mode button enables you to switch between table view and tree view and group the same backup task states in one item.

  • Tree view: SEP sesam default view shows the status of individual backup tasks grouped in a hierarchical view.
  • Table view: A simple flat view shows the status of each backup task in turn.
  • Group by: You can group the same backup tasks in one item (by task, by task and date or by task and subgroup by date) and view their current status. Grouping allows you to quickly check the success of backup jobs (useful for backups that run several times a day and generate a large number of backup jobs in one day, such as SAP HANA or Oracle). You can identify the status of a grouped task by the color of the State column. If the grouping contains backup jobs with different states, the icon is displayed in two colors. For example, a square with green at the top and red at the bottom means that the last run of the task was successful, while a previous run ended with errors.

In some cases, clicking the Refresh button is not enough to display the updated view. You can clear the GUI cache memory by using a force refresh: press the Shift and Refresh buttons to reload the view.


The Filter is located at the top right of the window. You can filter the jobs by date, by client or location, by their status, by task name, and/or by event type.

The control window all servers is only visible for the SEP sesam Master GUI. With this option, the system administrator can manage specific SEP sesam Servers from a single location.
Filter: Date range and clients

Use Date range and clients to filter backup jobs by date, by client and/or by location.

Date (Sesam Date): Use the date range specification from/to to specify the date range for the displayed backups.


  • Location: Filters the backups according to the specified location.
  • Client: Filters the backups according to the selected individual client.
  • All servers: This switch is only available in a Master GUI environment. It is used by the system administrator to display the backups of all servers that are managed with the Master GUI.
Filter: State

Use the State filter to display or hide the backups according to one or more selected states.

In Progress

  • In queue: If the start time of a task is reached, but SEP sesam is still busy with other jobs, the task is placed to a job queue and executed by SEPuler according to its priority.
  • Active: The backup job is currently running.


  • Canceled: Backup job is canceled by user.
  • Error: Fatal error occurred during the backup, therefore the backup has failed.


  • Successful: Backup has finished successfully.
  • Warning: A warning occurs during the backup.

All states

  • On: If selected, all backup jobs are displayed regardless of their status.
Filter: Type

You can filter the jobs by event type, such as backup, command, etc., and further refine the displayed results by backup level (when applicable; Full, Diff, Inc, Copy).


  • Newday: Shows predefined SEP sesam daily event (NEWDAY) which is used to define a new backup day.
  • Backup: Shows all backup events.
  • Migrations (available in v. ≤ 4.4.3 Beefalo V2): If turned on, the migrations are displayed next to the backups. This can be useful when periodic dependencies should be compared.
  • Startup: Shows startup events that are running after the SEP sesam Server is restarted. These events are not running regularly; they are triggered automatically by server startup.
    • Command: Shows all command events.
    • Group: This is a placeholder for grouping of single tasks and can be turned on/off.
    Filter: Task name

    You can filter the backup tasks by their name. They are displayed under the search field. You can select one or more tasks by holding down the CTRL-key and clicking the name(s).

    Filter: Filter settings

    In the Filter settings you can activate or deactivate the automatic refresh of the result table.

    Properties of a finished backup

    You can view the details of a specific task by selecting and double-clicking it (or by clicking the Properties button).

    Info 1

    Displays information about saveset, level, drives, backup EOL, etc.

    • Saveset: The name of the saveset.
    • Location: The location of the client.
    • Media pool: The name of the media pool used for the backup.
    • Drive: The number of the used drive for backup.
    • Start/Stop time: Recorded start and stop time of the backup job.
    • Backup EOL: You can click the drop-down list for the Backup EOL and modify the expiry date for all data that belongs to the same backup. Note that modifying backup EOL will affect all backups in a backup chain, if a saveset with adjusted backup EOL is a part of it. For details, see Changing Retention (EOL).
    • State: Status of the backup (Successful, Error, etc.)
    • Client: The name of the backup client.
    • Level: Backup level (F=Full, C=Copy, I=Incremental, D=Differential).
    • Size: The size of the backed up data specified in bytes.
    • Throughput: Average throughput of the process.
    • Overall duration: Duration of the backup.
    • Locked: Savesets of this backup must not be deleted.
    • Note
      In SEP sesam ≤ 4.4.3 Beefalo V2, the backup locked status is only applied to the selected backup, so you need to manually lock all backups in a backup chain as well as migrated and replicated backups. With v. 5.0.0 Jaglion, the locked status is automatically applied to all savesets of a backup (backup chain, migrated and replicated savesets). You can also lock your backups in SEP sesam Web UI.
    • Storage Location: All backup task related storage details, e.g., media, saveset EOL, etc.
    • Message: Detailed information about the backup status.
    Info 2

    Information about media number, system backup, backup source, SBC start and runtime, status of encryption and compression, etc.

    Main Log

    Main log is the log of the SEP sesam Client (SBC) processing. It records the events that occur during a backup process (startup/shutdown information, errors, etc.) depending on the configured log level. Every time the EOL is modified, the corresponding information is shown in the main log. Note that as an advanced user it is possible to set up a higher log level than default to get more information about the specific backup. See Setting Log Level.

    The new Download button enables you to download a current main log file or the archive with all files included.

    Trace Log

    Trace log (lgc log) is the log of the SEP sesam kernel modules. It records detailed information about the backup process depending on the configured log level. Trace logs are typically used for analysis and debugging purposes.

    The Trace log tab is only available in advanced UI mode (formerly expert GUI mode). To check the Trace log, make sure your UI mode is set to advanced. For details, see Selecting UI mode.

    Running SEP sesam with a higher log level than default might be useful when you want to get more information about specific events or modules or when asked by support in the course of diagnosing your specific problem. Note that increasing the log level increases the amount of information being logged and may negatively affect the performance of SEP sesam. For details, see Setting log level globally for SEP sesam kernel modules.

    The new Download button enables you to download a current trace log file or the archive with all files included.

    Pre Log

    Pre log is only shown if you have activated a Pre interface (automatically via GUI: Configuration -> Interfaces) to perform the specific operation before a backup job is started, e.g., stop a database or an antivirus service before the backup. For details, see Using Pre and Post Scripts.

    Post Log

    Post log is only shown if you have activated a Post interface (automatically via GUI: Configuration -> Interfaces) to perform a specific operation when the backup session stops, e.g., starting a database or shutting down a computer after the backup. For details, see Using Pre and Post Scripts.


    The Savesets tab lists all currently saved backups. For details on how to check backup chain dependencies, see Backup Chain Dependencies.

    See also

    Monitoring and ReportingSEP sesam Web UISetting Log LevelUsing Pre and Post ScriptsAutomatic Retention (EOL) ManagementChanging Retention (EOL)Backup Chain Dependencies

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