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Docs latest icon.png Welcome to the latest SEP sesam documentation version 4.4.3. For previous documentation version(s), check Documentation archive.


Overview

SEP sesam now allows you to handily check the state of SEP sesam Servers by using its web dashboard. SEP sesam Dashboard is an easy-to-use online monitoring tool that constantly tracks SEP sesam operations and their state and provides key metrics of your backup environment.

You simply need to access a web dashboard to check if all your backups and restores have been completed successfully and review other various useful information, such as daily, weekly, monthly or custom statistics on SEP sesam events, on total size of backed up and restored data and on data store utilization. You are able to filter the reports by events, clients, tasks and state; check backups and restores per client or application over time; get an overview of up-coming events and data store utilization.

You can export the report data into CSV (can be opened in Excel), JPG and PNG formats, which can be used for further analysis purpose.

All information provided by SEP sesam centralized online dashboard is currently read-only, but it will soon be possible to also administer your servers from dashboard.


Dashboard access

You can access the dashboard by typing the following information in the browser address bar:
http://[servername]:11401/sep/ui
or
https://[servername]:11401/sep/ui.

Example: On the SEP sesam Server the following 'localhost' link will open the SEP sesam Dashboard: http://localhost:11401/sep/ui

As of SEP sesam v. 4.4.3.33, the dashboard is also available in the GUI from Main Selection -> Monitoring -> Dashboard, or by clicking dashboard icon in the menu bar.

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Navigating dashboard reports

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SEP sesam Server details

The name of the SEP sesam Server is displayed in the upper left corner. Clicking its name provides information on GUI Server version, GUI Server Git ID, kernel version, DB type, encoding type, build host, as well as installation date and server's time zone. Additionally, all Java-related information and server's operating system are shown. If authentication has not been enabled on the server, a message is displayed notifying that no authentication is required at login.

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Home, notifications, help & language

In the upper right corner, the dashboard home, notifications, help and language menus are available. This menu is always present and enables you to return to your dashboard home page any time, to review notifications, access online help, and choose or change the display language.

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Notifications
SEP sesam Server sends different types of messages – notifications. They are intended to notify a user of important events and announcements, such as information on latest patches, license violations, non-configured interfaces, as well as announcements of a new release or alerts about issues and errors that are sent via RSS feeds.
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A notification's status can be open or acknowledged. Notification remains open until being acknowledged through the notification center in the GUI. This means that you can check all messages displayed in the dashboard, but you cannot change their state. For this, you have to use SEP sesam GUI -> menu bar -> Window -> Show notification center. For details, see Notification center.
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Help
Shortcuts to different types of user assistance are provided from the Help menu:
  • Overview provides a description of all dashboard reports and functions.
  • Sesam API Documentation is available to provide access to the SEP sesam functions and services as a third-party software.
  • SEP sesam wiki (you are currently using it) is a set of wiki topics documenting SEP sesam concepts, procedures and tasks.
  • SEP sesam forum is a place where you can find helpful solutions and workarounds from the SEP sesam users.
  • Video tutorials provide step-by-step tutorials and screencasts covering a wide range of topics, from basic configuration to setting up backup and recovery in specific environments.
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Time range selector

Time range selector allows you to specify the time span of the report. By selecting start and enddates from the calendar you can specify a custom date range. You are able to view reports for any time period, including days, weeks, months, and years. Your dashboard is updated every time you log in and reloads data every few seconds. It shows the reports for the last 3 days by default.

Note that the days are always defined by sesam backup day that depends on the newday event.

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Report & layout

Use the Report button to export the dashboard overview data into PDF. You can use the Layout button to filter the reports by excluding monitoring and/or restores from the dashboard view, and set your preferred layout.

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Common navigation options

Generally, the dashboard provides navigation through its reports with the following common items:

  • setting date range: use the time range picker to display a report for a predefined time period, such as today, 2 days (2d), 3 days (3d – default) or 1 week (1w) or define your custom time range for the reports (see Time range selector).
  • refresh (first button), show/hide report (second button) and maximize and open as full screenbuttons (third button): use the buttons to refresh your reports, hide them or open them in full screen mode
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  • export as button: to export your currently displayed report, click the button and select one of the available formats
  • a link below the report: click a link below the report to display the detailed view for the selected report
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Dashboard elements

The dashboard contains the following reports:

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Last backup state

This report shows the last run of each backup task that is configured on the server. The backup jobs are displayed in a table format with each row representing a specific backup task and its information: last run status, backup event type, start time of the last backup, start time of the last successful run, start time of the last full backup, backup data size and client.

Clicking the arrow next to the backup task name displays task-related history: the status of all previous jobs for the selected task (in queue, active, successful, warning, cancelled, error), backup type (C,F,D,I), start and end time, and data size. You can filter the results by tasks, by clients, by states and by backup (event) types. Filtering by tasks enables you to check selected backups with configured tasks or backups without configured tasks. You can also check which tasks have never been backed up by selecting tasks without backups.

You can export the last backup state report as CSV file by clicking the export as button.

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Monitoring

This report provides an overview of all jobs that occurred during a given time period. The jobs are displayed in a table format with each row representing a specific job. The information includes: job's state, event type, start and duration, as well as SEP sesam message about the event.

If you want more details on a job, click on a table row to display the job's information box under the table. Depending on job, its details include additional information, such as related task, event type, start and end time, media pool, EOL, drive etc.

You can filter the results by time, by client, by state or by event type.

You can export the monitoring report as CSV file by clicking the export as button.

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Backup state over time

This report provides an overview of all backups that occurred during a given time period in the form of a bar graph. Each bar represents the results of one sesam backup day, depending on the newday event. The information includes: the number of successful backups, the number of failed backups (error), the number of backups that completed with warning and the number of cancelled backups. Hovering over the report displays additional details.

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You can filter the results by time, by state or by client.

  • To filter the results by job's state, click the state(s) which you want to exclude from report.
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  • To filter the results by client, click the link View backup state by client. A report with backup graphs for each individual client is displayed. If you want to check the details only for a specific client, enter its name in the Client name field.
    Use the legend buttons above the graph – successful, warning, cancelled, error, or use the Sort by drop-down list to filter information that you want to be displayed in a graph.
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You can export the backup state report as PNG or JPG file by clicking the export as button.

By clicking the Dashboard button at the top of the page, you get back to the dashboard home page.

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Total backup data size over time

This report provides information on total and average data size that has been backed up during a given time period in the form of a line chart for all clients and tasks. The size chart can help administrators to analyze and predict growth trends for the SEP sesam environment. This report can also be useful for estimating the amount of data to be restored.

To filter the results by client or by tasks on the particular client, click the link View backup data size by client.

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Clients

This graph shows the data size of backup jobs for all clients. You can filter the results by time by using the time range picker, or by client. You can deselect a client from being displayed in the graph by clicking its name in the list/legend below the graph. Further breakdown by a specific client shows the backup data size for each backup day and enables the administrator to check every client's contribution to the capacity usage.

If you want to check the details only for a specific client, enter its name in the Client name field under Search clients or use the client icon under the chart to select it. Note that each client is identified by a different color. By selecting a particular client, the tasks graph will show backup data size for each task on the selected client.
If you want to compare specific clients, click the Compare button and select the clients you want to compare. You can compare any number of clients by selecting them one by one from the Search clients drop-down list. Alternatively, you can select the clients you want to compare by deselecting unwanted clients in the list/legend below the graph.

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Tasks

By default, this graph shows the backup type and size of all backup jobs for the previously selected client, or in the case of comparing different clients, for the last selected client in the above Clients graph. You can search the backup tasks, compare them and/or filter by backup event types.

Regardless of your previous client selection, you can compare backup tasks of different clients by selecting Compare and then selecting the tasks from the Search tasks drop-down list one by one. When a task is selected, it is immediately shown in the graph. You can select any number of tasks to be compared by repeating the selection procedure. All selected tasks that match the specified filters (time range and optionally backup type) are shown in the Tasks graph. Alternatively, you can select the tasks you want to compare by deselecting unwanted tasks in the list/legend below the graph.

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You can export the backup data size reports as PNG or JPG file by clicking the export as button.

By clicking the Dashboard button at the top of the page, you get back to the dashboard home page.

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Application based backup state

Application-based report provides an overview of all backups sorted by applications which were backed up during a given time period. Each bar represents the results of one sesam backup day, depending on the newday event. The information includes: the number of successful application backups, the number of failed application backups (error), the number of application backups that completed with warning and the number of cancelled application backups. You can filter the results by time.

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To filter the results by application, click the link View backup state by application over time (or click on table row).
A report with backup graphs for each individual application is displayed. If you want to check the details only for a specific application, enter its name in the Application name field.
Use the legend buttons above the graph – successful, warning, cancelled, error, or use the Sort by drop-down list to filter information that you want to be displayed in a graph.

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You can export the application-based backup state report as PNG or JPG file by clicking the export asbutton.

By clicking the Dashboard button at the top of the page, you get back to the dashboard home page.

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Current data store utilization

The data store current utilization overview provides information on configured path and Si3 data stores and their actual usage in the form of a bar graph. It helps identify the amount of storage that is in use, the total capacity and the configured size of data store.

The graph shows the state of HWM and LWM, and the amount of filled (used) space in data store. For the Si3 deduplication store, it shows the deduplication rate, the actual used space in GB (filled) and the size of stored data (stored). If the size of actual used (filled) space is larger than the configured capacity on data store (overflow of data store size), the status bar color is changed to red.

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To check utilization for each individual data store, click the link Show utilization by data store. A report with utilization for each individual data store is displayed. The graph provides information on when the data store capacity, HWM and LWM values have changed, when (if) the data store ran out of space and if the purge was able to fix this problem. If the filled (blue) line is above the capacity (orange) line, you have to either change the EOL of some save sets in the data store and execute a purge, or you have to adjust the capacity. For details, see Data Store.

  • Use the time sliders (round icons on each side of the graph) to shorten (or lengthen) the time range of your timeline.
  • Use the legend buttons below the graph – filled, LWM, HWM, capacity to exclude the selected criteria to be displayed in a graph.
  • If you want to check the details only for a specific data store, enter its name in the Search field.
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You can export the data store utilization report as PNG or JPG file by clicking the export asbutton.

By clicking the Dashboard button at the top of the page, you get back to the dashboard home page.

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Restore state over time

This report provides an overview of all restores that occurred during a given time period in the form of a bar graph. Each bar represents the results of one sesam backup day, depending on the newday event. The information includes: the number of successful restores, the number of failed restores(error), the number of restores that completed with warning and the number of cancelled restores. Hovering over the report displays additional details.

You can filter the results by time, by state or by client.

  • To filter the results by job's state, click the state(s) which you want to exclude from report.
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  • To filter the results by client, click the link View restore state by client. A report with restore graphs for each individual client is displayed. If you want to check the details only for a specific client, enter its name in the Client name field.
    Use the legend buttons above the graph – successful, warning, cancelled, error, or use the Sort by drop-down list to filter information that you want to be displayed in a graph.
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You can export the restore state report as PNG or JPG file by clicking the export as button.

By clicking the Dashboard button at the top of the page, you get back to the dashboard home page.

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Total restore data size over time

This report provides information on total and average data size that has been restored during a given time period in the form of a line chart. To filter the results by client or by tasks on the particular client, click the link View restore data size by client .

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Clients

This graph displays the restore data size details for all clients. You can filter the results by time by using the time range picker, or by client. You can deselect a client from being displayed in the graph by clicking its name in the list/legend below the graph.

If you want to check the details only for a specific client, enter its name in the Client name field under Search clients or use the client icon under the chart to select it. Note that each client is identified by a different color. By selecting a particular client, the tasks graph will show restore data size for each task on the selected client.
If you want to compare specific clients, click the Compare button and select the clients you want to compare. You can compare any number of clients by selecting them one by one from the Search clients drop-down list. Alternatively, you can select the clients you want to compare by deselecting unwanted clients in the list/legend below the graph.

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Tasks

By default, this graph shows the restore type and size of all restore jobs for the previously selected client, or in the case of comparing different clients, for the last selected client in the above Clients graph. You can search the restore tasks, compare them and/or filter by restore event types (full or selective restore).

Regardless of your previous client selection, you can compare restore tasks of different clients by selecting Compare and then selecting the tasks from the Search tasks drop-down list one by one. When a task is selected, it is immediately shown in the graph. You can select any number of tasks to be compared by repeating the selection procedure. All selected tasks that match the specified filters (time range and optionally restore type) are shown in the Tasks graph. Alternatively, you can select the tasks you want to compare by deselecting unwanted tasks in the list/legend below the graph.

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You can export the restore datasize report as PNG or JPG file by clicking the export as button.

By clicking the Dashboard button at the top of the page, you get back to the dashboard home page.

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Next events

This report shows an overview of all scheduled events (backups, restores, migrations etc.) for the next couple of days, sorted by date & time in ascending order. The up-coming scheduled events are displayed in a table format with each row representing a specific event. If you want more details on it, click on row to display the event's information box under the table.

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By clicking the Dashboard button at the top of the page, you get back to the dashboard home page.

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See also

Data Store