Step 2: Clients 4.4

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Step 2: Clients

You can configure a new client in the Main selection -> Components -> Topology -> New client.

Tab Client

Depending on the operating system of a client, either Windows, UNIX, VMS or NetWare platform is selected. You can select a location to which you want to add a new client from the drop-down list of configured locations.

The name of the client to be backed up (target client) is the hostname of this computer on a given network. The backup data may reside on the server (typical); on the client (Remote Device) either on second disk drive or tape; or the data may be sent over a LAN or WAN to a Storage Area Network.

If there is a name server (DNS) in the network, SEP sesam automatically selects the TCP/IP address. Otherwise it must be entered in the etc/hosts file.

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Operating system 
Select the operating system version of the computer you are adding as a client.
Access mode  
Select the access method for the server-client communication.
  • CTRL: Default access mode.
  • SSH: SSH method is an encrypted network connection, based on SSH implementation of the used operation system. You must configure automatic login from SEP sesam Server to client using the public key.
  • SMSSH: SEP sesam's SSH based control communication. For details, see FAQ: access permissions.
  • PROXY: Use this method if there is no direct remote access to the client. The data transfer is executed via vendor specific protocols, the client is accessed via the mandatory data mover. For details, see What is a SEP sesam data mover. The following protocols are supported: vSphere (vCenter Server), Citrix Xen Server, NetApp and Novell SMS for NetWare 5.1/6.0/6.5.
  • RSH: Remote Shell is a historic old option, which is rarely used.
Last message 
Once configured, the most recent system status message is displayed (e.g. communication error during client creation).
Notes  
Optional comment.
Interfaces 
Information sign.png Note
Only edit this field if a client is a SEP sesam Server or Remote Device Server (RDS).

If there is an additional network for backups available, the resolvable and changed DNS-name of a second network card of the SEP sesam Server can be entered into a new line. If several network cards are available, they need to be known to the DNS otherwise the connection to SEP sesam Server will fail.

The network protocols for data transfer can be set by using the common prefixes ftp:// (default), http:// or https://. For each protocol one interface has to be added in the interfaces box separated by single spaces. One interface for the HTTP protocol http://<hostname>:11000 and one interface for the HTTPS protocol https://<hostname>:11088.

VM Server Type
If the client should be handled as a VM server, select the relevant type. This enables, for example, browsing the virtual environment when creating backup tasks.
SBC Version

In the left corner, there are two additional options:

Locked for backups
If a client needs to be excluded from the backup for technical or other reasons, you can deactivate it by checking this option.
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If this option is set, the client will not be backed up until it is unlocked again even if it is scheduled for backup.

Client is a virtual machine
Selecting this option allows you to edit the VM host (name of the VM Server) and the VM name. These values are used to identify the backup client as a VM in a virtual environment.

Tab Options

By default, SEP sesam uses random ports that are assigned by the operating system for its data connections. However, if you want to back up a client which is behind a firewall, you must manually define the ports. The available options depend on the client type. For details, see Topology: Firewalls.

Additional tab

If you are configuring clients that must be backed up by special backup types, additional settings must be specified. A third tab is available for the following backup types: Microfocus Open Enterprise Server, VMware, Citrix XEN, MySQL, PostgreSQL, NetApp, REV. For example, for Novell OES or NetWare server backup you have to specify the login data for the eDirectory and select the appropriate data mover. For Novell, this is a SEP sesam Novell Client which is installed on Linux computer with Novell Storage Management Services (SMS).

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For more information on specific backup type, see the respective wiki articles under Extensions.

Once all the options are set, click Create or OK. Clicking Create will leave the dialog window open, allowing you to quickly configure several clients one after another.
Then a new dialog box appears asking whether you want to create a new backup job for this client. Click Yes to create a backup task or No if you intend to configure your backup later. For details, see Standard Backup Procedure.

Your new client is displayed in the Topology content pane.