Tasks By Clients 4.4

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Tasks By Clients

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The status of a backup task is shown as a colored, rectangular icon.

  1. Icon without additional rectangle: The backup has not started, or the last backup log has been erased from the tape.
  2. Icon with a green rectangle: Last backup task status 'successful without warnings' or 'successful with warnings'.
  3. Icon with red rectangle: Last backup task 'unsuccessful/failed'.
  4. Icon with purple rectangle: Backup task stopped.

Clicking Properties or double-clicking the backup task displays all details of the selected task.

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Up to SEP sesam version 4.4.3 Grolar, it was only possible to deactivate a schedule. As of SEP sesam v. 4.4.3 Grolar, it is also possible to disable a particular task or a whole task group without deleting it permanently and without cancelling all other events related to the same schedule. For details, see Disabling and Enabling Backup Task and Disabling and Enabling Task Group.
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  • Properties: Shows the details of the backup task.
  • Immediate start: Allows you to initiate a process manually, see Immediate start.
  • New backup task: Opens a dialog for configuring a new backup task.
  • New restore task: Opens a dialog for configuring a new restore task. The new restore task option opens the restore wizard, as described in Restore. If you select the restore from this location certain parameters will be pre-set. A task name will also be automatically assigned.
  • Results: Shows the last backup details for this task, see Properties of a finished backup.
  • Copy (available only for backup task)
  • Delete: Deletes a task from SEP sesam.

Create a new backup task

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Task name
Name for a backup task.
Task type
The default task type is Path backup (files, directories). By selecting the source, the task type is set automatically.
Name of the host that should be backed up.
Specify disks, directories, files to be backed up. When specifying more than one source, use commas to separate them. By selecting the source, the task type and task name are set automatically.
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When using a Netware NSS Filesystems on Linux OES the NSS Volumes are normally found below the Linux path /media/nss.
Exclude List
With the exclude list certain directories and files can be excluded from a backup. The selection is made with regular expressions except for NetWare file systems where file the patterns '*' and '?' are used. For details on various exclude options, see Creating Exclude List.
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If you want to suppress a specific directory, you should enter the complete path name. Multiple excludes are delimited with commas.

The selections in the upper right of the window next to the input fields Source and Exclude List open the Client browser.

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The client browser is kind of cross-platform file explorer. It does not only show files and directories in the tree view, but also databases, pipes, sockets, character or block devices if they are relevant for data backup. The extended functions can be accessed by right-clicking. A progression bar is included for supervising the resulting character string in case of an overflowing enumeration or rather exclude listing. By the Legend button a dialog with a short description of the icons appears.

Additional information about the backup.
Create New
You can create more than one task of that client at a time.
Additional backup options can be defined in the Save options field:
Descend directories on other file systems
Only valid for Unix systems. Other partitions, which are mounted to the file system by symbolic links, are accessible.
Save data mounted by NFS
Follows and saves mount points, which reside on another host system by NFS.
Backup with LVM
Automatically triggers a snapshot when the backup source is on a LVM volume.
Backup with VSS
Actives the using of Microsoft Volume Shadowcopy Service. It works only on Windows operating systems with installed VSS services.


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Pre/post options provide a choice to specify a predefined pre/post operation for backup and restore. Setting pre/post actions for backup and/or recovery on or off is applied globally.

Pre/post are SEP sesam configurable interfaces, intended for system administrators. They are executed on the SEP sesam Client (note that SEP sesam Server is always a backup client too) and perform additional actions (such as exporting a database, restarting a database, sending emails) before a backup or restore is started or after a backup or restore is finished according to the user specified commands.

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To use a pre/post interface, you have to activate it first and create your own commands. Interfaces can be activated in GUI: in the menu bar, click Configuration -> Interfaces -> select the interface you want to activate and the client. The interface script window opens, allowing you to configure the desired action. Once done, click Save to activate the interface. The interface is saved to the <SESAM_ROOT>/bin/sesam directory. For more details, see Using Pre and Post Scripts.


Execute pre  
Execute pre script before actual backup.
Ignore pre error 
Forces a backup job to start even if the pre-commands were not properly executed.
Execute post  
Commands written in the post-interface will be initiated.
Ignore backup error 
Switches on/of if the post script is executed after a faulty backup.


Execute pre  
Commands written in the pre-interface will be initiated.
Start restore in spite of pre error 
Forces a restore task to complete even if the pre-command script was not properly executed.
Execute post  
Commands written in the post-interface will be initiated.
Start post in spite of restore error 
Forces the post script to execute after a faulty restore, e.g., a paused database will be restored even though the restore task failed.
Additional Call Arguments (Expert Options) 
Save options  
Further parameters which depart from the standard backup procedure can be added (e.g., -v 3 for higher log level).
Restore options  
Same as backup options, but only in the event of a restore.

Encryption & Compression

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Encryption & Compression enables you to select the type of encryption and specify whether you want your data to be compressed.

Select it if the data stream should be encrypted. You can select between 64-bit Blowfish or 256-bit AES encryption. Keep in mind that the data is encrypted by the client, so he has to carry the (processor) load. Additionally, the encryption slows down the data transfer considerably. You can decide if the password hash should be stored in the SEP sesam database or not. If it should not be stored in the database, the SEP sesam will ask for the password at every restore event of that task.
Information regarding the setting/selection of a encryption key.
Define new keyword 
If any of the encryption options is selected, new button appears. Clicking Define new keyword opens the following fields:
new keyword
Specify your encryption password.
repeat keyword
Re-enter your encryption password - type it manually, do not cut and paste.
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The password/keyword must be at least one (1) character and maximum 27 characters in length. It cannot include any special characters or spaces.
Compression (only available for Windows)
Compression is enabled on tape drives by default. If the hardware is not able to perform compression a software compression can be activated here.
options yes or no

Task Groups

By using the tabs Task Group or Schedules the task can be directly assigned to a task group or schedule.

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Task Groups show the list of all existing task groups in your SEP sesam environment. If you want to add a task to one or more of the already configured task groups, click the checkmark next to the target task group. Organizing related tasks into groups can simplify your backup scheduling. For details, see Grouping of SEP sesam Components 4.4.


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Schedules show the list of all configured schedules in your SEP sesam environment. If you want to add a task to one or more of the already configured schedules, first click the checkmark next to the target schedule, and then select the target media pool from the drop-down list. For details on scheduling, see The SEPuler - an event calendar.

Novell SMS

Additional tabs can be displayed depending on clients task type (e.g., Novell SMS, Exchange Access, Citrix XenServer, etc.).

Novell SMS tab is only shown on Linux clients that can work as a data mover for Micro Focus Open Enterprise Server (formerly Novell OES) clients. It is possible to grant every task a different logon to the eDirectory.