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Overview

This article describes SEP sesam configuration of StoreOnce Catalyst storage system. Note that before you start with SEP sesam configuration, your HPE StoreOnce backup appliance must be set up correctly as described in HPE StoreOnce Configuration.

As of SEP sesam v. 4.4.3 Beefalo, you can use Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) StoreOnce Catalyst stores as a backup storage. HPE StoreOnce enables bandwidth efficient backup and restore over LAN, WAN and Fibre Channel. SEP sesam treats the StoreOnce Catalyst stores like any other devices. Note that before you configure a SEP sesam backup to StoreOnce Catalyst stores, your HPE StoreOnce backup appliance must be set up properly, as described in HPE StoreOnce Configuration. Ensure that all the requirements are met and check the minimum supported version of the HPE StoreOnce system.

Once your HPE StoreOnce appliance is set up and the Catalyst stores are created on the StoreOnce system, you can configure the HPE StoreOnce data store(s) in the SEP sesam GUI. As of v. 4.4.3 Beefalo V2, you can use Cloud Bank store(s) in order to replicate to the HPE Cloud Bank Storage; for details, see Creating HPE StoreOnce Cloud Bank store.

Configuring HPE StoreOnce data store

SEP sesam HPE StoreOnce data store is a special device type used for writing savesets directly to HPE StoreOnce Catalyst stores.

  1. In the Main selection -> Components, click Data Stores to display the data store contents frame.
  2. From the Data Stores menu, select New Data Store. A New Data Store dialog appears.
  3. In the Name field, enter the name for the HPE StoreOnce Catalyst store equal to the name you have specified during HPE StoreOnce Catalyst store creation, for example, Catalyst_Store_1.
  4. From the Store type drop-down list, select HPE StoreOnce.
  5. Make sure that the option Create Drive is checked under the Drive parameter properties. The predefined value for the drive is automatically added to the Drive number field.
    Then check Create new drive group. By activating this option, SEP sesam will automatically create a new drive group.
  6. The predefined number of channels is already displayed in the Max. channels drop-down list. The number of available channels depends on your SEP sesam Server package. The standard license supports 10 concurrent streams, enabling 10 backup processes to run simultaneously. For details on SEP sesam licenses, see Licensing.
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  8. Size and Disk space usage
    As of Beefalo V2, the SEP sesam data store Disk space usage option for HPE StoreOnce Catalyst Store supports Catalyst Store Physical Storage Quota and Logical Storage Quota. Depending on your StoreOnce store configuration at the time of this setup, the Capacity and High watermark values are set automatically according to the HPE Catalyst store storage quotas or its overall size (if no quotas are set). For details on quotas, see HPE StoreOnce Configuration – Storage Quotas. The following applies:
    • If Physical Storage Quota is set, the Disk space usage shows the Used/Total/Free values corresponding to the physically occupied space for the HPE Catalyst Store.
    • If Logical Storage Quota is set, the Disk space usage values are set to reflect the Logical Storage Quota specific values.
    • If neither of the two storage quotas is set, the calculation takes into account the overall HPE StoreOnce sizes. Bear in mind that the Catalsyst stores can consume capacity from the common storage pool and the values displayed will indicate the actual disk space usage of the latter.
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    There are several factors that affect the size parameters of the Catalyst store and you may need to adjust the (Size) Capacity and High watermark values to allow correct calculation if any of the following applies:
    • If the StoreOnce data store was set up with HPE StoreOnce overall sizes, e.g., in version Beffalo, and then you upgraded to Beefalo V2 with HPE StoreOnce storage quotas set, the pre-set Capacity and HWM values are far too high thus causing backups to fail.
    • If the StoreOnce data store was set up with storage quotas set and these are later deactivated, the SEP sesam Capacity and HWM values are much too low. Consequently, the data store status is set to "failed" by data store size check.
  9. Switch to the HPE Credentials tab, click New and create a new credential set. Note that for each Catalyst store a separate credential set must be created.
  10. Depending on your connection (Fibre Channel or Ethernet), you have to specify the following settings:

    • Catalyst over Ethernet
      • Data adress: Resolvable host name of HPE StoreOnce system.
    • Catalyst over Fibre Channel
      • Data adress: Fibre Channel Identifier. It is in the format COFC-<device-id>, e.g., COFC-1JB6Q36FMNR4JG0X.
      • Identifier: Use the Catalyst Client Name as user name (can be found in the StoreOnce GUI -> Permissions tab of the configured Calayst store).
      • Catalyst password/Verify Catalyst password: This is the password that was used when creating the Catalyst store, see Configuring Client Access permission.

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  11. You can create media pool(s) for the HPE StoreOnce data store immediately by clicking Create Media Pool button or later in the HPE StoreOnce data store properties. If you have decided to create media pool(s) later, click OK to configure your StoreOnce data store

Configuring HPE Cloud Bank store

The HPE Cloud Bank storage is supported exclusively as a Catalyst copy target (not as a backup target) and should be used for long-term retention and archive of backups and offsite backup copies intended for disaster recovery.

Configuring a Cloud Bank store as a replication target is pretty straightforward and does not differ much from the configuration of a regular Catalyst store, described above.

  1. In the Main selection -> Components, click Data Stores to display the data store contents frame.
  2. From the Data Stores menu, select New Data Store. A New Data Store dialog appears.
  3. In the Name field, enter the name for the HPE StoreOnce Cloud Bank store equal to the name you have specified during HPE StoreOnce Cloud Bank store creation, for example, Cloud_Bank_Store_1.
  4. From the Store type drop-down list, select HPE Cloud Bank Store.
  5. Make sure that the option Create Drive is checked under the Drive parameter properties. The predefined value for the drive is automatically added to the Drive number field.
  6. Under the Drive parameter properties, also select Create new drive group. This is required for SEP sesam to automatically create a new drive group.
  7. The predefined number of channels is already displayed in the Max. channels drop-down list. The number of available channels depends on your SEP sesam Server package. The standard license supports 10 concurrent streams, enabling 10 backup processes to run simultaneously. For details on SEP sesam licenses, see Licensing.
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  9. Switch to the HPE Credentials tab, click New and specify your credentials, as described in the above procedure (step 8).
  10. You can create media pool(s) for the HPE Cloud store immediately by clicking Create Media Pool button or later in the HPE Cloud Bank store properties. If you have decided to create media pool(s) later, click OK to configure your HPE Cloud Bank store.

After you have configured your HPE data stores, you have to create media pools for the backup and replication, respectively, as described in HPE StoreOnce Backup and HPE StoreOnce Replication.