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Posts Tagged ‘reporting’

Recovery reporting comes to NetWorker

Posted by Preston on 2009-12-02

One of the areas where administrators have been rightly able to criticise NetWorker has been the lack of reporting or auditing options to do with recoveries. While some information has always been retrievable from the daemon logs, it’s been only basic and depends on keeping the logs. (Which you should of course always do.)

NetWorker 7.6 however does bring in recovery reporting, which starts to rectify those criticisms. Now in the enterprise reporting section, you’ll find the following section:

  • NetWorker Recover
    • Server Summary
    • Client Summary
    • Recover Details
    • Recover Summary over Time

Of these reporting options, I think the average administrator will want the bottom two the most, unless they operate in an environment where clients are billed for recoveries.

Let’s look at the Recover Summary over Time report:

Recover summary over time

This presents a fairly simple summary of the recoveries that have been done on a per-client basis, including the number of files recovered, the amount of data recovered and the breakdown of successful vs failed recovery actions.

I particularly like the Recover Details report though:

Recover Details report

(Click the picture to see the entire width.)

As you can see there, we get a per user breakdown of recovery activities, when they were started, how long they took, how much data was recovered, etc.

These reports are a brilliant and much needed addition to NetWorker reporting capabilities, and I’m pleased to see EMC has finally put them into the product.

There’s probably one thing still missing that I can see administrators wanting to see – file lists of recovery sessions. Hopefully 7.(6+x) would see that report option though.

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IDATA Tools v4.1 out now

Posted by Preston on 2009-09-14

I’m pleased to report that IDATA Tools v4.1 is now available. This new version features a host of updates, including but not limited to:

  • New utilities:
    • mediafree – Designed for use in VTL environments, this utility allows you to free up media within VTLs on the basis of all savesets on individual volumes (a) exceeding a user-nominated time since generation, and (b) having clones in all user nominated pools. This can be run interactively or automated using command line options.
    • backup-report – Designed to produce and email a daily report of all backups generated the previous day, delivering for each backup the client, saveset name, size, start and finish time, pools and volumes written to. This can be delivered in one of CSV, HTML or Excel format, with HTML and Excel format including totals, etc. While the default execution is for the previous day, the actual timeframe can be user specified. A sample HTML report covering weekend backups on a lab server can be seen here.
  • Reporting enhancements:
    • Various utilities have been updated to support non-US date formats as a configuration option.
    • Utility recyclable-volumes now has an option to report recyclable volumes by location rather than pool; for “lights out” style environments this allows quick checks of available media per jukebox. Additionally, sites that make use of the NetWorker location field will be able to quickly see what volumes in external storage have become recyclable as well.
  • Configuration and documentation enhancements:
    • Core utilities that require configuration file setup now include a -H help option which produces a sample configuration class; this sample class can then be copied and pasted into the configuration file and adapted to suit local needs.
    • Some previously included features were inadequately documented; these have been corrected.
  • And of course, reported bugs have also been fixed.

For more information on all the utilities in IDATA Tools, check out my original post on them, Turbocharged Administration with IDATA Tools, and the announcement for IDATA Tools v4.

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