File archiving behaviour in Simpana 10

Last post 04-04-2014, 11:28 AM by Ben-G. 2 replies.
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  • File archiving behaviour in Simpana 10
    Posted: 04-04-2014, 6:12 AM


    I have a customer who just purchased Simpana 10 to archive files from Windows file server. Simpana wil be used for archiving only, as the backu portion is taken care by their exisitng CA software. 

    Customer's requirement is pretty straigfht forward:

    - Customer has a windows file server (cluster setup) that they want to archive the file out of it to a 2nd tier storage.

    - The archive storage device consist of NetApp storage and an LTO4 tape autoloader.

    - The core archiving criteria is to archive any file that is last modified more than 2 years (730 days) ago to the disk storage and aux copy to tape media.

    - Stub file is created during the archiving process to maintain user access transparency.

    - The archived file will stay on disk storage for 2 years (730 days) and on tape media for 7 years.  The archived copy on each archive storage tier is to be pruned (aged / purged) off after its respective retention period is over. 

    But when I look at Simpana 10's one pass agent configuration I noticed there seem to be a problem:

    - one pass agent runs synthertic full in order to purge off older archiving jobs.  however in the process it also rolls up the old archived files into the latest synthetic full job, thereby causing the data stays in the archive storage forever, despite the retention is over.

    - one pass agent does not clean up stub, unlike in classic file archving agent.  thus the only way to get data pruned off from archived storage is to manually remove stub files to trigger the file from being dropped from the later synthetic full cycle.


    is there anyway I can do with Sipana 10's one pass agent to achieve what customer want? or I have to go back to Simpana 9?




  • Re: File archiving behaviour in Simpana 10
    Posted: 04-04-2014, 11:08 AM
    • Ali is not online. Last active: 07-03-2019, 12:32 PM Ali
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    Hi Ben,

    If you have this runing in a lab setup, there is a retention tab on the sublclient properties which I believe is what you're looking for, there you can specify additional retention parameters.

  • Re: File archiving behaviour in Simpana 10
    Posted: 04-04-2014, 11:28 AM
    Hi Ali, thanks for your reply. I have checked the setting under retention tab. The first settings defines when to prune archived file from backed storage after user delete the stub, which is manual work. The second option defines when to prune archived file from backed storage after system deleted the file, which only works when no stub is created during the archive process. What the customer need is create stub during archive job, and automatically remove the data from respective tier storage after the retention period. The retention for disk copy and tape copy is different. In previous version, stub is removed by CV after the last archive copy expires.
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