Let me toss something out there and ask your thoughts.
What if you could go to a website and start a backup or restore without ever using the GUI?
Is that something that would meet your needs?
Are you talking about not contacting the commserver ot just not using the GUI? Check out the documentation for command line backups using the "qcommands".
I'm sorry I wasn't to clear but I was not referring to the gui. I was just referring to the communication that is needed between the comcell server and the mediaagent at the remote site. If I can't communicate with it the commcell server the job will not run. But tell me more about this solution of not using the gui.
The backups jobs are scheduled for the evenings and there is no one there to run these command line scripts. Also I would only want it to run if there is no communication between the remote server and the comcell server. Is there a way then to setup a script that can tell there is no communication with the commcell server and so then run the script to perform the backup. That could be an option. Maybe use whatever commvault uses to check connectivity or even a ping test then if it times out run the backup from the script (just thinking out loud).
Connectivity of the commserver to the client is required for a backup to run regardless of how the backup is triggered (Through a script or the CS scheduler). This is because the CS monitors all the jobs running to handle resource management, as well as recording backup statistics. If there is a possible connectivty issue between the CS and a remote office, you may want to consider (If not already enabled) the firewall settings between the CS and any clients in the remote office. Even if no firewall is in use between these systems, connecting to a remote office, sometimes occurs through switches that have timeouts set on open ports to close them if inactivity is detected. By setting up the firewall rules between the CS and these clients you can set up "keep-alive" pings (The default is 5 minutes) between the systems to prevent ports from being detected as idle.
Here is a link to the 8.0 documentation for enabling firewall settings: