How can I force my vcenter jobs to go against my Data Archive license?

Last post 05-04-2015, 2:14 PM by KenRocks. 3 replies.
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  • How can I force my vcenter jobs to go against my Data Archive license?
    Posted: 04-14-2015, 11:14 AM

    We have 97TB of Data Protection Enterprise and 138TB of Data Archive Enterprise license. The design from CommVault states that our vcenter backups will use the archive license and not the data protection license. Where is this set? I see the check box for "Enable for Archiving", and it is checked, but all of our backups are counting against the Data Protection license.

    Is there an agent that needs to be installed on the vcenter to make this work? I have never tried to do this without doing actual archiving of data, so I am at a loss.


    Kenneth E. Davis

    Certified CommVault Administrator
    Certified CommVault DR Specialist
  • Re: How can I force my vcenter jobs to go against my Data Archive license?
    Posted: 04-15-2015, 9:25 AM

     

    Capacity is calculated per the below. You need to enable and run archiving jobs in order to use archive capacity, normal DP jobs are counted against your Enterprise CLA.

    Virtual machine backup job data for capacity licensing usage is calculated as follows:

    • For streaming backups and Backup Copy jobs, the capacity usage is based on the guest size for all virtual machines being backed up.
    • For IntelliSnap backups, the capacity usage is based on the application size for the virtual machines being backed up.

    In the License Summary Report, the Job Size column lists guest sizes for virtual machines included in full or synthetic full streaming backups (including Backup Copy jobs) and application sizes for snapshots. 

    Capacity usage is summarized as follows:

    • Virtual machine streaming backups are included in the Data Protection Enterprise Infrastructure or Data Enterprise Core Infrastructure license count (depending on the storage policy configuration).
    • Backup copy operations are included in the Data Protection Enterprise Infrastructure license count.
    • Archived VMs are included in the Data Archive Enterprise Infrastructure license count.
    • IntelliSnap backups are included in the Data Protection Snapshot count.

    When the same virtual machine is included in multiple backup jobs, only one of the jobs counts against capacity usage. If a virtual machine is included in multiple subclients, the latest backup provides the size included in overall capacity usage.  If a virtual machine is included in both backups and archiving jobs, the guest size for the VM counts toward the Data Protection Enterprise Infrastructure or Data Enterprise Core Infrastructure license.

    Set Up the vCenter Server for Archiving

    To enable resource management and archiving, the vCenter server must be set to retain tasks and events.

    1. From the vCenter menu, click Administration and select vCenter Server Settings.
    2. On the resulting dialog, select Tasks retained for and Events retained for, and indicate the desired time period that information needs to be retained for each of these options (180 days by default). This information is required to enable inactive VMs to be powered off, relocated, or archived based on the length of time they have been inactive.

  • Re: How can I force my vcenter jobs to go against my Data Archive license?
    Posted: 04-15-2015, 9:34 AM

    Bill,

    Thanks. I understand how to configure archiving. We do not intend to archive all of our vcenter backups. The problem is that CommVault sold us the licensing and told us that we could make our vCenter backups count against the archive license and not against the DP license. If this isnt true, then it looks like we need to renegotiate the licensing as they were either not aware of this or they were just trying to get a sale. Either way, we are going to run out of licensed capacity very quickly in our current scenario.


    Kenneth E. Davis

    Certified CommVault Administrator
    Certified CommVault DR Specialist
  • Re: How can I force my vcenter jobs to go against my Data Archive license?
    Posted: 05-04-2015, 2:14 PM

    Determined that this was not possible with a Vcenter backup, which is what I thought all along, but CommVault sold it to us stating that we could. We have ended up breaking out some of the large fileserver jobs into Windows agent backups and set those to archive and this resolved our licensing issue.


    Kenneth E. Davis

    Certified CommVault Administrator
    Certified CommVault DR Specialist
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