Storages

In the Storage Manager, you can configure and manage the external storage devices.
A storage device medium is used to provide available space for data storage for the appliance.
You will be able to choose from a pool of storage devices which data (archive container or backups), to which type of storage device should be saved.
At this time, local disc Storages, usb devices, as well as CIFS, NFS and iSCSI shares are supported.

This provides the following possibilities:

  • Storage on different storage devices of different builds
  • Connection from 1 .. n File Shares (SMB/CIFS/NFS/USB/Virtual Discs)
  • Connection from 1 .. n iSCSI Devices
  • Optimized storage through Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM)

NTFS Filesystem is supported for local- and iSCSI Devices.
Using the gpt partitioning format makes iSCSI and Local Devices with more than 4 TB size accessible.

It is not recommended using CIFS Protocol anymore, as Storage Types like NFS or iSCSI are much more reliable and secure.

NFS Shares do not need user authentication, as the share access is managed via the IP address.
In case the nfs storage needs user authentication, the "incoming" user must be mapped to a configured user with access rights to the share.
In some NAS Storages, the SQUASH Settings can be used to accomplish this, so the "incoming" user receives for example the admin rights to the share.
Keep in mind, that the configured permissions also have to include subfolders.

SNMP Monitoring will not work, if Local Disc storages are formatted with ntfs.

The following steps are required to Add a storage:

  1. Select Add
  2. Choose the storage type from the list (local refers to virtual discs - additional hard disc in the virtual appliance - and usb devices)
  3. In case of NFS, CIFS, or iSCSI storages, enter the corresponding connection parameters
  4. In case of iSCSI or local discs, you need to right click -> extra -> format device, before they can be used

Multiple local Devices will get a number at the end of the name if added simultaniously.
Further devices will be shown, after a format of the current device and a new rescan for local devices.

The following steps are required to extend a local disc or iSCSI storage:

  1. Close all Container that are mounted from the storage
  2. Switch to another Backup Storage
  3. Unmount the storage that Needs to be extended
  4. Right click the storage and select extra -> extend device
  5. When the extend is finished, you can mount the storage again and then mount the container as well as use the storage as backup target again

The following steps are required to Unmount a storage:

  1. Close all Container that are mounted from the storage
  2. Switch to another Backup Storage
  3. Unmount the storage

The following steps are required to Remove a storage:

  1. Close all Container that are mounted from the storage
  2. Switch to another Backup Storage
  3. Unmount the storage
  4. Remove the storage