Configure a vault

Written By Tami Sutcliffe (Super Administrator)

Updated at March 21st, 2022

Customize your x360Recover vault

Table of Contents

Set up the storage pool (for private cloud)Customize vault settings in Manager (RMC)

You have the ability to configure your x360Recover vault settings.  

 For example, as a best practice, we recommend setting up vault-wide alerts and threshold settings. (When you configure these settings, you select when a vault's health status changes. )

Review the following tasks to understand what is typically involved with successfully configuring your Axcient x360Recover vault:  

Set up the storage pool (for private cloud)

For details about editing an existing storage pool, please review How to manage the storage pool


Log in and locate the storage pool

1. The first task you must complete before the other menus become active is to setup your storage pool.

 The first time you log in,  the navigation menu is opened and locked at the Manage Storage tab as shown below.

2. Expand the Storage Pool selection.


Select a RAID level

Next, select a RAID level.

Available options are RAID-0, RAID-1, RAID-5, and RAID-6. 



RAID-0

RAID-0 provides no redundancy and the loss of any disk in the storage pool will corrupt  data integrity. 

RAID-0 is not recommended for production devices.


RAID-1

RAID-1 requires a minimum of two (2) disks

In RAID-1, the total storage available for use will be reduced by one (1) disk's worth of space (used for parity and to provide redundancy.)

A maximum of one (1) disk may be lost within a RAID-1 set without losing storage pool data integrity.


RAID-5

RAID-5 requires a minimum of three (3) disks.

In RAID-5, the total storage available for use will be reduced by one (1) disk's worth of space (used for parity and to provide redundancy.)

A maximum of one (1) disk may be lost within a RAID-5 set without losing storage pool data integrity.


RAID-6

RAID-6 requires a minimum of  four (4) disks.

In RAID-6, the total storage available for use will be reduced by two (2) disk's worth of space (used for parity and to provide redundancy.)

 A maximum of  two (2) disks may be lost within a RAID-6 set without losing storage pool data integrity.


Expand the storage pool by adding disks later

The storage pool may be expanded after creation, to increase available storage capacity.

Using a larger number of disks in a storage pool improves performance, as data is striped across multiple spindles

Regardless of the RAID level selected, the storage pool must be expanded by exactly the same number of disks chosen during the initial setup, using the same RAID level.

When adding additional storage sets, the size of the new disks being added does not have to be the same as the original disk set, but the set must consist of the same number of disks.

  • For example, if you create a RAID-5 storage pool with three 1TB disks and later want to expand that pool, you could add three additional 2TB disks to expand the pool.

If you want to expand a RAID-0 pool by single disks, create the pool with one disk initially and then add disks, one at a time, to achieve your storage capacity target.

  • NOTE: RAID-0 is not recommended or supported for production usage. Loss of any disk in a RAID-0 Storage Pool will destroy all data in the pool

Combine multiple sets to improve performance further

Using a larger number of disks in a storage pool improves performance, as data is striped across multiple spindles.

Creating storage pools by combining multiple sets of disks improves performance even more, because disk sets are striped together using RAID-0 (at the expense of extra parity space consumption.)

For example, if you combine two RAID-5 sets containing three disks each, the equivalent results equal RAID-50 or RAID5+0. Each disk set is independently redundant, and, in the case of RAID-5, could survive the loss of one disk in each set. The total usable capacity from the six disks assigned to the pool is only four disks worth of storage (because there is one disk's worth of parity in each RAID set.)


Select a compression level

After selecting the RAID level, select the compression level for the storage pool.

Lz is recommended for all devices.

  • Lz mode has slightly lower compression but higher performance.
  • Gzip mode has higher compression at the expense of lower performance.

Select the desired disks

Expand the Unused Disks pane and select the desired disks to be used by the storage pool. 

NOTE: We do not recommend having more than 10 disks in a single RAID set.

If you have more than ten disks, change your view to show 100 disks from the dropdown menu.


Create the storage pool

Once you have selected the correct RAID level, the required compression level, and the desired storage disks, click Create Storage to create the storage pool. 

The Storage Status section at the top of the page will list the availability status and pool configuration once the pool has successfully been created. 


 Cluster multiple appliances or vaults

Axcient x360Recover has the ability to combine multiple appliances or vaults at a location into a cluster for management purposes. This means that the management database on the devices is merged and shared, and the web interface presents a consolidated view of all protected systems residing on any device within the cluster.

This process does not perform any data storage consolidation or filesystem clustering services; it is strictly a merging of the database information.

IMPORTANT: Due to the complexity of maintaining a quorum of active nodes, and possible user confusion over which device a particular protected system resides on, Axcient does not recommend enabling clustering unless there is a compelling need to do so. Please perform at your own risk.

Notes on clustering

The database engine on all devices in a cluster is reconfigured as a true network clustered service as soon as any additional nodes are added to a stand-alone deployment.  Changes are replicated synchronously to all members, and a quorum must be established to identify the primary node before any write operations are allowed in the database.

  • To form a quorum, a majority of member nodes must be online and in communication with one another. If no majority exists, no node will be promoted to Primary and the database will remain in read-only mode.
  • In order for a quorum to exist, there must be an odd number of nodes in the cluster. It is impossible to establish a majority with an even number of nodes.
  • In order to facilitate maintaining an odd number of nodes, Axcient x360Recover utilizes the Arbiter service that can be deployed onto a Windows system when there are an even number of x360Recover devices in the cluster.
  • The Arbiter node installer can be downloaded from the Downloads page on any device. Install the Arbiter on any Windows system to deploy a passive database replica, which facilitates the quorum.
  • The Arbiter is not resource intensive, and should be deployed in the same site and subnet as the Axcient x360Recover devices in the cluster. More information and instructions on the Arbiter are below. 

To set up a cluster

1. Deploy a node in stand-alone mode as usual. When you have deployed and configured the first node, you must enable it for clustering.

2. Log in to the Web Interface and select the Cluster Management menu pane.

3. Select the Enable Clustering checkbox.

4. Click Save.

Once enabled, the cluster will consist of this single device as the Primary node with no Arbiter mode.

Arbiter

A cluster must consist of an odd number of nodes. In order to facilitate this, x360Recover provides a virtual node called the Arbiter. If you intend to deploy an even number of actual appliances or vaults, you will also need to deploy the Arbiter in order to make the total node count odd.

1. If necessary, download the Arbiter software onto a Windows machine from the Downloads menu of any Appliance. The Arbiter should be installed on a Windows system located on the same LAN as the other members of the cluster. 

2. When the Arbiter has been installed, navigate to the Cluster Management menu on the x360Recover device.

3. In the Arbiter Node field, enter the IP address of the Windows Server and click Save

4. Now you can deploy a second clustered device at the same location. When performing the initial configuration of the device from the Web Interface, select the Add machine to existing Cluster radio button instead of the First machine in Cluster radio button. 

5. You will be prompted for the IP address of an existing member of the cluster. Enter the IP address of an already configured x360Recover device, not the Arbiter node

6. Complete the setup of the device, and configure the Storage Pool as normal.

When you have completed configuration of the storage pool, you will be able to access the Settings menu pane. You will notice that most of the available options and settings are globally shared with all members of the cluster. Only machine specific settings, like Machine Name and Network Settings, are independently configurable. Changing any of the shared settings parameters (for example, Password) affects all members of the cluster. The Protected Systems page will list all protected systems residing in the cluster on any node. 


View cluster settings in the appliance

The Cluster Management menu pane lets you enable and configure clustering for the device.

NOTE:  We do not recommend the use of clustering unless required for very large customer locations.

 In the Appliance menu pane, click Cluster Management.

You will be able to view and manage clustering settings for appliances and vaults.

Customize vault settings in Manager (RMC)

You have the ability to configure vault settings from within x360Recover Manager (formerly RMC.) For example, as a best practice, we recommend setting up vault-wide alerts and threshold settings. When you configure these settings, you select when a vault's health status changes.

How can I access Manager?


You have single-sign-on (SSO) access to Manager through the x360 Portal Dashboard.


Where did the RMC go?


The Remote Access Console (RMC) was the centralized management dashboard previously used for BRC and Fusion products. The RMC has been integrated into x360Recover Manager, and Manager's dashboard now provides the tools previously available in the RMC


To configure vault settings in Manager (RMC)


1. In x360Recover Manager (RMC), click the Vaults tab. The Vaults page displays.


2. In the Vaults page, find the vault you want to manage and click the appropriate Vault Name.


The Vault Details page displays.


3. In the Vault Details page, click the Configure Vault button. The Vault Settings page displays.



4. In the Vault Settings page, find the Vault-Wide Alerts & Thresholds section and click the Edit button. 


5. Click the slider tool and adjust when a vault's health status changes.

 The vault will be listed as warned if it loses network connectivity for the selected number of hours.


6. Click the Save button when you are finished. 



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