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Zmanda 4.0 The Overview Tab: Your Backup and Disaster Recovery Hub

While you are recovering critical data, every second counts! During a disaster moment, it’s crucial to gain insights into how the applications operate and monitor the data backup and disaster recovery operations. Indeed, a faster identification of critical issues and corresponding resolutions using a single, intuitive backup management solution is indispensable. With Zmanda 4.0 web-based user interface, it’s more than just a convenience.

This article provides a detailed breakdown of each aspect of the dashboard elements of the ZMC 4.0 console.

About Zmanda 4.0

Zmanda 4.0 open-source enterprise backup solution is a development model that caters to the demand of managing backups at scale. Being a policy-based backup solution, Zmanda’s has rolled out fast-loading GUI elements, designed with JavaScript library React. Thanks to the interactive UI that offers a consolidated view of the backup components and backup activity logs – all arranged hierarchically across the navigation panel.

The Overview Tab

Notably, the overview page provides centralized data on the status of the backups configuration for delta & incremental backups. In this case, the data is automatically refreshed from time to time. With Zmanda User Interface, not only can you gain deeper visibility into the backup deployments to multiple endpoints, but also quickly view the backup components. Besides, you can simplify the process of monitoring the progress and generating reports- all from a centrally managed console.

ZMC Dashboard Components – A Closer Look!

The ZMC provides a dashboard that shows the information about the backup runs and their current progress. With just a few clicks, it’s simple to track the status of the operating system, backup agents, the data sources selected for backup, and the status of the most recent backup. Furthermore, the dashboard includes a set of controls that serves as a starting point. So now, you can drill down to view a set of metrics for each backup run. Also, you can centrally configure the backup policies & run backup jobs frequently from the sub-client level.

Each UI card displays the information of the backup sources backed up that you can refer to. This lets you easily customize the data displayed as graphic widgets over time. Based on the type of data backup, you can easily configure, automate, and track the backup process for the resources.

Dashboard Components

By using the dashboard components, now you can customize when backups are created or configured. You can also set the frequency of backup runs at your ease. And the best part? Using the capabilities, you can build back up reports on the go. Want to learn about the intelligent backup insights displayed directly on the dashboard page? Here’s a list of components loaded with the features and capabilities:

Components Description
AE Server Health Now, stay on top of the backup health. Using this section, you can get the real-time status updates of the backup and restore activities within the ZMC “Cluster”.
AE Cluster Disk Space Get information about the storage space of each of the backup servers in the “Cluster”. The status marked as blue implies the amount of space used while the green color displays the amount of unused space.
Backup Runs This section notifies you about the status of the number of backup runs that were successful, failed, or aborted on a specific date. The backup runs, which are “In Progress” indicates the number of backup runs that are ongoing.
Backup Runs Details This section informs you about the status of each backup for all clients. The level of backup is indicated by the length of the blue bar. The top right corner has a calendar icon that lets you easily select the date by clicking on that icon. So, you can easily identify the details of all the backup runs on that day.
Backup-Sets This section indicates the percentage of active and the number of inactive backup sets. To repeat, an active backup-set is one that has been linked to a “Schedule Plan” and activated. While an inactive backup-set is one that hasn’t been linked to a “Schedule Plan” or it has been linked to a “Schedule Plan”, but not activated.
Countdown Bar This section indicates the time left for the next backup run. In addition, it also displays the name of the backup set that is running at the backend.
Event Messages In the backup dashboard, you can flag all the errors in the backup restore tasks through notification messages generated by the console.
Source Status In this section, you can easily identify the total number of storage devices or locations in which the backup is created. Additionally, you can learn about the total number of storage devices that are protected and unprotected.
(Note: A protected source is one that is associated with at least one active backup set. That is to say if a source is not associated with any active backup-set, it is referred to as unprotected).
Storage Devices In this section, you can identify how many storage devices are created. Also, you can learn about what portion of total storage devices belongs to each storage category.

Actions

In fact, the Zmanda dashboard makes it easier for you to administer backup runs while accessing all the information from the console. From here, you can perform the following key actions within the ZMC dashboard:

Actions Description
Pick a date from the calendar and fetch backup details of the backup scheduled. The status of the backups will be displayed wherein you can view the history of the backup.
Associate a source with the backup-set The event messages in the overview tab allow you to view the backup entry and the directory path of the completed event records.
View the list of protected sources or backup-sets The widget allows you to drill down to the list of source status that states whether the storage device is protected or unprotected.
View the active and inactive backup schedule You can identify the active and inactive backup schedule from the overview page that displays the updated status information of the backup schedule.

Wrapping Up

All in all, Zmanda’s centralized dashboard with built-in commands for backup methods makes it easier for the users to implement a robust backup and recovery environment. Zmanda 4.0 will roll out many new features and capabilities that you can leverage to meet data backup and protection requirements. In order to take advantage of the latest functionalities, stay tuned to learn more about them from the Zmanda DR solutions page.