BRC - How to copy replication jobs to an initial Seed DAS

Written By Tami Sutcliffe (Super Administrator)

Updated at August 31st, 2023

Axcient provides the user the option of copying the Cloud replication jobs to a Direct Attach Storage (DAS) device for the following purposes for the initial seed replication job to the Axcient Cloud. The initial run of an Cloud replication job could take substantial time because all data must be copied and speed is limited by the user’s Internet connection.

If the initial Cloud replication would take more than 14 days to complete, the user has the option to use a DAS device for the data transfer. In this case a DAS device is connected to the Axcient appliance, the Cloud replication job data is copied to the DAS device, and the DAS device is then shipped to an Axcient data center where the data is transferred into the Axcient storage system.

To copy replication jobs to a DAS device for the initial Cloud seed replication, the user will need to do the following:

A. Confirm the Backup Offsite Option is enabled

The first thing the user will need to do is confirm that all the devices’ replication jobs have the Backup Offsite option enabled. This is required for the replication jobs to be copied to the initial seed DAS device. The DAS will only be able to copy replication jobs with this option enabled. Do the following:

  1. Log in to the Unified Management Console (UMC) of the appliance protecting the target devices.
  2. Click on the Devices tab in the top navigation menu.
  3. In the Devices page, select a protected device.

4, In the device’s Backup Job screen, click the replication job name that will be copied to the seed DAS.

5. Confirm that the Backup Offsite box is enabled. If it isn’t, check the box and click Save.

6. For File Jobs: If the selected job is a File job, click the the Edit Jobs button in the left-hand menu.

7.  For File Jobs: Now, confirm that all the required files and folders are appropriately selected for Cloud replication. Click Save to commit any changes.

B. Start the initial seed DAS process

All replication jobs with the enabled Backup Offsite option will be copied to the seed DAS. The user is unable to specify specific jobs to be copied to the DAS. The best way control which jobs are copied to the initial seed DAS is by enabling/disabling the Backup Offsite option.

To begin the initial seed DAS process, do the following:

1. Connect the DAS directly to the Axcient appliance.

2. From anywhere in the UMC, click the Options link located in the top-right corner.

3. Scroll down to the copy removable drive for offsite section. The user will be shown a list of all the replication jobs with the Backup Offsite option enabled.

4. Next, click the Mount Drive button so the appliance can mount the DAS device. This will allow the appliance to copy all the Cloud replication data to the DAS.

5. Once the DAS has been successfully mounted, click the Start button, and then click OK to continue.. Wait for the appliance to finish copying all the jobs to the seed DAS.

6. Once the process is complete, click the Prepare drive to disconnected button. Failure to click this button before removing the DAS may corrupt or otherwise damage the seed DAS and/or the data. 

7. Put the DAS back in the original packaging and send it back to Axcient.

DAS Options Screen