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Does Collector Manager has official backup procedure ?

Hi All
I have a SLM environment, it has 2 collector manaer as front end
server. I know SLM server has backup_util.sh to backup server.But this
tool seem no exist on Collector manager.
I want to backup Collector Manager setting, Does NetIQ has any
official backup procedure ?



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Re: Does Collector Manager has official backup procedure ?

A Collector Manager's settings are all controlled from the central server;
nothing is actually stored on the CM other than the main binaries (which
run the thing, and which come from the installer), the plugins (which are
pulled at startup time from the main server just for efficiency), map
files (if Sentinel, not Log Manager, for the same reason the plugins), and
cache files (to hold events for as short a period of time as it takes to
get them off of the CM and into the rest of the system via ActiveMQ.
There's also the OS, of course, but that's obvious.

I've never had a customer implement any kind of specialized backup setup
for a CM or CE, since most (if not all) of them are virtual systems, and
the virtualization software is probably the best backup option. It'd be
neat to test, but I'm guessing that a proper backup of a CM (or CE) would
just mean copying out the /etc/opt/novell/sentinel directory structure
(should be tiny) and, perhaps, some variable data from
/var/opt/novell/sentinel assuming that's where the CM keeps its cache of
events going from the CM to the main server (usually there is likely
nothing to backup as the events are sent as quickly as possible and most
systems should be able to transfer off collected events very quickly...
within a second or so in 99% of cases). To restore you'd just reinstall
the CM software and then restore the /etc/opt/novell/sentinel data to
basically give the system back its identity so that when it communicates
with the central server it acts like the old version of itself (same UUID
to identify itself). Again, most customers just use a snapshot or
backup/restore feature of Xen/KVM/vmware/etc. for the same as its easier,
and probably faster to restore.

The main Sentinel or Log Manager server does a lot more, has a database,
stores the actual event and raw data long term, etc. The backup script
exists primarily to handle all of these pieces which are main/reporting
server specific.

Good luck.

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