Uploading Avamar database file to create Live Optics report

Live Optics Agent

Overview

Live Optics supports the profiling of several data protection solutions.  One of these is the Dell EMC Avamar data protection software.  Using the Live Optics collector, an Avamar SQL file can be uploaded to the Live optics portal to create a report.  This document outlines the process to produce an Avamar data protection profile.

Pre-Requisites

Before any of the following steps to create an Avamar project in Live Optics can be completed, the SQL file from Avamar must be collected and saved to the machine where the Live Optics software is running.  If you need to generate this file in Avamar, please click here.

Quick-Start Directions

  1. Download and launch Live Optics Collector (Windows .NET version)
  2. Click Get Started
  3. Click “Yes, I agree” to accept the End User License Agreement (prompted only on first execution)
  4. Click “Yes, this is me” after verifying your identity is correct (prompted only on first execution)
  5. Select Data Protection from the left menu
  6. Select Avamar
  7. Click Select Folder, browse to folder with SQL.GZ file, click OK
  8. Click Next
  9. Select the Upload Option, either upload automatically (recommended) or upload later
  10. Click Next
  11. If upload automatically was selected, enter the project name to be created, click Next
  12. After the files are processed and optionally uploaded, click Quit to exit the application

Detailed Instructions

Step 1: Download the Live Optics Windows collector software

  • There are two methods to download the collector software.
    • One: From the email you received from your systems consultant inviting you to Live Optics by clicking the Download Collector link.
    • Two: From the Live Optics portal, select Collectors from the left menu, then Download Collector.
  • Either option will bring you to the Download Collectors page. To perform data protection profiles, download the Windows collector.  Note, the Windows collector requires .NET 4.5 or greater to be installed on the host running the collector.
  • Click the Download button to start the download. A file named LiveOptics.zip will be downloaded.
  • Once the file download completes, extract the contents of the zip file on the host where you wish to run the software. The Live Optics collector does not install like a typical Windows application.  Extracting the zip file is all that is needed to run the collector.  Note, the collector can be run on any host with IP connectivity to the storage arrays you wish to profile.

 

Step 2: Run Live Optics collector software

  • Open the directory where you extracted the files from the zip download and double-click LiveOpticsDotNet4_5.exe.
  • Click the “Yes, I agree” button to accept the End User License Agreement

Note, this appears the first time you run the collector software. Each subsequent time you will not be asked this question.

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  • Confirm your name/company is correct and click “Yes, this is me”. If you were invited to run Live Optics, your systems consultant information will also be listed.
    • Note, this appears the first time you run the collector software. Each subsequent time you will not be asked this question.

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Step 3: Select Data Protection from the list of profile types and select Avamar.

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Step 4: Select Files

  • Click Select Folder and browse to the folder where the SQL.GZ file from Avamar is located. Once the file has been selected, click Next.

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Step 6:  Select the method to upload to the Live Optics web site for processing

  • Selecting the default, “Upload my collection data to the Live Optics web portal automatically”, is the recommended method. This option will automatically upload the collected data to the Live Optics portal and start processing. Use this option when the host running the collector has Internet access. Once selected, click Next.

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  • Enter the name of the project for your array profile. Click Next.

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  • The files are processed and uploaded to the web portal. During the upload, a status bar indicates the progress.  As data processing performance data can be quite large, the upload may take some time to complete depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

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  • The collector will indicate when the upload has completed. Click Quit to close the collector
  • You will receive an email from Live Optics when your project is ready for viewing on the web portal.

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  • Selecting “I will upload later…” will process and save your array data to an encrypted file with the name [hostname]_ClariionVNX.siokit. The file is written to the same folder from where the collector was executed. Use this option when the host running the collector does not have Internet access.

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  • After the collection process completes, the file will need to be uploaded to the web portal for processing using the collector.

Step 7: Uploading the SIOKIT file (applies only if selected “I will upload later…”)

  • The Live Optics web portal supports directly uploading .siokit files that are less than 100MB. If your file is large than 100MB, use the collector to upload the file.  The following outlines the steps for uploading using the Windows collector.
  • Copy the .siokit file along with the downloaded collector files (or download again) to a host with Internet access.
  • Double-click on LiveOpticDotNet4_5.exe to start the collector.
  • From the upper right menu bar, select Upload SIOKIT.

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  • Click Browse for File. Select the .siokit file.
  • Enter the name of the project for your array profile. Click Upload.

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  • The file is uploaded to the web portal. During the upload, a status bar indicates the progress.  As storage array data can be quite large, the upload may take some time to complete depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

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  • The collector will indicate when the upload has completed. Click Quit to close the collector.
  • You will receive an email from Live Optics when your project is ready for viewing on the web portal.

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Step 8: View Project Results

 

  • Log in to the Live Optics web portal (https://www.liveoptics.com)
  • Your recent projects are listed on your dashboard. Select your project.
  • Should you need to look for a project created that is not on your Dashboard, in the left-hand menu click Projects -> Search Projects.  You will see a list of all the project associated with your Live Optics account.

 

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