Tag: Simpana

Oh so close

Attempted the CommVault Specialist exams available in the last 2 days and unfortunately failed to pass by 1-2 questions between the two of them. Oh well guess I need to do some serious review.

I ended up doing one of them without having done the course and/or seen the material. So based it purely on my experience of the product for the last 2+ months, which I thought was not bad considering I failed to pass by only 2 questions.

Anyways, I will hit them again soon, once I have done some more revision.

CommVault Simpana 9.0 Oracle Duplicate restore success

Finally, got it to work. Will post a tutorial on what I did to perform it. I have been able to do a restore to a new instance on the same host as the original instance that was backed up using a selective online full. The auxiliary instance I restored to is not known to CommCell Console.

Will post more details in the next few days, and will also attempt the same restore when the instance is already known to CommCell Console.

Not to mention perform on Linux to Linux too. Which would be similar to any other Unix to Unix platform.

CommVault Simpana 9.0 Oracle Duplicate restore

All I am trying to do is a simple restore from one instance to a new instance, and just can’t seem to get it.

I have followed various documents, resolved various problems along the way. Yet it still won’t work. It shouldn’t seriously be this difficult. As I am doing it on the same host which happens to be Windows.

I could pull out my hair and seriously throw the machine across the room. I know I am close, I guess I need to stick at it.


PS. When I do, I will document it in a more simple baby steps type way so anyone can follow it.

CommVault Certified Support

Completed my CommVault Certified Support certification exam today. Decided to take a stab at it and passed easily enough.

This concludes the 3 core certifications. Will now start to revise the 2 specialist ones and attempt these soonish.

Hope to start doing some RHCE revision, as I am borrowing the course book from a friend who recently went on the course.


CommVault Certified Engineer

And today I took an attempt at the CommVault Certified Engineer exam and passed. So I am now CommVault Certified Engineer.

I only need to complete one more which is the CommVault Certified Support exam, which I will do very shortly. At which point I have completed the set of 3 I needed to do.


CommVault Certified Administrator

Okay passed my CommVault Certified Administrator exam today. Happy to have it completed.

Now I want to revised the Support and Engineer material, might give these a go in the next few months. Might as well make the most of the material available internally and opportunities that present.


CommVault Simpana 9.0 SP2 recut DVD media available

CommVault Simpana 9.0 SP2 recut DVD media is available on CommVaults Maintenance Advantage site in the ESD software download area. Media is marked as April 2011 and now includes SP2.

Of course, don’t go using these new DVD’s to install agents into an older version of Simpana. i.e. 9.0 SP1a for example, as you will have unexpected results and an unsupported configuration.

CommVault Simpana 9.0 changing FTP site location details

As noted in this post, Simpana 9.0 SP1B onwards removed the ability to change the FTP site location used for updates via the GUI. If you’d like to modify these values, you can use the following qoperations to perform it from command line, you’ll need to first authenticate using qlogin etc.

Update with desired ftp location;

qoperation execscript -sn SetKeyIntoGlobalParamTbl.sql -si "Patch FTP Site" -si y -si "download.ftp.com"

Update with the username and password, using plain text:

qoperation execscript -sn SetKeyIntoGlobalParamTbl.sql -si "Patch FTP Site UserName" -si y -si "user"
qoperation execscript -sn SetKeyIntoGlobalParamTbl.sql -si "Patch FTP Site Password" -si y -p1 "password"

In the ftp site, do not include ftp:// as this is NOT REQUIRED.

Commvault Simpana 9.0 SP1a vs SP1b UI differences

As promised in yesterdays post, below is the UI differences I spotted after upgrading from 9.0 SP1a to 9.0 SP1b.

Simpana 9.0 SP1a
Simpana 9.0 SP1b

As you can clearly see, the Download From has been removed from the top most part of the window. I’ve had folks tell me they would change this URL to stop updates from being downloaded, even if autoupdate jobs got enabled.

I guess going forward, the URL that use to be displayed will need to be put into the hosts file and pointing to to ensure that if scheduled updates won’t download.

Upon further review of the Readme with the SP1b patch, I found the following, which relates to the above UI change on the product.

FTP Server information for download updates does not need to be shown to the user.
(Update 33815)