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To perform a saveset based archive of SEP sesam backup sets, additional software have to be installed on SEP sesam remote device server. SEP EasyArchive comes with a technology which converts NTFS partitions into WORM drives.


  • SEP sesam server or RDS (Remote Device Server) version 4.2.1.x or later
  • An empty, new formatted NTFS partition
  • SEP EasyArchive with version 2.2.3.x or later
  • SEP sesam Data Store with EasyArchive option

Installing SEA

  • A fully functional SEP sesam server or remote device server (RDS) on Windows is required for using SEP EasyArchive
  • SEPsesam server can run on Linux/Unix, if SEA will be installed on a Windows RDS
  • Download the actual SEP EasyArchive install package
  • Administrative rights are required to install, configure or update SEP EasyArchive.
  • Run the SEP EasyArchiveSetup_<versionnumber>.exe to install it.
  • Execute the file and follow the instructions


  • Use the default path


  • Start SEP EasyArchive in the SEP sesam GUI


  • Browse all local disk drives. Do a right click on the NTFS partition to select it as the WORM drive


  • Open the configuration


  • Click on the tab SEP EasyArchive and enable the WORM mode and the option '1'st Level directory'
  • Afterward accept by clicking OK; you will be asked if you really want to convert the chosen partition to a WORM drive. If you agree, type in the word 'WORM' in capital letters and click OK


After accepting OK, SEP EasyArchive converts the drive to a WORM drive and it will not be possible to change it. The only way to have this restored to the original format is to format it again - all data will be lost!

  • Now you have to add a new directory on the WORM partition to adjust the WORM retention time.
  • Right click the new directory -> properties and open the tab -> SEP EasyArchive

  • MINIMUM - and DEFAULT retention values may set up with 1 day. The MAXIMUM RETENTION value has to set up with a higher value than the EOL time of the corresponding mediapool, which stores savesets in this SEA area !!! Only then the Sesam can force the EOL defined lock time to the stored files.
  • Leave the AutoCommit option deactivated.


SEP sesam configuration - Best Practice

The next part of the documentation illustrates how to setup an archive backup with the SEP sesam

  • In the following example we setup a backup strategy for documents and files of any kind where backup will be archived for 10 years and have to be started each hour
  • Add a new data store with the following settings


Store Type
Device Server
Host on which the SEP EasyArchive is installed. In case of it is not the backup server itself, you will need to install the SEP sesam RDS on this host and add it as a client.
Browse on the archive server to the volume which has been already prepared with the retention time of 3650 days
New drive group
Create a new drive group: Any name can be used
Max. channels
This depends on the SEP sesam Server package. If a standard license is installed, you have 5 parallel streams. This means that 5 simultaneous backup streams can written to this archive store

Accept with OK. You will be asked to add a new "media pool". Click on OK and use the following settings.


  • The configuration of the SEP EasyArchive data store is now complete.

Is SEP EasyArchive also for E-Mail and document archiving?

The SEP EasyArchive is a requirement for document based archival but it doesn't come with it's own E-Mail or document archiving solution. In the event you need either E-Mail or document archiving we will forward your inquiries to our partners who provide these solutions.


  • Used space on a WORM media has to be licensed. This is done in 1 TB-steps. Additional space can be licensed on demand.


SEP EasyArchive comes with a 30 days demo license. After 30 days no more read or write operations will be possible on the WORM volume!

Installing SEA License

  • The SEA license is installed from within the Easy Archive Software:


Additional information to SEP EasyArchive regarding installation/upgrade/support and Third Party products

On Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 2008 Server you need to be logged in as Administrator, just having Administrator rights or being a member of the Admin group is not sufficient. The following links describe the process of activating the administrator account on Windows VISTA:
Note: SEP AG is not responsible for the contents of these links.
Is only supported from version or higher. Previous versions need special support, please contact your service provider.
MS Cluster systems
SEP EasyArchive must be installed on every cluster node with access to the WORM volumes. A volume needs only to be configured as WORM on one cluster node but may be mounted on any cluster node with SEP EasyArchive installed.
Backup of the WORM volume
Will follow soon

Compatibility Tests

SEP EasyArchive was successfully tested in combination with the following 3rd party applications:

  • AntiVirus Scanner
    • Symantec AntiVirus Version 10.0
    • McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.7
    • TrendMicro ServerProtect 5.58
  • MS Office 2003/2007/2010: MS Office applications (for reading)
  • Quota Management: Windows 2003 R2 FileResource Management (Quota and FileScreening)
  • NFS protocol support: SEP EasyArchive supports Microsoft Services for Network File Systems (NFS) that is shipped in Windows 7 and Windows 2003/2008 R2.


  • SEP EasyArchive may not be installed on systems which have any version of TrueCrypt installed.
  • SEP EasyArchive is designed for NTFS formatted volumes on primary partitions of basic disks with MBR (master boot record) and GPT (GUID Partition Table) partitioning schema. If SEP EasyArchive is configured for a volume residing on a dynamic disk, the Enhanced Security Mode (ESM) will not be supported on that volume. When using ESM only one primary partition per basic disk is allowed.
  • SEP EasyArchive supports local disks, removable devices and removable media are not supported.
  • Shrinking an ESM protected volume is not supported.
  • Adding a mirror to an ESM protected volume is not supported.
  • Read-only volumes are not supported.
  • Files, which have Extended Attributes or non-SEP EasyArchive reparse points attached, can not be set to WORM.
  • Volumes mounted inside a worm volume are not WORM protected.
  • 3rd party replication tools were not tested with SEP EasyArchive.
  • When exporting WORM volumes for NFS access only the AUTOCOMMIT feature is supported. Committing files to WORM state is not yet supported for NFS client applications.
  • The Recycle Bin functionality can not be used on WORM volumes, since SEP EasyArchive denies the move operation to the recycle bin, when an expired WORM file is selected for deletion. Therefore, it is recommended to deactivate the Recycle Bin for the individual WORM volumes to avoid error messages.
  • Files which created before setting a volume to WORM need to be manually committed (even if autocommit is enabled).

Please note that Microsoft has redesigned the Recycle Bin behavior in Windows VISTA and Windows 2008 Server. The properties of the Recycle Bin are now tied to user profiles rather than the actual disk. Therefore each user must explicitly switch off the Recycle Bin of the corresponding WORM volumes when accessing them locally for deleting expired WORM files.

Known issues

  • The SEP EasyArchive tab shows for dynamic disks that the ESM module is not installed, even it is installed and running. When the message is displayed that the ESM is not installed, please check both, the ESM installation and if it's not a dynamic disk.


Starting a CMD for debugging purposes

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