4 4 3 Beefalo:SEP sesam Graphical User Interface (GUI)
SEP sesam GUI overview
The SEP sesam graphical user interface (GUI) provides centralized administration and easy access to configuration and management of SEP sesam and its environment. SEP sesam GUI is platform independent – it is based on Java and requires a Java Runtime Environment. For details on the required Java version and installation, see Java Compatibility Matrix and Installing and Managing Java.
With version 4.4.3 Beefalo, the SEP sesam GUI has been redesigned with additional functionality to improve usability and provide better access to SEP sesam objects. It offers integrated filtering with different filter types that ease the search for specific content items (task, client, data store, etc.). GUI icons have also been redesigned and additional icons and symbols have been added. For details, see SEP sesam Icons Legend.
SEP sesam features a GUI that provides several ways to customize GUI look and feel, e.g., by changing the fonts, view and layout of GUI elements, select appropriate GUI mode, set up authentication, update GUI client, and change the language. Authorized users can monitor SEP sesam operations online by using web dashboard or perform the restores online by using the restore assistant. For details, see Managing GUI.
When SEP sesam GUI is started, it creates a connection to the SEP sesam database. Once the connection is established, the main GUI screen appears. This screen controls all SEP sesam procedures and operations. SEP sesam allows you to adjust the GUI layout by undocking, repositioning and rescaling the individual panes of the GUI window. For details, see Customizing GUI.
The menu bar contains provides the options File, Activities, Configuration, Window and Help. Clicking on a drop-down menu or pressing Alt + the underlined letter activates the menu. A function, action or command can then be selected from the listed sub-items. Sub-items can also be activated in a similar manner (mouse click or Alt + the underlined letter) to open input masks for additional or more specific actions.
The toolbar enables you to trigger the tasks and get the status overview with just one click. It contains the following icons: Dashboard, Immediate start: Backup, Restore assistant (opens the online restore assistant in the external web browser), Restore Wizard, Backups (index of backups by status), Calendar Sheet, and About SEP sesam (SEP sesam version information). For details, see Toolbar.
The navigation pane is located on the left side of the GUI window and called Main Selection. It allows you to navigate through the components of the SEP sesam system. Clicking on the sub-menus (the + sign of each component, or right-click to Expand all) expands the tree to access detailed information. Selecting a component in the Main Selection pane opens the corresponding object in the Content pane.
The Content pane, located in the middle of the GUI window, displays the corresponding content for the selected component. For example, locations and clients can be configured under the Components -> Topology.
The Properties pane, located on the right side of the GUI window, shows the properties of the object selected in the Content pane.
The Filter pane, located on the right side of the GUI window, enables you to quickly find the relevant objects.
The Activities display is located at the bottom of the GUI and shows the messages and log file protocols for the selected drives or activities. It contains the following tabs:
- Current messages: The Current messages display shows drives, related current sessions and drive status. Last view shows the result of the last activity. If the option Cyclic is enabled, the messages are cyclically refreshed without user intervention.
- Performance: The Performance display allows you to monitor and control selected drives. It displays the amount of data being backed up and the transfer rate of individual SMS channels for each of the selected drives.
If the SEP sesam environment consist of more SEP sesam Servers, a powerful Master GUI is used to manage them. Master GUI enables the administrators to utilize multiple GUIs and manage local and remote locations from a single console.
This mode can be activated by connecting additional SEP sesam Servers by clicking Configuration -> Remote server in the menu bar and setting the connection to On. Inaccessible servers will be displayed in the table view. The GUI client must be authorized to administer additional SEP sesam Servers.
After an additional SEP sesam Server is configured and a connection is established, a server selection window opens in the upper right corner, showing a list of available servers. The data relating to the media, calendar sheet, current messages and logs components as well as the monitoring sub-components corresponds to the server selected in this window.
The object trees displayed within the Content pane of a Master GUI show all available SEP sesam Servers and their objects. This includes a view of the Job state filters, which can be set to the selected server (Client), location or to all active SEP sesam servers.