Customizing GUI

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The SEP sesam graphical user interface (GUI) provides centralized administration and easy access to configuration and management of SEP sesam and its environment. GUI can be customized according to individual needs – you can set up different GUI layouts, change default data size units and filter the displayed contents.

Rearranging GUI layout

The SEP sesam GUI can be rearranged almost without limitation. You can adjust the layout of the GUI window by undocking, repositioning and rescaling the individual panes of the main GUI window, including the toolbars. You can simply drag and drop selected windows and create a custom GUI layout.

GUI change-layout Beefalo.jpg

Managing layouts

You can save and manage layouts by clicking Window in the menu bar and selecting Manage Layouts option.

Window Beefalo V2.jpg

  1. In SEP sesam v. < 4.4.3 Beefalo, the first time the GUI is started, the docking functionality is disabled by default. You can activate it by selecting the Docking Mode check box in the Manage Layouts window. If the option is deactivated, all window positions are fixed. Note that as of v. 4.4.3 Beefalo, the Docking Mode option is not available anymore.
  2. Open and arrange all windows and settings to your liking. Once you are satisfied, give the layout a name and save it. The layout identified with a green arrow (previously blue arrow) is the current layout. By clicking Set as Standard the selected layout will become the default layout (black check mark) and will be loaded automatically for the current user the next time the GUI is started.
    Window manage layout Beefalo V2.jpg

Changing data size units

As of SEP sesam v. 4.4.3 Tigon, you can change the default setting for the data size units. The data size can be specified either with decimal (KB, MB, GB, TB) or binary prefix (KiB, MiB, GiB, TiB).

Setting default data size unit

SEP sesam allows you to choose how do you want your data size to be displayed (e.g, in TiB or TB). In previous SEP sesam versions, the data size was always displayed using decimal units.

  1. Open the GUI and from the menu bar select Configuration then Defaults.
  2. Click the Display Format tab (previously Data displays) and from the drop-down list Default data size select decimal or binary prefix.
  3. Defaults data size Beefalo V2.jpg

Setting different data size unit for the individual table

It is possible to change the data size units for each individual table, for example, in Backups context window, Restores, Last Backup State, etc. This setting is only applied to the displayed data size in the individual table and is reset to default data size upon closing the GUI.

  1. Open the target context window, e.g., Main Selection -> Job State-> Backups, select the Data Size column header and right-click it.
  2. From the Unit menu, select the preferred decimal or binary unit display.
  3. Change data size Beefalo V2.jpg

Filtering displayed content

SEP sesam provides a number of filtering options, depending on the GUI context. When available, Filter can be found on the top right side of the GUI window. It provides different options that can be narrowed down, such as date range and clients, state, type, task name, etc.

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.).

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Depending on the pre-selected GUI context, the following filter criteria may be available (you can filter by one or more criteria):

Date range and clients
Filter the displayed jobs by date, by client and/or by location.
Display or hide particular states (in progress, failed, etc.).
Display or hide different event types or their properties. The available options depend on the event type, for example, in the Backups window you can filter by events (NEWDAY, backup, migrations, etc.), and further refine the displayed results by backup level (when applicable; Full, Diff, Inc, Copy).
Task name
You can filter the backup tasks by their name. They are displayed under the search field. You can select one or more tasks by holding down the CTRL-key and clicking the name(s).
Filter settings
Activate (default) or deactivate the automatic refresh of the result table.
Filter the media by media pools.
Filter the media by storage devices.
End of lifetime
Filter the media by their EOL. By default, this filter is disabled (EOL filter off).
Readability check
Activate or deactivate (media) filtering by readability check.