SEP sesam Web UI is a modern web client consisting of the web dashboard and the Restore Assistant. It enables you to securely monitor your environment from anywhere. You can use it to check the status of SEP sesam events, such as backups, restores, migrations, replications, and media actions. You can also scan your entire environment to see the status of your data stores, check and customise various reports, check system logs, etc.
Through the web interface, you can perform various operations such as starting or locking backups, restarting failed jobs and starting online restores using the Restore Assistant.
The Web UI is configured to work over your HTTP or HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure). The latter provides the mechanism to secure your web management traffic. You can use the latest versions of the major web browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari. Note that MS Internet Explorer is not supported.
Note that the operations and options available after login may differ depending on the user type. Other Web UI display restrictions may depend on the custom roles with specific permissions and the UI mode. For details, see User Roles and Permissions.
Accessing SEP sesam Web UI
You can access the Web UI in one of the following ways:
- When you run the SEP sesam GUI as a superuser or administrator, Web UI landing page opens by default with link to the Web UI (and links to documentation, etc). You can prevent the Web UI from opening automatically on startup: In the GUI menu bar -> Configuration -> Defaults -> General tab, deselect the check box Show SEP sesam web client landing page on startup.
- In the GUI, click the Dashboard icon on the toolbar. The Web UI is also available under menu bar -> Activities -> Dashboard or via Main Selection -> Monitoring -> Dashboard.
- You can also access the Web UI by entering the following information in the address bar of your browser: http://[servername]:11401/sep/ui
Example: On the SEP sesam Server, the following 'localhost' link will open the Web UI: http://localhost:11401/sep/ui
If authentication is required by the SEP sesam Server, provide the username and password or authenticate with a signed certificate. The authentication policy is based on the configured user authentication method and can only be configured by a superuser. For details, see About Authentication and Authorization.
|You can reach the Web UI through a valid user account. If you do not have access to Web UI because of the invalid user account, check the authentication settings or contact your administrator. For details, see About Authentication and Authorization.|
Use the SEP sesam Web UI left menu to navigate directly to a specific view: Server name (to open its properties), Status, Dashboard, Monitoring, System Logs, Current Messages, Notifications, Reports, and Restore Assistant.
You can also access information about the SEP CAPS solution, check the latest Release notes, and configure settings: Click the last item View in the left menu of SEP sesam Web UI and the Settings window opens.
Click the first option Server name (e.g. guifix64) to open a new window with the server properties. In addition to the properties, other tabs are also available: Process Log and Configuration file sm.ini. By clicking these tabs, you can view and download the process log, configuration file sm.ini, sm_gui_server.log and ini directories. You can manually refresh the viewer by clicking the refresh icon or set the automatic refresh interval to automatically update the contents of the individual log files and specific views by clicking the icon with the three dots and then specifying the time interval. By default, auto-refresh is not activated.
Notifications, help, language, theme & account
In the upper right corner you will find the following icons: Notifications, Help, Language, Theme and Account. These icons are always present and allow you to quickly access notifications and the online help, select or change the display language, select the light/dark theme for the display of Web UI and change the general settings of Web UI (Login/Account icon).
- Notifications inform you about the latest available issues and patches (via RSS feeds), information about license violations and unconfigured interfaces, announcements of new versions, etc. See the Notifications section.
- The Help icon provides access to various types of user support:
- Web UI help (this article)
- The Web UI topic provides a description of all dashboard reports and functions.
- The Restore Assistant topic provides a description of the functions of the online restore.
- The Sesam REST API Reference Guide provides information about SEP sesam functions and services.
- SEP sesam Help
- Release Notes and Known Issues provide release-related enhancements, known issues and fixes.
- Error messages and Troubleshooting guides provide known issues with associated solutions.
- SEP sesam Wiki (you are currently using it) is a collection of wiki topics documenting SEP sesam concepts, procedures and tasks.
- RSS Feeds inform you about new releases and features. You can subscribe to the SEP sesam RSS feeds by using your email application or web browser.
- SEP news, events, training, videos takes you to the SEP page with the latest news, events, etc.
- SEP Support takes you to the SEP Support Portal where various support options are available.
- Language and Theme
- If you click the language symbol Globe, you can switch between English and German. If you click the Moon symbol, you can select the preferred light or dark theme for your Web UI.
- Login (Account and Settings)
- Clicking the Settings opens the window with the tabs General, Data tables, File viewer, Dashboard, and Reset to default.
- You can change the UI mode (simple or advanced) in the View options. While simple mode is a good choice for performing typical tasks, some functions are only accessible in advanced mode, such as the advanced restore options. Note that the available options may also differ depending on the user type. For details, see Available interface options according to user type.
- The General tab options also allow you to customise your UI by changing the default setting for the data size units (decimal or binary), selecting the date and time format, and filtering the date range by sesamDate, startTime or stopTime.
- Use the Data Tables tab to customise the display of your views and limit the content displayed.
- The File viewer tab offers additional options for customising the display of logs and files (text wrapping and scrolling).
- The Dashboard tab allows you to set the visibility of the dashboard widgets. By default, all widgets are enabled: Backup state, Restore state, Backup state by application, Backup data size, Restore data size.
- To reset your settings to the default values, select the Reset to defaults tab and click the button.
- To log out of Web UI, click Sign out in the Account (Login) menu.
- Date range selector
- The date range selector appears at the top of UI views and reports. It allows you to set the custom date range for the selected view or display a report for a predefined time period, such as today (default), 2 days (2D), 3 days (3D), or 1 week (1W). Clicking the arrow next to the existing date opens the controls that allow you to open the calendar and select the start and end dates. To select only a specific day, click it twice and then click Apply. You can view reports for any time periods (days, weeks, months, and years).
- Automatic refresh
- SEP sesam Web UI is updated every time you log in. By default, automatic refresh is not enabled. You can manually refresh the dashboard data by clicking the Refresh button (in the upper right corner) of the page or enable automatic refresh by selecting the arrow and the refresh interval (e.g., every 30 seconds).
- Toggle dates
- Click the toggle switch to select your preferred date/time format (absolute or relative date/time) in the table. To toggle the date/time display for a specific column only, click on any date/time in the column.
Status is the default start page of the SEP sesam Web UI. It provides a status overview of your jobs, data stores, events, clients, etc. You can define the date range for the status overview and set the refresh option for your status window.
Clickable links in the tables open the associated item status in a new window, e.g., clicking on Backups in the Job status table opens the Backups monitoring window where you can check the details of all backups performed; for more information, see the Monitoring section.
Each table has a variety of clickable details, for example, the Job status table displays the number of failed, successful, and total backups, migrations, replications, and restores for a specific date range; clicking the displayed numbers opens a new window with the associated details.
The status overview consists of the following reports:
- Job status: Shows the status of all jobs (backups, restores, migrations and replications). Next to it is the table Active jobs, which shows the number of jobs currently running.
- Data stores: Displays the status of your data stores along with the total number of data stores and their type. If there is a problem with a data store, the error message is displayed next to the name. If you click the Data Stores link, all configured data stores are displayed with their status. To find out the meaning of the status symbols displayed next to the names of the data stores, click the info symbol.
- Next events: Displays the list of next events along with the start time, event type, related task and schedule. If you click the info icon in the row, more details about the selected event are displayed. If you click the Next events link, all scheduled events are displayed with details, e.g., start, task type, schedule, object, level, priority, media pool, retention, drive.
- Clients: Displays the total number of clients, followed by the numbers of inaccessible, disabled (Backup execution off), and updatable (New version available) clients.
- Server: Displays SEP sesam Server details (status, license, release, package, and software update details). If you click the info (i) icon, you can check license details or SEP sesam Server update information.
When clickable items are selected, all associated clients are listed. You can check the access or update state of clients under new tabs. You can filter the results by backup execution (on/off), access state (accessible/inaccessible), access mode (SMSSH, PROXY, etc.), update state (new version available or up to date), or client type (client, server, or RDS).
If you need detailed information about a particular client, click it to display the window with more details (location, OS, SEP sesam version, etc.). On the other tabs, you can check if software updates are available and enabled (Software Update), view a chart showing the data size of backup jobs for a client (Backup data size), and check server-related drives (Drives). Hovering over a chart displays the details of the selected item.
Selecting the Dashboard from the side menu opens the backup and restore related overview. It enables you to check if all your backups and restores completed successfully and view statistics about the total size of backed up and restored data. You can set the date range for your reports and set the time interval or the dashboard reports to refresh automatically. You can also search for saveset, restore, migration, replication, or media results by specifying the full ID in the Search field. If it is found in the database, its details are displayed.
The dashboard contains the following reports:
- Application based backup state: Overview of backup status by application type, within the specified date range.
- Backup state over time: Overview of the status of all backups within the specified date range.
- Restore state over time: Overview of the status of all restores within the specified date range.
- Total backup data size over time: Overview of the total size of backup data within the specified date range.
- Total restore data size over time: Overview of the total size of restore data within the specified date range.
Application-based backup state
The application-based backup report provides an overview of all backups performed in a given period of time, by application type – SEP sesam extensions and associated task types. The information includes: the number of successful backups, the number of error (failed) backups and the number of backups that completed with warning.
Click the link View backup state by application over time (or click the table row) to open a report with backup graphs for each application. If you want to check the details for a specific application only, enter its name in the field Filter by application name. To filter the information by backup status, use the buttons Filter by backup status above the graph (successful, with warning, cancelled, error) or use the Sort drop-down list. You can remove all filters by clicking the red icon Remove filters.
Backup state over time
This report provides an overview of all backups performed in a given period of time in the form of a bar chart. Each bar represents the results of a sesam backup day (depending on the newday event). The information includes: the number of successful backups, failed backups (errors), backups that completed with warning, and aborted backups. Hovering the mouse pointer over the report displays additional details.
You can filter the results by date, by state, or by client.
- To filter the results by job state, click the status you want to exclude from the report.
- To filter the results by client, click the View backup state by client link. A report with backup graphs for each client will be displayed. If you want to check the details for a specific client only, enter its name in the Filter by client name field.
Use the legend buttons above the graph – successful, warning, cancelled, error - or use the Sort drop-down list to filter information to be displayed in a graph. You can remove all filters by clicking the Remove filters icon.
Total backup data size over time
This report provides information about the total and average size of data backed up during a specified time period in the form of a line chart for all clients and tasks. The size chart can help administrators analyze and predict growth trends for the SEP sesam environment. This report can also be useful to estimate the amount of data to restore.
Restore state over time
This report provides an overview of all restores that have occurred during a specified time period in the form of a bar graph. Each bar represents the results of a sesam backup day (depending on the newday event). The information includes: the number of successful restores, failed restores (errors), restores that completed with a warning, cancelled restores. Hovering the mouse cursor over the report displays additional details.
You can filter the results by date, by state or by client.
- To filter the results by job state, click the status you want to exclude from the report.
- To filter the results by client, click the View restore state by client link. A report with restore graphs for each client will be displayed. If you want to check the details for a specific client only, enter its name in the Filter by client name field.
Use the legend buttons above the graph – successful, warning, cancelled, error - or use the Sort drop-down list to filter the information to be displayed in a graph. You can remove all filters by clicking the Remove filters icon.
Total restore data size over time
This report provides information about the total and average size of data restored during a specified time period in the form of a line graph.
Selecting Monitoring from the side menu opens a submenu with several options that allow you to check the details and status of listed events and active jobs, as well as perform various operations, such as running or locking backups, restarting failed jobs, etc.
Last backup state
This report displays the last run of each backup task configured on the server. By using the tabs (Active backup tasks, Inactive backup tasks, Unscheduled tasks, Tasks without backups, Backups without task) you can quickly list the backup tasks by their activity, get the list of backups with no active tasks, check unscheduled tasks, and list tasks with no backups or backups with no tasks.
If you want to prevent older tasks from showing, click the Show all backup tasks (default) option in the upper left and filter tasks older than 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, or 2 years. The buttons in the top right corner allow you to easily filter the results by state, by backup level, by task type, by backup task, by drive, and by client.
Backup jobs are displayed in a table format, with each row representing a specific backup task and its information: task name, last execution status, backup level, task type, last backup and its duration, last successful backup, last full backup, progress message, client name (and on-click its properties and details, such as backup size, are displayed) and media pool. Clickable links provide additional information on the respective object.
Clicking the arrow next to the backup task name displays task-related history: the status of all previous jobs for the selected task (in queue, active, successful, with warning, cancelled, error, without backups), backup level (COPY, FULL, DIFF, INCR), start and stop time, and data size.
You can also set different options when monitoring your backups by clicking the more options icon (3 vertical dots) in front of the task name. You can review task properties, use various filters, and download your logs as a ZIP file.
When monitoring your backups, you also set the following options.
|The available options may differ depending on the user type. For details, see Available interface options according to user type.|
Start Backup immediately
You can start the backup immediately by clicking the more options icon (3 vertical dots) in front of the task name or by clicking the backup task name link and clicking the Immediate Start button.
If selected, a new Immediate Start wizard appears, where you have to select a backup level, media pool, and optionally, drive and interface. In the next step, you can configure the system to check the execution time and cancel the job after a certain number of days if necessary.
Restart failed backups
You can restart one or more failed backups by selecting the check box(es) next to the backup task(s) and clicking the Restart failed backups button above the table. Then set theevent priority and restart the backup(s).
You can lock the backup to prevent it from being deleted after its retention time has expired. Click the link of the backup task you want to lock; a new view with Details is displayed. Scroll down and select the red button Lock this backup next to the Lock state.
|How SEP sesam handles backups that are part of the backup chain depends on the version (see Automatic Retention (EOL) Management).
To restore any of the listed backups, click the link of the backup task you want to restore, then click the Restore button in the bottom corner and select the restore option from the Restore drop-down list. The options may vary depending on the task type, but generally Restore by task type, Restore as path and Restore in dump file are available. Once selected, you will be redirected to the task-specific restore procedure in SEP sesam Restore Assistant.
This report shows all active jobs (backups, media events, migrations, etc.) on the server. The jobs are listed in a table, with each row representing a specific job and its information. Clickable links of the task (event/job) type provide more details and additional information about the particular job, as well as some action buttons for the selected job. Details displayed in the table list of tasks include: object, start time of the active job, its duration, task and client name, and clickable SEP sesam progress message.
You can filter the results by task types and/or backup level, by tasks and by clients.
This report shows an overview of all scheduled events (backups, restores, migrations, etc.) for the current day, sorted by date & time in ascending order. Upcoming scheduled events are listed in a table, with each row representing a specific event and its information. By default, upcoming events are displayed in a Grouped view, where tasks are listed according to the task group. You can switch to the Flat view to see the list of all events without considering their task group.
If you click the arrow >> at the beginning of the listed event, the event details are displayed. Clicking the link in the Object column displays the task properties. You can also search for a specific event by entering the task name or event type in the Search field at the top of the window and filter the events using the Event Types filter.
Data store status
The data store status provides information about configured data stores (Path, SEP Si3 Deduplication Store, HPE StoreOnce, HPE Cloud Bank, NetApp Snap Store, and HPE Cloud Volume) and their status, capacity, utilization, size of actual used (filled) space, free space, stored space, Si3 repair area, and deduplication ratio (if applicable).
If the size of the actually used (filled) storage space is larger than the configured capacity on the data store (data store size overflow), the utilization color changes to red.
|The status of the data store uses its own status icons to indicate the different states of the data store: OK, not enough space, connection error, access failed, Si3 service not running and other errors. For more information, see the legend Data store status icons at the top.|
Clicking the name of a data store display its properties. Use the tabs Media Pools, Media, Drives (configured media pools/media), Dependencies, Savesets (overview of savesets), Actions (media-related events), Detailed Status and Storage Utilization (data store utilization) for more useful details.
|Click the Dependencies tab to see the diagram of all dependencies of the datastore and Drives - RDS (first tab) or the datastore and Media Pools - Drive Groups - Drives - RDS (second tab). Hovering the cursor over the diagram shows a tooltip with details for each object.|
All results: Job status reports
All results show an overview of all jobs and allows you to customize the jobs view according to your filters. The jobs are listed with the following details: clickable event type, status, task name, job's start and end time, its date, clickable message, client, drive and job's ID.
You can filter the results by date using the date range selector and different filter buttons in the upper right corner (results by state, task (event) type, object, backup task name, client).
You can set different options by clicking the more options icon (3 vertical dots) in front of the task name. You can review task properties, use various filters, download your logs as a ZIP file, etc.
Backups view shows an overview of all results of backup tasks and allows you to customize the view according to your filters. The tasks are listed with the following details: clickable task name, status, start and end time, backup ID, backup level, clickable message, clickable client, media pool, data size, etc.
You can filter backups by date using the date range selector and different filter buttons in the upper right corner (results by state, backup level, task type, object, backup task, drive, client).
When monitoring your backups, you can set the following:
- Switch the view between individual backups (first tab) and task group backups (second tab).
- Set different options by clicking the more options icon (3 vertical dots) in front of the task name. You can review task properties, use various filters, download your logs as a ZIP file, etc.
- Perform various actions, e.g., starting your backups immediately, locking the backups, restarting failed backups, or restoring the backups online, as described in the Actions section.
Migrations view shows an overview of all results of migration tasks and allows you to customize the view according to your filters. The tasks are listed with the following details: clickable task name, status, start and end time, sesam date, clickable message, ID, source and target media pool, data size, etc.
You can filter migrations by date using the date range selector and different filter buttons in the upper right corner (results by state, migration task, backup task).
When monitoring your migrations, you can also set the following:
- Switch the view between individual migrations (first tab) and grouped migrations (second tab).
- Set different options by clicking the more options icon (3 vertical dots) in front of the migration task name. You can review task properties, use various filters, download your logs as a ZIP file, etc.
- Restart failed migrations by clicking one or more check boxes in front of the migration task(s) and then selecting Restart failed migrations.
Replications view shows an overview of all results of replication tasks and allows you to customize the view according to your filters. The tasks are listed with the following details: clickable task name, status, start and end time, clickable sesam date, clickable message, source and target media pool, data size, etc.
You can filter replications by date using the date range selector and different filter buttons in the upper right corner (results by state, replication type, replication task).
You can set different options by clicking the more options icon (3 vertical dots) in front of the replication task name. You can review task properties, use various filters, download your logs as a ZIP file, etc.
Restores view shows an overview of all results of restore tasks and allows you to customize the view according to your filters. The tasks are listed with the following details: clickable task name, status, start and end time, clickable message, media pool, restore type, etc.
You can filter restores by date using the date range selector and different filter buttons in the upper right corner (results by state, task type, restore task, backup task).
By clicking the more options icon (3 vertical dots) in front of the restore task name, you can review task properties and download your logs as a ZIP file.
Media actions view shows an overview of all results of media actions and allows you to customize the view according to your filters. The actions are listed with the following details: clickable actions, status, start and end time, clickable sesam date and message, client, data store, etc.
You can filter media actions by date using the date range selector and different filter buttons in the upper right corner (results by state, media actions, data store).
By clicking the more options icon (3 vertical dots) in front of the selected media action, you can check its properties.
SEP sesam creates different logs for each backup day. They are available under the System logs. These logs also contain the content of the SEP sesam interfaces.
|It is recommended to configure the Alarm, Disaster and/or Notify interfaces to automate the sending of email reports about errors and license violations as well as log files and to support the disaster recovery process in case of a SEP sesam Server failure.|
If these interfaces are not configured, the content windows of the Alarm log, Disaster log and Notify log are empty. For details on how to activate the interface, see Configuring interfaces.
The System logs contain the following reports:
- State log: Displays the status for the SEP sesam backup day in chronological order, e.g., Backup completed successfully.
- Day log: Displays a log for each backup day. The daily logs are the first and most important starting point for problem analysis.
- Error log: Displays critical errors that occurred during the backup day. It is the subset of the complete daily log, but only the error messages are recorded.
- Alarm log: When the alarm interface is enabled, the alarm log displays functional errors and other messages, such as information about license violation and various alarm messages about functional errors, such as a backup failure or connection denied. This interface can be programmed to filter desired messages and forward them to an authorized person. For details, see Alarm interface.
- Disaster log: The disaster interface should always be configured to support the disaster recovery process. When the disaster interface is enabled, it sends an email with a description of the disaster recovery process and an attachment containing the SEP sesam bootstrap database with all important data for disaster recovery. The disaster log contains the information for the SEP sesam disaster recovery. For details, see SEP sesam Server Disaster Recovery.
- Notify log: When the notify interface is enabled, the notify log displays the report of successfully finished events, such as backup, restore, start/finish of a NEWDAY event, etc., depending on the configuration of sm_notify. For details, see Configuring interfaces.
You can wrap text and then download the logs. Use the refresh button to refresh the window immediately or set the time interval for automatic refresh (e.g. every 30 seconds).
The following example shows the day log.
The Current Messages displays drives, associated current sessions, and drive status.
You can wrap text and then download your messages. Use the refresh button to refresh the window immediately or set the time interval for automatic refresh (e.g., every 30 seconds).
SEP sesam Server sends different types of messages – notifications. They are intended to notify users about important messages they should know about, such as information about the latest available issues and patches (sent via RSS feeds), information about license violations and unconfigured interfaces, announcements of new releases, etc. You can access them from the left menu of Web UI or from the Notifications icon at the top of the page.
The status of the notifications can be open or acknowledged. If there are open (unacknowledged) notifications, the flag icon turns yellow and the number of open notifications is shown next to it. The notification will remain open until it is acknowledged via the Notification Center in the GUI. You can review all listed notifications, but you cannot change their status in the Web UI. (To change their status, use SEP sesam GUI -> menu bar -> Window -> Show Notification Center. For details, see Notification Center).
SEP sesam Web UI provides several reports that can help you identify problems in your backup environment and prevent potential data loss or other negative impact on business operations.
The following reports are available as a drop-down list in the upper left corner: Available Media, Backup Storage, Client Backup Summary, Failed Jobs (by Media Pools), Jobs Overview, Media - Readability Check, Used Media, and License Report (MSP Unit and MSP Data Volume).
Filter options may vary depending on the report selected, but in general you can filter reports by date using the date range picker or selector, by sesam_date, start_time, stop_time, by client, or by location.
You can choose English or German language for your report.
Jobs overview report
The jobs overview report is open by default. It shows the status of your jobs, i.e. backup tasks, task groups, migrations and replications.
You can view reports on available media, used media and media readability check. The reports show information about the media pool, media label, media status, barcode, library ID, etc.
Backup storage report
Displays the details of your backup storage, such as backup task, backup, status, saveset, pools, etc.
Client backup summary
Displays the details of client backup tasks, media pools and data size. You can filter client reports by clients or by locations.
Failed jobs reports
Display an overview of failed jobs (backups, migrations, etc.) and failed jobs by media pools. Clicking on the task or task group will open a new window with the job details.
You can check the following license reports:
- The MSP Unit License Report shows the number of clients within the location with the individual MSP Unit License (Standard, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus).
- The MSP Data Volume License Report displays the details on the front-side data volume size. It includes information about backup tasks, associated media pools, and backup task size.
You can filter the license reports by locations or by clients.
You can use Restore Assistant to restore and recover files, virtual machines, and emails online if you have been given the appropriate permissions. The Restore Assistant options differ depending on the UI mode you select (simple or advanced). For details, see Restore Assistant.