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User Interface Overview

This section provides a general overview of the Protector user interface.

User Interface Structure

The Ops Center Protector user interface follows a general pattern for the hierarchical layout of pages. Understanding this hierarchy will help you navigate the UI more effectively, enabling you to locate, create and edit resources quickly and easily.

NoteBefore you can access the Protector UI, you must be granted access by a Protector administrator who will provide you with a user name and password. These credentials must be entered via the Login Page. Depending on the roles assigned to you, your credentials may not allow you access to all areas or functions of the UI.
User interface general hierarchy
Page TypeDescription
Main BannerThe Main Banner appears at the top of all pages in the user interface and provides links to all the frequently accessed monitoring and administration dashboards and inventories.
Navigation SidebarThe Navigation Sidebar appears at the left of all pages in the user interface and provides links to all the frequently accessed management, configuration and design dashboards and inventories.
DashboardDashboard pages (e.g. Default Dashboard) are used when information needs to be grouped together into related sets of resources and functions. From a dashboard it is possible to view the inventories of resources.
InventoryInventory pages (e.g. Nodes Inventory) list collections of resources of the same type. They can be filtered to display the entire set or a specific subset of those resources. From an inventory page it is possible to create, view and delete resources and perform other available actions on them.
DetailDetail pages (e.g. Node Details) display all the properties of a particular resource. If a resource is a composite of other resources (e.g. policies are a composite of classifications and operations) then its detail page may contain inventories of those sub-resources. From a detail page it is possible to edit the resource and perform other available actions on them.
WizardWizard pages (e.g. Node Type Wizard) are an ordered collection of dialogs that guide the user through the creation or modification of a resource. A dedicated wizard is provided for creating and editing each type of resource. If a resource is a composite of other resources then its wizard may invoke wizards for creating those sub-resources.

User Interface Page Layout

The Ops Center Protector user interface is displayed in a web browser window and is arranged in the following way:
User interface page layout
1. BannerThe banner remains visible and active at all times. It contains links to frequently used monitoring and administrative functions. Refer to the Main Banner description for more details.
2. BreadcrumbsThe breadcrumbs remain visible and active at all times. They provide an indication of where you are in the hierarchy of pages and allow easy navigation to related pages. Refer to the Navigation Breadcrumbs description for more details.
3. Pop-up Session NotificationsOne or more color coded session notification messages may appear down the right hand side of the page, these messages are displayed in response to user interaction via the UI:
  • Green - Indicates that the command has been executed successfully.
  • Blue - Indicates that the command has been actioned but the outcome is not yet known.
  • Red - Indicates the command failed.

The session messages are removed after a few seconds, but can be viewed in the Session Notifications list displayed via the Main Banner. When a session notification message appears, check for entries in the Logs Inventory if further information is required.

4. SidebarThe sidebar is available at all times. It contains links to management, configuration and design functions. Refer to the Navigation Sidebar description for more details.
5. Page AreaAll pages relating to the Protector UI appear in this area. Refer to the Inventory Page description for more details.

Following logon, the Default Dashboard is displayed. It presents an overview of the current system status and contains links to the associated pages.

Main Banner

The main banner appears at the top of all pages in the user interface and provides links to all the frequently accessed monitoring and administration functions.

Main Banner
DashboardOpens the Dashboard
JobsOpens the Jobs
LogsOpens the Logs
MonitorOpens the Monitor
StorageOpens the Storage Inventory
ReportsOpens the Reports

The name of the currently logged in user is displayed here.

Opens the menu from which the Settings Wizard Dialog and the logout option can be accessed.Click to logout.
GUID-7FD79887-F88C-4453-9497-FF1A5116E9E0-low.png Session NotificationsClick to view the list of session notification messages. The messages listed here are a cache of the pop-up messages displayed in the web UI. The number of unread error notifications is displayed to the right of the button. All unread session notifications are considered to have been read when the list is opened then subsequently closed. All notifications can be cleared by selecting Clear at the top of the popup list.
NoteIf you have a number of browser tabs open simultaneously, the notifications displayed here are local to the tab in which you are currently working.
GUID-5C3C3980-2408-4A0D-A5BF-23E6780C1CA5-low.png HelpDisplays a menu from which the Online Help dialog and About dialog can be accessed.

Settings Wizard

Controls the presentation of information within the user interface.

User Interface Settings
LocaleSelects the locale so that information is presented in accordance with the conventions of the associated culture.
Time ZoneThe time zone to be used to display dates and times on the UI. The Master node's time zone is not changed.
Use 24 hour formatDisplays time in HH:MM:SS format when checked, otherwise AM/PM format is used.
Page SizeSets the number of tiles or table entries displayed per page in the Inventory Page.
Default LayoutSelects tile or table view as the default in all Inventory Pages.
CancelDiscards all changes made to the settings and reverts to those used prior to opening the Setting page.
PreviousTakes the user to the previous screen in the wizard.
SaveCommits the new settings. Pages currently open in other tabs and windows will need to be reloaded before the changes are seen by the user.

About dialog

This dialog is displayed when the Help About option is selected from the Main Banner.

About Dialog

This dialog shows the build number for the Master node. You may need this when communicating with Hitachi Vantara Support.

Online Help dialog

This dialog is displayed when the Help Online Help option is selected from the Main Banner.

Online Help Dialog

Click the link to open online help versions of the Protector User Guide in separate browser tabs. This also includes Application specific information.


Link to open the online help versions of below documents in separate browser tabs. This also includes Application specific information.

  • User Guide
  • API Reference Guide

Navigation Breadcrumbs

The breadcrumbs appear at the top of all pages in the user interface and show the hierarchical location of the current page. This allows the user to navigate back to a parent page by clicking on the page name.

DashboardThe home page in the hierarchy (i.e. the Default Dashboard).

Click here to navigate directly to the home page.

1st Level Sub-pageThe 1st level sub-page (e.g. Access Control)

Click here to navigate directly to this page.

2nd Level Sub-pageThe 2nd level sub-page (e.g. Resource Groups).

Click here to navigate directly to this page.

If other related pages are available, these are shown in a pop-up menu by clicking the GUID-B76850E6-FD6F-4ACD-A84B-DC11D734F27C-low.png icon to the right of the parent page name. Click on one of the menu items to navigate directly to that page.

Current PageThe currently displayed page (e.g. Create).

Navigation Sidebar

The sidebar is displayed to the left of all pages in the user interface and provides links to all the frequently accessed management, configuration and design functions.

Navigation Sidebar
NodesOpens the Nodes Inventory
Node GroupsOpens the Node Groups Inventory
PoliciesOpens the Policies Inventory
Data FlowsOpens the Data Flows Inventory
SchedulesOpens the Schedules Inventory
NotificationsOpens the Notifications Inventory
RestoreOpens the Restore Inventory
Access ControlOpens the Access Control Dashboard
LicensesOpens the Licenses Inventory

Default Dashboard

The Default Dashboard is the home page for the Protector user interface. It displays summary information about system status including jobs, RPO, data flows, alerts and backups. It also provides links to the underlying pages where more detailed information can be found.
NoteWhen accessing the underlying pages from the Dashboard, a filter is automatically applied to the target page so that only the items indicated are displayed.

For example, if 5 Errors are indicated on the Alerts tile, clicking the corresponding text will open the Logs page from the Dashboard with a filter applied such that only error level logs are displayed.

Main Dashboard
JobsPlots the number of completed, failed and active jobs by the hour. The chart can be filtered by clicking the legends shown at the top of the tile. Clicking on the coloured part of a bar in the time series opens the Jobs Inventory with the appropriate filter applied.
NoteThe data displayed here will be reset if the hub service is restarted on the master node.
RPOPlots the RPO status for all backups. The chart can be filtered by clicking the legends shown at the top of the tile. Clicking on a segment of the pie chart opens the RPO Report with the appropriate filter applied.
Data FlowsClicking on a counter opens the Monitor Inventory or Data Flows Inventory with the appropriate filter applied.
AlertsIndicates the number of unacknowledged error and warning level log messages, and the number of offline nodes. Clicking on a counter opens the Logs Inventory or Nodes Inventory with the appropriate filter applied.
BackupsIndicates the status of backup jobs. Clicking on a counter opens the Tasks Inventory or RPO Report with the appropriate filter applied.
Pause/Resume Dashboard TransitionWhen additional, user defined dashboards are added to the dashboard set, this button pauses or resumes the periodic transition between them.
Configure User Dashboard SetOpens the Configure Dashboard Set wizard, enabling user dashboards to be added to or removed from the dashboard set.
Manage DashboardsOpens the Dashboard Inventory, enabling new dashboards to be created, edited or deleted.
NoteDashboard creation requires an in-depth understanding of the Protector REST API. Please contact professional services if you need to add new dashboards.

Inventory Page

Inventory pages are used frequently within the Protector UI to manage and access resources. They follow a common layout with controls grouped in a consistent way as illustrated below.
Inventory Page general arrangement (for illustration only)
1. Page TitleIdentifies the function or scope of the page.
2. Tile Related ControlsButtons displayed here represent commands that can be applied to items selected in the Tile/Table Area immediately below them. The buttons may be enabled (displayed in black) or disabled (displayed in grey) depending on the number and type of tiles selected.
3. Page or Resource Related ControlsButtons displayed here represent commands that apply to the page in general (e.g. email sender account settings for notifications).
4. Layout Controls

GUID-53A6ECBA-3876-4EAD-A839-CC2F7018221B-low.png Tile View

Information about the resources displayed in an inventory are presented in tile mode.

GUID-59D55923-0C75-4A30-A61E-FD3DAA082078-low.png Table View

Information about the resources displayed in an inventory are presented in table mode.

GUID-B5E256D3-F815-49A9-8EA5-DC99F840B208-low.png Filters

Click this button to toggle the filter controls (5) between hidden or shown.
5. Filter ControlsThe controls displayed here allow the results displayed in the Tile/Table Area to the left to be filtered based on the criteria selected. The filter controls can be hidden or displayed (4). Each inventory has an associated set of filters. In the majority of cases the filters are applied as you select them. For Restore inventories the filters are applied once the Search button is clicked.
NoteIf the display area is limited, the filter controls will be positioned above the Tile/Table Display Area (7).
6. Tile/Table Page ControlsWhen the number of items returned for the given filter criteria exceeds one page, these buttons are displayed to allow more results to be loaded.
7. Tile/Table Display AreaThe items returned for the given filter criteria are displayed here as separate tiles or rows in a table (depending on the display mode selected). Refer to Tile Control for more details about the controls displayed on tiles
8. Select All Items CheckboxAll inventory items passing the applied filter criteria and displayed on the current page only are selected/deselected.

Tile Control

Tiles are used to display the status and details of a resource in an inventory. They also contain a link to the details page for the resource in question and a checkbox to enable the resource to be selected.
Tile general arrangement (for illustration only)
1. Select/Deselect Checkbox This control is used to select/deselect tiles. Selected items display a check mark in this control and will have the commands (selected in the control bar above the tile area) applied to them.
2. Supplementary IconsFor some tile types, supplementary icons may be displayed here to convey additional information (e.g. status).
3. Item Type IconEach tile will have a specific icon displayed here to indicate the type of item to which it corresponds.
4. Additional HyperlinkFor tiles that contain other items (e.g. Classifications may contain Filters) additional links to those items may me displayed here. Click the link to open the corresponding page.
5. Item Description and ParametersThe key properties of the resource are displayed here.
6. Item Name and HyperlinkThe name of the item is displayed here. Click on the name to open the corresponding details page.

Button Icons

The following table lists all button icons used in the UI, their control names and their associated functions. The control names are used in the step by step guides described in Data Protection Workflows.
Control Name

(Listed Alphabetically)

Button IconExample
Acknowledge All Error LogsGUID-9232E04C-7819-461A-BCD3-3AD86B828B04-low.pngSee Logs Inventory.
Acknowledge Selected LogsGUID-05D9E836-60EE-4407-BD25-6043D9DD2908-low.pngSee Logs Inventory.
ActivateGUID-CF9E13BB-BA11-404F-AB2E-90527141B614-low.pngSee Data Flows Inventory.
Add to additional Host GroupsGUID-5F6BA675-1ADB-4C0F-B580-7ACA7250E742-low.pngHitachi Block Replications Inventory
AnalyzeGUID-E6FD61CD-EF4F-43EA-87F3-DA2F939E0985-low.pngSee Generation 1 Repository Details.
AuthorizeGUID-2C6F7E2E-8716-421F-8DDF-141841BC472F-low.pngSee Nodes Inventory.
BackGUID-184BF1F9-1159-4CEB-A020-AD7239874605-low.pngSee Monitor Details.
CloneGUID-4934ED1F-7176-41FD-9A68-8E7A31208F18-low.pngSee Access Control Profiles Inventory.
Condensed ViewGUID-D2F254D8-DE7E-48C5-B272-DF92A43B214F-low.pngSee Logs Inventory.

(Green when selected, black when deselected)

Configure Email SettingsGUID-4FAF59EA-55BF-4695-88B3-A22942C6E73E-low.pngSee Notifications Inventory.
Connect ToGUID-419B679D-6360-4BA2-BF08-44CAE6B97C41-low.pngSee Data Flow Wizard.
Create a new itemGUID-548F4350-6272-4AC7-AA5F-BEA9EF503E8F-low.pngSee Inventory Page.
Create Log NotificationGUID-8710DEF6-4DBF-49F0-9903-A0297A5C4673-low.pngSee .Logs Inventory
DeactivateGUID-E40CF703-AA92-4BE5-89B4-0D7932D703A1-low.pngSee Data Flows Inventory.
DeauthorizeGUID-6053C78F-82FB-46F7-8B6A-29A4C4FB1998-low.pngSee Nodes Inventory.
Decrease PriorityGUID-101B8ECA-BB8B-4C5C-A9CB-89C4BC4DEC76-low.pngSee Notifications Inventory.
DeleteGUID-C06C9D94-4B99-4317-AFE8-EF7DB67C63CB-low.pngSee Data Flows Inventory etc.
DissociateGUID-CE3C3073-09CD-4FB6-9303-B3738D9AE1B8-low.pngSee Hitachi Block Replications Inventory.
Edit PermissionsGUID-6B363DCE-3699-4730-A0EE-E3237A04681E-low.png

See Data Flows Inventory etc.

EditGUID-2DB31664-7FB9-441F-8595-06A8E5A178EF-low.pngSee Data Flows Inventory etc.
TagsGUID-E5F1CBC8-471E-4699-9E6D-E16DF64C3EA3-low.pngSee Universal Tagsetc.
ExportGUID-52EF29A4-59EA-4BEE-A6AC-B7E1FB7FB0B4-low.pngSee Jobs Report.

See Logs Inventory.

Extended ViewGUID-C34525CE-7C82-47DD-8903-32D045C628B0-low.pngSee Logs Inventory.

(Green when selected, black when deselected)

HelpGUID-5C3C3980-2408-4A0D-A5BF-23E6780C1CA5-low.pngSee Main Banner.
Hide/Show SearchGUID-B5E256D3-F815-49A9-8EA5-DC99F840B208-low.pngSee Inventory Page.

(Green when selected, black when deselected)

Host GroupsGUID-A458008E-7F51-445D-96CE-E5F815D51141-low.pngSee Hitachi Block Device Details.
Increase PriorityGUID-C4D33EF3-52EC-4289-ABA0-DE3741E1FEED-low.pngSee Notifications Inventory.
JournalsGUID-08478B9A-3B82-49C7-B4E0-F55B79DE019B-low.pngSee Hitachi Block Device Details.
Logical DevicesGUID-A0719493-D810-448E-9C68-B6F53ED6880A-low.pngSee Hitachi Block Device Details.
ManageGUID-8E270223-62F5-4D7B-90CF-AF2233B30A3C-low.pngSee Node Details.
More actionsGUID-D3A98120-0DF2-40A2-8BDA-4B191CB63B2C-low.pngSee Jobs Inventory.
MountGUID-FF937C6E-2C7B-44F8-A45E-A600DC6AB088-low.pngSee Hitachi Block Snapshots Inventory.
PauseGUID-675284E8-A248-4896-AF73-1B21BDD60D61-low.pngSee Hitachi Block Replications Inventory.
PoolsGUID-FF5E02CD-6622-4198-8BEE-C817CA396A64-low.pngSee Hitachi Block Device Details.
Purge Logs. GUID-C06C9D94-4B99-4317-AFE8-EF7DB67C63CB-low.pngSee Logs Inventory.
RefreshGUID-FFE966BD-F36D-4E9F-BD2A-9E70B8F1339E-low.pngSee Generation 1 Repository Details.
Remove from Host GroupsGUID-89E5FAD2-4F55-4F97-8B05-3045A2DDF7D5-low.pngHitachi Block Replications Inventory
Replications or ClonesGUID-1483E565-E095-4E51-9DB9-43432DB51694-low.pngSee Hitachi Block Device Details.
RestoreGUID-DCA0BBA2-5A53-41C9-93E8-1CAFC8D9CC2A-low.pngSee Gen1 Repository Store Details.
ResumeGUID-9F8C4939-135F-4921-8140-1F9C3F4A1887-low.pngSee Hitachi Block Replications Inventory.
ResynchronizeGUID-2C0F0007-8056-4396-AE2D-84F4B31CEFAF-low.pngSee Gen1 Repository Store Details.
RevertGUID-AFBCEB59-F84E-4D85-8CAB-FEC8888D8375-low.pngSee Hitachi Block Snapshots Inventory.
Select/Deselect itemGUID-68A046A1-7811-4641-8A9D-9799AC2234D2-low.pngSee Tile Control.
Session NotificationsGUID-7FD79887-F88C-4453-9497-FF1A5116E9E0-low.pngSee Main Banner.
Set Expiry Date / Change RetentionGUID-5AF9709C-BC0F-419E-94A9-3D659026ACB2-low.pngSee Hitachi Block Snapshots Inventory.
SettingsGUID-65A481E1-0082-41FB-B84E-9A61FEE70D9A-low.pngSee Main Banner.
SnapshotsGUID-46DBEE2D-A571-4624-A89D-A390E5010D8C-low.pngSee Hitachi Block Device Details.
StoresGUID-AF9D149A-C271-4E56-8092-3F9B822FA875-low.pngSee Gen1 Repository Stores Inventory.
SwapGUID-AFB00824-8A94-4594-91DE-D312A6F1349D-low.pngSee Hitachi Block Replications Inventory.
Transfer RBAC Permissions to Another NodeGUID-29FAFE9E-0588-4A21-B55E-36D44826C114-low.pngSee Hitachi Block Replications Inventory .
Trigger OperationGUID-4A5127B7-C968-4344-A974-6899A3CBD9DE-low.pngSee Monitor Details.
UnmountGUID-3B428D68-FFB0-4672-98C5-291636F41859-low.pngSee Restore Inventory.
UnsuspendGUID-6C024869-FB08-4AA9-92A1-DC08C57CB16E-low.pngSee Hitachi Block Replications Inventory.
Upgrade ClientsGUID-5D95EEC8-1BB8-447B-8E01-6AEADE47FD30-low.pngSee Nodes Inventory.
User Actions GUID-72FE6FBA-9F34-4E7B-8319-0ECDA8A711B2-low.pngSee Main Banner.
User SnapshotGUID-BF8D9748-2BD9-4559-8A4E-CD7B21FFE9F9-low.pngSee Gen1 Repository Stores Inventory.
ValidateGUID-59823DEE-0BAF-4092-BB81-C1413E4CDC31-low.pngSee Gen1 Repository Stores Inventory.
View as listGUID-59D55923-0C75-4A30-A61E-FD3DAA082078-low.pngSee Inventory Page.
View as tilesGUID-53A6ECBA-3876-4EAD-A839-CC2F7018221B-low.pngSee Inventory Page.
View AttachmentsGUID-6AB95331-A302-45BE-96F3-2919650CA28C-low.pngSee Logs Inventory.
View Group NodesGUID-70B9584F-25D7-45E7-A69E-971015DA4C14-low.pngSee Monitor Details.
View Policy etc.GUID-A4CD3CA5-3CA1-4C32-9963-8D3E008064C5-low.pngSee Data Flow Wizard.

(Opens the associated item in a new tab)

View SessionGUID-A59E3959-C86D-4020-AAB0-E67127247523-low.pngSee Logs Inventory.
View The <node name> Node Details GUID-CE3C73CB-223F-400F-8ACD-080C86910E4B-low.pngSee Generation 1 Repository Details.
ExpandGUID-F3994EE7-99EF-4560-AD6B-8FC9ADE162D3-low.pngSee Hitachi Block Journals Inventory
Remote Path GroupGUID-DCE12FCA-72FF-49FB-95C8-998E845CE2B0-low.pngSee Hitachi Block Remote Path Groups Inventory
Enable encryptionGUID-4A766277-67FD-48D2-AEF7-AF06E238CDCE-low.pngSee Node Details

Universal Tags

As the number of managed objects increases within a system, it becomes progressively more difficult to manage large lists using only the object’s native metadata. Universal tags provide a method for users to add extra metadata in the form of Tags to enhance the search and filter abilities of lists.

Tag-able objects

Tags can be applied to the following objects:

  • Nodes
  • Node groups
  • Policies
  • Policy Operations
  • Data Flows
  • Recovery Points
Create Node - Oracle Database
Node NameEnter a name for the Node.
TagsAdd the tags to be associated with the object being created.
CancelDiscards all changes made to the settings and reverts to those used prior to opening the current page.
PreviousTakes the user to the previous screen in the wizard.
SaveCommits the new settings. Pages currently open in other tabs and windows will need to be reloaded before the changes are seen by the user.
Add Tags - Edit User Tags
Edit TypeEnter the Edit Type.
TagsAdd the tags to be associated with the object being created.
CancelDiscards all changes made to the settings and reverts to those used prior to opening the current page.
ApplyCommits the new settings. Pages currently open in other tabs and windows will need to be reloaded before the changes are seen by the user.
Tag inheritance and Propagation

Jobs and recovery points are objects that are generated by the system after a backup / snapshot operation.

To assist the manageability of these, they inherit the tags from the objects that were involved in creating them. Jobs and recovery points will inherit the tags from:

  • The source node they represent in the data flow
  • The node group the source node is in
  • The storage node that stores the recovery point
  • The data flow that created the recovery point
  • The policy that created the recovery point
  • Custom tags that were included if manually triggered

Inherited tags are assigned at the point that the jobs or recovery points are created and stored as independent tags against those objects. The tags assigned due to inheritance persist unchanged even if the originated object’s tags later change, e.g. if a recovery point has inherited the tag “Production” from the Application Node, later removing that tag from that Application Node will not affect existing recovery point.

Note also that new recovery points and jobs will also only inherit any tags changes once the affected data flow have been re-activated. So if you were to alter the tags on a node, new recovery points will not reflect those changes until you re-activate the data flow that have those nodes.

You can add and remove tags on recovery points. You can modify tags on Recovery Points by either selecting the Recovery Point on the Restore Screen and selecting the "Edit Tag" icon, or viewing the Recovery point record and selecting the "Edit Tag" icon.

Types of Tags and Format

There are two types of tags; simple tags and key value pair tags.

Simple tags are straight forward labels. You may for instance tag all your production source machines with the tag “production”. You could then go to the RPO report and check the RPO only for machines that are marked “production”.

There are also key value pair tags. They are in the form of key:value . The concept is the ability to categorise a tag. For instance you can assign nodes a location tag in the form of location:paris or location:London. If you lost connection to a data center, you would be easily see that all the nodes at a particular location are down.

Tags can only contain alphanumeric characters, underscores and spaces. The “:” in a tag will designate it to be a key value pair. Capitalisation of tags is preserved but from a search and filter point of view ignored.

Search Filter using User Tags Query box

Many inventory screens have the ability to perform filter queries using tags. On those screens you will be provided with an entry box for adding a tag to search on. The search will return results that contains any tags that are in the search query, e.g. this search is an "or" operation on the selected tags. The tag needs to be an exact match the tag or the key value of the tag. The search however is not case sensitive.

So if you had an entry tagged: "Location:London" and "production" the following is the behaviour of the searches:

  • Searching for tag: "Production" will return the entry because it is a case insensitive match.
  • Searching for tag: "Prod" will not return the entry as this is a partial tag
  • Searching for tag: "location:" will return the entry because the key value matches. "London" is not required
  • Searching for tag: "location" will return the entry because the key is treated as a simple tag as well as key value pair tag
  • Searching for tag: "Location:Paris" will not return the entry as the value doesn't match
Nodes Inventory
GUID-2DB31664-7FB9-441F-8595-06A8E5A178EF-low.png EditEdits an existing node in the inventory. The Node Type Wizard is launched to enable the node's attributes to be changed.
GUID-E5F1CBC8-471E-4699-9E6D-E16DF64C3EA3-low.pngTagsModifies the tags of an existing object from the either the inventory screen or the details screen of the object.
GUID-2C6F7E2E-8716-421F-8DDF-141841BC472F-low.png AuthorizeEnabled only if one or more unauthorized nodes is selected in the inventory. Attempts to authorize the selected nodes with the Master node. Only nodes that have been authorized by the Master node may perform Protector functions.
NoteIf an attempt is made to authorize an inactive or unknown node, or if the master node fails to communicate with the node, an error log is generated and the node remains unauthorized.
GUID-6053C78F-82FB-46F7-8B6A-29A4C4FB1998-low.png DeauthorizeEnabled only if one or more authorized nodes is selected in the inventory. Attempts to deauthorize the selected nodes. Nodes that have been deauthorized cannot perform Protector functions.
  • Before deauthorizing nodes that are no longer required, they must first be deleted from the current data flow definitions, then any modified active data flows must be reactivated. If any attempt is made to deauthorize a node that is implementing rules in the currently active data flows, an error message is generated for each such node and the node remains authorized.
  • It is possible to de-authorize a node with active mounts. This should be avoided because once de-authorized it is not possible to unmount.
GUID-5D95EEC8-1BB8-447B-8E01-6AEADE47FD30-low.png Upgrade ClientsEnabled only if one or more authorized nodes is selected in the inventory. Attempts to remotely upgrade the Protector software installed on the selected nodes. The required upgrade installer and configuration files must be present in the C:\Programs Files \Hitachi\Protector\runtime\updater folder on the Master node.
  • Only OS Host nodes can be upgraded. It is recommended to upgrade nodes in batches of 20.
  • It is recommended to manually upgrade the master node.
GUID-C06C9D94-4B99-4317-AFE8-EF7DB67C63CB-low.png Delete NodeEnabled only if one or more nodes is selected in the inventory. The node is deleted from the inventory.
NoteIf an OS Host node is still running the Protector hub process and is configured to use the current Master node, then the node will re-appear as an unauthorized node as it periodically reconnects to the master node. Protector should be uninstalled from the node to stop this periodic reconnection.
GUID-548F4350-6272-4AC7-AA5F-BEA9EF503E8F-low.png Create a new itemAdds a new node to the inventory. The Node Type Wizard is launched to guide you through the process.
Existing Node(s)Nodes on which Protector has been installed are automatically detected and listed here along side those that have been added by the user. The Node Details is displayed to enable the node's details to be viewed and edited.
  • DHCP renewal can cause temporary disconnection of a node.
  • If the host of a virtual machine(s) creates a Windows restore point, then the virtual machine(s) can temporarily disconnect.
  • If a node has been assigned to another master, it will not appear in the inventory.
GUID-B5E256D3-F815-49A9-8EA5-DC99F840B208-low.png Filter on Node NameFilters the displayed results based on Node Name.
Filter on User TagsFilters the displayed results based on Tags contained in the data flow.
Filter on Node TypeFilters the displayed results based on Node Type.
Filter on Operating SystemFilters the displayed results based on Operating System.
Filter on Connection StateFilters the displayed results based on Connection State.
Filter on Authorization StateFilters the displayed results based on Authorization State.
Search Filter using advance Query

Using the Advance Query String you can get more control of how the queries work.

While the Tag Query box does an exact match of any of the tags. So in the Tag Query box you entered tags "vmware" and "location:new york" it would be equivalent to:

((userTagsKeys = "vmware") OR (userTags = "location:new york"))

There are however extra search methods available using the Advance Query. These include

Exact Match Includeentry = value
Partial Match Includeentry ~ value
Boolean ORcondition OR condition
Boolean ANDcondition AND condition

If you wanted only to match any nodes with the string "vm" in the tag but only in location New York, you can use this custom query:

((userTagsKeys ~ "vm") AND (userTags = "location:new york"))
Nodes Inventory - Search Filter
Trigger Operation

Triggering Operations from the Monitor screen now have the ability to add a tag to the trigger. In a situation for instance where you wanted to create a backup of a system prior to the upgrade, you could do a trigger with a tag “Pre upgrade”. It will be clear then in the restore screen the purpose of this adhoc backup and its timing.

Trigger Operation


If you have permission to modify an object e.g. Node, data flow, etc. as governed by the role based access rules, you will have the ability to add / remove tags. Tags belong to the object so any tags are visible to anyone who can view the object.

Tags Limitation

  • There is no central inventory of existing tags. So currently there is no pick list or hint that a tag is in use.
  • Generation 1 of the Repository does not fully support tags.


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