The Offline Media configuration helps support the process whereby the source and target staging areas need to be different.

his is currently supported for:

  • EV to EV, O365 or Exchange
  • EAS to EV, O365, Exchange
  • Dell Archive Manager to EV, O365, Exchange

Some examples of when this might occur are:

  • Source and target environments are in different non-trusted forests
  • Slow WAN links mean that the bulk of the data will be migrated via ‘disk shipping’

There are a number of steps to follow in order to successfully use the Offline Media feature in Archive Shuttle, and these are described below:

Create Mapping Set

On the Offline Media a new source and target mapping set can be created by clicking on ‘Create’ in the Actions bar. This is the first step and in the mapping the source link is specified along with the target link, and name can be given to the set.

Add Export and Import Locations

With the Mapping Set selected multiple export and import paths can then be defined. Export paths can be configured to be one of three states:

Status Description
Open Data can be written to this path
Closed Data will not be written to this path
Ready Data path is on standby

If an open export path becomes full, then the next ready container will be used.

Configure the Links to use Offline Media

The source and target links need to have ‘Offline Mode’ enabled. This is performed by selecting the links on the Links page in the Admin Interface and selected ‘Enable’ in the ‘Offline Mode’ of the Actions bar.

When this has been enabled the Staging Area Path for those links will no longer be used. Instead, the paths used are those defined on the ‘Offline Media’ page

Creating Container Mappings

The container mappings are configured in the same way as ordinary mappings.

Export Data

Data will then begin to be collected and exported from the source containers and placed on the staging areas defined in the Offline Media set.

Ship the data

Periodically during the export, or at the end of the export, the exported data then needs to be ‘shipped’ to the target import path. This can be simply a case of copying the data manually or by shipping the disk and performing the necessary actions to make it available on the given name in the target environment.

If the data is copied, ensure that the very top level (below the share name itself) is copied to the target.

Enable Scanning of the Import Location

When the data is ready to be imported the Import Path has to be enabled for scanning on the “Offline Media” page.

When scanning is enabled, the location is scanned by the import module each hour for new data. If found, the data is then made available for the import module to process.

Once the scanning has occurred the data will be made available for the Import Module.

Import Data

Once the target Import Path has been scanned and data recorded in the Item Database as being available for import, the import module will process the data in the container mapping as normal.

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