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Seeding Multiple active master servers

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Is there a way to seed where you have a maste server on 4 offshore oil rigs that will eventually AIR to a 5240 Master on shore?


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We don't seed Master Servers, nor generally do we seed Media Servers.  What we can seed is an MSDP pool, which is a popular feature to deploy with a Media Server.  I think a read of some Google hits is your best start:



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Please tell us more about the 4 x offshore masters.
I guess we can assume that they all are master/media servers?
Are they NBU Appliances or BYO master/media server with MSDP?

And the 5240 Master/media server?
Is this the only media server in the onshore environment, or are there more media servers? 

There is a way to use USB/NAS disk as BasicDisk to seed backups, but a bit more challenging when using NBU Appliances.
If we know more about the config at each site/master, then we may be able to figure out a way to get this method to work:


The long term goal is to use AIR to provide DR for each rig.
Yes, these are BYO master/media servers.
One per rig.
Wondering, before turning on AIR, if we could seed each rig to the onshore 5240.
Once that is done, then we can turn on AIR.
Doesn't AIR give global dedup as well? Once the SLP imports the metadata into the catalog, the fingerprinted segment may or, may not be unique. If not unique. It gets discarded but the metadata remains right?
Each rig has approx 25TB of FETB. Each has an LTE pipe except one using VSAT so, without seeding, these first full backups could take a month or more.
Does that help?

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If you have a client backup on the 5240 that has similar data to one or more oil rigs, you can have a look at steps outlined in

The procedure described in the solution of this post will work to get the 1st BasicDisk backup, but in all honesty - I don't know how to present the USB drive to the 5240 master server in order to import the data.
Hopefully someone with more hands-on Appliance experience can help here.

Another option would be to copy actual data on oil rig server(s) onto a USB drive, attach the USB drive to a client at the main site, run backup to 5240 MSDP pool. Use method in TECH144437 to seed oil rig client names.