WIKI - The SEP sesam Graphical User Interface (GUI) 4.0

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The SEP sesam Graphical User Interface (GUI)

After starting SEP sesam, the connection to the SEP sesam database is first created. Upon completion the main GUI screen opens. This screen controls all SEP sesam procedures and operations.

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The main screen consists of title-, menu- and tool-bars (top) as well as the component window (left); display window (right); and activities display window (below). The menu bar displays the menu titles File, Activities, Configuration and Help.

By clicking with your mouse or activating Alt + the key of the underlined letter, a drop-down menu opens with several sub-items (functions, actions, commands).

These sub-items can also be activated in the same way (with a mouse click or via Alt + key of the underlined letter) and input masks for further or more precise definition of an action can be opened as well.

The main toolbar offers the buttons Immediate Start: Backup, Restore Wizard, Backups by State, Calendar Sheet, About SEP sesam and Start Disaster Recovery.

In the Main Selection window on the left components of the SEP sesam system are shown. By clicking them sub-menus can be opened displaying more detailed information.

In the bottom activities display window, messages and log file protocols for the selected drives or activities are shown.

Last View in the lower right hand corner of the window indicates the time of latest update of the information. If the check box cyclic (lower right) is checked, the messages will be updated at pre-set intervals.

Master Sesam

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The so-called Master Sesam GUI mode can be used to administer several SEP sesam servers with one GUI. This mode can be activated by adding more SEP sesam server in 'Configuration > Remote Server' ad setting their connection to 'On'. If a server is not accessible this is shown in the table view. The GUI client has to be authorized on the according SEP sesam server.

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Once at least one additional SEP sesan server is configured and the connection works a "server" selection window with the reachable servers appears in the upper right corner. The server that's selected in this window affects the "media" shown, the "calendar" sheet, the sub-components of "monitoring" and "logs" as well as the "current messages".

The object trees that are shown in the work windows of a master sesam show all available SEP sesam servers and their objects. This includes the view of the "Job State" components (filters) that can be set to the server selected in the upper right corner or all servers.

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Windows can be pulled out of the main window of the GUI via Drag&Drop and positioned and scaled to your needs. Using the so-called Docking-funtion the layout can be adjusted freely. Even toolbars can be moved to wherever you like.

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Example of an adjusted GUI

Main Selection

In the Main Selection Window (Left) you can see a list of the components of the SEP sesam system. By clicking further down the tree where you can find more detailed information (or right click to Expand all). Once you select a component in the main selection window a corresponding work window is opened.

Main Window

In the work window the corresponding object class for the required function is displayed, e.g. Components->Topology locations and clients can be configured.

Section Output

The output window (below) displays three registers for Current Messages, Performance" and "GUI Logging".

Current Messages

Last Notification shows the result of the last activity. In the event the field cyclic is set, cyclical refreshing of the Report Interval will return the relevant messages.

You can select desired drive for the output of the "running notifications".

Example for the Drive Selection:

all Drives
Drive 1
Drive 1 and Drive 2
Drive 2 to Drive 5


To select the drives you wish to watch or control select the "Performance" tab (Default position: Bottom left).

The performance of the running backups and restores can be observed in the graphical display. You can see the amount of data being backed up, the transfer rate in the individual SMS channels for each of the selected drives.

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The log files display the communication activity between the GUI clients and the SEP sesam server GUI according to the settings selected in Configuation->Support->Logging.

Features of the Graphical User Interface (GUI)

The GUI of SEP sesam 4.0 can be adjusted almost without limitations. For more information on this feature see Window

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