26428: Acronis Backup & Recovery 11: Changing Default Catalog Database Folders

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Changing the default catalog database folders for Acronis Storage Node, Acronis Management Server, and Acronis Agent

This article applies to:

  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 11

Introduction

This article describes how to change the default catalog database folders for Acronis Storage Node, Acronis Management Server, and Acronis Agent.

(!) Please note that after changing the catalog database folder the old database does not get moved to the new folder. You can either manually move the database from the old folder to the new one, or just remove the old folder - the database will be recreated in the new folder afresh.

For general information on the default database location see Acronis Backup & Recovery 11: Databases and Logs.

Solution

Acronis Storage Node Catalog contains catalogs for all managed vaults on this Acronis Storage Node.

Default path:

  • Windows XP/2003: Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Acronis\BackupAndRecovery\ASN\Catalog
  • Windows Vista/7/2008/2008 R2: ProgramData\Acronis\BackupAndRecovery\ASN\Catalog

To change this, do the following:

  1. Invoke Windows Registry (Start-Run -> regedit);
  2. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Acronis\ASN\Configuration\Catalog (create Catalog key if it does not exist)
  3. Create a string value CatalogDir and set it to the necessary path.

    (!) The path must end with a backslash.

  4. Restart Acronis Storage Node Service (Start-Run -> services.msc).

Acronis Management Server Catalog - caches catalog from centralized unmanaged vaults.

Default path:

  • Windows XP/2003: Documents And Settings\All Users\Acronis\AMS\AMS\Catalog
  • Windows Vista/7/2008/2008 R2: ProgramData\Acronis\AMS\AMS\Catalog

To change this, do the following:

  1. Invoke Windows Registry (Start-Run -> regedit);
  2. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Acronis\AMS\Configuration\Catalog (create Catalog key if it does not exist)
  3. Create a string value CatalogDir and set it to the necessary path.

    (!) The path must end with a backslash.

  4. Restart Acronis Management Server Service (Start-Run -> services.msc).

Managed Machine Service Catalog (Acronis Agent) - caches catalog from personal vaults on network shares and from locally attached tapes.

Default path:

  • Windows XP/2003: Documents And Settings\All Users\Acronis\BackupAndRecovery\MMS\Catalog
  • Windows Vista/7/2008/2008 R2: ProgramData\Acronis\BackupAndRecovery\MMS\Catalog

To change this, do the following:

Windows OS:

  1. Invoke Windows Registry (Start-Run -> regedit);
  2. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Acronis\MMS\Configuration\Catalog (create Catalog key if it does not exist)
  3. Create a string value CatalogDir and set it to the necessary path.

    (!) The path must end with a backslash.

  4. Restart Acronis Managed Machine Service (Start-Run -> services.msc).

Linux OS:

    1. Edit /etc/Acronis/MMS.config and add the following tag inside <key name="Configuration"> tag:

<key name="Catalog">
<value name="CatalogDir" type="TString">"/home/Acronis/Catalog"</value>
</key>

where /home/Acronis/Catalog is the desired new path for the catalog. Example: MMS.config.

    1. Restart acronis_mms:

# /etc/init.d/acronis_mms restart

More information

See also Acronis Backup 11.7/11.5 and Acronis Backup & Recovery 11: Databases and Logs.

The formula that can be used for approximate calculus of expected catalog growth is the following:

  • space_growth_per_backup = files_in_backup * 0.5 KB

    i.e. the total number of files on the disks/folders being backed up is multiplied by half a kilobyte (depending on the depth of the hierarchy of the folders this number may slightly vary in both directions) for each backup independently of whether it is full or incremental backup.

 

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