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Using Bacula catalog to grab information

Bacula catalog contains lot of information about your IT infrastructure, how many files, their size, the number of video or music files etc. Using Bacula catalog during the day to get them permit to save resources on your servers.

In this chapter, you will find tips and information to measure bacula efficiency and report statistics.

Job statistics

If you (or probably your boss) want to have statistics on your backups to provide some Service Level Agreement (SLA) indicators, you could use a few SQL queries on the Job table to report how many:

  • jobs have run
  • jobs have been successful
  • files have been backed up
  • ...

However, these statistics are accurate only if your job retention is greater than your statistics period. I.e, if jobs are purged from the catalog, you won't be able to use them.

Now, you can use the update stats [days=num] console command to fill the JobHisto table with new Job records. If you want to be sure to take in account only good jobs, ie if one of your important job has failed but you have fixed the problem and restarted it on time, you probably want to delete the first bad job record and keep only the successful one. For that simply let your staff do the job, and update JobHisto table after two or three days depending on your organization using the [days=num] option.

These statistics records aren't used for restoring, but mainly for capacity planning, billings, etc.

The BWeb interface provides a statistics module that can use this feature. You can also use tools like Talend or extract information by yourself.

The Statistics Retention = <time> director directive defines the length of time that Bacula will keep statistics job records in the Catalog

database after the Job End time. (In JobHisto table) When this time period expires, and if user runs prune stats command, Bacula will prune (remove) Job records that are older than the specified period.

You can use the following Job resource in your nightly BackupCatalog job to maintain statistics.

Job {
  Name = BackupCatalog
  RunScript {
    Console = "update stats days=3"
    Console = "prune stats yes"
    RunsWhen = After
    RunsOnClient = no