arcserve-KB : arcserve backup session password and encryption key management

Last Update: 2016-11-23 15:24:26 UTC


Password Management provides the option to encrypt session passwords during backup and eliminates the need to repeatedly provide passwords. This feature lets you store session passwords in the CA ARCserve Backup database. During a backup job submission, the passwords are stored in encrypted form and will be automatically used during restore. Along with the session password, information about when to change your password is also stored. If you forget to change your session password, you will receive a reminder through the Activity Log.

This feature enables to restore encrypted tapes on-site without requiring the encryption password and allows other operators to perform different tasks without having to enter the password.

Note: If you run a restore, merge, or compare job for sessions created using an older version of CA ARCserve Backup, encrypted a tape in a different CA ARCserve Backup domain, or if Password Management was not enabled during a backup job, you need to provide the session/encryption password manually.


Please refer to the below video Link.


Steps to Enable Password Management

When submitting a backup job, you have the option to set a session encryption password.

  1. From the Backup Manager, select the Options button on the toolbar.
    The Global Options dialog opens.

    Figure 1

  2. On the Encryption tab, enter a session encryption password.
  3. Select the option Save Current Session Encryption Password into Database.
  4. (Optional) Enter the number of days that must elapse before you need to change the password.
  5. Select the Submit button on the toolbar to submit the backup job and save the session encryption password to the CA ARCserve Backup database.

We can also Change a Session/Encryption Password

An Activity Log warning message is generated seven days in advance of job session password expiration.

Note: This procedure allows you to change only a Global Option password.

To change a session/encryption password

  1. From the Job Status Manager, select the Job Queue tab.
  2. Select a job and right-click.
  3. From the right-click menu, select Modify Encryption Password.

    The Encryption dialog opens.
    Figure 2

  4. Enter a session/encryption password.


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