Report Backups

Amanda Backup Reports

Amanda automatically generates backup reports once the backup run is completed (or if it fails for some reason). This backup report shows statistics about the backup and summarizes any error, warning, or informational messages that were generated during the backup.

If the Amanda server is configured to send mail, reports can be automatically e-mailed after every backup run. See ZMC Backup How for email notification configuration.

The Report page is divided into two panels.

  • A panel shows a calendar control from which you can select report dates and a legend that explains the report icons.
  • A panel displays the report for the date selected on the calendar.

You can select and navigate reports on each backup run using any of the following:

  • Browse buttons and timestamp links along the top of the report itself.
  • You can enter a date on the left panel and click the Go button.
  • You can pick a date off the calendar.

When you identify a backup that you want to restore from, clicking the timestamp link in the report will take you directly to the Restore What page with the information for that backup already filled in.

All of these methods are described below.

Backup Panel

The Report panel on the right has the following navigational aids:

Date Browse Buttons

 The date browse buttons allow to conveniently move back and forth one day (using < or >) or one week (using << or >>) at a time.

Time Stamp links

If you select a date with multiple backup runs, timestamp links with status icons are displayed below the browse button. These links allow you to scroll the report display directly to that timestamp.

The timestamp link within the report window shows the time at which the backup run was initiated along with a status icon. Clicking on a Timestamp link go to the Restore What page with the date and time automatically filled in.


Displaying Long Field Names in Reports

The widths for various columns in reports are defined in the amanda.conf file. If the data for a field exceeds the maximum width defined in amanda.conf, the display is truncated. You can change the maximum width. For example, to display longer hostnames, edit the amanda.conf file to define a wider column width for hostnames. If you edit amanda.conf to include the following entry:

columnspec "HostName=0:15"

See the description of the columnspec parameter in the amanda.conf man page for further information.

The Report page will display hostnames of up to 15 characters.




The report is in the format described in amreport(8) man page. The Compressed size is determined by (new size/original size * 100). Dump rate is the rate at which backups are transferred from the client to the backup server. Tape rate is the rate at which backup images are written to the media.

Date and Legend Panel

The Report page opens with the calendar set to the current month. Icons (described by the Legend) identify the status of the backup (Success, Warning, Failure, In Progress) as shown below.



Selecting a Report Date

You can either enter the date (mm/dd/yy[yy]) and click Go or click on any icon in the calendar. When you click Go(or click on a different date), the report shows any summary data (if any is available) for that date.

Calendar control

The calendar control offers a graphical way to choose a report date. Dates that include backup data have a status icon; click the icon to display the given report (you cannot select dates with no backups to report on).  When you click a report icon, it changes color to show it has been visited.

The example above shows April 8 as having been selected and visited.

Note that the calendar icons indicate when backup runs have occurred, which is not necessarily the same as what backups are currently available to Amanda for verification/restore. For example, if you have Dropped the media from the Backup Media page, clicking the calendar icon will result in the following message:

No complete backup available on timestamp timestamp_value. Error in Verifying:

This message can also occur after the backup for a particular date has been overwritten because the backup cycle/retention policy (or options selected on the Backup Media page) allow that media to be recycled.