Allvis was initially made to improve how a typically Vault server is set up and maintained.
As system engineers working with Autodesk Vault servers,
we learned that the traditional way of solving ADMS backup
has several issues seen from an informational security point of view.
The industry solves ADMS backup by creating a batch script that is run by Task Scheduler at the Vault server.
When set up the customer has to make sure the backup runs as
expected and that data is stored securely and according to the company’s internal procedures.
This because a service provider will not normally have access to the vault server.
When we returned to the customer to update their servers,
we learned that backup was missing due to several reasons beyond our control.
It could be because of insufficient disk space, changes in access, password changes, and so on.
Even within large organizations with their own IT department, we had these findings.
So we decided to do something about it.
We asked ourselves:
Can we improve backup methodology and at the same time maintain data integrity?
Can we develop a solution that logs when tasks start, ends, and whether they were successful or not?
Can we create a solution that does not rely on logs created by the script itself? Normally a script writes to a log file during backup, but that will not happen if the script does not run at all.
Can we develop a solution that can be adminstered centrally and let improvements be global, so that all customers may benefit from these?
Can we develop a solution that will keep customers informed and alert stakeholders when issues arise?
Can our solution be made so that it is suitable for all customers, regardless of their security policy?
We made it: Allvis
Allvis greatly improves the traditional methodology, whilst at the same time reduces complexity.
Allvis will capture any error and send a warning to those that need to be informed. There is no need for manually seeking information to ensure that backups are done. With the tip of your finger, you can restart services and maintenance tasks.
Rest assured that if anything needs your attention, Allvis will keep you up to date and even restart services and tasks automatically.