000030049 - Failed to validate remote location error when configuring backups to Windows Shared Folder in RSA Authentication Manager 8.x

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Article Number000030049
Applies ToRSA Product Set: SecurID
RSA Product/Service Type: Authentication Manager
RSA Version/Condition: 8.x
Issue"Failed to validate remote location" error when configuring backups from the Operations Console (Maintenance > Backup and Restore > Manage Backups) when selecting Windows Shared Folder as a backup location.

System log show the following error: 

15-04-15 11:37    ERROR    26113    Create backup via OC    Operations Console administrator “RSAAdmin”
attempted to create a backup at “\\sample.com\RSA_Backup\201504151135.RSAbackup”    
Failure Unexcepted exception caught    RSAAdmin    UNEXPECTED_EXCEPTION    testAM81pri.kangnet.local .admin.impl.OCManageBackupImpl$1CreateBackupThread \\sample.com\Share\201504151135.RSAbackup

CauseThere might be multiple causes to such error message: 
  • Local security policy or group policy requires NTLMv2 on the network refusing LM and NTLMv1 (Note:   RSA Authentication Manager 8.1 SP1 patch 1 included NTLMv2 support).
  • DNS resolves the Windows server where hostname is used.
  • Directory has correct permissions.

Multiple things can be tried to see what the issue is:

  1. Check if the remote location is pinging from the appliance. From the Operations Console select Administration > Network > Network Tools).
  2. Try mounting the remote share manually, by executing the following steps:
    1. SSH into Authentication Manager primary.
    2. Change to root using the command:

sudo su -

  1. Create a test directory under /opt/rsa/am/backup to see if the Remote Shared Folder can be mounted to it. 

mkdir /opt/rsa/am/backup/test

  1. Try mounting the Remote Shared Folder to the newly created directory.

mount.cifs <Remote_Share> /opt/rsa/am/backup/test -o user=<Share_User>,domain=<Name>

  1. Provide the remote share password when prompted.
  2. If the command in step 4 didn't work, please try with sec option as below for NTLMv2: 

mount.cifs //sample.com/Share /opt/rsa/am/backup/test -o user=<Share_User>,domain=<Name>,sec=ntlmssp


mount.cifs //sample.com/Share /opt/rsa/am/backup/test -o user=<Share_User>,domain=<Name>, sec=ntlmsspi

  1. If the mount in step 2 worked, try to create a file on the mounted Remote Folder to check the permissions. 

    1. Create a file to validate the user has write permissions:

echo "test">/opt/rsa/am/backup/test/test.txt

  1. Validate test.txt file created in the Remote Location.

  • If step 1 fails, then there is a connection problem.
  • If step 2 fails, then there is a mount issue and a mount error will appear clearly.
  • Lastly, if step 3 fails, then the user used for mounting the remote folder does not have sufficient permissions. 

After identifying the issue, then it can be resolved much easier.