Veritas NetBackup™ AdvancedDisk Storage Solutions Guide

  • Modified Date: 2016-11-15
  1. Introducing AdvancedDisk
    1.  
      About the AdvancedDisk storage option
  2. Licensing AdvancedDisk
    1.  
      About the AdvancedDisk license
    2.  
      Licensing AdvancedDisk
  3. Configuring AdvancedDisk
    1.  
      Configuring the AdvancedDisk option
    2.  
      About AdvancedDisk file system requirements
    3.  
      Configuring credentials for CIFS storage and disk storage units
    4.  
      About AdvancedDisk storage servers
    5.  
      About AdvancedDisk data movers
    6.  
      About AdvancedDisk preferred or required read servers
    7.  
      About data encryption for AdvancedDisk storage
    8.  
      About key management for encryption of NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage
    9. Configuring key management for NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage encryption
      1.  
        Setting up the KMS database for NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage encryption
      2.  
        Creating a KMS key group for NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage encryption
      3.  
        Creating a KMS key for NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage encryption
      4.  
        Saving a record of the KMS key names for NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage encryption
    10. Configuring an AdvancedDisk storage server
      1.  
        AdvancedDisk storage server configuration options
    11.  
      About AdvancedDisk disk pools
    12.  
      Configuring a CIFS disk volume for AdvancedDisk encryption
    13. Configuring an AdvancedDisk disk pool
      1.  
        NetBackup nbdevconfig command options for AdvancedDisk disk pools
      2.  
        AdvancedDisk disk pool properties
    14. Configuring an AdvancedDisk storage unit
      1.  
        AdvancedDisk storage unit properties
      2. About AdvancedDisk storage unit recommendations
        1.  
          About configuring a favorable client-to-server ratio
        2.  
          About throttling traffic to the media servers
    15.  
      About storage lifecycle policies
    16. Creating a storage lifecycle policy
      1.  
        Storage Lifecycle Policy dialog box settings
    17.  
      Creating a backup policy
    18.  
      Resilient Network properties
    19.  
      Specifying resilient connections
  4. Managing AdvancedDisk
    1. Managing AdvancedDisk storage servers
      1.  
        Viewing AdvancedDisk storage servers
      2.  
        Determining AdvancedDisk storage server state
      3.  
        Viewing AdvancedDisk storage server attributes
      4.  
        Removing AdvancedDisk storage server attributes
      5.  
        Removing an AdvancedDisk storage server from disk pool access
      6.  
        Deleting an AdvancedDisk storage server
    2. Managing AdvancedDisk disk pools
      1.  
        Viewing AdvancedDisk disk pools
      2.  
        About changing the AdvancedDisk disk pool size
      3.  
        Adding volumes to an AdvancedDisk disk pool
      4.  
        Changing AdvancedDisk disk pool properties
      5.  
        Determining AdvancedDisk disk pool state
      6.  
        Changing AdvancedDisk disk pool state
      7.  
        Determining AdvancedDisk disk volume state
      8.  
        Changing AdvancedDisk disk volume state
      9.  
        Merging AdvancedDisk disk pools
      10.  
        Removing a volume from an AdvancedDisk disk pool
      11.  
        Inventorying a NetBackup disk pool
      12.  
        Deleting an AdvancedDisk disk pool
    3.  
      About monitoring AdvancedDisk storage capacity and usage
    4.  
      Monitoring NetBackup disk activity
    5.  
      Viewing AdvancedDisk disk reports
    6. Displaying detailed AdvancedDisk storage usage information
      1.  
        NetBackup disk volume capacity and usage reference
    7.  
      Displaying KMS key information for AdvancedDisk encryption
  5. Toubleshooting AdvancedDisk
    1. About unified logging
      1.  
        About using the vxlogview command to view unified logs
      2.  
        Examples of using vxlogview to view unified logs
    2. About legacy logging
      1.  
        Creating NetBackup log file directories for AdvancedDisk
    3.  
      NetBackup AdvancedDisk log files
    4.  
      AdvancedDisk troubleshooting
    5.  
      Resolving an incorrect storage type problem

About the AdvancedDisk storage option

The NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage option lets you use the disk storage that is exposed to NetBackup as a file system for backups. Storage can be direct attached storage (DAS), network attached storage (NAS), or storage area network (SAN) storage.

NetBackup requires exclusive access to the storage for capacity management and load balancing.

Table: AdvancedDisk features and benefits describes some of the benefits of AdvancedDisk storage.

Table: AdvancedDisk features and benefits

Feature

Benefit

Easy to deploy and use

NetBackup discovers the storage and uses NetBackup storage units and backup policies to use the storage.

Simplified growth

Lets you increase storage unit capacity by adding disks. Only add the capacity required, then update the NetBackup disk pools. Logical units of storage span physical boundaries, so you do not have to create new NetBackup storage units or change the backup policies.

Storage sharing

Multiple storage units can share a disk pool. Space is allocated dynamically as required. Automatic space allocation reduces the risk of backup failure.

Best fit selection

NetBackup predicts the size of the backup and selects the storage on which the backup fits best. The goal is to avoid out-of-space conditions and disk spanning.

Load balancing

Load balancing can occur at two levels, as follows:

  • Storage servers. If you have more than one storage server, NetBackup chooses the least busy media server for each backup. Load balancing increases the performance and the success of backup jobs.

  • Storage unit groups. If you have more than one storage unit, you can choose the storage unit group Load Balance option. If the destination of each storage unit is a separate disk pool, NetBackup chooses the least busy disk pool.

Intelligent capacity management

NetBackup expires backup images when the storage that is consumed reaches a threshold. The disk pool high water mark applies to both individual disk volumes and to disk pools.

Storage lifecycle

You can classify data based on its importance and manage it differently throughout each stage of its life. After it has been duplicated, data can be selectively expired based on the relative importance to the business. you can ensure that important backups are available for rapid restore for longer periods, ensuring your recovery time objectives.

Figure: AdvancedDisk storage example shows a media server and attached disks.

Figure: AdvancedDisk storage example

AdvancedDisk storage example

Table of Contents

  1. Introducing AdvancedDisk
    1.  
      About the AdvancedDisk storage option
  2. Licensing AdvancedDisk
    1.  
      About the AdvancedDisk license
    2.  
      Licensing AdvancedDisk
  3. Configuring AdvancedDisk
    1.  
      Configuring the AdvancedDisk option
    2.  
      About AdvancedDisk file system requirements
    3.  
      Configuring credentials for CIFS storage and disk storage units
    4.  
      About AdvancedDisk storage servers
    5.  
      About AdvancedDisk data movers
    6.  
      About AdvancedDisk preferred or required read servers
    7.  
      About data encryption for AdvancedDisk storage
    8.  
      About key management for encryption of NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage
    9. Configuring key management for NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage encryption
      1.  
        Setting up the KMS database for NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage encryption
      2.  
        Creating a KMS key group for NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage encryption
      3.  
        Creating a KMS key for NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage encryption
      4.  
        Saving a record of the KMS key names for NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage encryption
    10. Configuring an AdvancedDisk storage server
      1.  
        AdvancedDisk storage server configuration options
    11.  
      About AdvancedDisk disk pools
    12.  
      Configuring a CIFS disk volume for AdvancedDisk encryption
    13. Configuring an AdvancedDisk disk pool
      1.  
        NetBackup nbdevconfig command options for AdvancedDisk disk pools
      2.  
        AdvancedDisk disk pool properties
    14. Configuring an AdvancedDisk storage unit
      1.  
        AdvancedDisk storage unit properties
      2. About AdvancedDisk storage unit recommendations
        1.  
          About configuring a favorable client-to-server ratio
        2.  
          About throttling traffic to the media servers
    15.  
      About storage lifecycle policies
    16. Creating a storage lifecycle policy
      1.  
        Storage Lifecycle Policy dialog box settings
    17.  
      Creating a backup policy
    18.  
      Resilient Network properties
    19.  
      Specifying resilient connections
  4. Managing AdvancedDisk
    1. Managing AdvancedDisk storage servers
      1.  
        Viewing AdvancedDisk storage servers
      2.  
        Determining AdvancedDisk storage server state
      3.  
        Viewing AdvancedDisk storage server attributes
      4.  
        Removing AdvancedDisk storage server attributes
      5.  
        Removing an AdvancedDisk storage server from disk pool access
      6.  
        Deleting an AdvancedDisk storage server
    2. Managing AdvancedDisk disk pools
      1.  
        Viewing AdvancedDisk disk pools
      2.  
        About changing the AdvancedDisk disk pool size
      3.  
        Adding volumes to an AdvancedDisk disk pool
      4.  
        Changing AdvancedDisk disk pool properties
      5.  
        Determining AdvancedDisk disk pool state
      6.  
        Changing AdvancedDisk disk pool state
      7.  
        Determining AdvancedDisk disk volume state
      8.  
        Changing AdvancedDisk disk volume state
      9.  
        Merging AdvancedDisk disk pools
      10.  
        Removing a volume from an AdvancedDisk disk pool
      11.  
        Inventorying a NetBackup disk pool
      12.  
        Deleting an AdvancedDisk disk pool
    3.  
      About monitoring AdvancedDisk storage capacity and usage
    4.  
      Monitoring NetBackup disk activity
    5.  
      Viewing AdvancedDisk disk reports
    6. Displaying detailed AdvancedDisk storage usage information
      1.  
        NetBackup disk volume capacity and usage reference
    7.  
      Displaying KMS key information for AdvancedDisk encryption
  5. Toubleshooting AdvancedDisk
    1. About unified logging
      1.  
        About using the vxlogview command to view unified logs
      2.  
        Examples of using vxlogview to view unified logs
    2. About legacy logging
      1.  
        Creating NetBackup log file directories for AdvancedDisk
    3.  
      NetBackup AdvancedDisk log files
    4.  
      AdvancedDisk troubleshooting
    5.  
      Resolving an incorrect storage type problem

About the AdvancedDisk storage option

The NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage option lets you use the disk storage that is exposed to NetBackup as a file system for backups. Storage can be direct attached storage (DAS), network attached storage (NAS), or storage area network (SAN) storage.

NetBackup requires exclusive access to the storage for capacity management and load balancing.

Table: AdvancedDisk features and benefits describes some of the benefits of AdvancedDisk storage.

Table: AdvancedDisk features and benefits

Feature

Benefit

Easy to deploy and use

NetBackup discovers the storage and uses NetBackup storage units and backup policies to use the storage.

Simplified growth

Lets you increase storage unit capacity by adding disks. Only add the capacity required, then update the NetBackup disk pools. Logical units of storage span physical boundaries, so you do not have to create new NetBackup storage units or change the backup policies.

Storage sharing

Multiple storage units can share a disk pool. Space is allocated dynamically as required. Automatic space allocation reduces the risk of backup failure.

Best fit selection

NetBackup predicts the size of the backup and selects the storage on which the backup fits best. The goal is to avoid out-of-space conditions and disk spanning.

Load balancing

Load balancing can occur at two levels, as follows:

  • Storage servers. If you have more than one storage server, NetBackup chooses the least busy media server for each backup. Load balancing increases the performance and the success of backup jobs.

  • Storage unit groups. If you have more than one storage unit, you can choose the storage unit group Load Balance option. If the destination of each storage unit is a separate disk pool, NetBackup chooses the least busy disk pool.

Intelligent capacity management

NetBackup expires backup images when the storage that is consumed reaches a threshold. The disk pool high water mark applies to both individual disk volumes and to disk pools.

Storage lifecycle

You can classify data based on its importance and manage it differently throughout each stage of its life. After it has been duplicated, data can be selectively expired based on the relative importance to the business. you can ensure that important backups are available for rapid restore for longer periods, ensuring your recovery time objectives.

Figure: AdvancedDisk storage example shows a media server and attached disks.

Figure: AdvancedDisk storage example

AdvancedDisk storage example

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