Veritas NetBackup™ Appliance Fibre Channel Guide

  • Modified Date: 2017-06-26
  1. Introducing Fibre Channel support on NetBackup Appliance
    1.  
      About Fibre Channel supported features on NetBackup Appliance
    2.  
      About NetBackup Fibre Transport
    3. About NetBackup SAN Client and Fibre Transport
      1.  
        About the SAN Client license key
    4.  
      About Fibre Transport for optimized duplication and Auto Image Replication between appliances
    5. Supported data transfer methods for NetBackup appliances
      1.  
        About Fibre Channel feature support with appliance HBA configurations
      2.  
        About the NetBackup 5230 rear panel configurations
      3.  
        NetBackup 5240 Appliance I/O configuration options
      4.  
        NetBackup 5330 Appliance compute node PCIe slot I/O configuration options
    6.  
      About Fibre Transport paths for NetBackup appliances
  2. About the HBA port mode configuration
    1.  
      About FTMS reserved HBA ports and the factory default port mode configuration
    2.  
      Supported Fibre Channel port configurations for the NetBackup 5220 and 5230 appliances
    3.  
      Supported Fibre Channel port configuration for the NetBackup 5240 appliances
    4.  
      Supported Fibre Channel port configurations for the NetBackup 5330 appliances
  3. Zoning the FC SAN
    1.  
      How to determine appliance HBA WWPNs
    2.  
      About zoning the SAN for NetBackup appliances
    3.  
      About HBA link status on the NetBackup Appliance Shell Menu
  4. Configuring Fibre Transport on the appliance
    1. Settings > Network > Fibre Transport
      1.  
        About the HBA port mode configuration table
    2.  
      Configuring Fibre Transport media server for SAN Client
    3.  
      Configuring Fibre Transport media sever settings
    4.  
      About Fibre Transport media server verification
    5.  
      Guidelines for changing NetBackup appliance FT target ports to receive data streams from multiple SAN Client FC initiator ports
    6.  
      Configuring Fibre Transport for optimized duplication and Auto Image Replication over FC
    7. Configuring Fibre Transport to other NetBackup appliances
      1.  
        About the Fibre Transport chunk size
    8.  
      Configuring Fibre Transport on a target appliance for optimized duplication and replication
    9.  
      About Fibre Transport Deduplication target mode port verification
    10.  
      Configuring direct backups from a NetBackup 52xx or 5330 appliance to a NetBackup 50xx appliance using Fibre Channel
    11.  
      How to configure two NetBackup 52xx or 5330 appliances in different domains for MSDP replication
  5. About backup to tape support
    1.  
      About backup to tape support for NetBackup appliances
  6. VMware support
    1. About NetBackup Appliance as a VMware backup host
      1.  
        NetBackup Appliance as backup host: component overview
      2.  
        Notes on NetBackup Appliance as a VMware backup host
    2.  
      About appliance dynamic multi-pathing for VMware backups with SAN transport

About Fibre Channel supported features on NetBackup Appliance

The appliances are rack-mount servers that run on the Linux operating system. NetBackup Enterprise Server software is already installed and configured to work with the operating system, the disk storage units, and the robotic tape device.

To use the NetBackup Enterprise Server software on the NetBackup Appliance with the supported Fibre Channel (FC) features, you must configure the appliance FC settings first.

The NetBackup 52xx and 5330 appliances support the use of FC with some or all of the following features depending on hardware configuration:

  • SAN Client

  • Optimized duplication

  • Auto Image Replication

  • NetBackup for VMware

  • Tape out

Note:

Optimized duplication and Auto Image Replication over FC are only supported with NetBackup Appliance products, and not supported with non-appliance NetBackup servers.

Note:

NetBackup Appliance supports the use of the DD Boost plug-in and its capabilities.

SAN Client

This feature provides high-speed backups and restores of NetBackup clients. A SAN client is a special NetBackup client that can back up large amounts of data rapidly over a SAN connection rather than a LAN. The backup and restore traffic occurs over FC, and the NetBackup server and client administration traffic occurs over the LAN.

You must enable the Fibre Transport media server (FTMS) feature on the NetBackup 52xx or 5330 appliance to use it for backing up SAN clients.

See Configuring Fibre Transport media server for SAN Client.

Optimized duplication

Optimized duplication copies the deduplicated backup images between appliances within the same domain.

For optimized duplication over FC, the duplication source must be a NetBackup 52xx or 5330 appliance. The duplication destination can be a NetBackup 5020, 5030 appliance.

Starting with the appliance software release 2.7.3, you can also use a NetBackup 52xx or 5330 appliance as the duplication destination.

The source and the destination must use the same NetBackup master server. The optimized duplication operation is more efficient than normal duplication because only the unique, deduplicated data segments are transferred. Optimized duplication reduces the amount of data transmission over your network and is a good method to copy your backup images off-site for disaster recovery.

You must configure appliances at both the source and the destination for optimized duplication over FC.

See Configuring Fibre Transport for optimized duplication and Auto Image Replication over FC.

Note:

When you perform duplication jobs from the NetBackup Administration Console, you can monitor the jobs by using the Activity Monitor. But in the Detailed Status tab, the Transport Type field always reports LAN for jobs over FC. To see the correct transport type, refer to the details in the Status box.

Auto Image Replication

The backups that are generated in one NetBackup domain can be replicated to storage in one or more target NetBackup domains. This process is referred to as Auto Image Replication.

You must configure appliances at both the source and the destination for Auto Image Replication over FC.

Starting with the appliance software release 2.7.3, you can also use a NetBackup 52xx or 5330 appliance as the replication destination.

See Configuring Fibre Transport for optimized duplication and Auto Image Replication over FC.

For information about Auto Image Replication, see the NetBackup Deduplication Guide.

Note:

When you perform replication jobs from the NetBackup Administration Console, you can monitor the jobs by using the Activity Monitor. But in the Detailed Status tab, the Transport Type field always reports LAN for jobs over FC. To see the correct transport type, refer to the details in the Status box.

NetBackup for VMware

This feature provides backup and restore of the VMware virtual machines that run on VMware ESX servers. NetBackup for VMware takes advantage of VMware vStorage APIs for data protection. The backup process is off-loaded from the ESX server to a VMware backup host.

Starting with NetBackup 52xx and 5330 appliance software version 2.5, you can use the appliance as a VMware backup host. Earlier software versions required a separate Windows system as the host.

For information about how to configure a NetBackup 52xx or 5330 as a VMware backup host, refer to the following topics:

See About NetBackup Appliance as a VMware backup host.

See Notes on NetBackup Appliance as a VMware backup host.

For complete details about NetBackup for VMware and how to configure VMware policies, see the NetBackup for VMware Administrator's Guide.

Tape out

NetBackup Appliance supports backups to tape so that you can connect one or more tape libraries to them with FC. An FC host bus adapter (HBA) provides for connection to a TLD tape storage device.

For information about how to configure a NetBackup 52xx or 5330 for backups to tape, refer to the following topic:

See About backup to tape support for NetBackup appliances.

Table of Contents

  1. Introducing Fibre Channel support on NetBackup Appliance
    1.  
      About Fibre Channel supported features on NetBackup Appliance
    2.  
      About NetBackup Fibre Transport
    3. About NetBackup SAN Client and Fibre Transport
      1.  
        About the SAN Client license key
    4.  
      About Fibre Transport for optimized duplication and Auto Image Replication between appliances
    5. Supported data transfer methods for NetBackup appliances
      1.  
        About Fibre Channel feature support with appliance HBA configurations
      2.  
        About the NetBackup 5230 rear panel configurations
      3.  
        NetBackup 5240 Appliance I/O configuration options
      4.  
        NetBackup 5330 Appliance compute node PCIe slot I/O configuration options
    6.  
      About Fibre Transport paths for NetBackup appliances
  2. About the HBA port mode configuration
    1.  
      About FTMS reserved HBA ports and the factory default port mode configuration
    2.  
      Supported Fibre Channel port configurations for the NetBackup 5220 and 5230 appliances
    3.  
      Supported Fibre Channel port configuration for the NetBackup 5240 appliances
    4.  
      Supported Fibre Channel port configurations for the NetBackup 5330 appliances
  3. Zoning the FC SAN
    1.  
      How to determine appliance HBA WWPNs
    2.  
      About zoning the SAN for NetBackup appliances
    3.  
      About HBA link status on the NetBackup Appliance Shell Menu
  4. Configuring Fibre Transport on the appliance
    1. Settings > Network > Fibre Transport
      1.  
        About the HBA port mode configuration table
    2.  
      Configuring Fibre Transport media server for SAN Client
    3.  
      Configuring Fibre Transport media sever settings
    4.  
      About Fibre Transport media server verification
    5.  
      Guidelines for changing NetBackup appliance FT target ports to receive data streams from multiple SAN Client FC initiator ports
    6.  
      Configuring Fibre Transport for optimized duplication and Auto Image Replication over FC
    7. Configuring Fibre Transport to other NetBackup appliances
      1.  
        About the Fibre Transport chunk size
    8.  
      Configuring Fibre Transport on a target appliance for optimized duplication and replication
    9.  
      About Fibre Transport Deduplication target mode port verification
    10.  
      Configuring direct backups from a NetBackup 52xx or 5330 appliance to a NetBackup 50xx appliance using Fibre Channel
    11.  
      How to configure two NetBackup 52xx or 5330 appliances in different domains for MSDP replication
  5. About backup to tape support
    1.  
      About backup to tape support for NetBackup appliances
  6. VMware support
    1. About NetBackup Appliance as a VMware backup host
      1.  
        NetBackup Appliance as backup host: component overview
      2.  
        Notes on NetBackup Appliance as a VMware backup host
    2.  
      About appliance dynamic multi-pathing for VMware backups with SAN transport

About Fibre Channel supported features on NetBackup Appliance

The appliances are rack-mount servers that run on the Linux operating system. NetBackup Enterprise Server software is already installed and configured to work with the operating system, the disk storage units, and the robotic tape device.

To use the NetBackup Enterprise Server software on the NetBackup Appliance with the supported Fibre Channel (FC) features, you must configure the appliance FC settings first.

The NetBackup 52xx and 5330 appliances support the use of FC with some or all of the following features depending on hardware configuration:

  • SAN Client

  • Optimized duplication

  • Auto Image Replication

  • NetBackup for VMware

  • Tape out

Note:

Optimized duplication and Auto Image Replication over FC are only supported with NetBackup Appliance products, and not supported with non-appliance NetBackup servers.

Note:

NetBackup Appliance supports the use of the DD Boost plug-in and its capabilities.

SAN Client

This feature provides high-speed backups and restores of NetBackup clients. A SAN client is a special NetBackup client that can back up large amounts of data rapidly over a SAN connection rather than a LAN. The backup and restore traffic occurs over FC, and the NetBackup server and client administration traffic occurs over the LAN.

You must enable the Fibre Transport media server (FTMS) feature on the NetBackup 52xx or 5330 appliance to use it for backing up SAN clients.

See Configuring Fibre Transport media server for SAN Client.

Optimized duplication

Optimized duplication copies the deduplicated backup images between appliances within the same domain.

For optimized duplication over FC, the duplication source must be a NetBackup 52xx or 5330 appliance. The duplication destination can be a NetBackup 5020, 5030 appliance.

Starting with the appliance software release 2.7.3, you can also use a NetBackup 52xx or 5330 appliance as the duplication destination.

The source and the destination must use the same NetBackup master server. The optimized duplication operation is more efficient than normal duplication because only the unique, deduplicated data segments are transferred. Optimized duplication reduces the amount of data transmission over your network and is a good method to copy your backup images off-site for disaster recovery.

You must configure appliances at both the source and the destination for optimized duplication over FC.

See Configuring Fibre Transport for optimized duplication and Auto Image Replication over FC.

Note:

When you perform duplication jobs from the NetBackup Administration Console, you can monitor the jobs by using the Activity Monitor. But in the Detailed Status tab, the Transport Type field always reports LAN for jobs over FC. To see the correct transport type, refer to the details in the Status box.

Auto Image Replication

The backups that are generated in one NetBackup domain can be replicated to storage in one or more target NetBackup domains. This process is referred to as Auto Image Replication.

You must configure appliances at both the source and the destination for Auto Image Replication over FC.

Starting with the appliance software release 2.7.3, you can also use a NetBackup 52xx or 5330 appliance as the replication destination.

See Configuring Fibre Transport for optimized duplication and Auto Image Replication over FC.

For information about Auto Image Replication, see the NetBackup Deduplication Guide.

Note:

When you perform replication jobs from the NetBackup Administration Console, you can monitor the jobs by using the Activity Monitor. But in the Detailed Status tab, the Transport Type field always reports LAN for jobs over FC. To see the correct transport type, refer to the details in the Status box.

NetBackup for VMware

This feature provides backup and restore of the VMware virtual machines that run on VMware ESX servers. NetBackup for VMware takes advantage of VMware vStorage APIs for data protection. The backup process is off-loaded from the ESX server to a VMware backup host.

Starting with NetBackup 52xx and 5330 appliance software version 2.5, you can use the appliance as a VMware backup host. Earlier software versions required a separate Windows system as the host.

For information about how to configure a NetBackup 52xx or 5330 as a VMware backup host, refer to the following topics:

See About NetBackup Appliance as a VMware backup host.

See Notes on NetBackup Appliance as a VMware backup host.

For complete details about NetBackup for VMware and how to configure VMware policies, see the NetBackup for VMware Administrator's Guide.

Tape out

NetBackup Appliance supports backups to tape so that you can connect one or more tape libraries to them with FC. An FC host bus adapter (HBA) provides for connection to a TLD tape storage device.

For information about how to configure a NetBackup 52xx or 5330 for backups to tape, refer to the following topic:

See About backup to tape support for NetBackup appliances.

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