Veritas NetBackup™ Virtual Appliance Documentation

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Product(s): Appliances (3.3.0.1)
Platform: NetBackup Virtual Appliance
  1. Getting to know the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
    1. NetBackup Virtual Appliance product description
      1.  
        About the NetBackup Virtual Appliance master server role
      2.  
        About the NetBackup Virtual Appliance combined master and media server role
      3.  
        About the NetBackup Virtual Appliance media server role
    2.  
      NetBackup Virtual Appliance supported features
    3.  
      About the NetBackup Virtual Appliance documentation
    4.  
      NetBackup Virtual Appliance 3.3.0.1 new features, enhancements, and changes
    5.  
      Known limitations of the NetBackup Virtual Appliance 3.3.0.1 release
    6.  
      Operational Notes for the NetBackup Virtual Appliance 3.3.0.1 release
  2. Preparing to deploy the appliance
    1.  
      NetBackup Virtual Appliance product files (OVF templates)
    2.  
      NetBackup Virtual Appliance deployment methods
    3. NetBackup Virtual Appliance deployment guidelines
      1.  
        Configuration overview for NetBackup Virtual Appliance MSDP cloud applications
      2.  
        NetBackup Virtual Appliance initial deployment checklist
  3. Deploying and configuring the appliance
    1. How to deploy and configure a NetBackup Virtual Appliance combined master and media server
      1.  
        Using the vSphere Client to deploy a combined master and media server appliance
      2.  
        Using the OVF Tool to deploy a combined master and media server appliance
      3.  
        Performing the initial configuration on a NetBackup Virtual Appliance combined master and media server
      4.  
        Completing the initial configuration of the NetBackup Virtual Appliance combined master and media server
    2. How to deploy and configure a NetBackup Virtual Appliance media server
      1.  
        Using the vSphere Client to deploy a media server appliance
      2.  
        Using the OVF Tool to deploy a media server appliance
      3.  
        Configuring a master server to communicate with an appliance media server
      4.  
        Performing the initial configuration on a NetBackup Virtual Appliance media server
    3. How to deploy and configure a NetBackup Virtual Appliance master server
      1.  
        Using the vSphere Client to deploy a NetBackup Virtual Appliance master server
      2.  
        Using the OVF Tool to deploy a master server
      3.  
        Performing the initial configuration on a NetBackup Virtual Appliance master server
  4. Post initial configuration procedures
    1.  
      About modifying the NetBackup Virtual Appliance settings
    2.  
      Adding a permanent license key if an evaluation license key expires
    3.  
      Managing license keys on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
  5. Appliance common tasks
    1.  
      Common tasks in NetBackup Virtual Appliance
  6. Storage management
    1. About NetBackup Virtual Appliance storage configuration
      1. About viewing storage space information using the Show command
        1.  
          Viewing all storage information
        2.  
          Viewing disk information
        3.  
          Viewing partition information
        4.  
          Viewing the partition distribution on disks
      2.  
        Resizing a partition
      3.  
        Troubleshooting resize-related issues
      4.  
        Moving a partition
      5.  
        Monitoring the progress of storage manipulation tasks
      6.  
        Scanning storage devices using the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu
      7.  
        Adding storage space for the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      8.  
        Removing an existing storage disk
    2. About OpenStorage plugin installation
      1.  
        Installing the OpenStorage plugin
      2.  
        Uninstalling the OpenStorage plugin
  7. Deduplication pool catalog backup and recovery
    1.  
      About the NetBackup Virtual Appliance deduplication pool catalog backup policy
    2.  
      Automatic configuration of the NetBackup Virtual Appliance deduplication pool catalog backup policy
    3.  
      Manually configuring the NetBackup Virtual Appliance deduplication pool catalog backup policy
    4.  
      Manually updating the NetBackup Virtual Appliance deduplication pool catalog backup policy
    5.  
      Recovering the NetBackup Virtual Appliance deduplication pool catalog
  8. Network connection management
    1.  
      About IPv4-IPv6-based network support
    2.  
      Network settings for the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
    3.  
      Configuring DNS and host name mapping for the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
    4.  
      Setting the date and time on a NetBackup Virtual Appliance
    5.  
      Configuring static routes on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
    6.  
      Expanding the bandwidth on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
  9. Managing users
    1.  
      About managing NetBackup Virtual Appliance users
    2.  
      About NetBackup Virtual Appliance account types
    3.  
      Adding NetBackup Virtual Appliance users
    4.  
      Deleting NetBackup Virtual Appliance users
    5.  
      Adding NetBackup Virtual Appliance user groups
    6.  
      Deleting NetBackup Virtual Appliance user groups
    7.  
      Granting roles to NetBackup Virtual Appliance users and user groups
    8.  
      Revoking roles from NetBackup Virtual Appliance users and user groups
    9. About user name and password specifications
      1.  
        About STIG-compliant password policy rules
    10.  
      Changing NetBackup Virtual Appliance user passwords
    11.  
      About password management and recovery
    12. About authenticating LDAP users
      1.  
        Adding or modifying an LDAP server configuration on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      2.  
        Importing an LDAP server configuration for the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      3.  
        Setting the SSL certification for LDAP on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      4.  
        Exporting an LDAP server configuration from the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      5.  
        Unconfiguring LDAP user authentication on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      6.  
        Disabling LDAP user authentication on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      7.  
        Enabling LDAP user authentication on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      8.  
        Adding an LDAP attribute mapping on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      9.  
        Deleting an LDAP attribute mapping on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
    13. About authenticating Active Directory users
      1.  
        Adding an Active Directory server configuration
      2.  
        Unconfiguring Active Directory user authentication on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
    14.  
      About authentication using smart cards and digital certificates
    15. About authenticating Kerberos-NIS users
      1.  
        Adding a Kerberos-NIS authentication configuration on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      2.  
        Unconfiguring Kerberos-NIS user authentication on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
    16.  
      Generic user authentication guidelines
    17. About user authorization on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      1.  
        NetBackup Virtual Appliance user role privileges
      2.  
        About the Administrator user role
      3.  
        About the NetBackupCLI user role
    18. Creating NetBackup administrator user accounts
      1.  
        Logging on as a NetBackup administrator
      2.  
        Managing NetBackup administrator user account passwords
      3.  
        Viewing NetBackup administrator user accounts
      4.  
        Auditing NetBackup administrator accounts
    19.  
      Deleting NetBackup administrator user accounts
  10. Using the appliance
    1. About configuring Host parameters for your appliance on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      1.  
        Configuring data buffer options on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      2.  
        Configuring lifecycle parameters on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      3.  
        Managing NetBackup Virtual Appliance deduplication
      4. About BMR integration
        1.  
          Enabling BMR from the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu
    2. About Copilot functionality and Share management
      1.  
        Creating a Share
      2.  
        Editing a Share
      3.  
        Deleting a Share
      4.  
        Moving a Share
      5.  
        Viewing Share information from the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu
      6.  
        NFS export options
    3. About NetBackup Virtual Appliance as a VMware backup host
      1.  
        NetBackup Virtual Appliance as backup host: component overview
      2.  
        Notes on NetBackup Virtual Appliance as a VMware backup host
    4. About running NetBackup commands from the appliance
      1.  
        Running NetBackup commands from the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      2.  
        Creating a NetBackup touch file from the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      3.  
        Best practices for running NetBackup commands from the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      4.  
        About NetBackup operating system commands
      5.  
        Known limitations of running NetBackup commands from the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
    5. About mounting a remote NFS
      1.  
        Mounting a remote NFS drive
      2.  
        Unmounting an NFS drive
    6. About Auto Image Replication from a NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      1.  
        Prerequisites for Auto Image Replication
      2.  
        Configuring a replication target
      3.  
        Determining the appliance deduplication password
    7.  
      Generating certificates
  11. Monitoring the appliance
    1.  
      About NetBackup Virtual Appliance alerts
    2.  
      Setting up email notifications for a NetBackup Virtual Appliance
    3.  
      Setting up SNMP notifications for a NetBackup Virtual Appliance
    4.  
      Enabling and disabling Call Home from the appliance shell menu
    5.  
      Configuring a Call Home proxy server from the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu
    6. About SNMP
      1.  
        About the Management Information Base (MIB)
    7. About Call Home
      1.  
        Understanding the Call Home workflow
      2.  
        About the Product Improvement Program
    8.  
      About AutoSupport
    9.  
      About storage email alerts
  12. Appliance security
    1. About Symantec Data Center Security on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      1.  
        Auditing the SDCS logs on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      2.  
        Viewing SDCS audit log details
      3.  
        Changing the SDCS log retention settings on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
      4.  
        About SDCS event type codes and severity codes on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
    2.  
      About data security
    3.  
      About data integrity
    4.  
      About data classification
    5.  
      About data encryption
    6.  
      About the NetBackup Virtual Appliance intrusion detection system
    7.  
      About the NetBackup Virtual Appliance intrusion prevention system
    8.  
      Major components of the NetBackup Virtual Appliance OS
    9.  
      OS STIG hardening for NetBackup Virtual Appliance
    10.  
      Unenforced STIG hardening rules
    11.  
      FIPS 140-2 conformance for NetBackup Virtual Appliance
    12.  
      Vulnerability scanning of the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
    13.  
      About the appliance login banner
    14. Setting the appliance login banner
      1.  
        Creating the appliance login banner
      2.  
        Removing the appliance login banner
    15.  
      Log Forwarding feature overview
  13. Upgrading the appliance
    1. About upgrading to NetBackup Virtual Appliance software version 3.3.0.1
      1.  
        Supported upgrade paths
      2.  
        Preflight check before the upgrade
      3.  
        Appliance behavior during upgrades
      4.  
        About corresponding NetBackup software versions
      5.  
        About the Appliance Install Manager
    2. Requirements and best practices for upgrading NetBackup appliances
      1.  
        Upgrade time estimation
    3.  
      Pre-upgrade tasks for appliance upgrades
    4. Methods for downloading appliance software release updates
      1.  
        Downloading software updates directly to a NetBackup appliance
      2.  
        Downloading software updates to a NetBackup appliance using a client share
    5.  
      Installing a NetBackup Virtual Appliance software update using the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu
    6.  
      Troubleshooting upgrade issues
  14. NetBackup client upgrades with VxUpdate
    1.  
      About VxUpdate
    2.  
      VxUpdate repository management
    3.  
      Deployment policy management
    4.  
      Manually initiating upgrades from the master server using VxUpdate
    5.  
      Manually initiating upgrades from the client using VxUpdate
    6.  
      Deployment job status
  15. Appliance restore
    1.  
      About appliance restore
    2.  
      Creating an appliance checkpoint from the appliance shell menu
    3.  
      Rollback to an appliance checkpoint from the appliance shell menu
    4.  
      About NetBackup Virtual Appliance factory reset
    5.  
      Factory reset best practices
    6.  
      How to factory reset the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
  16. Decommissioning and Reconfiguring
    1.  
      About decommissioning a NetBackup Virtual Appliance
    2.  
      Decommissioning a NetBackup Virtual Appliance with the media server role
  17. Troubleshooting
    1.  
      About troubleshooting the NetBackup Virtual Appliance
    2.  
      About contacting Technical Support
    3.  
      Determining the NetBackup Virtual Appliance serial number
    4. About disaster recovery
      1.  
        Recovering a NetBackup appliance master server using NetBackup catalog restore
    5. About NetBackup support utilities
      1.  
        NetBackup Domain Network Analyzer (NBDNA)
      2.  
        NetBackup Support Utility (NBSU)
    6.  
      Troubleshooting NetBackup Virtual Appliance initial deployment issues
    7.  
      Error messages displayed on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu
    8.  
      NetBackup status codes applicable for NetBackup Virtual Appliance
    9.  
      Installing an EEB
    10.  
      Rolling back an EEB using the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu
  18. Appliance logging
    1.  
      About NetBackup Virtual Appliance log files
    2.  
      Viewing log files using the Support command
    3.  
      Where to find NetBackup Virtual Appliance log files using the Browse command
    4.  
      Enabling and disabling VxMS logging
    5.  
      Gathering device logs on a NetBackup virtual appliance
    6. About forwarding logs to an external server
      1.  
        Uploading certificates for TLS
      2.  
        Enabling log forwarding
      3.  
        Changing the log forwarding interval
      4.  
        Viewing the log forwarding configuration
      5.  
        Disabling log forwarding
  19. Commands overview
    1.  
      About the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu
    2.  
      Logging on to the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu
    3.  
      Using the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu
    4.  
      About the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu command views
  20. Appendix A. Appliance commands
    1.  
      Appliance > Master
    2.  
      Appliance > Media
    3.  
      Appliance > ShowDedupPassword
    4.  
      Appliance > Status
    5.  
      Appliance > Configure
  21. Appendix B. Manage commands
    1.  
      Manage > Software > Delete
    2.  
      Manage > Software > Download
    3.  
      Manage > Software > List
    4.  
      Manage > Software > Install
    5.  
      Manage > Software > Share
    6.  
      Manage > Software > Readme
    7.  
      Manage > Software > Rollback
    8.  
      Manage > Software > Cancel
    9.  
      Manage > Software > DownloadProgress
    10.  
      Manage > Software > UpgradeStatus
    11.  
      Manage > Software > VxUpdate
    12.  
      Manage > Storage > Show
    13.  
      Manage > Storage > Add
    14.  
      Manage > Storage > Create
    15.  
      Manage > Storage > Delete
    16.  
      Manage > Storage > Edit
    17.  
      Manage > Storage > Monitor
    18.  
      Manage > Storage > Move
    19.  
      Manage > Storage > Remove
    20.  
      Manage > Storage > Resize
    21.  
      Manage > Storage > Scan
    22.  
      Manage > OpenStorage > Install
    23.  
      Manage > OpenStorage > List
    24.  
      Manage > OpenStorage > Readme
    25.  
      Manage > OpenStorage > Share
    26.  
      Manage > OpenStorage > Uninstall
    27.  
      Manage > MountPoints > List
    28.  
      Manage > MountPoints > Mount
    29.  
      Manage > MountPoints > Unmount
    30.  
      Manage > License > Add
    31.  
      Manage > License > List
    32.  
      Manage > License > ListInfo
    33.  
      Manage > License > Remove
    34.  
      Manage > Certificates > Generate
    35.  
      Manage > Certificates > Delete
    36.  
      Manage > NetBackupCLI > Create
    37.  
      Manage > NetBackupCLI > Delete
    38.  
      Manage > NetBackupCLI > List
    39.  
      Manage > NetBackupCLI > PasswordExpiry
  22. Appendix C. Monitor commands
    1.  
      Monitor > Uptime
    2.  
      Monitor > Who
    3.  
      Monitor > NetworkStatus
    4.  
      Monitor > Top
    5.  
      Monitor > MemoryStatus
    6.  
      Monitor > SDCS
    7.  
      Monitor > NetBackup
    8.  
      Monitor > Hardware
  23. Appendix D. Network commands
    1.  
      Network > Configure
    2.  
      Network > Date
    3.  
      Network > DNS
    4.  
      Network > Gateway
    5.  
      Network > Hostname
    6.  
      Network > Hosts
    7.  
      Network > IPv4
    8.  
      Network > IPv6
    9.  
      Network > LinkAggregation
    10.  
      Network > NetStat
    11.  
      Network > NTPServer
    12.  
      Network > Ping
    13.  
      Network > SetProperty
    14.  
      Network > Show
    15.  
      Network > TimeZone
    16.  
      Network > TraceRoute
    17.  
      Network > Unconfigure
    18.  
      Network > WANOptimization
  24. Appendix E. Reports commands
    1.  
      Reports > Deduplication
    2.  
      Reports > Process
  25. Appendix F. Settings commands
    1.  
      Settings > Deduplication
    2.  
      Settings > LifeCycle
    3.  
      Settings > LogForwarding
    4.  
      Settings > NetBackup
    5.  
      Settings > Password
    6.  
      Settings > SystemLocale
    7.  
      Settings > Share
    8.  
      Settings > Sysctl
    9.  
      Settings > NetBackup DNAT
    10.  
      Settings > NetBackup NATServers
    11.  
      Settings > Notifications > LoginBanner
    12.  
      Settings > Security > Authentication > LDAP
    13.  
      Settings > Security > Authentication > ActiveDirectory
    14.  
      Settings > Security > Authentication > Kerberos
    15.  
      Settings > Security > Authentication > LocalUser
    16.  
      Settings > Security > Authorization
    17.  
      Main > Settings > Security > Certificate
    18.  
      Main > Settings > Security > STIG
    19.  
      Main > Settings > Security > FIPS
    20.  
      Settings > Alerts > CallHome
    21.  
      Settings > Alerts > SNMP
    22.  
      Settings > Alerts > Email
    23.  
      Settings > Alerts > Hardware
  26. Appendix G. Support commands
    1.  
      Support > Checkpoint
    2.  
      Support > DataCollect
    3.  
      Support > Disk
    4.  
      Support > Errors
    5.  
      Support > FactoryReset
    6.  
      Support > InfraServices
    7.  
      Support > iostat
    8.  
      Support > LogBrowser
    9.  
      Support > Logs
    10.  
      Support > Maintenance
    11.  
      Support > Messages
    12.  
      Support > NBDNA
    13.  
      Support > nbperfchk
    14.  
      Support > NBSU
    15.  
      Support > Processes
    16.  
      Support > Reboot
    17.  
      Support > Service
    18.  
      Support > Shutdown
    19.  
      Support > Storage SanityCheck
    20.  
      Support > Storage Reset
    21.  
      Support > Test

Completing the initial configuration of the NetBackup Virtual Appliance combined master and media server

This section describes the remaining configuration steps after the automatic initial configuration is complete.

Note:

Use this procedure to complete the initial configuration only when the product file you use supports automatic initial configuration.

To complete the initial configuration of a NetBackup Virtual Appliance

  1. After you have deployed a new virtual appliance, open a console session from the VMware vSphere Client to log on to the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu.

    The logon is admin, and the default password is P@ssw0rd.

    Note:

    The automatic initial configuration runs while the appliance is starting up and continues after the appliance log-on screen first appears. Wait for about 20-30 minutes before you proceed to verify the appliance status.

  2. Use the following command to verify that the automatic configuration completed successfully:

    Main > Appliance > Status

    The command output should contain a message similar to the following:

    Appliance Version is 3.3.0.1.
    
    Appliance is configured as master appliance.
    

    If the output does not show that the appliance is configured as a master appliance, you need to redeploy the appliance or perform other troubleshooting steps to fix the issue before you proceed to the next step. See Troubleshooting NetBackup Virtual Appliance initial deployment issues.

  3. Use the following commands to change the admin, the maintenance, and the nbasecadmin account passwords from the known default password (P@ssw0rd):
    • Main > Settings > Password admin

    • Main > Settings > Password maintenance

    • Main > Settings > Password nbasecadmin

      Note:

      You cannot access the NetBackup web UI until you have changed the nbasecadmin user password.

    See Changing NetBackup Virtual Appliance user passwords.

  4. Use the following command to set the time zone:

    Main > Network > TimeZone Set

    Select the appropriate time zone from the displayed list.

  5. Use the following command to add a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server:

    Main > Network > NTPServer Add <Server>

    Where <Server> is the name of the NTPServer.

  6. Add a permanent license key before the evaluation key expires with the following command:

    Main > Manage > License > Add

    You can locate your permanent license key from the Veritas Entitlement Management System (VEMS). To access VEMS, click Licensing on the Veritas Support website.

    Warning:

    If the correct license key is not installed, the appliance services stop functioning after the evaluation key expires. Make sure that the NetBackup license you add includes support for NetBackup Virtual Appliance.

    See Managing license keys on the NetBackup Virtual Appliance.

  7. (Optional)

    If you want to use an external Certificate Authority (CA) for communication between the appliance and your other NetBackup hosts, run the following command:

    Main > Settings > NetBackup CertificateUsage Enable ECA

  8. (Optional)

    If you plan to connect this combined master and media server to another media server in a NAT network, perform the following tasks:

    • Enable the NetBackup DNAT feature on this combined master and media server as follows:

      Main > Settings > NetBackup DNAT Enable

    • Add the name of the other media server to the NetBackup Servers list on this combined master and media server as follows:

      Main > Settings > NetBackup NATServers Add

  9. (Optional)

    If you deployed a product file with an initial storage capacity of .5 TB and want to add storage up to a total of 16 TB, use the following steps to add additional disks:

    • Use the VMware vSphere Client to create new virtual disks with sizes that are multiples of 0.5 TB, or 512 GB.

    • From the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu, run the following command:

      Main > Manage > Storage > Scan

      This command refreshes the storage disks and device information to locate available disks.

    • Run the following command:

      Main > Manage > Storage > Add

      This command launches a wizard that displays the available disks. Follow the prompts to add the disks. To add multiple disks at one time, use a comma-separated list.

    See Adding storage space for the NetBackup Virtual Appliance.

  10. Log on to the appliance from the NetBackup Administration Console and activate the NetBackup catalog backup policy.

    By default, the appliance creates an inactive backup policy that uses a Storage Lifecycle Policy (SLP) to protect the NetBackup catalog. The SLP backs up the data to AdvancedDisk and then duplicates it to MSDP. You are then able to use Auto Image Replication to save your catalog backup off site. Veritas recommends that you use this replication-based strategy for disaster recovery (DR) due to the combined master and media server role of the appliance.

    To activate the policy, navigate to the NetBackup Management > Policies tab in the Administration Console, right-click on the nbu-catalog policy, and select Activate.

    Note:

    You must set an encryption passphrase for the disaster recovery package for the catalog to be successful. Catalog backups continue to fail until the passphrase is set.

    For more information about the security requirements for disaster recovery, see the NetBackup Security and Encryption Guide.

    If you plan to use AdvancdDisk to back up your clients, note that the AdvancedDisk does not support Auto Image Replication. If you want to save the data off site, create an SLP to duplicate the backup data on AdvancedDisk to MSDP. You are then able to use Auto Image Replication to transfer the data off site.

  11. If you want to configure the appliance for MSDP cloud, log in to the NetBackup web UI as the nbasecadmin user and configure the MSDP cloud storage as follows:
    • Create a disk pool.

    • Create a storage unit.

      For details, see the NetBackup Web UI Administrator's Guide.