Veritas NetBackup™ Virtual Appliance Getting Started Guide

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Product(s): Appliances (3.3.0.1)
Platform: NetBackup Virtual Appliance
  1. Product overview
    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 the initial deployment
    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
    4.  
      Troubleshooting NetBackup Virtual Appliance initial deployment issues
  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. Introduction to the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu
    1.  
      Using the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu
    2.  
      About the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu command views

Troubleshooting NetBackup Virtual Appliance initial deployment issues

Before you can begin troubleshooting a NetBackup Virtual Appliance initial deployment failure, you need to determine when the problem occurred. A failure can occur during either of the following processes:

  • The OVF deployment wizard operations in the vSphere Client or the vSphere Web Client

    If an error occurs in the OVF deployment wizard, the only way to fix it is to restart the deployment. Before you do so, make sure that you verify the information that you entered in the deployment wizard. You can also reference the VMware documentation for help with specific error messages.

  • The NetBackup Virtual Appliance automatic configuration

    Note:

    This only applies to the combined master and media server.

    If an error occurs during the automatic configuration process, the OVF deployment wizard behaves as if the deployment was successful. However, if you log on to the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu and run the Main > Appliance > Status command, the appliance appears to be in a factory state and is not configured as a master appliance.

    The following are a few common reasons for the automatic configuration to fail:

    • Typos in the deployment wizard

    • Incorrect IP addresses

    • Incorrect host name or DNS information

    You can check the boot log for additional details to help determine the exact error that occurred. Use the following steps to view the boot log:

    • Log on to the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu and enter the Main > Support > Logs > Browse command.

    • At the LOGROOT/> prompt, enter cd OS and then less boot.log.

    The most straightforward method to resolve configuration errors is to redeploy the appliance, making sure that you enter the correct information in the deployment wizard.

    However, if you have encountered multiple failures or want to try to resolve the issue from the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu, use the following procedure to manually complete the configuration process.

  • If errors did not occur during the initial deployment, but during the initial configuration from the shell menu, you need to record the UMI code and refer to the corresponding technical article on the support website.

To manually configure the appliance networking from the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu

Note:

This procedure only applies to the combined master and media server.

  1. Open an SSH session to the appliance to log on to the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu.

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

    If you cannot open an SSH session to the appliance, you can attempt to log on from the vSphere (Web) Client. Navigate to the deployed appliance and select the Console tab to access the shell menu.

    If you still cannot log on, return to the OVF deployment wizard and redeploy the appliance.

  2. Navigate to the Main > Network view and enter the following command to configure the IP address of a single network that you want your appliance to connect to:

    Configure IPAddress Netmask GatewayIPAddress eth1

    Where IPAddress is the new IP address, Netmask is the netmask that corresponds to the IP address, and GatewayIPAddress is the IP address of the default gateway for the interface.

    The IPAddress and the GatewayIPAddress can be an IPv4 or IPv6 address. Only global-scope and unique-local IPv6 addresses are allowed.

    Remember that you should not use both IPv4 and IPv6 address in the same command. For example, you cannot use Configure 9ffe::9 255.255.255.0 1.1.1.1.. You should use Configure 9ffe::46 64 9ffe::49 eth1

  3. From the Main > Network view, use the following command to set the appliance DNS domain name:

    DNS Domain Name

    Where Name is the new domain name for the appliance.

  4. From the Main > Network view, use the following command to add the DNS name server to your appliance configuration:

    DNS Add NameServer IPAddress

    Where IPAddress is the IP address of the DNS server.

    The address can be either IPv4 or IPv6. Only global-scope and unique-local IPv6 addresses are allowed.

  5. From the Main > Network view, use the following command to set the host name for your appliance:

    Hostname Set Name

    Where Name is a short host name or a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) for the appliance. As a best practice, Veritas recommends that you use FQDN.

    Note:

    If you plan to configure Active Directory (AD) authentication on this appliance, the host name must be 15 characters or less. Otherwise, AD configuration can fail.

  6. Use one of the following commands to set the role of the appliance:

    Main > Appliance > Master

    Main > Appliance > Media

  7. Use the following command to verify that the networking and the role configuration were successful:

    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.
    
  8. If this appliance is a NetBackup Virtual Appliance master server, run the following command to resize the NetBackup catalog to 900 GB:

    Main > Manage > Storage > Resize NetBackupCatalog 900 GB

  9. If everything completed successfully, return to the initial deployment procedure and complete the remaining steps for the appliance configuration.

If none of these steps resolved your issue, you can find additional troubleshooting information for specific appliance issues from the NetBackup Virtual Appliance page on the Veritas Support website. Use the search bar at the top of the page to look for articles relating to specific issues.

If you still need assistance, contact Veritas Support.