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

NetBackup Virtual Appliance 3.3.0.1 new features, enhancements, and changes

The following list describes the new features, enhancements, and changes in the NetBackup Virtual Appliance 3.3.0.1 release:

  • Pre-upgrade requirements for version 3.3.0.1

    If you did not upgrade to NetBackup Appliance software version 3.2 and you plan to upgrade to version 3.3.0.1, you must first install the MSDP fingerprinting conversion hotfix.

    All appliances currently on version 3.0 require installation of this hotfix. Once installed, the fingerprinting conversion can take some time to complete. You cannot upgrade the appliance until the fingerprinting conversion has completed.

    For a complete checklist of pre-upgrade requirements, refer to the following article:

    https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/article.100046066

  • Upgrading systems with role-based access control (RBAC) users

    If you plan to upgrade appliances with versions 3.1.2 or 3.2 that have NetBackup RBAC users, after the upgrade has completed, you must download and run the NetBackup 8.3 RBAC Utility. For details, see the following articles:

    https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/article.100047577

    https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/article.100047660

  • MSDP cloud storage support with NetBackup 8.3.0.1 (included with appliance version 3.3.0.1)

    NetBackup 8.3 introduces MSDP cloud, a new cloud solution with deduplication technology. Data is stored directly to cloud targets with deduplication. One MSDP storage server can support both local storage and multiple cloud storage targets. After you configure the MSDP storage server, you can add a cloud storage target to that storage server and then the MSDP storage server can store data to the cloud target.

    This new cloud solution is available on new NetBackup appliances that are deployed on version 3.3.0.1 or on appliances that are upgraded to version 3.3.0.1.

    Note:

    The NetBackup Virtual Appliance Cloud Catalyst is no longer supported for new deployments. You can still upgrade these appliances to version 3.3.0.1, however you cannot configure them to use the MSDP cloud feature.

  • Manage Network Address Translation (NAT) server names

    Starting with this release, you can choose to configure a media server appliance behind a NAT network. This configuration allows the media server to communicate with NAT clients and a master server in the public network. As part of the configuration, new commands let you manage NAT server names in the NetBackup Servers list. The following describes the command view and the available options:

    Command view: Main > Settings > NetBackup NATServers

    Options: Add Delete Show

  • Automatic rollback when installing revised EEBs

    Starting with this release, an installed EEB can be updated with a newer revision of the same EEB without the need for a manual rollback of the currently installed version. EEB installation is supported through the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu and the Appliance Management Server (AMS). For EEB installation details, refer to the following documents:

    NetBackup Appliance Administrator's Guide

    Veritas Appliance Management Guide

  • LogBrowser command

    The Support > LogBrowser command allows you to start a log transfer web service to send logs through a web page to the Veritas AutoSupport server. You can set the amount of time to keep the feature active. When the set time expires, the log transfer web service stops automatically.

  • VMware vSphere 7.0 support

    VMware vSphere version 7.0 is now supported for deployment.

Appliance Management Server version 1.4
  • The Overview tab provides an option to reboot an appliance.

  • The new Capacity tab displays the capacity utilization trend of an appliance. You can specify the duration for which to view the trend and then select a date to view the corresponding consumption details. The data is automatically updated every 24 hours. This tab is available for physical appliances only and not for virtual appliances.

  • The following management actions are available from the Manage menu on the Home page of the Appliance Management Console:

    • The Stage packages action lets you to upload packages from the AMS repository to the agent appliances in the /inst/patches/incoming directory.

    • The Manage services action lets you start, stop, or restart certain services on multiple appliances simultaneously, provided that the agent versions of the selected appliances match.

  • The new Repository and Activity icons are available in the navigation menu on the left in the Appliance Management Console Monitor. They let you directly access the Repository page and the Activity Monitor page, respectively. Earlier, these views were accessible from the Settings page and the Monitor page.

  • The Repository page displays the details of a package when you click on a package name. In case of EEBs, the Readme is included in the details so that you can quickly review it.

  • Warning and information messages about your currently registered appliances are displayed as notifications at the top of the Home page. These notifications persist during the current signed-in session, unless you either click X in the right corner, or address the task that the notification mentions.

  • Starting with NetBackup Appliance 3.3.0.1, AMS logs can be collected by using the Main > Support > DataCollect command.

  • The following new command-line options are available from the appliance shell menu:

    • Management Server Status lets you verify whether an appliance is configured as an AMS or not.

    • Management Server Configure lets you configure an appliance as an AMS. Earlier, the Configure option was not required.

    • Management Agent Unregister lets you unregister an appliance from the AMS after it is removed from the Appliance Management Console.

  • Veritas recommends that you configure a NetBackup Virtual Appliance as a master or a media server before configuring it as an AMS. Without a role configured, Active Directory support in unavailable.

For details, refer to the Appliance Management Guide.