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

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.

  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.

  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.