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 supported features

Review the following for a full list of the features that are supported by your deployment.

Basic features

The appliance software supports all of the basic features.

  • The NetBackup Virtual Appliance Shell Menu.

    The shell menu is a command line interface for appliance configuration and management.

  • NetBackup preinstalled.

    NetBackup Enterprise Server software is already installed and configured to work with the operating system. This feature simplifies the deployment and integration into an existing NetBackup environment.

    Note:

    The Enhanced Auditing feature that was released in NetBackup version 7.7 is not currently supported for use on NetBackup Virtual Appliance. This feature should not be configured or enabled on an appliance.

  • Support for the core NetBackup software agents.

    The NetBackup agents optimize the performance of critical databases and applications.

    See the NetBackup Administrator's Guide Volume I for more information about the policy types that are supported for each software agent. For the latest appliance compatibility information, refer to the Hardware Compatibility List on the Veritas Support website:

    www.netbackup.com/compatibility

  • Symantec Data Center Security (SDCS) integration.

    The SDCS agent is installed and configured when you initially deploy your appliance. By default, SDCS helps secure the appliance using host-based intrusion prevention and detection technology.

  • AutoSupport.

    The appliance can monitor key components and provide proactive monitoring and messaging. Veritas Support uses this information to resolve any issues that you might report.

  • Bare Metal Restore (BMR) integration.

    BMR is the server recovery option of NetBackup. BMR automates and streamlines the server recovery process.

  • Link Aggregation

Additional features

The appliance software supports the following additional features depending on the virtual appliance type.

Master server

  • Adding media servers to the NetBackup domain.

    You can add media servers to this master server. The master server manages backups, archives, and restores.

Combined master and media server

  • Media Server Deduplication Pool (MSDP) storage.

    MSDP is an embedded deduplication technology that reduces the amount of space that is needed for backups.

  • AdvancedDisk storage.

    Advanced disk can provide faster restore operation but is not space-optimized like MSDP.

    Note:

    AdvancedDisk storage does not support Auto Image Replication. To replicate the data on the AdvancedDisk storage, you can first duplicate the data to MSDP, and then use MSDP for replication.

  • Checkpoint creation and rollback.

    Checkpoint enables you to restore the appliance to a specific state. That state is determined through the use of checkpoints.

  • Backup of VMware virtual machines.

    The appliance supports direct backup of VMware virtual machines. The appliance can back up virtual machines without a separate backup host.

  • MSDP cloud.

    You can configure the appliance for MSDP cloud applications. See Configuration overview for NetBackup Virtual Appliance MSDP cloud applications.

    Note:

    Due to the introduction of the MSDP cloud feature, the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Cloud Catalyst is no longer supported for new deployments. However, upgrades of existing deployments are still supported.

  • Instant Access.

    The Instant Access feature allows you to create an Instant Access VM from a NetBackup backup image. The VM is available almost instantaneously, achieving a near-zero recovery time objective. For more information about how to use this feature, see the NetBackup Web UI VMware Administrator's Guide.

Media server

  • Media Server Deduplication Pool (MSDP) storage.

    MSDP is an embedded deduplication technology that reduces the amount of space that is needed for backups.

  • AdvancedDisk storage.

    Advanced disk can provide faster restore operation but is not space-optimized like MSDP.

    Note:

    AdvancedDisk storage does not support Auto Image Replication. To replicate the data on the AdvancedDisk storage, you can first duplicate the data to MSDP, and then use MSDP for replication.

  • Copilot (Standard Shares only).

    Copilot enables Oracle database administrators to work with Veritas appliance administrators to perform a streamlined backup and restore process of Oracle databases.

  • Checkpoint creation and rollback.

    Checkpoint enables you to restore the appliance to a specific state. That state is determined through the use of checkpoints.

  • Factory reset.

    Factory reset enables you to restore the appliance to the original factory state.

  • Backup of VMware virtual machines.

    The appliance supports direct backup of VMware virtual machines. The appliance can back up virtual machines without a separate backup host.

  • MSDP cloud.

    You can configure the appliance for MSDP cloud applications. See Configuration overview for NetBackup Virtual Appliance MSDP cloud applications.

    Note:

    Due to the introduction of the MSDP cloud feature, the NetBackup Virtual Appliance Cloud Catalyst is no longer supported for new deployments. However, upgrades of existing deployments are still supported.

  • Instant Access.

    The Instant Access feature allows you to create an Instant Access VM from a NetBackup backup image. The VM is available almost instantaneously, achieving a near-zero recovery time objective. For more information about how to use this feature, see the NetBackup Web UI VMware Administrator's Guide.