Veritas Appliance Management Guide

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Product(s): Appliances (3.3.0.1)
Platform: NetBackup Appliance OS
  1. Introduction
    1.  
      Overview
    2.  
      About the Appliance Management Console
    3.  
      About the Appliance Management Server
    4.  
      About the Appliance Management Agent
    5.  
      About the AMS and the agent topology
  2. Appliance as an AMS
    1.  
      About configuring an appliance as AMS
    2.  
      Configuring an appliance as AMS
    3.  
      Unconfiguring AMS
    4.  
      About the AMS user role
    5.  
      Granting the AMS role to a user or a user group
    6.  
      About collecting AMS logs
  3. Using the Appliance Management Console
    1.  
      Logging on to the Appliance Management Console
    2.  
      Using the Home page
    3.  
      Changing passwords from the AMS
    4.  
      Limiting the bandwidth used for downloads
    5.  
      Logging out of the Appliance Management Console
  4. Managing appliances from the Home page
    1.  
      Viewing the appliance details
    2.  
      Rebooting an appliance
    3.  
      Viewing performance charts for appliance
    4.  
      Exporting the appliance performance data
    5.  
      Viewing the capacity utilization of an appliance
    6.  
      Adding an appliance to the Appliance Management Console
    7.  
      Removing one or more agents from the Appliance Management Console
    8. About managing appliance software upgrades
      1.  
        Guidelines for multiple appliance upgrades
      2.  
        Upgrading appliance software
    9. Managing EEBs or add-ons
      1.  
        Installing EEBs or add-ons
      2.  
        Uninstalling EEBs or add-ons
    10. About staging packages
      1.  
        Considerations for staging packages
      2.  
        Staging packages for installation or upgrade
    11. About managing services
      1.  
        Requirements for managing services
      2.  
        Starting, stopping, or restarting services
  5. Monitoring activities and events
    1.  
      About the Activity Monitor
    2.  
      Accessing the Activity Monitor
    3.  
      Monitoring events
    4.  
      Accessing the MyAppliance portal
  6. Managing the repository
    1.  
      About managing the repository
    2.  
      Guidelines for adding upgrade packages or files to the repository
    3.  
      Accessing the repository
    4.  
      Adding upgrade packages or EEB files to the repository
    5.  
      Removing upgrade packages or EEB files from the Repository
  7. Applying management updates on earlier appliance versions
    1.  
      Downloading the AMS and agent updates for earlier versions
    2.  
      Managing AMS updates
    3.  
      Performing automatic or manual agent updates
  8. Running AMS on NetBackup Virtual Appliance
    1.  
      AMS on NetBackup Virtual Appliance
    2.  
      Configuring standalone AMS on a virtual appliance without any NetBackup configuration
    3.  
      Configuring master server or media server and AMS on a virtual appliance
    4.  
      Appliance Management Console login and user password change
  9.  
    Index

About the Appliance Management Server

The following components are key to appliance management:

  • Appliance Management Server (AMS)

  • Appliance Management Agents (Agents)

Any configured NetBackup appliance with version 3.1 or later can be set as an AMS. AMS can be configured on a master server or a media server. An AMS configuration involves several tasks like creating a database and a repository. AMS takes the operational data that is sent by agents and inserts it into the database. There is no limit on the maximum number of agents per AMS.

A single management server manages multiple agents in an environment. Any configured NetBackup appliance with version 3.1 or later can be set as agent. An agent can be a master or a media server. All the agents connect and communicate with the AMS on port 443 (https) via REST API calls. The agents can be located in a single enterprise datacenter or in multiple enterprise datacenters. If agents are in multiple datacenters, all agents are assumed to belong to the same enterprise network infrastructure, that is, they can all connect to each other's IP addresses directly by some form of enterprise-wide network. Communication between all components in the same system is secure, based on trusted identity certificates and security tokens. This secure communication infrastructure is deployed during AMS installation and when agents are added to the Appliance Management Console. The security is maintained as certificates and tokens expire or are revoked when agents are removed from the Appliance Management Console.

Note:

An appliance can either be an agent or an AMS and not both.

Only authenticated and authorized AMS administrators can issue AMS commands and control agent nodes. All agents periodically send some state information to the AMS. The flow of information from agents to the AMS is secure and continuous, supporting collection of key time-series data, such as storage consumption, and significant events.

The AMS user role manages appliances from a web-application that is hosted on the AMS. This is called the Appliance Management Console. The Appliance Management Console provides enterprise-wide monitoring and management of NetBackup appliances. It enables you to upgrade and install EEBs on appliances that have the same version. You can always log on to a dedicated appliance and use the NetBackup Appliance Web Console for all the other tasks.