Veritas NetBackup for Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) Administrator's Guide

  • Modified Date: 2017-12-04
  1. Introduction to NetBackup for Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV)
    1.  
      Protect AHV using NetBackup
    2.  
      NetBackup terminology related to the AHV backup
    3.  
      NetBackup for AHV environment
    4.  
      Tasks to protect the AHV
  2. Prerequisites, notes, and restrictions
    1.  
      Prerequisites
    2. Notes and restrictions
      1.  
        NetBackup character restrictions for virtual machine names
  3. Download and install the Nutanix plug-in
    1.  
      Plan the installation for Nutanix AHV
    2.  
      Verify the operating system and platform compatibility
    3.  
      NetBackup server and client requirements
    4.  
      License requirements for the Nutanix AHV
    5.  
      Download the Nutanix AHV plug-in binaries
    6.  
      Install the Nutanix AHV plug-in
  4. Configure NetBackup communication with AHV
    1.  
      Establish communication between components
    2. Add a backup host to the NetBackup master server
      1.  
        Add a backup host to the NetBackup master access list
      2.  
        Configure a NetBackup Appliance as a backup host
    3.  
      Add a backup host to the Acropolis Cluster access list
    4.  
      Add the Nutanix Acropolis Cluster credentials for NetBackup
    5. Manage SSL certificates
      1.  
        Manage SSL certificates on NetBackup Appliance
    6.  
      About the nb_nutanix-ahv configuration file
  5. Configure NetBackup policies for AHV
    1.  
      About the BigData policy type
    2.  
      Create a BigData policy using the NetBackup Policies utility
    3.  
      Create a BigData policy using the Backup Policy Configuration Wizard
    4.  
      Create a BigData policy using the NetBackup Command Line Interface
  6. Backup and restore
    1. Back up the Nutanix AHV virtual machines
      1.  
        Basic phases in a NetBackup backup of an AHV
    2.  
      Restore the Nutanix AHV virtual machines
  7. Troubleshoot issues
    1.  
      Troubleshoot issues related to AHV backup
    2.  
      NetBackup logs
    3.  
      Error during policy creation and validation
    4.  
      NetBackup status codes
  8. Appendix A. NetBackup commands to backup and restore Nutanix AHV virtual machines
    1.  
      NetBackup commands for protecting the AHV

Basic phases in a NetBackup backup of an AHV

The following table provides an overview of the processes that NetBackup undertakes during an AHV backup.

Phase

Description

Phase 1: Validation of a BigData policy

NetBackup validates the BigData policy that you have created to backup the AHV virtual machines.

Phase 2: Initiation of a backup job

A backup job is triggered, either, manually or according to the schedule that you have specified during policy creation.

Phase 3: Discovery of clients and commencing to backup the data on the clients

The backup process triggers two jobs - a parent job and a child job.

  • The parent job discovers the clients or the virtual machines to be backed up and creates a snapshot of the virtual machine.

    A new process called nbappidiscv is introduced to discover clients and create snapshots.

    After the snapshot is created, it is mounted on the backup host at the following location:

    /usr/openv/tmp/ntxmnt

  • The child job conducts the actual read-write operation to backup the data on a disk.

Phase 4: Completion of the backup job

On successful completion of a backup, the NetBackup client on the backup host unmounts and then deletes the snapshot.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to NetBackup for Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV)
    1.  
      Protect AHV using NetBackup
    2.  
      NetBackup terminology related to the AHV backup
    3.  
      NetBackup for AHV environment
    4.  
      Tasks to protect the AHV
  2. Prerequisites, notes, and restrictions
    1.  
      Prerequisites
    2. Notes and restrictions
      1.  
        NetBackup character restrictions for virtual machine names
  3. Download and install the Nutanix plug-in
    1.  
      Plan the installation for Nutanix AHV
    2.  
      Verify the operating system and platform compatibility
    3.  
      NetBackup server and client requirements
    4.  
      License requirements for the Nutanix AHV
    5.  
      Download the Nutanix AHV plug-in binaries
    6.  
      Install the Nutanix AHV plug-in
  4. Configure NetBackup communication with AHV
    1.  
      Establish communication between components
    2. Add a backup host to the NetBackup master server
      1.  
        Add a backup host to the NetBackup master access list
      2.  
        Configure a NetBackup Appliance as a backup host
    3.  
      Add a backup host to the Acropolis Cluster access list
    4.  
      Add the Nutanix Acropolis Cluster credentials for NetBackup
    5. Manage SSL certificates
      1.  
        Manage SSL certificates on NetBackup Appliance
    6.  
      About the nb_nutanix-ahv configuration file
  5. Configure NetBackup policies for AHV
    1.  
      About the BigData policy type
    2.  
      Create a BigData policy using the NetBackup Policies utility
    3.  
      Create a BigData policy using the Backup Policy Configuration Wizard
    4.  
      Create a BigData policy using the NetBackup Command Line Interface
  6. Backup and restore
    1. Back up the Nutanix AHV virtual machines
      1.  
        Basic phases in a NetBackup backup of an AHV
    2.  
      Restore the Nutanix AHV virtual machines
  7. Troubleshoot issues
    1.  
      Troubleshoot issues related to AHV backup
    2.  
      NetBackup logs
    3.  
      Error during policy creation and validation
    4.  
      NetBackup status codes
  8. Appendix A. NetBackup commands to backup and restore Nutanix AHV virtual machines
    1.  
      NetBackup commands for protecting the AHV

Basic phases in a NetBackup backup of an AHV

The following table provides an overview of the processes that NetBackup undertakes during an AHV backup.

Phase

Description

Phase 1: Validation of a BigData policy

NetBackup validates the BigData policy that you have created to backup the AHV virtual machines.

Phase 2: Initiation of a backup job

A backup job is triggered, either, manually or according to the schedule that you have specified during policy creation.

Phase 3: Discovery of clients and commencing to backup the data on the clients

The backup process triggers two jobs - a parent job and a child job.

  • The parent job discovers the clients or the virtual machines to be backed up and creates a snapshot of the virtual machine.

    A new process called nbappidiscv is introduced to discover clients and create snapshots.

    After the snapshot is created, it is mounted on the backup host at the following location:

    /usr/openv/tmp/ntxmnt

  • The child job conducts the actual read-write operation to backup the data on a disk.

Phase 4: Completion of the backup job

On successful completion of a backup, the NetBackup client on the backup host unmounts and then deletes the snapshot.

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