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

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  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

Notes and restrictions

The following notes and restrictions apply to NetBackup for AHV.

  • The version of the NetBackup master server or media server and the NetBackup client on the backup host must be 8.1 or later.

    It is recommended that you configure a NetBackup media server as a backup host.

  • The operating system of the backup host must be Linux.

  • The NetBackup for Nutanix AHV plug-in, currently, supports only one backup host for each backup policy.

  • To backup other hypervisors that run on a Nutanix Acropolis cluster, configure or use a relevant backup policy for that hypervisor. For example, to backup VMware ESX or a Hyper-V on a Nutanix Acropolis cluster, use or configure a VMware policy or a Hyper-V, respectively.

  • When you specify the backup selections for a BigData policy for the Acropolis cluster, providing the following parameters is mandatory.

    • Application_Type=Nutanix-AHV

      The value for this parameter is fixed and cannot be changed.

    • Application_Server=Fully Qualified Domain Name of the Nutanix Acropolis cluster

    • Backup_Host=<Fully Qualified Domain Name>

  • The parameters - Application_Type, Application_Server, and Backup_Host are case insensitive. However, their values are case-sensitive.

  • When you provide multiple entries for the Application_Type, or Application_Server, only the first valid entry is considered and the rest are ignored. However, providing multiple entries for the Backup_Host parameter is not supported.

  • Policy validation is not conducted for the policies that are created using the Policy Configuration Wizard.

  • You cannot backup two or more virtual machines with the same name. For a backup to succeed, each virtual machine must have a unique name.

  • The restore operation for a partially successful backup is currently not supported.

  • NetBackup for AHV cannot backup the virtual machines that have volume groups attached.

See Create a BigData policy using the NetBackup Command Line Interface.

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

Notes and restrictions

The following notes and restrictions apply to NetBackup for AHV.

  • The version of the NetBackup master server or media server and the NetBackup client on the backup host must be 8.1 or later.

    It is recommended that you configure a NetBackup media server as a backup host.

  • The operating system of the backup host must be Linux.

  • The NetBackup for Nutanix AHV plug-in, currently, supports only one backup host for each backup policy.

  • To backup other hypervisors that run on a Nutanix Acropolis cluster, configure or use a relevant backup policy for that hypervisor. For example, to backup VMware ESX or a Hyper-V on a Nutanix Acropolis cluster, use or configure a VMware policy or a Hyper-V, respectively.

  • When you specify the backup selections for a BigData policy for the Acropolis cluster, providing the following parameters is mandatory.

    • Application_Type=Nutanix-AHV

      The value for this parameter is fixed and cannot be changed.

    • Application_Server=Fully Qualified Domain Name of the Nutanix Acropolis cluster

    • Backup_Host=<Fully Qualified Domain Name>

  • The parameters - Application_Type, Application_Server, and Backup_Host are case insensitive. However, their values are case-sensitive.

  • When you provide multiple entries for the Application_Type, or Application_Server, only the first valid entry is considered and the rest are ignored. However, providing multiple entries for the Backup_Host parameter is not supported.

  • Policy validation is not conducted for the policies that are created using the Policy Configuration Wizard.

  • You cannot backup two or more virtual machines with the same name. For a backup to succeed, each virtual machine must have a unique name.

  • The restore operation for a partially successful backup is currently not supported.

  • NetBackup for AHV cannot backup the virtual machines that have volume groups attached.

See Create a BigData policy using the NetBackup Command Line Interface.

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