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

NetBackup character restrictions for virtual machine names

When you configure a BigData policy to back up an Acropolis cluster, you are required to add clients or virtual machines. To add a virtual machine to the BigData policy, you must provide the name of the virtual machine.

You can obtain the name of the virtual machine from the VM Name column on the Prism web console.

The name of the virtual machine is case-sensitive. Certain characters are not allowed in the virtual machine name. If the name contains wrong or invalid characters, the backup may fail.

For NetBackup, the following characters are allowed in the virtual machine names:

  • Uppercase and lowercase ASCII characters

  • Numbers

  • Period (.)

  • Hyphen (-)

  • Underscore (_)

  • Plus sign (+)

  • Percent sign (%)

  • Left and right parentheses ()

  • Spaces

    • If the VM name contains a space, substitute the space with "%20". For example, if the VM name is Nutanix VM, you must enter Nutanix%20VM.

    • However, if the VM name itself contains "%20", it is interpreted as a space, which makes the virtual machine name invalid or non-existent. This interpretation of "%20" may fail the backup.

      For example, the name of your virtual machine is "Nutanix%20VM". The policy interprets this name as "Nutanix VM", which is invalid and does not exist. Thus, failing the policy validation.

    • Further, using a consecutive sequence of "%20" is not allowed.

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

NetBackup character restrictions for virtual machine names

When you configure a BigData policy to back up an Acropolis cluster, you are required to add clients or virtual machines. To add a virtual machine to the BigData policy, you must provide the name of the virtual machine.

You can obtain the name of the virtual machine from the VM Name column on the Prism web console.

The name of the virtual machine is case-sensitive. Certain characters are not allowed in the virtual machine name. If the name contains wrong or invalid characters, the backup may fail.

For NetBackup, the following characters are allowed in the virtual machine names:

  • Uppercase and lowercase ASCII characters

  • Numbers

  • Period (.)

  • Hyphen (-)

  • Underscore (_)

  • Plus sign (+)

  • Percent sign (%)

  • Left and right parentheses ()

  • Spaces

    • If the VM name contains a space, substitute the space with "%20". For example, if the VM name is Nutanix VM, you must enter Nutanix%20VM.

    • However, if the VM name itself contains "%20", it is interpreted as a space, which makes the virtual machine name invalid or non-existent. This interpretation of "%20" may fail the backup.

      For example, the name of your virtual machine is "Nutanix%20VM". The policy interprets this name as "Nutanix VM", which is invalid and does not exist. Thus, failing the policy validation.

    • Further, using a consecutive sequence of "%20" is not allowed.

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