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

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Product(s): NetBackup (8.2)
  1. Introduction to NetBackup for Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV)
    1.  
      Protect AHV using NetBackup
    2. About the Hypervisor policy type to protect Nutanix AHV VMs
      1.  
        Migrating BigData policy to Hypervisor policy
    3.  
      NetBackup terminology related to the AHV backup
    4.  
      NetBackup for AHV environment
  2. Prerequisites and things to consider before using the plug-in
    1.  
      Prerequisites
    2. Things to consider before using the NetBackup plug-in for Nutanix AHV
      1.  
        NetBackup character restrictions for virtual machine names
  3. Downloading and installing the Nutanix plug-in
    1.  
      Plan the installation for Nutanix AHV
    2.  
      NetBackup server and client requirements
    3.  
      License requirements for the Nutanix AHV
    4.  
      Download the Nutanix AHV plug-in binaries
    5.  
      Install the Nutanix AHV plug-in
  4. Configuring NetBackup communication with AHV
    1.  
      Establishing communication between NetBackup and NutanixAHV
    2.  
      Adding a backup host to the Acropolis Cluster access list
    3. Configuring secure communication between the Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor server and NetBackup host
      1.  
        About the nb_nutanix-ahv configuration file
      2. Managing SSL certificates through ECA framework
        1.  
          ECA_TRUST_STORE_PATH for NetBackup servers and clients
        2.  
          ECA_CRL_PATH for NetBackup servers and clients
        3.  
          VIRTUALIZATION_HOSTS_SECURE_CONNECT_ENABLED for servers and clients
        4.  
          VIRTUALIZATION_CRL_CHECK for NetBackup servers and clients
    4.  
      Adding the Nutanix Acropolis Cluster credentials for NetBackup
    5. Adding a backup host to the NetBackup master server
      1.  
        Adding a backup host to the NetBackup master access list
  5. Configuring NetBackup policies for AHV
    1.  
      Creating a backup policy using the NetBackup Policies utility
    2.  
      Creating a backup policy using the NetBackup Command Line Interface
  6. Backup and recovery
    1. Back up the Nutanix AHV virtual machines
      1.  
        Basic phases in a NetBackup backup of an AHV
    2. Overview of the Nutanix AHV virtual machines recovery process
      1.  
        About recovering the Nutanix AHV virtual machines
      2.  
        Planning the recovery of a Nutanix AHV VM
      3.  
        Recovering a Nutanix AHV VM using the Backup, Archive, and Restore console
      4.  
        About recovering AHV VMs from the images that are backed up using NetBackup versions 8.1, 8.1.1, or 8.1.2
      5. Recovering a Nutanix AHV VM using the command line for Hypervisor policy
        1.  
          Creating or modifying the rename file
        2.  
          Using the command line to recover Nutanix AHV virtual machines for Hypervisor policy
  7. Troubleshooting issues
    1.  
      Troubleshooting issues related to AHV backup
    2.  
      NetBackup logs
    3.  
      About errors during policy creation, restore, 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
  9. Appendix B. Protect Nutanix AHV virtual machines with BigData policy
    1.  
      Using the BigData policy to backup and restore Nutanix AHV virtual machines
    2. Recovering a Nutanix AHV VM using the command line for BigData policy
      1.  
        Creating or modifying the rename file
      2.  
        Using the command line to recover Nutanix AHV virtual machines for BigData policy

Creating a backup policy using the NetBackup Policies utility

This topic provides information about using the policies utility to create a Hypervisor policy for the Acropolis Cluster.

For more information, See About the Hypervisor policy type to protect Nutanix AHV VMs.

To create a Hypervisor policy:

  1. In the NetBackup Administration Console, in the left pane, click NetBackup Management > Policies.
  2. On the Actions menu, click New > Policy.
  3. Type a unique name for the new policy in the Add a New Policy dialog box. Click OK.
  4. On the Attributes tab, select Hypervisor as the policy type.

    In the Destination pane of the Attributes tab, select a storage unit type from the Policy storage drop-down.

    To limit the number of simultaneous jobs per policy, use the Limit jobs per policy option.

    For the Hypervisor policy, to use Accelerator, select the Use Accelerator option.

    Note:

    Use an OST supported storage unit for using the Accelerator functionality. For example, MSDP, CloudCatalyst, etc.

  5. On the Schedules tab, click New to create a new schedule.

    Note:

    Currently, NetBackup supports only full backups for AHV virtual machines.

    Note:

    If you enable Accelerator, include at least 2 full backup schedules:

    - One full schedule with the Accelerator forced rescan option disabled

    - Second full schedule with the Accelerator forced rescan enabled

    Configure the forced rescan enabled schedule to run less frequently than the first full backup schedule.

    For example, if the first full backup schedule runs weekly, run the second schedule (with the Accelerator forced rescan option enabled) every month. However, the best frequency for this schedule depends upon your environment.

  6. On the Clients tab, enter the display name(s) of the virtual machine(s).

    To obtain the virtual machine name, use the VM name column on the Prism web console.

  7. On the Backup Selections tab, click Add and enter the following parameters and their values as follows:
    • Hypervisor_Type=Nutanix-AHV

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

    • Backup_Host=<Fully Qualified Domain Name>

      The operating system of the backup host must be a Linux RHEL or SUSE. The backup host can be a NetBackup client or a media server, or a NetBackup Appliance.

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

    Note:

    The parameters - Hypervisor_Type, Application_Server, and Backup_Host are not case sensitive. However, their values are case-sensitive.

    Multiple entries for the Backup_Host parameter is not supported.

    For the BigData policy, when you provide multiple entries for the Application_Type, or Application_Server, only the first valid entry is considered and the rest are ignored.

  8. Click OK to save the changes.

Note:

The entries that you provide in the Clients tab and the Backup Selections tab differ based on the application that you choose to back up.

For more information on using NetBackup for big data applications, refer to the Veritas NetBackup documentation page.