NetBackup™ Web UI VMware Administrator's Guide

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Product(s): NetBackup (8.1.2)

About the NetBackup web user interface

NetBackup 8.1.2 introduces a new web user interface that provides the following features:

  • Ability to access the master server from a web browser, including Chrome and Firefox.

    For details on supported browsers for the web UI, see the NetBackup Software Compatibility List.

  • A dashboard that displays a quick overview of the information that is important to you.

  • Role-based access control (RBAC) that lets the administrator configure user access to NetBackup and to delegate the tasks that are related to security, backup management, or workload protection.

  • NetBackup security administrators can manage NetBackup security, certificate management, and RBAC.

  • Backup administrators provide protection services to satisfy their service level objectives (SLOs). Protection of assets is achieved through protection plans, job management, and visibility of the protection status of assets.

  • Workload administrators can subscribe assets to the protection plans that meet the SLO, monitor protection status, and perform self-service recovery of virtual machines. In NetBackup 8.1.2, workload administrators can manage and configure VMware and cloud workloads.

  • Usage reporting tracks the size of backup data on your master servers. You can also easily connect to Veritas Smart Meter to view and manage NetBackup licensing.

Access control in the NetBackup web UI

NetBackup uses role-based access control to grant access to the web UI. This access control includes the tasks a user can perform and the assets the user can view and manage. Access control is accomplished through access rules.

  • Access rules associate a user or a user group with a role and an object group. The role defines the permissions a user has. An object group defines the assets and NetBackup objects a user can access. Multiple access rules can be created for a single user or group, allowing for full and flexible customization of user access.

  • NetBackup comes with three default roles. Choose the role that best fits a user's needs or create a custom role to meet the requirements for that user.

  • Use object groups to define groups of assets or application servers or to indicate the protection plans that users can view or manage. For example, you can grant access for VMware administrators by creating an object group with specific VMware application servers. Also add to the object group the specific protection plans that the VMware administrator can choose to protect VMware assets.

  • RBAC is only available for the web UI and the APIs.

    Other access control methods for NetBackup are not supported for the web UI and APIs, with the exception of Enhanced Auditing (EA). Users that are configured with EA have full permissions for the web UI and APIs. You cannot use the web UI if you have NetBackup Access Control (NBAC) enabled.

Monitor NetBackup jobs and events

The NetBackup web UI lets the security and the backup administrators more easily monitor NetBackup operations and events and identify any issues that need attention.

  • For a NetBackup security administrator, the dashboard lets the administrator see the status of security certificates and of audit events.

  • For a backup administrator, the dashboard allows the administrator to see the status of NetBackup jobs. Email notifications can also be configured so they receive notifications when job failures occur. NetBackup supports any ticketing system that can receive inbound email.

Protection plans: One place to configure schedules, storage, and storage options

Protection plans offer the following benefits:

  • In addition to schedules for backups, a protection plan can also include a schedule for replication and long-term retention.

  • You can easily choose either on-premises or snapshot storage.

  • When you select from your available storage, you can see any additional features available for that storage. For example, NetBackup Accelerator or Instant Access for backup storage. For long-term storage, the cloud provider, CloudCatalyst, Encryption, or Compression.

  • The protection plan wizard helps you select storage for backups, replication, or long-term storage based on the supported storage that is already configured.

  • The backup administrator creates and manages protection plans and is therefore responsible for backup schedules and storage.

  • The workload administrator primarily selects the protection plans to use to protect assets or asset groups. However, the backup administrator can also subscribe assets to protection plans if needed.

Self-service recovery

The NetBackup web UI makes it easy to recover VMs. You can also use the instant access feature to mount a VM's snapshot for immediate access to its files: you can download the file to your local host or restore the file to its original VM.