Veritas Flex Appliance Getting Started and Administration Guide

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Product(s): Appliances (1.0)
Platform: 5340
  1. Product overview
    1.  
      Introduction to Veritas Flex Appliance
    2.  
      About the Flex Appliance documentation
    3.  
      Operational notes
  2. Getting started
    1.  
      Initial configuration guidelines and checklist
    2.  
      Performing the initial configuration
    3.  
      Adding a node
    4.  
      Accessing and using the Flex Appliance Shell
    5.  
      Accessing and using the Flex Appliance Console
    6.  
      Common tasks in Flex Appliance
  3. Modifying settings
    1.  
      Creating a network bond
    2.  
      Deleting a network bond
    3.  
      Configuring a network interface
    4.  
      Setting the date and time for appliance nodes
  4. Configuring Call Home
    1.  
      About AutoSupport and Call Home
    2.  
      Viewing Call Home information
    3.  
      Configuring Call Home settings
    4.  
      Deleting and disabling Call Home settings
  5. Managing users
    1.  
      Adding a tenant
    2.  
      Editing a tenant
    3.  
      Removing a tenant
    4.  
      Adding a user
    5.  
      Removing a local user
    6.  
      Changing the password for the admin user on the Flex Appliance Console
    7.  
      Changing a hostadmin user password
  6. Using Flex Appliance
    1. Managing applications and upgrade packages in the repository
      1.  
        Adding files to the repository
    2. Creating application instances
      1.  
        Creating a NetBackup master server instance
      2.  
        Creating a NetBackup media server instance
    3. Managing application instances
      1.  
        Viewing instance performance metrics
      2.  
        Running NetBackup commands on an application instance
      3.  
        Establishing trust with a NetBackup 7.7.3 master server instance
  7. Monitoring the appliance
    1.  
      Monitoring the hardware from the Flex Appliance Shell
    2.  
      Viewing node information
    3.  
      Viewing Primary Storage Shelf information
    4.  
      Viewing Expansion Storage Shelf information
    5.  
      Viewing hardware faults
    6.  
      Viewing system data
  8. Reconfiguring the appliance
    1.  
      Performing a factory reset
    2.  
      Performing a storage reset
    3.  
      Removing a node
  9. Troubleshooting guidelines
    1.  
      General troubleshooting steps
    2.  
      Gathering device logs on a Flex 5340 appliance

Initial configuration guidelines and checklist

Review the following information before you perform the initial configuration on a new Veritas Flex appliance:

Table: Flex Appliance configuration guidelines and checklist

Parameter

Description

Network cabling

The following ports must be connected to the network for initial configuration:

  • IPMI

    Used to connect to the Veritas Remote Management Interface

  • host1 and host0 (labeled ETH0 and ETH1 on the node)

    Used to connect to the Flex Appliance Console

  • privnic1 and privnic0 (multi-node appliances only, labeled ETH2 and ETH3 on the nodes)

    Used for communication between nodes

  • One to ten 10Gb NICs per node

    Used for the application instances

See the Veritas 5340 Appliance Hardware Installation Guide or the Veritas 5340 Appliance Product Description for more details.

Connectivity during initial configuration

When you perform the appliance initial configuration, you must take precautions to avoid loss of connectivity. Any loss of connectivity during initial configuration results in failure.

The computer that you use to configure the appliance should be set up to avoid the following events:

  • Conditions that cause the computer to go to sleep

  • Conditions that cause the computer to turn off or to lose power

  • Conditions that cause the computer to lose its network connection

Required names and addresses

Before the configuration, gather the following information:

  • IP address for the Flex Appliance Console

  • Hostname for the Flex Appliance Console

  • Host IP address for each node in the appliance

  • Hostname for each node in the appliance

  • Default gateway

  • Subnet mask

  • DNS server IP address

  • DNS domain

  • Search domain

Note:

Make sure that forward and reverse DNS lookups are configured properly in your environment. If a forward or a reverse DNS lookup returns multiple records, the initial configuration may fail. You can check the DNS configuration with the following commands for each node. Each command should return only one entry.

Linux:

dig +short @<DNS server IP address> a <node hostname>

dig +short @<DNS server IP address> -x <node IP address>

Windows:

nslookup <node IP address>

nslookup <node hostname>

Default user name and password

New appliances are shipped with the following default log-in credentials:

  • User name: hostadmin

  • Password: P@ssw0rd

    Note:

    When you perform the initial configuration, you are not required to change the default password. However, to increase the security of your environment, Veritas recommends that you change the default password immediately. As a best practice, the password should be changed periodically. Make sure to keep a record of the current password in a secure location.

Firewall port usage

Make sure that the following ports are open if a firewall exists between the appliance and the network:

  • 22 (SSH) must be allowed to each node.

  • 443 (HTTPS) must be allowed to the Flex Appliance Console.