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

Performing the initial configuration

The following procedure explains how to configure the Veritas Flex Appliance software on a new appliance.

To configure Flex Appliance

  1. Review the initial configuration guidelines and checklist to make sure that you have all of the necessary information to complete this procedure.

    See Initial configuration guidelines and checklist.

  2. Use the following steps to access the Flex Appliance Shell from the Veritas Remote Management Interface:
    • Open a supported web browser on a system that has a network connection to the appliance. Flex Appliance supports the following browsers:

      • Google Chrome version 57 or higher

      • Mozilla Firefox version 52 or higher

    • Enter the IP address that is assigned to the remote management port of the appliance node. If you are configuring a multi-node appliance, select one of the nodes to use to begin the initial configuration.

    • Log in to the Veritas Remote Management Interface with the following default credentials:

      • User Name: sysadmin

      • Password: P@ssw0rd

    • Change the sysadmin password from the known default password as follows:

      • Navigate to Configuration > Users and select the sysadmin user.

      • Click Modify User.

      • Select the Change Password checkbox and enter a new password.

    • Navigate to Remote Control > Console Redirection and click Launch Console to launch the Flex Appliance Shell.

  3. Log in to the Flex Appliance Shell with the following default credentials:
    • User Name: hostadmin

    • Password: P@ssw0rd

    A welcome message appears in the Flex Appliance Shell with the available commands setup and system.

  4. Enter the following command to configure the host network:

    setup configure-network

    Follow the prompts to enter the host network information.

  5. Enter the following command to configure the Flex Appliance Console:

    setup configure-console

    Follow the prompts to enter the console network information.

    Note:

    Depending on the number of storage shelves you have in the appliance, this step may take up to 15 minutes to complete. When it is complete, the shell refreshes with new command options.

  6. Run a hardware test to verify the appliance setup as follows:

    • Enter the following command to make sure that the node is available and functional:

      system hardware-errors

    • Enter the following command to verify the storage volumes in the Primary Storage Shelf:

      system hardware-health primaryshelf primaryshelf-component=volume

      You should see six data LUNs in an OK state.

    • If you have one or more Expansion Storage Shelves, enter the following command for each shelf to verify the storage volumes:

      system hardware-health expansionshelf shelf-ID=<ID> expansionshelf-component=volume

      where <ID> is the ID for each expansion shelf.

      You should see six data LUNs in an OK state.

  7. Enter the following commands to change the hostadmin and root passwords from the known default password:

    hostadmin: set user password

    root: set user password user_name=root

    Follow the prompts to enter the new passwords.

  8. Enter the following command to disable the root account on the node:

    system security root-disable

    Warning:

    The root account is a restricted user account that can put the system at risk. It should only be enabled during initial configuration or under the direct supervision of Veritas Technical Support.

  9. (Optional) Use the set date commands to set the date and time for the appliance. See Setting the date and time for appliance nodes.
  10. If you are configuring a single-node appliance, the initial configuration process is now complete. Proceed to the next steps that are listed at the end of this topic.

    If you are configuring a multi-node appliance, add the second node. Then proceed to the next steps that are listed at the end of this topic.

    See Adding a node.

Note:

If any part of the initial configuration fails, refer to the error message to resolve the issue and try again. If you resolve the error but experience the same failure, perform a factory reset and a storage reset to return the appliance to its factory configuration. Then restart the initial configuration process.

See Performing a factory reset.

See Performing a storage reset.

Next steps

After you have completed the initial configuration, you must perform the following tasks before you can create an application instance and start using Flex Appliance:

Once all of these tasks have been completed, you are ready to create an instance and start using Flex Appliance.

See Creating application instances.