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

Adding a node

Flex Appliance supports up to two nodes on the Veritas 5340 Appliance. You can add a second node during initial configuration or any time after.

A multi-node appliance provides the following benefits:

  • Increased efficiency with a shared workload

  • Automatic failover for a single-node failure

Adding a second node consists of the following tasks:

  • Perform the host network configuration on the new node.

  • From the existing node, add the new node to the appliance.

  • Complete the initial configuration on the new node.

Tasks for adding a node

To perform the host network configuration on the new node

  1. Gather the following details for the new node that you want to add to the appliance:

    • Host IP address

    • Hostname

    Gather the following details from the appliance that you want to add the node to:

    • Default gateway

    • Subnet mask

    • DNS server IP address

    • DNS domain

    • Search domain

  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 new node.

    • 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 check box 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. Before you begin the configuration, run a hardware test 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.

    If you encounter any errors during the hardware check, check the appliance cabling and disks to make sure that everything is connected properly. Make sure that you resolve any hardware errors before you proceed.

    Warning:

    If the hardware check shows any disk or LUN errors, do not proceed with the configuration until those errors are resolved. These issues can cause performance degradation if they are not addressed.

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

    setup configure-network

    Follow the prompts to enter the host network information.

To add the new node to the appliance

  1. Log in to Flex Appliance Shell from the other, preexisting node that was previously configured for the appliance.
  2. From the preexisting node, enter the following command to add the new node to the appliance:

    setup add-node with-response new_node=<hostname>, where <hostname> is the hostname of the node that you want to add.

    When you are prompted for the new node's password, enter P@ssw0rd.

    Note:

    Do not perform any other tasks on the appliance until the add-node operation is complete.

To complete the initial configuration on the new node

  1. Log back in to the Flex Appliance Shell from the new node that you just added to the appliance. The shell should now display additional command options.
  2. 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.

  3. Enter the following command to disable the root account on the new 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.

  4. If you added this node as part of the appliance initial configuration, return to the initial configuration procedure and refer to the next steps at the end of the procedure to get started using the appliance.

    See Performing the initial configuration.

    If you added this node after initial configuration and previously created a network bond or added a VLAN tag, you must also add those settings on the new node.

    See Creating a network bond.

    See Configuring a network interface.