NetBackup 9.0 Application Guide
- Product overview
- Geting started
- Creating NetBackup application instances
- Managing NetBackup application instances
- Accessing NetBackup master and media server instances for management tasks
- Managing users on a master or media server instance
- Running NetBackup commands on a master or media server application instance
- Accessing NetBackup WORM storage server instances for management tasks
Creating a NetBackup media server instance
Use the following procedure to create a NetBackup media server instance in Flex Appliance.
To create a NetBackup media server instance
- Make sure that the NetBackup media server application you want to use is located in the repository on the Flex Appliance Console.
- Perform the following tasks if you have not already:
Configure at least one network interface. You can configure a physical interface, add a VLAN tag, or create a bond.
Add at least one tenant.
- Gather the following information for the new instance:
The hostname and IP address must not be in use anywhere else in your domain.
Tenant that you want to assign it to
Hostname (maximum of 63 characters including the domain name)
Master server hostname
Certificate Authority (CA) information for one of the following:
For a NetBackup CA:
CA certificate fingerprint
If the master server is a Flex instance, you can locate this information from the instance details page of the master server instance. Click on the instance name under Application instances on the System topology page.
If the master server is not a Flex instance, see the NetBackup Security and Encryption Guide for the steps to locate this information from NetBackup.
(Optional) Token for host ID-based certificate
Depending on the master server security level, the host may require an authorization or a reissue token. If you do not specify a token when you create the instance, the wizard attempts to automatically obtain the certificate.
For an external CA:
Trust store, in PEM format
Host certificate, in PEM format
Private key, in PEM format
(Optional) Passphrase of the private key
A passphrase is required if the key is encrypted.
(Optional) Custom CRL files
(Optional) Password for host name-based certificate
A host name-based certificate is mandatory if Enhanced Auditing is enabled on the master server. You can specify the password when you create the instance, or you can deploy the certificate from the master server later.
(Optional) NetBackup license key
NetBackup applications come with an evaluation license key. You must add a permanent NetBackup license key before the evaluation key expires. You can add your permanent key when you create the instance to avoid future issues.
If the evaluation key expires before you create the instance, the instance creation fails. Make sure that you have a valid license key before you create an instance.
- Add the hostname for the new instance to the Media Servers list or the Additional Servers list on the master server, as follows:
Log on to the NetBackup Administration Console as the administrator.
In the main console window, in the left pane, click NetBackup Management > Host Properties > Master Servers.
In the right pane, double click on the master server hostname.
In the Master Server Properties window, click one of the following:
If you want MSDP storage on the instance, click Servers > Additional Servers.
If you want AdvancedDisk storage on the instance, click Servers > Media Servers.
Click Add and enter the hostname for the new instance. The hostname should appear in the list.
- If a firewall exists between the master server and the new instance, open the following ports on the master server to allow communication:
If the master server is a NetBackup appliance that uses TCP, open the following ports:
443, 5900, and 7578.
- From the System topology page of the Flex Appliance Console, navigate to the Application instances section.
- Click Create instance.
- Select the appropriate media server application from the repository list that appears, making sure to verify the version number. Click Next.
- Follow the prompts to create the instance. When you are done, you can view the progress in the Activity Monitor, which is accessible from the left pane of the Flex Appliance Console.
If you do not want to use DNS or want to bypass DNS for certain hosts, verify that the hostname resolution information is included in the Hosts file entries field. You must include entries for the master server and any other NetBackup hosts that you want to communicate with the instance.
- Once the instance has been created successfully, you must change the password from the known default password. To change the password, open an SSH session to the instance and log in with the following credentials:
Follow the prompt to enter a new password. When the password change is complete, you are logged out. You can log back in with the new password.
- Create the storage servers for your selected storage, as follows:
Log on to the NetBackup Administration Console and select either NetBackup Management or Media and Device Management.
Click Configure Disk Storage Servers and follow the prompts to create the storage servers. Enter the following storage information for AdvancedDisk and MSDP:
AdvancedDisk storage volume:
MSDP storage path:
If the MSDP disk pool spans multiple volumes, only select vol0. Also note that the wizard shows only a portion of the storage, but the remaining storage displays after the storage server is configured.
See the following guides for more information on NetBackup storage configuration:
The NetBackup AdvancedDisk Storage Solutions Guide
The NetBackup Deduplication Guide
- (Optional) If you need to upload custom CRL files for an external CA, perform the following steps:
Use an SCP tool to copy the files to the /mnt/nbdata/hostcert/crl/ directory on the instance.
Run the following commands on the instance to enable the CRL check using the custom files:
sudo nbsetconfig ECA_CRL_CHECK = CHAIN
sudo nbsetconfig ECA_CRL_PATH = /mnt/nbdata/hostcert/crl/
See the NetBackup Security and Encryption Guide for more information on the CRL configuration options.
- If you plan to or have created multiple instances with deduplication or Cloud Catalyst storage, Veritas recommends that you tune the MaxCacheSize according to the following guidelines:
On each instance, allocate .75 to 1 GB of RAM for each TiB of storage that is allocated to deduplication or Cloud Catalyst. For example, if the storage pool has 80 TiB allocated, the MaxCacheSize should be 60 to 80 GB of RAM.
The sum of the MaxCacheSize for all instances with deduplication or Cloud Catalyst storage should not exceed 70% of the physical RAM on the appliance.
To tune the MSDP MaxCacheSize on this instance:
Run the following command on the instance:
sudo /usr/openv/pdde/pdag/bin/pdcfg --write /mnt/msdp/vol0/etc/puredisk/contentrouter.cfg --section CACHE --option MaxCacheSize --value <percent%>
Where <percent%> is the percentage of the appliance RAM to use for the cache on the instance.
Restart the pdde-storage process with the following commands:
sudo /etc/init.d/pdde-storage force-stop
sudo /etc/init.d/pdde-storage start
- If you selected MSDP storage for the instance, log in to the instance. Run the following command to create a backup policy to protect the MSDP catalog:
sudo /usr/openv/pdde/pdcr/bin/drcontrol --new_policy --residence <storage unit> [--policy <policy name>] [--client<instance hostname>]
Where <storage unit> is the name of the storage unit on which to store the MSDP catalog backups, and [--policy <policy name>] and [--client <instance hostname>] are optional.
See the NetBackup Deduplication Guide for the other options that are available with the drcontrol utility.