Veritas NetBackup™ Administrator's Guide, Volume II
- NetBackup licensing models and the nbdeployutil utility
- About NetBackup licensing models
- About the capacity licensing model
- nbdeployutil utility options
- Creating and viewing the licensing report
- After creating a traditional licensing report
- After creating a capacity licensing report
- Reconciling the capacity licensing report results
- Additional configuration
- About dynamic host name and IP addressing
- About busy file processing on UNIX clients
- About the Shared Storage Option
- About configuring the Shared Storage Option in NetBackup
- Viewing SSO summary reports
- About the vm.conf configuration file
- Holds Management
- Menu user interfaces on UNIX
- About the tpconfig device configuration utility
- About the NetBackup Disk Configuration Utility
- Reference topics
- Host name rules
- About reading backup images with nbtar or tar32.exe
- Factors that affect backup time
- NetBackup notify scripts
- Media and device management best practices
- About TapeAlert
- About tape drive cleaning
- How NetBackup reserves drives
- About SCSI persistent reserve
- About the SPC-2 SCSI reserve process
- About checking for data loss
- About checking for tape and driver configuration errors
- How NetBackup selects media
- About selecting media in robots
- About selecting media in standalone drives
- About Tape I/O commands on UNIX
About hardware configuration guidelines
The following are hardware configuration guidelines:
If you use SAN hardware from multiple vendors, problems may occur. Always use a SAN configuration and use the firmware levels that the hardware vendor supports.
Consult SAN device, HBA, and operating system documentation to determine how to configure operating system tape drivers and pass-through drivers to detect your SAN devices.
Check your hub timer settings.
Use hard arbitrated loop physical addresses rather than soft addresses. Consult with hardware suppliers to verify the recommended usage of their products.
Check the firmware levels of all your Fibre Channel hardware (for example, bridges). Use the most recent firmware level that is known to operate with other SAN hardware devices.
Try to duplicate SAN issues and problems using commands and utilities on the host operating system.
Test both backup and restore capabilities. Backup jobs may complete successfully, but the data may be corrupted. For example, incorrect switch settings may cause problems.
Ensure that your hardware and SAN configuration are operational and stable before adding Shared Storage Option software.
Test backup and restore capabilities with dedicated tape drives before you configure them as shared drives.
For large configurations, begin drive sharing with a few tape drives and two or three media servers (or NetBackup SAN media servers).
Configuration and troubleshooting processes are easier on smaller configurations. If possible, create multiple and independent Shared Storage Option configurations with subsets of servers sharing subsets of SAN-attached drives.
Use the correct start order for your Fibre Channel hardware, as follows:
Robots or drives
Hubs or switches
The start sequence is longer for some devices than others. To verify that the hardware starts completely, examine indicator lights. A green light often indicates a completed start sequence.