Veritas NetBackup™ Installation Guide

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Product(s): NetBackup (9.0)
  1. Preparing for installation
    1. General installation information
      1.  
        Available NetBackup installation methods
      2.  
        About compatibility between NetBackup versions
      3.  
        About NetBackup software availability
      4. How to install NetBackup
        1.  
          About the NetBackup preinstall checker
        2.  
          About the NetBackup Product Improvement Program
      5.  
        Creating the user account to support the NetBackup web server
      6. About storage device configuration
        1.  
          Locating supported robot types
      7.  
        About security certificates for NetBackup hosts
      8.  
        Environment variable for certificate key size
      9.  
        Restrictions on the NetBackup installation directory
      10.  
        NetBackup database is not supported on the btrfs file system
    2. Installation operational notes and limitations
      1.  
        Java GUI and JRE installation optional for some computers
      2.  
        Enable 8dot3 name file setting for NetBackup master servers that support NAT
      3.  
        NetBackup servers must use a host name that is compliant with RFC 1123 and RFC 952
      4.  
        Host ID-based certificate is not deployed during installation on 8.1 media server or client host with dual stack configuration
      5.  
        NetBackup 8.2 and later RHEL 8 installation issue
      6.  
        NetBackup 8.2 and later SUSE 15 installation issue
      7.  
        External certificate authority certificates supported in NetBackup 8.2 and later
      8.  
        SCCM and Chef deployment tools and documentation now available
    3. SORT information
      1.  
        About Veritas Services and Operations Readiness Tools
      2.  
        Recommended SORT procedures for new installations
      3.  
        Recommended SORT procedures for upgrades
    4. Veritas NetInsights Console information
      1.  
        About Veritas Usage Insights
      2.  
        Best practices for Veritas Usage Insights
  2. NetBackup licenses
    1.  
      About NetBackup license requirements
    2.  
      About license key entry
    3.  
      Frequently asked questions about license keys
  3. Installing server software on UNIX systems
    1. Installation requirements for UNIX and Linux
      1.  
        Do not mix non-English versions of Windows and UNIX platforms unless master and media servers are NetBackup appliances
      2.  
        NetBackup installations on environments that run different versions of UNIX-based operating systems
      3.  
        Special installation guidelines for Solaris systems
      4.  
        Special installation guidelines for UNIX clustered environments
    2.  
      How the installation script works
    3. Installing NetBackup master server software on UNIX
      1.  
        Continuing with NetBackup software installation
    4. Installing NetBackup media server software on UNIX
      1.  
        Silently installing NetBackup media server software on UNIX and Linux
    5. About pushing client software from a master server to clients
      1.  
        Installing client type software on a master server
  4. Installing server software on Windows systems
    1.  
      Installation and upgrade requirements for Windows and Windows clusters
    2.  
      Requirements for Windows cluster installations and upgrades
    3.  
      Performing local, remote, or clustered server installation on Windows systems
    4.  
      Post-installation tasks for NetBackup cluster environments
    5.  
      Verifying Windows cluster installations or upgrades
    6.  
      Installing NetBackup servers silently on Windows systems
  5. About the administrative interfaces
    1.  
      About the NetBackup web user interface
    2.  
      About the NetBackup Administration Console
    3.  
      Installing the NetBackup Administration Console
    4.  
      Installing multiple versions of the NetBackup Administration Console on Windows
    5.  
      Removing earlier versions of the NetBackup Administration Console on Windows
    6.  
      About the NetBackup Remote Administration Console
    7.  
      Installing the NetBackup Remote Administration Console
  6. Installing NetBackup client software
    1.  
      About NetBackup client installation
    2. About NetBackup client installation on Windows
      1.  
        About Windows client installation methods and requirements
      2.  
        Installing NetBackup Windows clients locally or remotely
      3.  
        Installing NetBackup Windows clients silently
      4.  
        How to configure NetBackup clients
    3. About NetBackup client installation on UNIX and Linux
      1.  
        About UNIX and Linux client installation methods
      2.  
        Installing UNIX clients locally
      3.  
        Install of the UNIX and Linux client binaries with native installers
      4. About remote installation methods for UNIX/Linux clients
        1.  
          Installing client software with the ssh method
        2.  
          Installing client software with the sftp method
      5.  
        Adding a UNIX/Linux client after initial server installation
  7. Configuring NetBackup
    1.  
      About NetBackup startup and shutdown scripts
    2. About NetBackup server configuration
      1.  
        Starting the NetBackup Administration Console
      2.  
        About the Device Configuration Wizard
      3.  
        About the Volume Configuration Wizard
      4.  
        About the Catalog Backup Wizard
      5.  
        About the Backup Policy Configuration Wizard
  8. Upgrading NetBackup software
    1.  
      About upgrading NetBackup
    2.  
      About the NetBackup 8.x Upgrade Portal
  9. Removing NetBackup server and client software
    1.  
      About NetBackup server software removal on UNIX systems
    2.  
      About NetBackup client software removal on UNIX and Linux systems
    3.  
      Removing NetBackup from UNIX and Linux servers and clients
    4.  
      About NetBackup server software removal on Windows systems
    5.  
      Removing NetBackup server and client software from Windows servers, clusters, and clients
    6.  
      About removal of the Java Console state data from Windows servers and Windows clients
    7.  
      Removing a clustered media server by migrating all data to a new media server
  10. Reference
    1.  
      Generate a certificate on the inactive nodes of a clustered master server
    2.  
      About the NetBackup answer file
    3.  
      Persistent Java Virtual Machine options
    4.  
      About RBAC bootstrapping
    5.  
      NetBackup master server web server user and group creation
    6.  
      About the NetBackup Java Runtime Environment
    7.  
      Add or Remove Java GUI and JRE after install
    8.  
      Using NetApp disk arrays with Replication Director
    9.  
      Security updates to the NetBackup database
    10.  
      Size guidance for Veritas NetBackup master server and domain
  11.  
    Index

Silently installing NetBackup media server software on UNIX and Linux

You can install NetBackup UNIX and Linux media servers with native installers. You can use either the NetBackup install script or your preferred installer method.

  • For Linux: rpm, yum, etc.

  • For Solaris: pkginfo, pkgadd

A successful installation or upgrade is recorded in the /usr/openv/pack/install.history file.

To install the UNIX or Linux media server binaries using native installers:

  1. Please create the NetBackup installation answer file (NBInstallAnswer.conf) in the media server /tmp directory. More information about the answer file and its contents is available.

    See About the NetBackup answer file.

  2. Populate NBInstallAnswer.conf with the following required information:
    SERVER=master_server_name
    CLIENT_NAME=media_server_name
    MACHINE_ROLE=MEDIA
    LICENSE=license_key

    Be aware you can use CLIENT_NAME=XLOCALHOSTX instead of stating the media server name explicitly.

  3. (Conditional) If your environment uses a NetBackup Certificate Authority, populate NBInstallAnswer.conf with the following required information:
    CA_CERTIFICATE_FINGERPRINT=fingerprint

    Example (the fingerprint value is wrapped for readability):

    CA_CERTIFICATE_FINGERPRINT=01:23:45:67:89:AB:CD:EF:01:23:45:67:
    89:AB:CD:EF:01:23:45:67

    Depending on the security configuration in your NetBackup environment, you may need to add the AUTHORIZATION_TOKEN option to the answer file. Additional information about the AUTHORIZATION_TOKEN option is available.

    See About the NetBackup answer file.

  4. (Conditional) If your environment uses an external certificate authority, populate NBInstallAnswer.conf with the following required information:
    • ECA_CERT_PATH

      Use this field to specify the path and the file name of the external certificate file. This field is required to set up an external certificate from a file.

    • ECA_TRUST_STORE_PATH

      Use this field to specify the path and the file name of the file representing the trust store location. This field is required to set up an external certificate from a file.

    • ECA_PRIVATE_KEY_PATH

      Use this field to specify the path and the file name of the file representing the private key. This field is required to set up an external certificate from a file.

    • ECA_KEY_PASSPHRASEFILE

      Use this field to specify the path and the file name of the file that contains the passphrase to access the keystore. This field is optional and applies only when setting up an external certificate from a file.

    • ECA_CRL_CHECK_LEVEL

      Use this field to specify the CRL mode. This field is required. Supported values are:

      • USE_CDP: Use the CRL defined in the certificate.

      • USE_PATH: Use the CRL at the path that is specified in ECA_CRL_PATH.

      • DISABLED: Do not use a CRL.

      • SKIP: Used to skip setting up the certificate authority. To skip the ECA configuration, you must set all required ECA_ values to SKIP. Be aware that if you continue with the installation without a certificate authority, the backups and restores fail.

    • ECA_CRL_PATH

      Use this field to specify the path to the CRL associated with the external CA certificate. This field is required only when ECA_CRL_CHECK_LEVEL is set to USE_PATH. If not applicable, leave this field empty.

  5. Additionally, you can add the optional parameters shown to the NBInstallAnswer.conf file.
    • INSTALL_PATH

    • Additional LICENSE entries

    • Additional SERVER entries

    More information about each option is available.

    See About the NetBackup answer file.

  6. Download the server package that matches your server platform to a system with sufficient space. Then extract the required server package.

    Extract the contents of the server package file. Example:

    • For Linux RedHat:

      tar -xzvf NetBackup_9.0_LinuxR_x86_64.tar.gz

    • For Linux SuSE:

      tar -xzvf NetBackup_9.0_LinuxS_x86_64.tar.gz

    • For Solaris SPARC:

      tar -xzvf NetBackup_9.0_Solaris_Sparc64.tar.gz

    • For Solaris x86:

      tar -xzvf NetBackup_9.0_Solaris_x86.tar.gz

  7. Change to the directory for your desired operating system and copy server files to the media server.

    Operating system directory:

    • For Linux RedHat:

      NetBackup_9.0_LinuxR_x86_64/linuxR_x86/anb

    • For Linux SuSE:

      NetBackup_9.0_LinuxS_x86_64/linuxS_x86/anb

    • For Solaris SPARC:

      NetBackup_9.0_Solaris_Sparc64/solaris/anb

    • For Solaris x86

      NetBackup_9.0_Solaris_x86/solaris_x86/anb

    Copy server files to the computer to be installed

    • Linux: VRTSnetbp.rpm and VRTSpddes.rpm

    • Linux RedHat: VRTSpddei.rpm

    • Solaris: VRTSnetbp.pkg and VRTSpddes.pkg

  8. Extract the client binaries and copy them to the media server:

    Extract the client binaries:

    tar -xzvf client_dist.tar.gz

    Change directory to your desired operating system:

    • RedHat: openv/netbackup/client/Linux/RedHat2.6.32

    • SuSE: openv/netbackup/client/Linux/SuSE3.0.76

    • SPARC: openv/netbackup/client/Solaris/Solaris10

    • Solaris_x86: openv/netbackup/client/Solaris/Solaris_x86

    Copy the files that are shown to the media server.

    Note:

    The installation of the Java GUI and the JRE is optional. If you do not want them installed, omit the copy and the install of the VRTSnbjava and VRTSnbjre packages.

    Linux

    VRTSnbpck.rpm
    VRTSpbx.rpm
    VRTSnbclt.rpm
    VRTSnbjre.rpm
    VRTSnbjava.rpm
    VRTSpddea.rpm
    VRTSnbcfg.rpm

    Solaris

    .pkg_defaults
    VRTSnbpck.pkg.gz
    VRTSpbx.pkg.gz
    VRTSnbclt.pkg.gz
    VRTSnbjre.pkg.gz
    VRTSnbjava.pkg.gz
    VRTSpddea.pkg.gz
    VRTSnbcfg.pkg.gz

    Note:

    The Solaris client binaries include a hidden administration file called .pkg_defaults. This administration file contains default installation actions.

  9. (Conditional) For Solaris, extract the compressed package files with the command shown:

    gunzip VRTS*.*

    This action extracts all the package files as shown:

    VRTSnbpck.pkg
    VRTSpbx.pkg
    VRTSnbclt.pkg
    VRTSnbjre.pkg
    VRTSnbjava.pkg
    VRTSpddea.pkg
    VRTSnbcfg.pkg
  10. Install the files in the order that is shown with the commands shown:

    Linux

    rpm  - U VRTSnbpck.rpm
    rpm  - U VRTSpbx.rpm
    rpm  - U VRTSnbclt.rpm
    rpm  - U VRTSnbjre.rpm
    rpm  - U VRTSnbjava.rpm
    rpm  - U VRTSpddea.rpm
    rpm  - U VRTSpddes.rpm
    rpm  - U VRTSpddei.rpm
    rpm  - U VRTSnbcfg.rpm
    rpm  - U VRTSnetbp.rpm

    Note that VRTSpddei.rpm is for Linux RedHat only.

    Solaris

    Use the pkgadd -a admin -d device [pkgid] command as shown to install the files:

    pkgadd -a .pkg_defaults -d VRTSnbpck.pkg VRTSnbpck
    pkgadd -a .pkg_defaults -d VRTSpbx.pkg VRTSpbx
    pkgadd -a .pkg_defaults -d VRTSnbclt.pkg VRTSnbclt
    pkgadd -a .pkg_defaults -d VRTSnbjre.pkg VRTSnbjre
    pkgadd -a .pkg_defaults -d VRTSnbjava.pkg VRTSnbjava
    pkgadd -a .pkg_defaults -d VRTSpddea.pkg VRTSpddea
    pkgadd -a .pkg_defaults -d VRTSpddes.pkg VRTSpddes
    pkgadd -a .pkg_defaults -d VRTSnbcfg.pkg VRTSnbcfg
    pkgadd -a .pkg_defaults -d VVRTSnetbp.pkg VRTSnetbp
    • The -a option defines a specific admin (.pkg_defaults) to use in place of the default administration file. The admin file contains default installation actions.

    • The -d device option specifies the source of the software packages. A device can be the path to a device, a directory, or a spool directory.

    • Use the pkgid parameter to specify a name for the package being installed. This parameter is optional.

  11. If you decide to install the Java GUI or the JRE after the installation completes, additional information is available.

    See Add or Remove Java GUI and JRE after install.