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

Frequently asked questions about license keys

Veritas customers have asked the following questions about how to manage license keys.

Table:

Question

Answer

Is the license system for NetBackup the same as the license system in other Veritas products?

NetBackup uses a common license system that other Veritas products also use. Please remember, however, that the common license system provides flexibility in the license features that each product implements. For example, NetBackup does not have a node-locked license system, but some other products do.

What does the license key look like? What information does it contain?

The key is a serial number (for example: xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxx). The key contains information on the following:

  • Whether the key is for NetBackup Server or NetBackup Enterprise Server

  • Whether the key is for a server, a client, an agent, or an option (and which one)

  • Whether the key is a permanent key or an evaluation key

  • Information about how and where the key was generated

Is the license key serialized?

Yes, serialization information is embedded in the key.

Can I see reports on what license keys I have?

Yes. Information about license keys is stored on the master server.

To access the information, open the NetBackup Administration Console and select Help > License Keys.

On UNIX servers, you can also run the following command:

/usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd/get_license_key

For more information on how to view reports, refer to the NetBackup Administrator's Guide, Volume I.

How do I enable options and agents?

When you install NetBackup, you are prompted to enter the license keys for all options and agents.

If you purchase an agent or other add-on product at a later date, you can enter its license key manually. Open the NetBackup Administration Console and select Help > License Keys.

On UNIX servers, you can also run the following command:

/usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd/get_license_key

Should I save license keys after they have been entered?

Yes. Always store copies of your license keys in a secure place.

What should I do if I have lost my license key(s)?

Veritas has a record of all license keys that are issued to customers. Customers who lose their license key(s) can call Order Management to get copies of their license keys.

If you have purchased NetBackup from a Veritas partner, you need to contact that partner for information on your key.

How are large volume orders handled?

Many NetBackup installations are very large, and the license keys are long. License keys that you enter multiple times can be time-consuming. You can request a single license key for each type of NetBackup component you purchase. For example, you can obtain one license key for use with 50 Oracle agents. Site licenses enable unrestricted use for specific NetBackup agents or options.

You still need a unique license key for each type of NetBackup component that you purchase. Separate license keys are required for components like NetBackup Server, a Lotus Notes agent, or any NDMP option.

What about license keys for customers with site licenses?

Site licenses are handled much like large volume orders are. The certificate for a site license states that the license key is good for unlimited copies.

Do I need a license key to enable NetBackup Remote Administration Consoles?

No. NetBackup Remote Administration Consoles do not require special license keys. You can install them on any computer with access to the master server.

Can a license key be used multiple times?

Yes. You can use your license keys multiple times. You are, however, legally bound to install and use only the number of NetBackup servers, clients, agents, and options for which you purchase licenses.

How do existing customers get license keys?

All NetBackup customers who have current maintenance contracts with Veritas automatically receive the latest version of NetBackup. You receive the NetBackup media kit and license keys for every component for which you purchased licenses.

If your maintenance is through a Veritas partner, you upgrade through the partner. Contact the partner for more details.

What if I do not get the right license keys?

If you believe that you received an incorrect license key, contact Order Management using the number on your license key certificate. Technical support does not issue permanent license keys. You can obtain license keys only through Order Management. Technical support can provide temporary one-month license keys to you while issues regarding permanent license keys are resolved.

What does an evaluation license enable?

The evaluation license enables unrestricted use of NetBackup, its agents, and its options for a predetermined period of time.

Am I notified when an evaluation is about to expire?

To find out when a license key expires, open the NetBackup Administration Console and select Help > License Keys.

On UNIX servers, you can also run the following command:

/usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd/get_license_key

What happens when an evaluation license expires?

The NetBackup services or daemons are shut down. When you attempt to use the product you are informed that its evaluation period has expired.

Does NetBackup save the backup configuration and catalog information when evaluation license expire?

Yes. Customers who add a permanent license to an evaluation version of NetBackup have immediate access to their catalog information and configuration information.

How do I upgrade from an evaluation license to a permanent license?

It is easy. When you purchase a permanent license, you add that license to NetBackup. All the configuration information and catalog data from your evaluation version is retained.

To enter your permanent license key, open the NetBackup Administration Console and select Help > License Keys.

On UNIX servers, you can also run the following command:

/usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd/get_license_key