Veritas NetBackup™ Getting Started Guide

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Product(s): NetBackup (8.2, 8.1.2)

Recommended SORT procedures for new installations

Veritas recommends new NetBackup users perform the three procedures that are listed for an initial introduction to SORT. The tool has many other features and functions, but these serve as a good introduction to SORT. In addition, the procedures provide a helpful base of knowledge for other SORT functionality.

Table:

Procedure

Details

Create a Veritas Account on the SORT webpage

See “To create a Veritas Account on the SORT page”.

Create generic installation reports

See “To create a generic installation checklist”.

Create system-specific installation reports

See “To create a system-specific installation report for Windows”.

See “To create a system-specific installation report for UNIX or Linux”.

To create a Veritas Account on the SORT page

  1. In your web browser, navigate to:

    https://sort.veritas.com/netbackup

  2. In the upper right corner, click Login, then click Register now.
  3. Enter the requested login and contact information:

    Email address

    Enter and verify your email address

    Password

    Enter and verify your password

    First name

    Enter your first name

    Last name

    Enter your last name

    Company name

    Enter your company name

    Country

    Enter your country

    Preferred language

    Select your preferred language

    CAPTCHA text

    Enter the displayed CAPTCHA text. If necessary, refresh the image.

  4. Click Submit.
  5. When you receive your login information, you can log into SORT and begin uploading your customized information.

To create a generic installation checklist

  1. In your web browser, navigate to:

    https://sort.veritas.com/netbackup

  2. Find and select the Installation and Upgrade Checklist widget.
  3. Specify the requested information

    Product

    Select the appropriate product from the drop-down menu. For NetBackup select NetBackup Enterprise Server or NetBackup Server.

    Product version you are installing or upgraded to

    Select the correct version of NetBackup. The most current version is always shown at the top of the list.

    Platform

    Select the operating system that corresponds to the checklist you want generated.

    Processor

    Select the correct processor type for your checklist.

    Product version you are upgrading from (optional)

    For new installations, do not make any selections. For upgrades, you can select the currently installed version of NetBackup.

  4. Click Generate Checklist.
  5. A checklist corresponding to your choices is created. You can modify your selections from this screen, and click Generate Checklist to create a new checklist.

    You can save the resulting information as a PDF. Numerous options are available for NetBackup and many of them are covered in the generated checklist. Please spend time reviewing each section to determine if it applies to your environment.

To create a system-specific installation report for Windows

  1. Go to the SORT website:

    https://sort.veritas.com/netbackup

  2. In the Installation and Upgrade section, select Installation and Upgrade custom reports by SORT data collectors.
  3. Select the Data Collectors tab
  4. Select the radio button for Graphical user interface and download the correct data collector for your platform.

    The data collector is OS-specific. To collect information about Windows computers, you need the Windows data collector. To collect information about UNIX computers, you need the UNIX data collector.

  5. Launch the data collector after it finishes downloading.
  6. On the Welcome screen, select NetBackup from the product family section and click Next.
  7. On the System Selection screen, add all computers you want analyzed. Click Browse to see a list of computers you can add to the analysis. Veritas recommends starting the tool with an administrator or a root account.
  8. When all systems are selected, review the System names section and click Next.
  9. In the Validation Options screen, under Validation options, select the version to which you plan to upgrade.
  10. Click Next to continue
  11. The utility performs the requested checks and displays the results. You can upload the report to My SORT, print the results, or save them. Veritas recommends that you upload the results to the My SORT website for ease of centralized analysis. Click Upload and enter your My SORT login information to upload the data to My SORT.
  12. When you are finished, click Finish to close the utility.

To create a system-specific installation report for UNIX or Linux

  1. Go to the SORT website:

    https://sort.veritas.com/netbackup

  2. In the Installation and Upgrade section, select Installation and Upgrade custom reports by SORT data collectors.
  3. Select the Data Collector tab.
  4. Download the appropriate data collector for your platform.

    The data collector is OS-specific. To collect information about Windows computers, you need the Windows data collector. To collect information about UNIX computers, you need the UNIX data collector.

  5. Change to directory that contains downloaded utility.
  6. Run ./sortdc

    The utility performs checks to confirm the latest version of the utility is installed. In addition, the utility checks to see it has the latest data. The utility then lists the location of the log file for this session.

  7. If requested, press Enter to continue.
  8. Select the NetBackup Family at the Main Menu.
  9. Select Installation/Upgrade report when prompted What task do you want to accomplish?

    You can select multiple options by separating your response with commas.

  10. Specify the system or systems you want included in the report.

    If you previously ran a report on the specified system, you may be prompted to run the report again. Select Yes to re-run the report.

    The utility again lists the location of the log files for the session.

    The progress of the utility is displayed to the screen.

  11. Specify NetBackup when prompted for the product you want installation or upgrade reports.
  12. Enter the number that corresponds to the version of NetBackup you want to install.

    The utility again lists the location of the log files for the session.

    The progress of the utility is displayed to the screen.

  13. The utility prompts you to upload the report to the SORT website if you want to review the report online. The online report provides more detailed information than the text-based on-system report.
  14. When your tasks are finished, you can exit the utility. You have the option to provide feedback on the tool, which Veritas uses to make improvements to the tool.