Veritas NetBackup™ AdvancedDisk Storage Solutions Guide

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Product(s): NetBackup (8.2, 8.1.1, 8.1)
  1. Introducing AdvancedDisk
    1.  
      About the AdvancedDisk storage option
  2. Licensing AdvancedDisk
    1.  
      About the AdvancedDisk license
    2.  
      Licensing AdvancedDisk
  3. Configuring AdvancedDisk
    1.  
      Configuring the AdvancedDisk option
    2.  
      About AdvancedDisk file system requirements
    3.  
      Configuring credentials for CIFS storage and disk storage units
    4.  
      About AdvancedDisk storage servers
    5.  
      About AdvancedDisk data movers
    6.  
      About AdvancedDisk preferred or required read servers
    7.  
      About data encryption for AdvancedDisk storage
    8.  
      About key management for encryption of NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage
    9. Configuring key management for NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage encryption
      1.  
        Setting up the KMS database for NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage encryption
      2.  
        Creating a KMS key group for NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage encryption
      3.  
        Creating a KMS key for NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage encryption
      4.  
        Saving a record of the KMS key names for NetBackup AdvancedDisk storage encryption
    10. Configuring an AdvancedDisk storage server
      1.  
        AdvancedDisk storage server configuration options
    11.  
      About AdvancedDisk disk pools
    12.  
      Configuring a CIFS disk volume for AdvancedDisk encryption
    13. Configuring an AdvancedDisk disk pool
      1.  
        NetBackup nbdevconfig command options for AdvancedDisk disk pools
      2.  
        AdvancedDisk disk pool properties
    14. Configuring an AdvancedDisk storage unit
      1.  
        AdvancedDisk storage unit properties
      2. About AdvancedDisk storage unit recommendations
        1.  
          About configuring a favorable client-to-server ratio
        2.  
          About throttling traffic to the media servers
    15.  
      About storage lifecycle policies
    16. Creating a storage lifecycle policy
      1.  
        Storage Lifecycle Policy dialog box settings
    17.  
      Creating a backup policy
    18.  
      Resilient Network properties
    19.  
      Specifying resilient connections
  4. Managing AdvancedDisk
    1. Managing AdvancedDisk storage servers
      1.  
        Viewing AdvancedDisk storage servers
      2.  
        Determining AdvancedDisk storage server state
      3.  
        Viewing AdvancedDisk storage server attributes
      4.  
        Removing AdvancedDisk storage server attributes
      5.  
        Removing an AdvancedDisk storage server from disk pool access
      6.  
        Deleting an AdvancedDisk storage server
    2. Managing AdvancedDisk disk pools
      1.  
        Viewing AdvancedDisk disk pools
      2.  
        About changing the AdvancedDisk disk pool size
      3.  
        Adding volumes to an AdvancedDisk disk pool
      4.  
        Changing AdvancedDisk disk pool properties
      5.  
        Determining AdvancedDisk disk pool state
      6.  
        Changing AdvancedDisk disk pool state
      7.  
        Determining AdvancedDisk disk volume state
      8.  
        Changing AdvancedDisk disk volume state
      9.  
        Merging AdvancedDisk disk pools
      10.  
        Removing a volume from an AdvancedDisk disk pool
      11.  
        Inventorying a NetBackup disk pool
      12.  
        Deleting an AdvancedDisk disk pool
    3.  
      About monitoring AdvancedDisk storage capacity and usage
    4.  
      Monitoring NetBackup disk activity
    5.  
      Viewing AdvancedDisk disk reports
    6. Displaying detailed AdvancedDisk storage usage information
      1.  
        NetBackup disk volume capacity and usage reference
    7.  
      Displaying KMS key information for AdvancedDisk encryption
  5. Toubleshooting AdvancedDisk
    1. About unified logging
      1.  
        About using the vxlogview command to view unified logs
      2.  
        Examples of using vxlogview to view unified logs
    2. About legacy logging
      1.  
        Creating NetBackup log file directories for AdvancedDisk
    3.  
      NetBackup AdvancedDisk log files
    4.  
      AdvancedDisk troubleshooting
    5.  
      Resolving an incorrect storage type problem

Configuring an AdvancedDisk storage server

Configure in this context means to configure as a storage server a NetBackup media server that can mount the storage.

How you configure an AdvancedDisk storage server depends on several factors, as follows:

Encrypted storage

If you want to encrypt the storage, you must use the NetBackup nbdevconfig command.

For the AdvancedDisk_crypt type of storage server, you must specify the -st option with a value of 5.

See About data encryption for AdvancedDisk storage.

See “To configure an AdvancedDisk storage server by using the command line”.

Storage server attributes

If you want to specify preferred or required attributes for the storage server, you must use the NetBackup nbdevconfig command.

See “To configure an AdvancedDisk storage server by using the command line”.

No encryption or attributes

Veritas recommends that you use the Storage Server Configuration Wizard to configure the AdvancedDisk type of storage server.

See “To configure an AdvancedDisk storage server by using the wizard”.

You can configure multiple storage servers for the same storage. Doing so provides load balancing and redundancy in case of a storage server failure. The following procedures explain how to configure multiple storage servers.

When you configure an AdvancedDisk storage server, it also is configured as a data mover.

To configure an AdvancedDisk storage server by using the command line

  1. Run the following command on the NetBackup master server or the media server:

    UNIX: /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd/nbdevconfig -creatests -storage_server hostname -stype server_type -st 5 -media_server hostname [-setattribute attribute]

    Windows: install_path\NetBackup\bin\admincmd\nbdevconfig -creatests -storage_server hostname -stype server_type -st 5 -media_server hostname [-setattribute attribute]

    The arguments for the command options are in a different topic. The arguments include those for encryption, for attributes, and so on.

    See AdvancedDisk storage server configuration options.

  2. To verify that the storage server was configured correctly, run the following command:

    UNIX: /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd/nbdevquery -liststs -u

    Windows: install_path\NetBackup\bin\admincmd\nbdevquery -liststs -u

    The following is an excerpt of the command output that shows the proper storage type for AdvancedDisk (Formatted Disk, Direct Attached):

    Storage Server      : AdvDiskServer.example.com
    Storage Server Type : AdvancedDisk_crypt
    Storage Type        : Formatted Disk, Direct Attached
    State               : UP
  3. After the storage server is created, you can do the following.

    • To configure another storage server, go to step 1 and then repeat the steps in this procedure.

    • If you have finished configuring storage servers, configure a disk pool.

      See Configuring an AdvancedDisk disk pool.

To configure an AdvancedDisk storage server by using the wizard

  1. In the NetBackup Administration Console, select either NetBackup Management or Media and Device Management.
  2. In the right pane, click Configure Disk Storage Servers.
  3. On the Welcome panel, the types of storage servers that you can configure depend on the options for which you are licensed, as follows:

    Select AdvancedDisk and then click Next. The behavior depends on whether you have separate media servers in your environment, as follows:

    A master server but no media servers

    Storage Server Configuration Summary panel appears.

    Go to step 5.

    Media servers are installed

    The Add Storage Server panel appears.

    Continue to step 4.

  4. On the Add Storage Server panel, select the media server that you want to configure as an AdvancedDisk storage server from the Media server drop-down list. Then, click Next.

    The following is an example of the wizard panel:

    The Storage Server Configuration Summary panel appears.

  5. On the Storage Server Configuration Summary panel, verify the selections. If OK, click Next to configure the storage server.

    The following is an example of the wizard panel:

    The Storage Server Configuration Status panel appears.

  6. The Storage Server Configuration Status wizard panel describes the status of the operation, as follows:

    After the storage server is created, you can do the following:

    Configure another storage server

    Click Close and then repeat the steps in this procedure.

    Configure another storage server if you want to configure multiple AdvancedDisk storage servers for the storage that is allocated for the disk pool. When you configure the final storage server, then continue and create the disk pool.

    Configure a disk pool

    Ensure that Create a disk pool using the storage server that you have just created is selected and then click Next.

    Configure a disk pool if you have finished configuring the storage servers that can access the disk pool.

    Continue with the next step.

  7. The Volume Selection panel displays the volumes available on the storage server. If you selected more than one storage server, volumes that are common to all of them appear.

    The following is an example of the wizard panel:

    To specify a Common Internet File System (CIFS) disk volume, click Add New Volume. In the Add New Volume dialog box, enter the Windows Universal Naming Convention (UNC) pathname of the CIFS volume and then click Validate and Add.

    Select the volumes to use for the disk pool. NetBackup does not filter out common file system mount points, such as / and /usr. Therefore, carefully choose the volumes to include in a disk pool.

    See About AdvancedDisk file system requirements.

    Click Next. The Additional Disk Pool Information wizard panel appears.

  8. On the Additional Disk Pool Information panel, enter the values for the disk pool and then click Next.

    See AdvancedDisk disk pool properties.

    The following is an example of the wizard panel:

    The Summary wizard panel appears after you click Next.

  9. On the Summary panel, verify the selections. If OK, click Next.

    The following is an example of the wizard panel:

    The Status wizard panel appears after you click Next.

  10. On the Status panel, monitor the progress of the operation.

    The following is an example of the wizard panel:

    After the disk pool is created, you can do the following:

    Configure a storage unit

    Ensure that Create a storage unit using the disk pool that you have just created is selected and then click Next. The Storage Unit Creation wizard panel appears. Continue to the next step.

    Exit

    Click Close.

    You can configure one or more storage units later.

    See Configuring an AdvancedDisk disk pool.

  11. Enter the appropriate information for the storage unit.

    The following is an example of the wizard panel:

    See AdvancedDisk storage unit properties.

    Click Next to create the storage unit.

  12. After NetBackup configures the storage unit, the Finished panel appears. Click Finish to exit from the wizard.