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 disk pool

How you configure an AdvancedDisk disk pool depends on the type, as follows:

AdvancedDisk_crypt type

You must use the nbdevconfig command if you configured an AdvancedDisk_crypt type of storage server. NetBackup encrypts the backup data on the AdvancedDisk_crypt type of disk pool.

See “To configure an AdvancedDisk disk pool by using the nbdevconfig command”.

NetBackup cannot discover Windows Common Internet File System (CIFS) disk volumes. For CIFS storage, you must use the UNC notation to specify the volumes.

See About AdvancedDisk file system requirements.

See Configuring a CIFS disk volume for AdvancedDisk encryption.

AdvancedDisk type

Veritas recommends that you use the Disk Pool Configuration Wizard to configure the AdvancedDisk type of disk pool.

When you configure a storage server, that wizard continues to the Disk Pool Configuration Wizard. Therefore, you may not need to invoke the disk pool wizard separately.

See “To configure an AdvancedDisk disk pool by using the wizard”.

NetBackup cannot discover Windows Common Internet File System (CIFS) disk volumes. For CIFS storage, you must use the UNC notation to specify the volumes.

See About AdvancedDisk file system requirements.

Veritas recommends that disk volume and disk pool names be unique across your enterprise.

You must first configure storage servers.

To configure an AdvancedDisk disk pool by using the nbdevconfig command

  1. On the host that has a file system mount on the storage, discover the volumes that are available and write them to a text file. If you intend to use multiple hosts to read to and write from the storage, use any of the hosts. The following is the NetBackup command to use, depending on your operating system:

    UNIX: /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd/nbdevconfig -previewdv -storage_server hostname -stype server_type > filename

    Windows: install_path\NetBackup\bin\admincmd\nbdevconfig -previewdv -storage_server hostname -stype server_type > filename

    The following describe the options:

    -storage_server hostname

    The name of the NetBackup media server that has a file system mount on the storage.

    -stype server_type

    For AdvancedDisk with encryption, use AdvancedDisk_crypt, otherwise use AdvancedDisk.

    > filename

    The name of the file into which to write the volume information. Veritas recommends that you use a name that describes its purpose.

  2. Copy the file that you created in step 1 to the master server.
  3. In a text editor, delete the line for each volume that you do not want to be in the disk pool. Do not delete the blank line at the end of the file.

    Each volume that is listed in the file must be exposed to each AdvancedDisk storage server on the same mount point.

  4. Configure the disk pool by using the following command, depending on your operating system:

    UNIX: /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd/nbdevconfig -createdp -dp disk_pool_name -stype server_type -storage_servers hostname... -dvlist filename [-reason "string"] [-lwm low_watermark_percent] [-max_io_streams n] [-comment comment] [-M master_server] [-reason "string"]

    Windows: install_path\NetBackup\bin\admincmd\nbdevconfig -createdp -dp disk_pool_name -stype server_type -storage_servers hostname... -dvlist filename [-reason "string"] [-lwm low_watermark_percent] [-max_io_streams n] [-comment comment] [-M master_server] [-reason "string"]

    The nbdevconfig command options are described in a different topic.

    See NetBackup nbdevconfig command options for AdvancedDisk disk pools.

To configure an AdvancedDisk disk pool by using the wizard

  1. In the NetBackup Administration Console, select either NetBackup Management or Media and Device Management.
  2. From the list of wizards in the right pane, click Configure Disk Pool.
  3. On the Welcome panel, the types of disk pools that you can configure depend on the options for which you are licensed.

    The following is an example of the wizard panel:

    Select AdvancedDisk and then click Next. The Storage Server Selection wizard panel appears.

  4. On the Storage Server Selection panel, all NetBackup media servers that you configured as AdvancedDisk storage servers appear.

    The following is an example of the wizard panel:

    Select the NetBackup media servers that you want to function as storage servers for this disk pool and then click Next. The Volume Selection wizard panel appears.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

    The following is an example of the wizard panel:

  8. After NetBackup creates the disk pool, a wizard panel describes the successful action.

    The following is an example of the wizard panel:

    After NetBackup creates the disk pool, 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.

  9. On Storage Unit Creation wizard panel, 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.

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