Veritas NetBackup™ for Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) Administrator's Guide

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Product(s): NetBackup (8.2)
  1. Introduction to NetBackup for Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV)
      Protect AHV using NetBackup
      NetBackup terminology related to the AHV backup
      NetBackup for AHV environment
  2. Prerequisites, notes, and restrictions
    2. Notes and restrictions
        NetBackup character restrictions for virtual machine names
  3. Configuring NetBackup communication with AHV
      Establishing communication between components
    2. Adding a backup host to the NetBackup master server
        Adding a backup host to the NetBackup master access list
        Configuring a NetBackup Appliance as a backup host
      Adding a backup host to the Acropolis Cluster access list
      Adding the Nutanix Acropolis Cluster credentials for NetBackup
    5. Managing SSL certificates
        Managing SSL certificates on NetBackup Appliance
        About the nb_nutanix-ahv configuration file
  4. Configuring NetBackup policies for AHV
      About the BigData policy type
      Creating a BigData policy using the NetBackup Policies utility
      Creating a BigData policy using the Backup Policy Configuration Wizard
      Creating a BigData policy using the NetBackup Command Line Interface
  5. Backup and recovery
    1. Back up the Nutanix AHV virtual machines
        Basic phases in a NetBackup backup of an AHV
    2. Overview of the Nutanix AHV virtual machines recovery process
        About recovering the Nutanix AHV virtual machines
        Planning the recovery of a Nutanix AHV VM
      3. Recovering a Nutanix AHV VM using the Backup, Archive, and Restore console
          About recovering AHV VMs from the images that are backed up using NetBackup versions 8.1, 8.1.1, or 8.1.2
      4. Recovering a Nutanix AHV VM using the command line
          Creating or modifying the rename file
          Using the command line to recover Nutanix AHV virtual machines
  6. Troubleshooting issues
      Troubleshooting issues related to AHV backup
      NetBackup logs
      About errors during policy creation, restore, and validation
      NetBackup status codes
  7. Appendix A. NetBackup commands to backup and restore Nutanix AHV virtual machines
      NetBackup commands for protecting the AHV


The following prerequisites apply to NetBackup for AHV.

  • For the required NetBackup licenses, see the following page:

    How to use NetBackup plug-ins and agents: download, install, and availability information

  • For a list of supported versions, see:

    NetBackup Master Compatibility List

  • Before you initiate a backup of a virtual machine, verify the following:

    • You have appropriate administrative rights and permissions from Nutanix to complete a backup for AHV virtual machines.

      For information on getting administrative privileges, refer to the Nutanix documentation.

    • The NetBackup master server can communicate with the backup host.

    • The backup host is able to communicate with the Acropolis cluster.

  • Whitelist the backup host on the Acropolis cluster using the file whitelisting option available through the Prism web console or its command line interface.

    See Adding a backup host to the Acropolis Cluster access list.

  • If you want to restore a VM to the Nutanix Acropolis cluster or container that you have deleted, you must first recreate the cluster or container. After this recreation is complete, then start the recovery process. Alternatively, you can recover a VM to a different cluster or container.

  • If you want to restore a VM to another Nutanix AHV cluster, ensure that the AHV cluster has the same configuration as the original AHV cluster.

Verifying the operating system and platform compatibility

Verify that the NetBackup for AHV is supported on your operating system or platform.

To verify operating system and compatibility

  1. Go to the following page:

    NetBackup Master Compatibility list

  2. For information on support for Nutanix AHV, see Support for NetBackup in a Virtual Environment list from the NetBackup Master Compatibility List page.
NetBackup server and client requirements

Verify that the following requirements are met for the NetBackup server:

  • The NetBackup server software is installed and operational on the NetBackup server.

  • Ensure that you configure any backup media that the storage unit uses.

  • The required number of media volumes depend on the following:

    • The devices that are used and storage capacity of the media

    • The sizes of the virtual machines that you want to back up

    • The amount of data that you want to archive

    • The size of your backups

    • The length of retention of the backup images

Verify that the NetBackup client software is installed on the backup host.

License requirements for the Nutanix AHV

NetBackup for AHV requires an Enterprise Client license for each Nutanix Acropolis cluster node.

For detailed information about adding licenses, refer to the "Adding NetBackup licenses" section of the NetBackup Administrator's Guide, Volume I.