NetBackup™ Web UI Security Administrator's Guide

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Product(s): NetBackup (8.1.2)
  1. Introducing the NetBackup web user interface
    1.  
      About the NetBackup web user interface
    2.  
      Terminology
    3.  
      First-time sign in to a NetBackup master server from the NetBackup web UI
    4.  
      Sign in to the NetBackup web UI
    5.  
      Authorized users
    6.  
      The NetBackup dashboard
  2. Managing role-based access control
    1.  
      About role-based access control (RBAC) in NetBackup
    2.  
      NetBackup default RBAC roles
    3.  
      Configuring RBAC
    4.  
      Add a custom role
    5.  
      Edit or delete a custom role
    6.  
      Add an object group
    7.  
      Previewing the assets, application servers, or protection plans for an object group
    8.  
      Edit or delete an object group
    9.  
      Add access for a user through access rules
    10.  
      Edit or remove user access rules
    11.  
      How can I limit role permissions to specific objects or assets?
  3. Adding AD or LDAP domains
    1.  
      Add AD or LDAP domains
  4. Security events and auditing
    1.  
      View security events and audit logs
    2. About NetBackup auditing
      1.  
        User identity in the audit report
      2.  
        Audit retention period and catalog backups of audit records
      3.  
        Viewing the detailed NetBackup audit report
  5. Managing hosts
    1.  
      View NetBackup host information
    2.  
      Approve or add mappings for a host that has multiple host names
    3.  
      Remove mappings for a host that has multiple host names
    4.  
      Reset a host's attributes
  6. Managing security certificates
    1.  
      About security management and certificates in NetBackup
    2.  
      NetBackup host IDs and host ID-based certificates
    3. Managing NetBackup security certificates
      1.  
        Reissue a NetBackup certificate
      2.  
        Managing NetBackup certificate authorization tokens
    4.  
      View details of external security certificates
  7. Managing master server security settings
    1.  
      Certificate authority for secure communication
    2.  
      Disable communication with NetBackup 8.0 and earlier hosts
    3.  
      Disable automatic mapping of NetBackup host names
    4.  
      About NetBackup certificate deployment security levels
    5.  
      Select a security level for NetBackup certificate deployment
    6.  
      Set a passphrase for disaster recovery
  8. Configuring smart card authentication
    1.  
      Configure user authentication with smart cards or digital certificates
    2.  
      Edit smart card authentication configuration
    3.  
      Add or delete a CA certificate that is used for smart card authentication
    4.  
      Disable or temporarily disable smart card authentication
  9. Troubleshooting access to the web UI
    1.  
      Tips for accessing the NetBackup web UI
    2.  
      If a user doesn't have the correct permissions or access in the NetBackup web UI
    3. Unable to add AD or LDAP domains with the vssat command
      1.  
        Connection cannot be established with the AD or the LDAP server
      2.  
        User credentials are not valid
      3.  
        An incorrect user base DN or group base DN was provided
      4.  
        Multiple users or groups exist with the same name under user base DN or group base DN
      5.  
        User or group does not exist

About the NetBackup web user interface

The NetBackup web user interface provides the following features:

  • Ability to access the master server from a web browser, including Chrome and Firefox.

    For details on supported browsers for the web UI, see the NetBackup Software Compatibility List.

  • A dashboard that displays a quick overview of the information that is important to you.

  • Role-based access control (RBAC) that lets the administrator configure user access to NetBackup and to delegate the tasks that are related to security, backup management, or workload protection.

  • NetBackup security administrators can manage NetBackup security, certificates, and RBAC.

  • Backup administrators provide protection services to satisfy their service level objectives (SLOs). Protection of assets is achieved through protection plans, job management, and visibility of the protection status of assets.

  • Workload administrators can subscribe assets to the protection plans that meet the SLO, monitor protection status, and perform self-service recovery of virtual machines. Beginning with NetBackup 8.1.2, workload administrators can manage and configure VMware and cloud workloads.

  • Usage reporting tracks the size of backup data on your master servers. You can also easily connect to Veritas Smart Meter to view and manage NetBackup licensing.

Access control in the NetBackup web UI

NetBackup uses role-based access control to grant access to the web UI. This access control includes the tasks a user can perform and the assets the user can view and manage. Access control is accomplished through access rules.

  • Access rules associate a user or a user group with a role and an object group. The role defines the permissions a user has. An object group defines the assets and NetBackup objects a user can access. Multiple access rules can be created for a single user or group, allowing for full and flexible customization of user access.

  • NetBackup comes with three default roles. Choose the role that best fits a user's needs or create a custom role to meet the requirements for that user.

  • Use object groups to define groups of assets or application servers or to indicate the protection plans that users can view or manage. For example, you can grant access for VMware administrators by creating an object group with specific VMware application servers. Also add to the object group the specific protection plans that the VMware administrator can choose to protect VMware assets.

  • RBAC is only available for the web UI and the APIs.

    Other access control methods for NetBackup are not supported for the web UI and APIs, with the exception of Enhanced Auditing (EA). You cannot use the web UI if you have NetBackup Access Control (NBAC) enabled.

Monitor NetBackup jobs and events

The NetBackup web UI lets the security and the backup administrators more easily monitor NetBackup operations and events and identify any issues that need attention.

  • For a NetBackup security administrator, the dashboard lets the administrator see the status of security certificates and of audit events.

  • For a backup administrator, the dashboard allows the administrator to see the status of NetBackup jobs. Email notifications can also be configured so they receive notifications when job failures occur. NetBackup supports any ticketing system that can receive inbound email.

Protection plans: One place to configure schedules, storage, and storage options

Protection plans offer the following benefits:

  • In addition to schedules for backups, a protection plan can also include a schedule for replication and long-term retention.

  • You can easily choose either on-premises or snapshot storage.

  • When you select from your available storage, you can see any additional features available for that storage. For example, NetBackup Accelerator or Instant Access for backup storage. For long-term storage, the cloud provider, CloudCatalyst, Encryption, or Compression.

  • The protection plan wizard helps you select storage for backups, replication, or long-term storage based on the supported storage that is already configured.

  • The backup administrator creates and manages protection plans and is therefore responsible for backup schedules and storage.

  • The workload administrator primarily selects the protection plans to use to protect assets or intelligent groups. However, the backup administrator can also subscribe assets to protection plans if needed.

Self-service recovery

The NetBackup web UI makes it easy to recover VMs. You can also use the instant access feature to mount a VM's snapshot for immediate access to its files: you can download the file to your local host or restore the file to its original VM.