To Backup Netapp storage in Backup Exec we first need to enable to NDMP option. Then add the Netapp (NAS) storage to Backup Exec as a storage device in Storage option. Then it will list as client server in Backup and Restore option automatically.
Now lets create a backup job for Netapp storage
Go to Backup and Restore option in Admin console > right click on Netapp storage > choose Backup > choose storage device >Backup to Disk / Backup to Cloud etc.
Click Edit in left panel
Selection volumes and shares that you want to backup > click Ok
Now click Edit right hand panel
Schedule the backup job
Choose the storage device and click Ok
Now you can check and confirm that Netapp Backup job has been created and it will run as per it’s schedule
Adding a Netapp Storage to Backup Exec and to backup it up to third party storage works on a protocol call NDMP (Network Data Management Protocol). The important point here is that in Backup Exec Netapp is added as a storage device under storage option however it is actually a client for backup.
That’s why you though it is a storage device itself but it can be backed up to a third party storage device like disk, tape, dedup etc.
NDMP device can be used as storage device as well if there is any third party storage connected to it like a Tape library.
Lets check an example:
In this pic it is a direct connection between Backup sever and NetApp storage and NetApp here is a client so that we can take a backup of it to any storage device.
Lets see another example
In this below setup NetApp storage can be used as storage device however data would be written to the attached tape library
Now first of all we need to enable the NDMP option in the Backup Exec in order to add a Netapp device.
To install the NDMP option click top left side of Backup Exec icon > Installation and Licensing > Install Features and Licenses on this Backup Exec Server
Here you add the license if not added before then click Next
Now check the box NDMP Feature > click Next
Now click Next > then click Install and it will install the NDMP option
Lets add the Netapp storage to Backup Exec
Go to Storage tab > Configure Storage
Choose Network storage > Next
Choose NDMP Storage > Next
Add name or IP address > Next
Select user name and for Netapp storage
Click Yes to restart Backup Exec services
After services restart you will see the Netapp is added
Now you will also see that Netapp is automatically added and listed under servers in Backup and Restore option as well
Installing the Remote Agent on a Linux / Unix server in Backup Exec is different than windows servers. We can not push install the remote agent like windows servers. We need to install it manually. Lets check how to install remote agent for a Linux server.
First of all we need to copy the ralus (remote agent for linux Unix server) file to the linux server. The ralus file will be located in the Backup Exec ISO media file. You need to copy from there.
Right click on Backup Exec iso media which was mounted for installation before. If not mounted then you can mount again and it looks like below.
Once you right click on it > click Open > then open Linux folder
And below file needs to be copied to linux server
Now the best and easy to copy the a file from a windows server to a linux server is by using WinSCP software. Open winscp > enter host name or ip address of the linux server > user and password as shown below:
Once you are connected to linux server then you can simply drag the file from left window to right window any any folder. In below pic I dragged and dropped the file in var folder of linux server.
Once the file is copied to linux server then go to linux and look in the same directory to find the copied file.
Note: If you are using the vmware workstation for a test / home lab then on linux run command :dhclient” so that it get a new ip address to connect to windows server via winscp. Because the default ip address of home lab which is in vmware workstation will not connect in winscp.
Now we’ll go to Linux server and log in with root > go to the location where you copied the ralus file. For example > var folder > cd /var > then run “ls” to show the file
Note: Do not extract the ralus file on windows then copy to linux serer because the ralus file needs to be extracted on linux server.
Once you locate the ralus file then run below command to extract the file
tar zvxf filename.tar.gz
tar -zxvf filename.tar.gz
After you extracted the file successfully, then run commands “./installrauls”
Then enter the hostname, if same name then hit enter to continue
Now press enter to continue:
Now it check the installation requirement > press enter to continue
Then again press enter to continue
Now it checks the installation package >press enter to continue
Now it goes through the installation process and completes it
During the installation it might ask to create a beoper group then create it.
Now installation completes and ask to restart the ralus agent automatically. Press Y for yes.
Now the ralus is installed and configured, press enter to continue
After remote agent is installed then by default the VRTSralus.init service is stopped. We need to start it manually be running below commands
To Stop: /etc/init.d/VRTSralus.init stop To Start: /etc/init.d/VRTSralus.init start Or service VRTSralus.init restart
Now you can add this linux server to Backup Exec > Click add a server and then choose linux
Then add the server IP address / hostname and also add the root account to authenticate the linux server in the next window
Now you can add root user account and password for authentication
Now you have added the Linux server to Backup Exec server with root user and password and it is ready to start back up.
Remote agent is required to be installed on any remote server to protect it. In fact , other than Backup Exec media server all other server including Windows, Linux and Mac will need a remote agent to be installed on it.
How to install Remote Agent for Windows Servers and add it to Backup Exec media server:
There are multiple ways to install remote agent on a remote server and add it. We’ll discuss all the methods one by one.
Push Install Remote Agent on a Windows Server
Go to Backup and Restore tab> either right click below media server or any last server in the list
Or click Add server
Then choose Microsoft Windows computers and servers and click Next
Then check the box > Allow Backup Exec to establish a trust with the servers.
Then add IP address or host name of the server and click Add
Then check the box > Upgrade the Backup Exec Agent for Windows to the current version automatically > then click Next
Once you have added the Server and credential for it > click Install
It shows the next progressing windows
Now the remote agent has been installed and server is also added to Backup Exec media server
Post adding the remote server it might show > Connection not established due to some network related issue.
To fix the connection not established issue > right click on affected server > click Establish Trust
Veritas Backup Exec 20 has come up with several new features and options compared to previous version of Backup Exec. It offers improved performance across all infrastructure platform. There are also new options have been added in the user interface. Lets check them all and discuss about them.
Lets check all the new features and options added in the user interface
-Home tab gives an overview of all the Backup Exec portfolio with brief information of overall status, storage consumption, licensed used and software validity.
Backup and Restore
-Backup and Restore tab is the main option to perform most of the day to day operation like backup, restore, add or remove servers, check scheduled backup, running backup and all job status.
-It shows you the number of remote agent servers added for backup and restore.
-It has the option to create a group of servers, view retired servers, create a disaster recovery disk.
-It also offers the feature to convert from physical to virtual
– From Backup and restore tab you can put all the backup jobs on hold, run the next scheduled back, update remote agent on multiple servers in one go.
-You can switch the console view Standard / Compact
-You can filter by server type / job type and many more
If you right click on a sever while you are in Backup and Restore tab you get several options to perform as shown below:
-As the name suggests it shows all the scheduled, running and queued jobs along with failed and successful status. It also shows the history of all the operations performed in the last 30 days.
-You can run backups, perform restore, edit delete and cancel backup jobs
– If you right click on a job in under job history you get below options:
Storage tab have many useful option to configure all type of storage like disk,tape, dedup, ndmp, cloud etc. It also gives the option to perform inventory, catalog and restore from storage tab. Here you get all other options to create, modify, rename and delete storage devices along with other important features like backup sets and storage property.
With report tab you can generate all sorts of reports of all the transaction. Reports can be pulled up with jobs type, media, devices, alerts. Custom reports can also be generated.
Property – Saas Backup
Backup Exec property has other option related to this application. You can add a SaaS backup to the designated cloud platform.
Configuration and Settings
In configuration and setting you get many features and option to add remove or create which will be a global change to Backup Exec software. It has the settings to create a default backup job, add, remove or modify logon accounts, set alerts and notification for backup and storage devices, start, start and restart backup exec services etc.
Installation and Licencing
In this option you can add or remove Backup Exec agent options, install additional license, install remote agent on remote servers, update the software, view license information etc.
Veritas online provides you with the access to Backup Exec education, page. You can share your ideas as well.
You can collect debug logs for any backup or restore related issue. You can connect to technical support assistance. You can can access to knowledge base, best practices and training and other features.
Help and Documentation
Help and documentation offers backup, restore and feature related guides and video education. You can find new releases and can check the current version of installed Backup Exec.