DOCUMENTATION: How to install the Veritas NetBackup (tm) PureDisk Remote Office Edition software and configure a PureDisk Storage Pool Authority (SPA)

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DOCUMENTATION: How to install the Veritas NetBackup (tm) PureDisk Remote Office Edition software and configure a PureDisk Storage Pool Authority (SPA)


Manual: Veritas NetBackup (tm) PureDisk Remote Office Edition Getting Started Guide 6.0.2, Pages: 46 - 53
Modification Type: Supplement

Once the PureDisk Operating System (PDOS) is installed it is necessary to install the PureDisk software and configure a Storage Pool Authority (SPA).  Before running any of the following steps, PDOS must be installed and configured.  Refer to Chapter 3: 'Installing PureDisk the first time' of the PureDisk Getting Started Guide, TechNote 282202 found below, for assistance with installing the PureDisk operating system.  TechNotes 282807 and TechNote 282820 also provide additional detail on the installation steps for installing PDOS.

The PureDisk software should be installed on the system that will act as the SPA for the PureDisk environment.  A PureDisk environment consists of the clients PureDisk will backup, the content routers where the data will be stored, the metabase server/engines/controllers that will store metadata information and the storage pool authority.  The SPA is the system that controls the topology, or the layout, of the PureDisk environment.  The SPA is the system that runs the PureDisk Web engine which clients can connect to in order to configure backups, restores and other workflows for the PureDisk environment.  The SPA can only reside on a system running the PureDisk operating system.

To install the PureDisk software once PDOS has been installed on the server:
To prepare the storage pool authority node:
1. Type the following mount(8) command to mount the media.
# mount /media/dvd
2. Type the following command to copy the PureDisk software to the storage
pool authority node and write it to the correct directory:
# sh /media/dvd/puredisk/software/
Note: The system must be configured to use the eth0 network interface in order for the install to be successful.  Attempting to override this using the <ip_address> option may allow a successful install, but clients may be unable to connect to the PureDisk Web GUI.
3. Type yes to confirm the installation.  After you type yes, the installation software displays progress messages.
Note:  This will only install the PureDisk software.  It is still necessary to configure the Storage Pool Authority (SPA) before PureDisk will be configured.
The install script will state the following:
Now continue with editing '/opt/pdinstall/topology.ini',
then run '/opt/pdinstall/'
WARNING:  Only run the to initially configure the topology for the SPA.  Running this script on an active PureDisk SPA will revert the SPA to the original state.  This means that all backup, replication, restore workflows and all data on the /Storage volume will be removed!!
4. Type the following command to unmount the CD-ROM:
# umount /media/dvd
# eject
5. Remove the CD-ROM from the CD-ROM drive.

To configure the topology once the PureDisk software has been installed:
Once the PureDisk software is installed it will be necessary to configure the topology for the SPA.  Step 3 above lists the commands required to configure the SPA and to enable the PureDisk software.  Editing the topology requires making several decisions about the layout of the PureDisk environment.  It will be necessary to review Chapter 2: Installation Prerequisites in the PureDisk Getting Started Guide to review the compatibility information, the capacity planning caveats and the client requirements.

To configure the topology.ini file:
Edit the /opt/pdinstall/topology.ini file to configure the password/location and node information for the PureDisk SPA.  Refer to pages 46-53 of the Getting Started Guide for additional information on the topology.ini settings.
It will be necessary to edit the following entries to configure the PureDisk topology.
passwd=<this is the root passwd for the SPA>
storagepoolid=<this is the pool id number>
spapasswd=<the password for the SPA>
dbpassword=<the password for the databases>
name=<the name of the storage pool>
description=<a description of the storage pool>
location=<the location of the nodes for the storage pool>
department=<the department name the nodes belong to>
timezone=<a timezone listed in /usr/share/zoneinfo>
ntpserver=<the hostname or IP of an network time server>

enabled=<1 = yes, 0 = no, at least one node must be enabled>
ip=<the eth0 ip address for the first node>
services=<the services spa,mbs,cr,cifs to run on the node>
passwd=<needed only if the root password for the node if different than the gloabl passwd option>

<same options as in node one if there are multiple nodes in the SPA.>

Once the topology.ini file is configured run the script to configure the SPA.
# /opt/pdinstall/
Once this command is finished it will be necessary to log into the SPA and begin to configure PureDisk backups and other workflows.

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