Adding NetBackup credentials for VMware
|Article:HOWTO70882|||||Created: 2012-02-08|||||Updated: 2012-02-08|||||Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO70882|
To back up or restore virtual machines, the NetBackup server requires logon credentials to the VMware ESX servers or the VMware vCenter servers. In the NetBackup Administration Console, do the following.
To add NetBackup credentials
Select the type of VMware server that NetBackup needs to access:
Designates a vCenter (or VirtualCenter) server that manages ESX servers. When you create a policy to back up this server's virtual machines, NetBackup can browse this server and list its virtual machines. If the credentials provide full access privileges to the vCenter server, you can restore virtual machines to this server.
Designates a standalone ESX server that is not managed by a vCenter server. NetBackup can browse the ESX server to present a list of its virtual machines for backup. You can also restore virtual machines to this ESX server. To use the server as a target for restores, enter the credentials that provide full access privileges to the ESX server.
The restore ESX server type has the following advantages:
For large environments with hundreds of hosts, NetBackup may not need full access to the vCenter server. With the restore ESX server type, you can give NetBackup full access to a single ESX server that is dedicated to restore.
You can use the For backup host pull-down to select a particular backup host for which to validate the credentials. Note that a backup host appears in the pull-down list if it was added to the master server's Host Properties dialog.
If For backup host is set to <Any> (the default), NetBackup attempts to validate the credentials using each backup host in turn. NetBackup continues checking only until validation succeeds for a particular backup host or the list of backup hosts is exhausted.
If your VMware backup host is running a version of NetBackup that is earlier than 6.5.4, the credentials cannot be validated. An error message is displayed. You must verify that the credentials you entered are correct for the VMware server. If the credentials are correct, you can ignore the error message.
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