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Client install/upgrade

Created: 24 Apr 2013 • Updated: 31 May 2013 | 5 comments
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 For a fresh new  installation do I need to install the 7.5 Clients, or can install directly from the 7.5.0.5 clients (After I've installed and upgraded the master/media server)?. The client is on the same machine as the master/media in this case. I am asking since the client upgrade is as large as the version (Which is not the case for the media/master which is much smaller)

Gadi.

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Andrew Madsen's picture

That depends on how you want to do it. If you want to manage through rsh then you can push the full 7.5.0.5 installation from the master server. If you cannot do that then you need to do a 7.5 then 7.5.0.5 upgrade. Unless you are WIndows and I believe you can do that as a single install.

If you need to copy the files locally to an *ix type machine you only need to copy those files necessary for the install and upgrade for that OS.

Here is a snippet from an install doc I wrote:

  1. Use one of the following methods to start the installation script:
    1. NFS
      1. Locate the source files for the install and place on a NFS export
      2. Mount the NFS export file system on the target server
      3. Run the command NFS_MOUNT/install
    2. Local install
      1. Copy the appropriate files to the client. It is important to maintain the correct directory structure (NetBackup_7.5_CLIENTS/NBClients/anb/Clients/usr/openv/netbackup/client/ and NetBackup_7.5_CLIENTS/NBClients/catalog/anb. The entire catalog directory and sub directories need to be copied)
      2. The platform specific files can be copied only but again the directory structure needs to be maintained all the way (i.e.  NetBackup_7.5_CLIENTS/NBClients/anb/Clients/usr/openv/netbackup/client/Linux/ SuSE2.6.16) The LICENSE and install script from the NetBackup_7.5_CLIENTS directory need to be copied as well

NOTE: If this is a Linux on SLES both the SuSE and the RedHat directories need to be copied locally as well. 

  1. Run the command directory/install

For the upgrade:

  1. Use one of the following methods to start the installation script:
    1. NFS
      1. Locate the source files for the install and place on a NFS export
      2. Mount the NFS export file system on the target server
      3. Change directory to the update directory on the mount point

EXAMPLE:

cd /depot/nfs/ netbackup_clients_7.5.0.3

  1. Run the command ./NB_update.install

b. Local install

  1. Copy the appropriate files to the server.

NOTE: The files that need to be copied are below but all can be copied if desired:

NB_update.install

VrtsNB_CLT_7.5.0.3.README

VrtsNB_CLT_7.5.0.3.postinstall

VrtsNB_CLT_7.5.0.3.postuninstall

VrtsNB_CLT_7.5.0.3.preinstall

And the tar.gz that corresponds to your operating system

EXAMPLE:

For any Linux platform VrtsNB_CLT_7.5.0.3.Linux.tar.gz

  1. Change to the directory that contains the NB_update.install file

Run the command ./NB_update.install

The above comments are not to be construed as an official stance of the company I work for; hell half the time they are not even an official stance for me.

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Gadi's picture

 Thank  you very much for the detailed answer.

I will try it out. For some reason I though that the server installation (I am using the RHEL version) is sufficient, but probably not, and clients need to be present as well. Also I was not aware for the need to maintain the directory structure so that probably caused some errors as well

 

Marianne's picture

Server software includes all client binaries. No separate client software is needed.
When you install 7.5.0.5, both Server and Client patch is needed.

Only when you have remote clients do you need to install client software separately on those clients.
If clients are all Unix/Linux, updated/patched software can be push-installed from the master to new clients.

See NBU Installation Guide for push-install methods.

Supporting Storage Foundation and VCS on Unix and Windows as well as NetBackup on Unix and Windows
Handy NBU Links

Gadi's picture

Thanks Marianne. It is funny since in order to path the server I need to download 4GB of unnneeded clients... 

Marianne's picture

The Client patch updates the client binaries that is installed on the master under /usr/openv/netbackup/client.
You will by default have client binaries for all supported Linux version in the folder with the same name.

These are the binaries that is used to push-install or upgrade clients.
If you have clients with other Unix OS such as Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, those binaries can also be installed on the master server prior to patch installation.
The patch installation with then update all client binaries and you can update or install all your Unix/Linux clients from the master server.

Supporting Storage Foundation and VCS on Unix and Windows as well as NetBackup on Unix and Windows
Handy NBU Links