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First NetBackup Installation

Created: 20 Jan 2013 | 5 comments

Good Evening-

I am in the process of rolling out my first NetBackup Enterprise installation -- I wanted to share my configuration in hopes that any glaring errors or concerns might be caught before I am in too deep. I have also come up with a few questions that I hope this group can answer...

My configuration is such:

 - Single RHEL 6.3 NBU 7.5 Master Server with OpsCenter
   Dell PowerEdge R710 CPU: 2x2.20Ghz RAM: 32GB LAN: 4x 1GB Bond DISK 3.6TB RAID6

 - 20+ CentOS 6.3 NBU 7.5 Media Server/Clients
   Dell PowerEdge R720 CPU 2x3.30Ghz RAM:32GB LAN: 4x 1GB Bond DISK: 3.6TB RAID6 TAPE: SAS or SCSI Tape Library

In my configuration, the Media Server is also a client -- there is a large (3.6TB) RAID6 disk pool and tape library (SAS for some, SCSI for others) attached to each media server -- my goal here is to back up the locally attached disk pool to the locally attached tape library on the media server. This disk pool will contain System Recovery (SSR) images and data files of all other nodes in the network, saved to the disk pool via Samba.

From the reading I have done, it seems that the biggest performance conern is the number of active jobs on the NetBackup system -- in this case, I believe my number will be relatively low -- the plan is to run a weekly full and daily incremental -- even across 20 media servers, the number of simulatenous jobs will be low.

All of that said, does anyone see any major complications with this configuration? Anything I should prepare for now, or be on the lookout for?

The questions I have come up with so far:

1. I have been able to install the Master Server and a Media Server (both 7.5) with no issues, but I am not sure how to apply the 7.5.0.4 patch on Linux? I downloaded the update and expanded it, but I saw nothing of how to actually apply the update.

2. Since each Media Server will also be a client (for the locally attached disk pool), do I need to install the client package on the Media Server as well? Or does the Media Server installation contain the client as well?

I think that is all for now, I would like to thank everyone in advance -- I am sure there will be more questions as I move along.

Thanks!!

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revaroo's picture

As the media server will also be a client you do not need to install any other software.

Media server software automatically contains the binaries required for it to be a client.

As for not knowing how to install the 7.5.0.4 patch, show us what you have in your directory after it's unzipped.

 

 

Marianne's picture

As per 7.5.0.4 Download page: http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH194138

UNIX/Linux:

(REQUIRED)  NB_CLT_7.5.0.4-tar-split.1of3 (package 1 of 3)  provides fixes for NetBackup 7.5 for all UNIX/Linux/Mac clients.
(REQUIRED)  NB_CLT_7.5.0.4-tar-split.2of3 (package 2 of 3)  provides fixes for NetBackup 7.5 for all UNIX/Linux/Mac clients
(REQUIRED)  NB_CLT_7.5.0.4-tar-split.3of3 (package 3 of 3)  provides fixes for NetBackup 7.5 for all UNIX/Linux/Mac clients
www.symantec.com/docs/TECH194115

NetBackup Master/Media Server installations below require the Client packages above:

NB_7.5.0.4.linuxR_x86.tar provides fixes for NetBackup 7.5 master and media servers on x64 RedHatEnterprise Linux. 
www.symantec.com/docs/TECH194142 

 

These download links are also the installation READMEs.

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

Nicolai's picture

Two things I suggest you do:

Configure the Netbackup buffers: http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH1724 (see Data Buffer Size and Number of Data Buffers in the T/N)

Force each media server to write to it's STU:  

nbemmcmd  -changesetting -MUST_USE_LOCAL_DRIVE 1 -machinename {MEDIA_SERVER_NAME}

 

Assumption is the mother of all mess ups.

If this post answered your'e qustion -  Please mark as a soloution.

JustN's picture

So thanks to everyone for the assistance! It would appear that trial-and-error has turned out to be the most help, we are at 9 master server/clients and growing, hence the late reply.

As to the patching, another learning experience -- the client patch has to be uncompressed in the same folder as the actual NBU patch... Once I figured that out, the 7.5.0.4 patches were a breeze.

Nicolai:

Can you explain this a little more?
nbemmcmd  -changesetting -MUST_USE_LOCAL_DRIVE 1 -machinename {MEDIA_SERVER_NAME}

Marianne's picture

MUST_USE_LOCAL_DRIVE is designed to work where a bunch of SAN Media servers (Media servers only backing up themselves) are grouped in a single policy with Any Available selected in the Storage Unit field.
The EMM setting will ensure each media server backs up to its own STU.

If each SAN Media server is configured in own policy with own STU selected, no need to worry about this setting.

PS: You could have saved yourself a lot of time and headaches if you did what revaroo suggested on 20 Jan:

... show us what you have in your directory after it's unzipped.

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