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Media server installation 7.1

Created: 11 Jan 2013 • Updated: 14 Jan 2013 | 10 comments
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we are creating a new enviroment for our existing netbackup running on 6.5. the plan is to set-up the new environment and then gradually migrate all the backups and client to the new enviroment. with the old one in place. the new enviroment has 1 master server clustered, 6 media servers. theyre going to run 7.1.

now the questino is, the master isnt ready yet, can i install the media server first? i know in the documentation and best practices its not recommended. but i know the master server virtual name and ip and emm server is going to be the same master. can i proceed further? os on all is rhel 6.1.

i will pop up followon questions if i have any..

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Marianne's picture

You should be able to install software, but you won't be able to configure anything. All config is done and stored on the master.
You wil have an unusable server until you have a functioning master server.

I would wait until the master is in place. Media server software installation takes about 5 minutes.

Please consider installing NBU 7.5 rather than 7.1.

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16ris10's picture

 ok, taking your suggestion am installing 7.5 on the media server. my manager wants me to do something and not just sit idle. ive already told him that master has to be installed first now what should i do? i was thinking of installing the media server software and satifying his ego, and then when the master is ready, i can un-install media(delete /usr/openv/), install master and then media servers.

ok one thing i forgot to ask at that time which i couldnt rememebr. what about the new tape library and robot stuff like devices. is that configured after the installation of the software?

moreover, in the receipt of the purchase of the software of 7.5 i see two license keys, which one to enter for the media server? isnt there only one key?

Will Restore's picture

Is one key shorter length?  If so, could be for OpsCenter.

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16ris10's picture

both are same. i tired both but only one worked. earlier both were not working, although when i was copy-pasting the keys or manually entering them, i checked what i entered multiple times, they were all correct. may be due to copy paste but even after typing the keys it werent taking untill i registered on symantec's portal (not sure though if this made the keys  worked). but eventually one key worked the first one of the two. both were of equal length.

16ris10's picture

when i enter the name of the virtual name of the master, does it have to be FQDN or just master-virtual would do?

Will Restore's picture

I prefer shortname so if domainname changes later you don't need  to bring in Symantec consulting to migrate the system.

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16ris10's picture

although i have used fqdn for one installation i did last week, but i will remove or for the other media server installatinos, i would use the short names. thank you.

16ris10's picture

the problem with 7.5 is, we would have to go with the suported "scv ahfs" [read backwards] which is 5.1 and not the latest 6.0.2. how good is rhel clustering solution when working with nbu 7.5?

Marianne's picture

About your licensing question:

"i see two license keys, which one to enter for the media server? isnt there only one key?"

Please share description of the keys. Media server also needs Enterprise Server license key - same as Master. Is there a difference in OS for the keys? Or maybe tier difference? The machine with higher CPU count will need license for higher tier.

About VCS support - see latest Cluster Compatibility List: http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH126902 
Version 6 is supported for most OS's.

what about the new tape library and robot stuff like devices. is that configured after the installation of the software?
 

You can zone it to media server so long and ensure OS can see devices. 

when i enter the name of the virtual name of the master, does it have to be FQDN or just master-virtual would do?

Enter shortname for virtual hostname. If you want to use FQDN, add EMM alias.

To prepare for clustered NBU master install, read through VCS section of 

Use these docs to prepare your own tasklist and Cluster Worksheet. This should impress your manager! wink

i can un-install media(delete /usr/openv/),

NBU software is no longer uninstalled by just deleting /usr/openv - see appropriate uninstall commands in NBU Installation Guide.

Please see Handy NBU Links in my signature for links to all NBU 7.5 manual, Master Compatibility List, etc. Download all relevant docs so long.

Hope we have now answered all your questions?

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16ris10's picture

all the mdeia and master have same OS, and am pretty sure they got for the same OS only. but yes you may be right here about the tier'ing part. master is clustered and media have better performance credentials.

maryanne - vcs 6 is not supported on nbu 7.5 yet in clustered enviroment. checked sort and everything. even installatino of 5.1 is giving a lot of problems.

yes i can see a medium changer (robot), tape library(sequential access), disk array(direct access).

alright, although i have used fully qualified for one, but would remove and redo the installation with short name.

yes, thanks for the confirmation. i was checking the uninstallation of nbu, and there are so many things to remove for a complete removal of the software.

yes you have. you're the best.. thanks.. :)