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Vmware Backup host support

Created: 05 Sep 2012 • Updated: 29 Sep 2012 | 4 comments
Marc Jo's picture
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hi,

I need to configure a SAN backup for VMware Environment for which i have Sparc Solaris NBU Master server and Sparc solaris San Media Server with SSO. i understood from " netbackup_vmware_adminguide" backup host should be a SAN Media server for better performance. Since the VMware backup host has operating system restriction to non windows OS,  if i setup a backup host in windows VM , is it posible to perform a san backup of Vmware datastore through this Solaris SAN Media server. or i should have backup host and san media server in windows paltform.

Thanks

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Stuart Green's picture

Answer:

You should have backup host and san media server in windows platform.

But 7.5.0.3 does add SUSE Linux support now as the Vmware backup host.

EDIT: Relevant documents for reference below

Symantec NetBackup for VMware 7.5 Administrator's Guide

DOCUMENTATION: Support for NetBackup 7.x in virtual environments (updated May 31, 2012).

NetBackup 7.5.0.3 (NetBackup 7.5 Maintenance Release 3) is now available!

Tip: Get overview/document your NBU environment. Run 'nbsu' and review the output.

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Marc Jo's picture

thanks for you reply.

So i can have my "master server" in solaris and "San media server / backup host" in windows.

Sparc Solaris = Netbackup Master/Media server

Windows = Netbackup SAN Media server / VMware backup host

Correct me if my understanding is wrong.

Stuart Green's picture

That is correct.

And thereafter present all your Vmware datastores on your SAN to that Windows host as well as the ESX hosts.

Tip: Get overview/document your NBU environment. Run 'nbsu' and review the output.

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captain jack sparrow's picture

Would strongly recommend going through Abdul's Blog Series , it would make it alot easier

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/blogs/nuts...

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/articles/n...

Also on assigning those Data Stores to Backup host, we strictly rely on zoning , we do not want those LUNs to be initialized , or mounted

Below are the steps that we need to follow

Run Following syntax from Backup Host . Run CMD with administrative privileges

·         Diskpart automount disabled

o    Disabling automount would prevent Windows from automatically mounting any new basic volumes that are added to the system.

·         Diskpart automount scrub

o    Scrub would Removes volume mount point directories and registry settings for volumes that are no longer in the system. This prevents volumes that were previously in the system from being automatically mounted and given their former volume mount point(s) when they are added back to the system.

Above syntax must be executed prior to zoning is done. Also make note that above service are by default enabled in Windows 2k8 family, and they are restored back to default state after patch is applied. So we need to disabled them manually

·         Disable Virtual Disk Service

o    After zoning is done and LUNs are visible in Disk management as Basic Online with Healthy status , Disable Virtual Disk Service from Services console. This would prevent this LUNs being visible to others accessing Backup host

Hope above clears your doubts

 Cheers !!!

CJS