Archive

Posts Tagged ‘Backup Exec’

How to perform a backup of NDMP Filers (NAS) with Backup Exec for Windows Servers

May 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Steps to back up an NDMP Filer

Stages:

      1. Installing the NDMP Option.
      2. Configuring the NDMP device.
      3. Backing up using the NDMP Option.

Stage 1: Installing the NDMP Option.

The NDMP (Paid) Option is installed locally on the media server as a separate add-on component of Backup Exec for Windows Servers to protect supported NAS devices. No files are copied to the NDMP device.

To install the NDMP Option on the local media server:

      1.  Go to Tools | License Keys & Installation | Next.
      2. On the welcome screen select “Local Install” option and click Next. (Figure 3)

Figure 3

      3. Enter the License Key for NDMP option and Click

Add

      and then click Next, Or  Simply click

Next

      to continue installation in Evaluation Mode. (Figure 4)

Figure4

      4. Select the NDMP option and Click Next as shown in Figure 5.

Figure 5

      5.
      Click Install to complete the installation process.

Stage 2:  Configuring the NDMP device.

In order for Backup Exec to back up NDMP resources, the NDMP service must be running on the NDMP device. The NDMP Service can be started by entering the following command on the NDMP device (accessed using telnet or the web interface or local login):

NDMPFILER> ndmpd on as shown in Figure 6.

Figure 6

The NDMP device must be configured to use the challenge (MD5) method for authentication by using the following command:

NDMPFILER> options ndmpd.authtype challenge  as shown in Figure 7.

Figure 7

To authenticate with the NDMP server you should use the root password or non-root user with system generated NDMP-specific password. To configure these and other settings, refer to your NAS documentation.

Note: Make sure NDMP Version on the Remote Filer is set to “Level -4”. If the level is below “4” then backup is not possible, However user can view the resources but can not expand , To check the NDMP Version,  type following command on the Filer.

ndmpd version as shown in Figure 8

Figure 8

To set the NDMP level to “4” type the following command on the Filer.

ndmpd version 4 as shown in Figure 9.

Figure 9

Stage 3: Backing up using the NDMP Option.

In order to use the NDMP option, a tape device must be attached to an NDMP device. The tape device can be attached directly to the NDMP device being backed up or to another NDMP device. The NDMP device being protected must be added to either NDMP Devices or User-defined Selections. The tape device attached to an NDMP device must be added to the list of Backup Exec devices.

If the users add a tape device attached to an NDMP device as a Backup Exec storage device, Backup Exec automatically adds the NDMP device to the backup selections list. If you want to protect an NDMP device that does not have a tape device attached, you can add the NDMP device just to the backup selections list.

Note: Only NDMP data can be backed up to the NDMP storage devices. A library should not be shared between a filer and a Media Server, because the machine that accesses the library first will have ownership of it, and the other machine won’t have access.  The duplicating of NDMP backup sets is also not supported.

Adding an NDMP storage device:

Adding a tape device attached to an NDMP device as a Backup Exec storage device also adds the NDMP device to the backup selection list.

To add an NDMP storage device:

      1. In the Backup Exec console, On the navigation bar, click Devices.
      2. In the task pane, under NDMP Tasks, click Add NDMP Server.
      3. In the Add NDMP Server dialog box, specify the NDMP Server, Port, Logon Account and whether the NDMP server supports ICMP ping operations as shown in Figure 10.

Figure 10:

      4. Click OK to add the NDMP server.
      5. After adding the NDMP server, restart Backup Exec services.

The NDMP device and the tape devices directly attached to it are now listed in the devices pane as shown in Figure 11 below.

Figure 11.

To backup NDMP resources:

      1. On the navigation bar, click the arrow next to Backup.
      2. Click New backup job.
      3. On the Properties pane, under Source, click Selections.
      4. In the backup selections tree, expand either NDMP Devices or User-defined Selections, depending on how the NDMP resource was added. If the NDMP resource was added as a storage device, it will be located in the NDMP Devices resource under Backup Exec Resources as shown in Figure 12.

Figure 12

Note: This node displays only if you have installed a licensed version of the NDMP Agent. You cannot select this node for backup. However, you can expand the node to view and select NetApp filers for backup

      5. Select the NDMP resource you want to back up.
      If you have not previously specified the logon account to use, the Logon Account Selection dialog box appears.
      6. Click New to add the account, or select it from the list and click OK.
      7. Select the entire NDMP device for backup or expand the resource and select individual volumes or directories to backup.

Note: Backup Exec allows you to browse to the individual file level ; however individual files cannot be selected for backup, only folder level selection is available but during restore file level selection is available.

      8. On the Properties pane, under Destination, click Device and Media.
      9. Select a storage device attached to an NDMP device from the Device drop down box.
      10. To select the NDMP backup job properties, on the Properties pane, under Settings, click NDMP.

11. Start the backup job or select other backup options from the Properties pane, and then start the backup job.

Advertisements
Categories: netapp Tags: , , ,

Basic’s on how to back up NetApp with Backup Exec (Linux focused)

May 9, 2011 Leave a comment
    • Log in as the administrator for Backup Exec. The details for this operation depend on the specific operating system on which Backup Exec is running. For example, on Linux, log in as user “root” and execute

      cd /opt/VRTSralus/bin

    • Identify the name of the NetApp device you want to use from the operating system’s point of view, and make a note of the name. The details for this operation depend on the specific operating system on which Backup Exec is running.

      For example, on Linux, execute

      mount

      and search for the line corresponding to the NetApp device in the output of “mount.” The result should be a mount point for a filesystem residing on the device, such as “/media/netAppFS3.” Consult with your system administrator if the choice is not obvious.

    • Start RALUS, the configuration interface for Backup Exec. The details for this operation depend on the specific operating system on which Backup Exec is running. For example, on Linux, execute

      ./ralus

    • Click “Media” on the RALUS navigation bar. Click “All media” to display all the available options. Select the NetApp device using the name you obtained for it in Step 2. Click “Media tasks,” then click “Associate with media set.” Select the media set to which this device should belong. Click “OK.” The new device is ready to be used in future backups.

Categories: netapp Tags: , ,