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DR Series Software 4.0.3.1 - Administration Guide

Introducing the DR Series system documentation Introducing the DR Series system Setting up the DR Series system Configuring the DR Series system settings Managing containers Managing replications Monitoring the DR Series system Using GlobalView Configuring and using Rapid NFS and Rapid CIFS Configuring and using Rapid Data Access with NetVault Backup and with vRanger Configuring and using RDA with OST
Understanding RDA with OST Guidelines Terminology Supported RDA with OST software and components Best Practices: RDA with OST and the DR Series System Setting client-side optimization Configuring an LSU Installing the RDA with OST plug-in Configuring DR Series system information using NetBackup Backing up data from a DR Series system with NetBackup Using Backup Exec with a DR Series system (Windows) Understanding the OST CLI commands Understanding RDA with OST Plug-In Diagnostic Logs Collecting diagnostics by using a Linux utility Guidelines for gathering media server information
Configuring and using VTL Configuring and Using Encryption at Rest Support, maintenance, and troubleshooting Supported Ports in a DR Series system About us

iSCSI

iSCSI or Internet Small Computer System Interface is an Internet Protocol (IP)-based storage networking standard for storage subsystems. It is a carrier protocol for SCSI. SCSI commands are sent over IP networks by using iSCSI. It also facilitates data transfers over intranets and to manage storage over long distances. iSCSI can be used to transmit data over LANs or WANs.

In iSCSI, clients are called initiators and SCSI storage devices are targets. The protocol allows an initiator to send SCSI commands (CDBs) to the targets on remote servers. It is a storage area network (SAN) protocol, allowing organizations to consolidate storage into data center storage arrays while providing hosts (such as database and web servers) with the illusion of locally attached disks. Unlike traditional Fibre Channel, which requires different cabling, iSCSI can be run over long distances using existing network infrastructure.

iSCSI is a low-cost alternative to Fibre Channel, which requires dedicated infrastructure except in FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet). Note that the performance of an iSCSI SAN deployment can be degraded if not operated on a dedicated network or subnet

The VTL container type is designed to work seamlessly with the iSCSI protocol. For details, see the topic, Creating Storage Containers.

Fibre channel

Fibre Channel (FC) is a high-speed network technology primarily used to connect computer data storage to servers in storage area networks (SAN) in enterprise storage. Fibre Channel networks are known as a Fabric because they operate in unison as one big switch. Fibre Channel mainly runs on optical fiber cables within and between data centers. Virtual tape libraries (VTLs) can ingest data over a Fibre Channel interface, which enables seamless integration with many existing backup infrastructures and processes. 

The DR Series system VTL container type is designed to work seamlessly with the FC interface. With FC, the DR Series system can direct attach to NAS filers or Fibre Channel switches and supports SAN devices.

A FC VTL container on a DR Series system supports multiple initiators, making it possible for the VTL to be shared across multiple clients of a Data Management Application (DMA).

VTL and DR Series specifications

This topic describes key specifications of VTL support in the DR Series hardware systems.

Supported VTL Types — The DR Series system supports two types of virtual tape libraries.
NOTE: Refer to the documentation for your specific DR Series system, which includes DMA best practices whitepapers and the latest DR Series System Interoperability Guide, for a complete list of the supported DMAs. Visit the following site and select your specific DR Series system to download documentation: support.quest.com/dr-series.
Number of Tape Drives — Each tape library contains 10 tape drives of the type IBM-LTO-4 (‘ULT3580-TD4’)
Tapes or Media Sizes— Each library initially is created with 60 slots housing 60 tape media of the default size of 800GiB, which is the equivalent of an LTO4 tape.

You can add additional tapes to the library as needed by editing the container in the GUI or by using the following CLI command:

vtl --update_carts –-name <name> –-add --no_of_tapes <number>

NOTE: For more information about using the CLI, see the DR Series System Command Line Interface Reference Guide.

A library can only contain tapes of the same size. For example, if the library is originally created with 10 tapes of size 10GiB, additional tapes of size 10GiB can only be added.

Tapes of the following capacity are supported:

Tape

Size

Max number of slots supported

LTO-4

800GiB

2000

LTO-4

400GiB

4000

LTO-4

200GiB

8000

LTO-4

100GiB

10000

LTO-4

50GiB

10000

LTO-4

10GiB

10000

Maximum Number of DMAs or Initiators Supported — A tape library can be accessed by one DMA or iSCSI initiator at a time.

Note: A Fibre Channel (FC) VTL container on a DR Series system supports multiple initiators, making it possible for the VTL to be shared across multiple clients of a DMA.

Guidelines for configuring VTL

The overall steps and recommended guidelines for using and configuring a virtual tape library (VLT) with the DR Series system are described below.

Determine the following before creating a container of type VTL.

Identify the Data Management Application (DMA) that you will be using to back up data. Refer to the DR Series System Interoperability Guide for a complete list of the supported DMAs.
For the NDMP protocol, determine the filer that will be backed up using NDMP Refer to the DR Series System Interoperability Guide for a list of the supported Filers and Operating systems.

Refer to the DR Series system documentation, which includes best practices whitepapers for the supported DMAs for your specific DR Series system at: support.quest.com/dr-series

Refer to the topics, Creating Storage Containers and Creating a VTL Type Container, for detailed instructions about creating containers. Refer to the DR Series System Command Line Interface Guide for details about the CLI commands for creating containers.

Refer to the DR Series System Command Line Reference Guide for more details about using these commands.

You can easily check that the library has been created and is available for use by using the following commands.

container --show –verbose

See the DR Series system documentation, which includes DMA best practices whitepapers for your specific DR Series system at:

support.quest.com/dr-series.

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