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NetVault 11.3 - Administration Guide

Introduction Getting started Configuring clients Configuring storage devices Backing up data Managing policies Restoring data Managing jobs Monitoring logs Managing storage devices
Monitoring device activity Managing disk-based storage devices in table view Managing disk-based storage devices in tree view Managing tape libraries in table view Managing tape libraries in tree view Managing tape drives in table view Managing tape drives in tree view Adding shared devices
Managing storage media Managing user accounts Monitoring events and configuring notifications Reporting in NetVault Backup Working with client clusters Configuring default settings for NetVault Backup
About configuring default settings Configuring encryption settings Configuring plug-in options Configuring default settings for post-scripts Configuring default settings for Verify Plug-in Configuring Deployment Manager Settings Configuring Job Manager settings Configuring Logging Daemon settings Configuring Media Manager settings Configuring Network Manager settings Configuring Process Manager settings Configuring RAS device settings Configuring Schedule Manager settings Configuring Web Service settings Configuring Auditor Daemon settings Configuring firewall settings Configuring general settings Configuring security settings Synchronizing NetVault Time Configuring default settings for global notification methods Configuring the reporting utility Configuring NetVault Backup to use a specific VSS provider Configuring default settings using NetVault Configurator Configuring default settings using Txtconfig
Diagnostic tracing Using the deviceconfig utility NetVault Backup processes Environment variables Network ports used by NetVault Backup Troubleshooting

Other configuration utilities

You can also use the NetVault Configurator and Txtconfig utilities to customize default settings for the server and client machines.

NetVault Configurator provides a graphical user interface to customize various settings for the server and client machines. This utility is only available on Windows-based systems. You must be logged-in with Administrator privileges on Windows to use NetVault Configurator. For more information, see Configuring default settings using NetVault Configurator.

The Txtconfig utility provides a text-based interface to customize various settings for the server and client machines. This utility is available on all supported operating systems. The Txtconfig utility resides in the bin directory under the NetVault Backup installation directory. You must be logged-in with Administrator privileges on Windows and root user privileges on Linux and UNIX to use the Txtconfig utility. For more information, see Configuring default settings using Txtconfig.

Configuring encryption settings

Before you can start using the Plug-in for Standard Encryption or Plug-in for Advanced Encryption, you must configure the encryption settings, which specify the encryption algorithm and encryption key that you want to use. You can configure these settings from the Change Settings link.

The encryption plug-ins provide support for CAST-128, AES-256, and CAST-256 algorithms to meet regulatory backup security requirements. You can install these plug-ins on the NetVault Backup Server or Clients to perform encrypted backups for that machine. For more information about these plug-ins, see the Quest NetVault Backup Plug-in for Standard Encryption User’s Guide or Quest NetVault Backup Plug-in for Advanced Encryption User’s Guide.

To configure default settings for a NetVault Backup Client, click Client Settings. In the NetVault Backup Clients table, select the client, and click Next.
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Under Plugins, click Encryption, and configure the following settings.

Encrypt ALL Backups on this Client

Once the Plug-in for Standard Encryption or Plug-in for Advanced Encryption is installed on a client, you can do either of the following:

To enable encryption for all backups, select this check box. When you enable encryption for all backups, you cannot change the setting on a per-job basis.

For more information about performing job-level encryption, see Specifying additional options.

Encryption Key String

Type the string that serves as the encryption key for the NetVault Backup machine.

Different platforms allow varying characters and password lengths. We recommend that you use passwords of 32 characters or less. You can use characters from the following set: “A–Z”, “a–z”, “0–9”, and “_”. Key strings that do not conform to these specifications may work on one platform, but may be invalid in another environment.

Available Encryption Algorithms

Select the encryption algorithm that you want to use for backups and restores. Depending on the products that you have installed, the list includes the following options: CAST-128, CAST-256, and AES-256.

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Click Apply to apply the new settings and close the dialog box.

Configuring plug-in options

You can configure default settings for various built-in and licensed plug-ins from the Change Settings or Create Backup Job page. The plug-in configuration procedures are covered in the respective user guides.

This section includes the following topics:

Configuring default settings for Disk Devices Plug-in

The Disk Devices Plug-in is used to create Virtual Tape Libraries (VTLs). You can configure default settings for this plug-in from the Change Settings page.

To configure default settings for a NetVault Backup Client, click Client Settings. In the NetVault Backup Clients table, select the client, and click Next.
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Under Plugins, click Plugin Options. In the Plugin Options dialog box, under Disk Devices Plugin, configure the following options.

Allow disk libraries to have entry/exit ports

Virtual tape libraries do not have an entry/exit port by default.

To create Virtual Tape libraries that have entry/exit ports (EEPorts), select this check box.

Check available disk space before creating disk libraries

This check box is selected by default.

Before creating a VTL, NetVault Backup performs a disk space check to ensure that the target disk has sufficient space to accommodate the new VTL. On normal file systems you can use this feature to avoid errors during VTL creation.

When creating a VTL on a third-party deduplication appliance or compressed file system, you should disable this feature. To disable disk space checks for VTLs, clear this check box.

Free disk space margin to be used when calculating available disk space

During disk space checks, the free space required on the disk is calculated as follows:

Number of Slots * Media Capacity + <x>

<x> is the additional disk space considered for the following requirements:

The default value is 20MB. To change this requirement, type or select the new value.

Unit used to express the free disk space margin in

Type or select the unit used to specify disk space margin. The unit can be MB or GB. The default unit is MB.

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Click Apply to apply the new settings and close the dialog box.
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