Chat now with support
Chat with Support

NetVault 12.3 - Administration Guide for Managed Service Providers

Introduction Getting started Configuring clients Managing catalog search Configuring storage devices Backing up data Managing policies Restoring data Managing NetVault Backup dashboard Managing jobs Monitoring logs Managing storage devices
Role-based access to manage storage devices Monitoring device activity Managing disk-based storage devices in list view Managing disk-based storage devices in tree view Managing the Snapshot Array Manager Managing tape libraries in list view Managing tape libraries in tree view Managing tape drives in list view Managing tape drives in tree view Adding shared devices
Managing storage media Managing user and group accounts Managing Tenant 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 the reporting utility Configuring NetVault Backup WebUI default settings Configuring NetVault Backup to use a specific VSS provider Configuring default settings using Txtconfig
Diagnostic tracing Managing diagnostic data Using the deviceconfig utility NetVault Backup processes Environment variables Network ports used by NetVault Backup Troubleshooting

Setting client description

You can use the following procedure to set a description for a client. Client description can help you determine the location of the client or the role of the machine.

In the NetVault Backup Clients table, select the applicable client, and click Manage.
On the View Client page, under the Client Summary area, you can view the client description.
To set or change the client description, click the Edit icon. In the Edit Description dialog box, type a descriptive text for the client.
Click Save to save the details and close the dialog box.

Installing plug-ins

NetVault Backup offers a selection of add-on plug-ins that you can install on the server and client machines to protect application-specific data. You can install the plug-ins simultaneously on multiple machines by using the configuration wizard. Alternatively, you can install a plug-ins on a single client from the Manage Clients page.

The following sections describe the different procedures that you can use to install the NetVault Backup plug‑ins:

Role-based access to install plug-ins

Using push installation




From manage clients page




On Windows-based and Linux-based machines, only MSP administrator can use the push installation method to install the plug-ins on several machines at the same time. You can perform push installations from the NetVault Backup WebUI.

Before you start the push installation procedure, verify that the following requirements are met:

Copy the packages to a shared location: Copy the client and plug-in packages to a shared location. Only CIFS shares are currently supported as package stores. The path must be accessible to the NetVault Backup Server and all target machines where you want to install the packages.
Configure a package store in NetVault Backup: After copying the installation packages, configure the shared location details in NetVault Backup. For more information, see Configuring a package store.
In the Navigation pane, click Guided Configuration, and then on the NetVault Configuration Wizard page, click Install Software/Add Clients.
On the Machines to Be Added as Clients page, select Install Software.
In the Select Packages for Deployment window, select the installation packages that you want to use.
For NetVault Backup plug-in packages, expand Select plug-in packages, and then select the appropriate “.npk” binary file that you want to use.
Click Apply.
On the Machines to Be Added as Clients page, next to Machines, click the add (+) drop-down list, and select a method for adding the deployment targets.
On the NetVault Machine Details tab, select the client that you want to add, and click OK.
Click Verify to ensure connectivity to the clients. If any errors are reported, click Edit, and modify the applicable installation parameters.
To submit the task, click Install Software/Add Clients.

From the Manage Clients page, you can install a plug-in on a single client.

In the NetVault Backup Clients table, select the client on which you want to install the plug-in, and click Manage.
Click Choose Plug-in File, and in the browse window, navigate to the location of the “.npk” installation file for the plug-in (on the installation CD or the directory to which the file was downloaded from the website).

Checking for upgrades

Use this procedure to check whether there are upgrades available for the NetVault Backup Core or plug-in packages.

Below the NetVault Backup Clients table, click Check Upgrades.

User Name

Enter the user name for the NetVault Backup installation.


Enter the password for the NetVault Backup installation.

Save Credential

Optional. Select this option to save the credentials for the installation.

Package Store

Select the package store where the packages that can be upgraded are available.

Task Name

Optional. Enter a name for the upgrade task. The default name uses the date and time of the task.


Use this option to find a specific client that you want to upgrade.

In the Enter credentials dialog box, enter the user name and password for the client, optionally select Save Credentials, and then click OK.
Click Verify to check connectivity to the clients. If any errors are reported, click Edit, and modify the applicable installation parameters.
Related Documents