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NetVault 12.3 - Administration Guide

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
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
About user accounts About user and group privileges and presets Creating a user account Modifying a user account Deleting a user account Setting a user policy Using Secure Mode Using Presets User privileges Predefined Presets Integrating Active Directory with NetVault Backup Using Azure Active Directory as an identity provider
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 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
Common errors
NetVault Backup Service fails to start on Windows NetVault Backup Service fails to start after the machine is restarted NetVault Backup Service starts, but stops immediately on Linux Login fails after any change in the server IP address Unexpected behavior of NetVault Backup WebUI WebUI does not run in Compatibility View in Internet Explorer NetVault Backup installer fails during push installation VSS-based backup fails Modifying TCP/IP socket buffer size on Windows Restores using Data Copy savesets fail on clients running NetVault Backup 10.0.1 Restore fails on Itanium platforms if the index is larger than 2GB After upgrade, Data Copy and Consolidated backup job on Linux fails After upgrade, console error is displayed on WebUI pages Deployment task hangs on target Linux machine during push installation. Unable to add package store with hostname. Deployment task fails due to network configuration issues. Domain user is unable to login NetVault Backup Server if the workstation attribute is set. Domain user is unable to login NetVault Backup Server on Debian 9. Adding the target machine as a client fails, after successful push installation. Unable to install, uninstall or navigate catalog search page after manually uninstalling NetVault Backup Client Host. Unable to install, uninstall catalog search on client after NetVault Backup Server migration with the same or different server name External Azure AD user cannot add an external Azure AD user to NetVault Backup Server Failed to verify target Windows machine from a Linux-based NetVault Backup server
Safe Mode in NetVault Backup

Recommended additional reading

Quest NetVault Backup Installation Guide: This guide provides information about installing the NetVault Backup Server and Client software.
Quest NetVault Backup CLI Reference Guide: This guide provides information about using the NetVault Backup command-line utilities.
Quest NetVault Backup Plug-in for FileSystem User’s Guide: This guide provides information about installing, configuring, and using NetVault Backup Plug-in for FileSystem.
Quest NetVault Backup Built-in Plug-ins User’s Guide: This guide provides information about configuring and using the following plug-ins:
NetVault Backup Plug-in for Consolidation
Quest NetVault SmartDisk Installation/Upgrade Guide: This guide provides information about installing the NetVault SmartDisk software.
Quest NetVault SmartDisk Administrator’s Guide: This guide provides information about administering a NetVault SmartDisk instance.
Quest NetVault Backup Compatibility Guide: This guide provides information about the platforms, operating system versions, and application versions that are supported by NetVault Backup.

You can download these guides from https://support.quest.com/technical-documents.

Getting started

About deploying NetVault Backup

In a NetVault Backup setup, one machine is configured as the NetVault Backup Server and various other machines that you want to protect function as NetVault Backup Clients. A single server and its associated clients form a NetVault Backup Domain.

The following diagram depicts a NetVault Backup deployment.

About NetVault Backup components

A NetVault Backup deployment consists of the following components:

The NetVault Backup Server provides the core services for protecting your data.

The server provides services such as schedule management, job management, device management, media management, user management, notification management, and log management. The server administers backup and restore jobs for all assigned clients. Various types of physical and virtual storage devices can be locally attached to the server. The NetVault Backup Server can run on Windows and Linux operating systems.

The NetVault Backup Client is installed on machines that you want to protect using the NetVault Backup solution. These machines can be file servers, database servers, email servers, application servers, and workstations.

The NetVault Backup Clients are assigned to a NetVault Backup Server, which manages all data protection operations for the clients. A single server and its associated clients form a NetVault Backup Domain. A NetVault Backup SmartClient license is required to attach physical or virtual storage devices locally to a NetVault Backup Client.

The NetVault Backup Client can run on AIX, FreeBSD, HP-UX, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, and Windows operating systems.

The NetVault Backup Plug-ins are used to protect various applications and data stored on the server and client machines. There are two categories of NetVault Backup plug-ins: built-in plug-ins and licensed plug-ins.

The built-in plug-ins are packaged with the NetVault Backup software, and automatically installed on the respective machines when you install the NetVault Backup Server and Client software.

NetVault Backup offers the following types of built-in plug-ins:

NetVault Backup Plug-in for FileSystem (Plug-in for FileSystem): The Plug-in for FileSystem protects critical file system data, and minimizes downtime by allowing you to restore full volumes, individual partitions, or individual directories and files quickly and reliably with minimal interaction.
NetVault Backup Plug-in for Consolidation (Plug-in for Consolidation): The Plug-in for Consolidation lets you create a composite saveset by combining a Full Backup and its associated Incremental Backups. You can use this consolidated saveset as the base for subsequent Incremental Backups. The Plug-in for Consolidation does not back up data from a client; it just creates a composite set from existing savesets.
NetVault Backup Plug-in for Data Copy (Plug-in for Data Copy): The Plug-in for Data Copy lets you create one or more copies of backups for off-site storage and disaster recovery purposes. The Plug-in for Data Copy does not back up data from a client; it just creates a copy of an existing backup.
NetVault Backup Plug-in for Databases (Plug-in for Databases): The Plug-in for Databases protects system data (such as configuration files, system settings, backup indexes, backup media information, job schedule, license keys, and other data) stored in the NetVault Database. You can use this backup to recover a functional NetVault Backup Server after a failure.
NetVault Backup Plug-in for Raw Devices (Plug-in for Raw Devices): The Plug-in for Raw Devices protects data stored on physical disks. The plug-in lets you recover the Master Boot Record (MBR), system partitions, and individual user partitions from a point-and-click user interface without writing any complex scripts.
NetVault Backup Plug-in for Rapid Data Access (Plug-in for RDA): The Plug-in for RDA lets you use the client-side and inline deduplication capabilities that are available in other products, such as Quest DR Series system of deduplication appliances and software-defined Quest QoreStor storage devices (Linux only).

For more information about built-in plug-ins, see the Quest Plug-in for FileSystem User’s Guide and Quest NetVault Backup Built-in Plug-ins User’s Guide.

Licensed plug-ins

The licensed plug-ins are available as separate products, and installed on the NetVault Backup Server and Client machines to protect specific applications and appliances.

NetVault Backup offers the following types of licensed plug-ins:

Plug-ins for applications: These plug-ins provide data protection to business-critical applications, such as Oracle, SQL Server, Exchange, SharePoint, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Domino, DB2, Informix, SAP, and Sybase.
Plug-ins for NDMP-based NAS appliances: These plug-ins enable NDMP-based backups and restores for appliances that support this protocol. NetVault Backup also offers specialized plug-ins that integrate the NetApp SnapMirror, SnapVault, and Snapshot technologies to provide advanced data protection to NetApp appliances.
Plug-ins for virtual environments: These plug-ins provide data protection to virtual machines in VMware and Hyper-V environments.
Plug-ins for backup encryption: These plug-ins provide support for CAST-128, AES-256, and CAST-256 algorithms to meet regulatory backup security requirements.
Plug-ins for device integration: These plug-ins enable configuration of specialized tape libraries for use in a NetVault Backup environment.
Plug-ins for bare metal recovery: These plug-ins let you recover an entire system, including the operating system, applications, system settings, partition information, and data on supported Windows and Linux operating systems.

NetVault Backup also offers cluster-aware versions of various plug-ins that enable data protection for distributed data.

For more information about the licensed plug-ins, see the respective plug-in user’s guide.

NetVault Backup offers a web-based user interface, called the NetVault Backup WebUI, to configure, manage, and monitor your NetVault Backup system. You can use the NetVault Backup WebUI to perform various tasks such as the following:

You can access the NetVault Backup WebUI from any standard browser. You can use the WebUI to remotely administer a NetVault Backup Server from any system on which you can run a supported web browser and connect to the server over HTTP or HTTPS.

NetVault Backup also provides a Command Line Interface that allows you to configure and manage a NetVault Backup system from a command prompt window or terminal window.

You can use the NetVault Backup CLI utilities to perform various tasks such as the following:

The NetVault Backup command-line utilities can be accessed from the NetVault Backup Server and Client machines. For more information about the command-line interface, see the Quest NetVault Backup Command Line Interface Reference Guide.

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