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NetVault 12.4 - Administration Guide for Managed Service Providers

Introduction Getting started Configuring clients Managing catalog search Configuring storage devices
About storage devices SAN considerations Quest DR Series systems Quest QoreStor NetVault SmartDisk EMC Data Domain Systems Snapshot Array Manager Virtual Tape Libraries Virtual standalone drives Shared Virtual Tape Libraries Physical tape devices Storage tiers
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
Common errors 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 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

Getting started

About deploying NetVault Backup

In a NetVault Backup setup, one machine is configured as the NetVault Backup Server and the other machines are configured as NetVault Backup Client. The Active Directory must be integrated with NetVault Backup Server and the Active Directory service must always be available. Integrating Microsoft Active Directory (AD) with NetVault Backup enables role-based access control in NetVault Backup, where the NetVault Backup Server must be in the 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 tenants data.

The server provides services to tenants in an isolated environment such as schedule management, job management, device management, media management, user management, notification management, and log management. Various types of physical and virtual storage devices can be locally attached to the server. MSP provides all these services in an isolated environment.

The NetVault Backup Server can run on Windows and Linux operating systems.

The Managed Service Provider is supported on both Linux and Windows Pure 64 bit NetVault Backup Servers.

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. In MSP environment, the tenants NetVault Backup client communicates with NetVault Backup Server and devices, through secure channel (VPN).

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 add-on 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.

Add-on plug-ins

The add-on 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 add-on 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 add-on 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.

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