As Nutanix AHV is getting more attention in enterprise data center it had started to get more recognition from supporting ecosystem. One of the most important support for any hypervisor is backup integration, although the native Data Protection are in most case fully sufficient a third-party backup solution is equally important to have improve adaptability in enterprises.
Within the core enterprise backup provider Veritas Netbackup was recently to onboard the hyperconverged journey into data center.
With the release of Veritas Netbackup 8.1, Parallel Streaming Framework (PSF) was introduced. PSF is an integration of distributed kind of workload like Hadoop, HBase etc, kind of bigdata or distributed application and obviously Nutanix platform which service multi-PBs of data. More about PSF is available here at Veritas Blog.
As this is first release of integration Veritas Netbackup is currently supporting full VM backups only and expected to support Nutanix change block tracking in upcoming release.
I appreciate Veritas Netbackup Product Management and Engineering Team who openly accepted my feedback and jumped immediately to address the concerns.
In the first blog i will go through the requirements about configuration of VM backups using Veritas Netbackup.
Requirements or can call as pre-requisites:
- Firstly Veritas Netbackup version 8.1 should be already installed and configured.
- Media server should be configured with backup target, tape volume pool or storage pool.
- Linux-based backup host with Nutanix AHV plugin installed, it can be Master, Media or a client (appliance is also supported). Currently backup host is supported on RHEL and SUSE Linux, although i had tested successfully on CentOS 7.4. The plug-in installation is straight forward and required no input or configuration, just extract the package downloaded from MyVeritas and install using command
- Make sure NFS client is already installed on backup host, try mount/unmount Nutanix container to verify.
- A Nutanix AHV cluster with version 5.1.x and above. I had tested with AOS 5.5 and AHV 20170830.58
- If you use the default selft-signed certificates from Nutanix, NetBackup may fail SSL validation. To disable SSL validations, edit the
nb_nutanix-ahv.conffile located on backup host in /usr/openv/netbackup and set the enable_ssl_validations to false.
- Nutanix cluster name is successfully able to resolve from master, media and backup host, unless you want to use IP address of Nutanix Cluster.
- Add backup host to Nutanix global whilelist.
- Add backup to VMware Access Host from Netbackup Console -> Host Properties – > Master Server -> Properties (Right Click or Double Click) -> VMware Access Host. Add the fqdn or shortname of backup host (i preer to add both). NOTE: Do not confuse with the name “VMware Access Host”.
- Add Nutanix cluster credentials to Netbackup, using Netbackup Console -> Media Device Management -> Credentials -> Virtual Machine Servers
Enter the name or IP address with username and password of Nutanix cluster. i would recommend to have a dedicated prism account for the purpose as using admin account will always trigger an alert in Prism when is used to call remote api.
Once the above prerequisites are verified we are good to create Nutanix AHV policy in next blog here.