At Rubrik, we are focused on architecting a complete enterprise data management platform from data center to cloud. The Rubrik Alta 4.0 release furthered this vision by rounding out support for the key modern physical and virtual environments in the enterprise with Microsoft Hyper-V and Nutanix AHV support, instant recovery for SQL Server, native Oracle […]
Rubrik has been working with Microsoft’s solutions in various ways since version 2.3 with the initial support of Microsoft Azure as an archive location for long-term retention data. You can even argue the relationship started earlier than that with support for application consistent backups for Microsoft applications through our own VSS provider and requester (for […]
There was a time not so long ago when adopting the public cloud was considered too big of risk for the enterprise. Today, enterprises are seeing public cloud vendors as strategic partners and exploring new ways to leverage the innovation, agility, and scale of providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. However, enterprise […]
Continuation to my last post of protecting Nutanix AHV with Rubrik, once the VMs are protected by assigned SLA Domain, Rubrik job engine is going to hand over rest of tasks. The best part of the Rubrik interface I like the most is Google like search capabilities, you search the target like VMs, Folder, Clusters or files and folder to restore.
Search in VMs to get the VMs started, to protect or to restore..
The search will display if the VM is already protected by SLA Domain or unprotected, Select the protected VM,
which presents you a nice protection overview and let you take on demand snapshot of that VM. The view also presents you the oldest and latest snapshot, total number of snapshots and if any missed snapshots.
The calendar view is one of most impressive where you see little blue dot representing your snapshots per day, month or year calendar view.
To restore full VM click on the date you need with the little blue dot to take action, to browse the snapshot for files or export the full VM.
Select export to restore full VM and select the target,
Click Export, wait for the Notification bell (on top right) to ring, then go to Nutanix Prism and verify the restored virtual machine…. your another day saved.
But the best part is search, click browse or just search what you are looking for in Snaphots section.
select the file it will let you select the snapshot from which you need to restore or download the file.
Done.. but what about self-service restore..
Rubrik does support local users or Active Directory, in Setting wheel by clicking manage users, a local user can be created or AD Domain can be added.
create local user..
speficiy the name, email address and password.
Now Authorization has to be granted to that user from Grant Authorization
select End User and select the object to assign. The user can also be restricted from destructive restore, Clusters..
and continue.. the best part use search everywhere.. fantastico..
next select where the user is allowed to restore..
Now continue and Assign
Now if the user logged-in to Rubrik interface, only the assigned objects are visible to him,
and can do the restore of allowed objects..
Conclusion.. Now backup operators can have a long vacation.
How many times in your career have you tested something that totally blew you away? Your mind racing with use cases both past and present. The first VM you created? Check. Your first vMotion? Check. Your first storage vMotion? Check. But what next? I just found one to add to my list and its SQL…
In today’s complex and complicated world of data center there are few technologies that had created disruptions in traditional management and operations, Nutanix made its mark in compute and storage with simplicity along with virtualization with AHV. There is new player creating distruption in one of the key areas of your datacenter is Rubrik, with their simplistic approach in backup data management.
Rubrik, approaches the backup data management problem with scalable, distributed hyperconverge appliance instead of master/media/client model. With simplistic approach of Rubrik, there will be one more job role rest in selves is Backup Operators as the integrated self-service and automation will handover and give control to the application owner itself.
Recently Rubrik had released version 4.0 (Alta) with tons of features (I had shared the announcement earlier on my blog), one of key feature was support of Nutanix AHV. As the Nutanix AHV is getting more adaptions rate, Rubrik is sure going to add value to Nutanix in enterprise data center.
Recently I got opportunity to try the integration of Rubrik with Nutanix AHV as I already tested Rubrik with VMware vSphere it was just to added Nutanix Cluster and manage protection and good to go.. no more babysitting for backup solutions. Be gone days of adding clients, creating jobs, creating schedules, creating selection list.
So here it goes..
Nutanix Cluster should be AOS 5.1.x and above (with Rest API v3) and Rubrik 4.x (4.0.2 and above). Make sure Data IP address is already set in Nutanix Cluster.
Access Rubrik through IP address of any node, enter admin credentials to login to Rubrik.
Once you are logged in you are presented with a nice dashboard, showing all snapshot of protected/unprotected VMs and SLA statistics with realtime graphs and Brik status and disk utilization.
To start with Nutanix AHV, the Nutanix cluster has to be added by either left bar under Virtual Machines and AHV VMs or Settings wheel at right top corner and manage Nutanix Cluster.
Click Add cluster
Now we need some information from Nutanix cluster,
Enter FQDN or IP Address of Nutanix cluster, Nutanix Cluster UUID (to find UUID see below), Prism admin username and password and certificate.
Nutanix cluster UUID is in cluster details popup when clicked on cluster name
ncli cluster info
If the default certificate has been used then use below commands to get the certificate from any of Nutanix CVMs.
python import ssl print ssl.get_server_certificate (('<cluster_ip>', 9440),ssl_version=ssl.PROTOCOL_TLSv1)
Thanks to my fellow NTC Frederic Lhoest for commands.
Click Add.. So well Nutanix AHV cluster added now what..
You can go to all VMs, select / search for the VMs or select the full cluster and click Manage Protection
Select the SLA Domain you need or create SLA domain as per your requirement and you are good to go.
Rubrik is automatically manage and start backing up the VMs according to the SLA Domain.
Have a good nights sleep..
more to continue.. with backup, restore and self-service.
In my first post, I’d like to share some of the cool use cases for using Rubrik with Zerto. For the uninitiated, Zerto provides hypervisor-based replication and recovery automation across hypervisors and clouds. The solution delivers RPOs of seconds and RTOs of minutes. Zerto is the logical evolution of storage-based replication/CDP with separate orchestration solutions. Similarly, Rubrik…