Deployment on a Microsoft Cluster - Windows File System iDataAgent

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Skip this page if you are not installing this agent on a Microsoft cluster and proceed to the next page.

Steps involved in installing the File System Agent in a Clustered environment:

  1. Install the Software on Physical Nodes

  2. Configure the Cluster Group Client

    Configuration for a Scale-Out File Server

    Configuring the Cluster Group Client for Quorum Data

Before You Begin

System Requirements

Verify that the computer in which you wish to install the software satisfies the minimum requirements specified in System Requirements.

Network TCP Port Requirements

Review the Network TCP Port requirements specified in Network TCP Port Requirements.

License Requirements

Review the license requirements specified in License Requirements.

Download Software Packages

Download the latest SnapProtect® software using the Download Manager application. The Download Manager bundles an installation package from the SnapProtect components that you chose to download. Use the installation package to launch the software installer on a client computer.

See Download Manager - Getting Started for instructions on creating an installation package.

Several additional options are available for remotely installing the software from CommCell Console, refer to Install Software from the CommCell Console (Remote Install) for more information.

Install the Software on Physical Nodes

The software can be installed on the Physical nodes using one of the following methods:

Method 1 : Remote Installation Using CommCell Console

Use this procedure to install remotely on the physical nodes.

Method 2 : Interactive Installation

Use this procedure to Install the software on the physical nodes from the active node of a cluster group.

Method 1: Remote Installation Using CommCell Console

  1. Open CommCell Console:

    • Click Start and point to All Programs.
    • Click NetApp .
    • Click SnapProtect  Administrative Console.
  2. From the CommCell Browser, click Tools | Add/Remove Software | Install Software.

  3. Click Next.

  4. Click Next.

  5. Click Manually Select Computers.

    Click Next.

  6. Enter the fully qualified domain name of each of the physical computers (nodes) on which you want to install the software.

    Fully qualified domain name of each physical computer must be specified in a separate line.

    For example, if your cluster group is hosted on two nodes (physicalcomputer1 and physicalcomputer2), then specify as following:

    physicalcomputer1.mydomain.mycompany.com

    physicalcomputer2.mydomain.mycompany.com

    Click Next.

    • Make sure that the physical computers (active node and passive node) that you specify here are reachable from the CommServe computer.
    • Do not use space and the following characters when specifying the Host Name:

      \|`~!_@#$%^&*()+=<>/?,[]{}:;'"

     

  7. Choose one of  the following:

    • Click Next if you want to use the default cache location
    • Click Override Software Cache and specify a new location in the Software Cache box and then click Next

    • The software cache is the location from where the remote install program installs the software.
    • This screen will not appear if the remote cache is not configured. For more information, see Managing Cache - Remote Cache.

  8. Specify the User Name and Password of the Domain Administrator account to perform remote installs on the physical computers that you selected in step 6.

    Click Next.

    • The Domain Administrator account must have Administrator rights on all the physical computers that you selected in step 6.
    • Account information is required while performing remote installs for the first time on the physical computers. For subsequent remote installs on those physical computers, click Next without specifying the account information.

  9. Click File System.

    Click Next.

  10. Select one of the following:

    • From the Storage Policy to use list, select a storage policy, and then click Next.
    • From the Subclient Policy to use list, select a subclient policy, and then click Next.

    • If you want to add this computer to a client group, select a client group from the Available list and click Add >.
      This option will be displayed only if client groups are configured in the CommCell Console. For more information, see Client Computer Groups.
    • Select the Configure For Laptop Backups option to install Backup Monitor utility. This utility allows you to view the backup job summary from the client computer without opening the CommCell Console. See Monitor - Laptop User for more information.

    If you do not have a Storage Policy, the list will not be displayed. You can create a Storage Policy later using the steps described in the Configuring storage Policy section.

  11. Click Next.

    If necessary you can select optional settings. Click the Help button to get more information on the available options.

  12. Click Next.

    If necessary you can select optional settings. Click the Help button to get more information on the available options.

  13. Select one of the following:
    • If firewall configuration is not required, click Next.
    • If the physical computers and the CommServe are separated by a firewall, click There is Firewall between Client machine and CommServe.

    For firewall options and configuration instructions, see Firewall Configuration and continue with the installation.

  14. Select Immediate.

    Click Next.

  15. Click Finish.

    This screen will reflect the components you selected for install, and may look different from the example shown.

  16. You can track the progress of the job from the Job Controller window of the CommCell console.
    • From the Home menu, click Job Controller.

    • Once the job is complete, view the job details from the Admin Job History.

      • Right-click the <CommServe>, point to View and then click Admin Job History.
      • Click Select Install/Upgrade/Remove/Repair Software.
      • Click OK.

  • You can view the following by right-clicking the job:
    • Details of the job
    • Option to Resubmit the job
    • Events associated with the job
    • Logs associated with the job
    • Option to send the Logs associated with the job

After installing the software successfully on all the physical computers that host the cluster group, you must configure the Cluster Group Client from the CommCell Console. Use the steps described in the Configure the Cluster Group Client  section for configuring the Cluster Group Client.

Method 2 : Interactive Installation

  1. From the active node of the cluster group, log on to the physical computer as an Administrator or as a member of the Administrator group on that computer.

  2. Run SetupAll.exe from the installation package that was created using the Download Manager.
  3. Click I accept the terms in the license agreement.

    Click Next.

  4. Click Custom.

    Click Next.

  5. Click Select components to install on this computer and click Next.

  6. Expand File System, and then click File System.

    Click Next.

  7. Verify the default location for software installation.

    Click Next.

    If necessary, click Browse... to change the default location.

    • Do not install the software to a mapped network drive
    • Do not use the following characters when specifying the destination path: / : * ? " < > | #
    • It is recommended that you use alphanumeric characters only

  8. Click Install.

    The Summary on your screen should reflect the components you selected for install, and may look different from the example shown.

  9. Click Yes.

  10. Click Next.

  11. Select one of the following:

    • If firewall configuration is not required, click Next.
    • If this computer and the CommServe is separated by a firewall, click Configure firewall services.

    For firewall options and configuration instructions, see Firewall Configuration and continue with the installation.

  12. Enter the fully qualified domain name of the CommServe in the CommServe Host Name box.
    • Do not use space and the following characters when specifying the CommServe Host Name:

      \|`~!@#$%^&*()+=<>/?,[]{}:;'"

    Click Next.

  13. Enter the following:
    • The local (NetBIOS) name of the client computer is displayed in the Select a Client name list.

      If necessary you can also type a new (friendly) name for the client in this box. This name will be used in the CommCell and will also be displayed in the CommCell Console.

      Do not use spaces when specifying a new name for the client.

    • The default network interface name of the client computer is displayed if the computer has only one network interface (NIC card).

      If the computer has multiple network interfaces, select the interface name that is preferred for communication with the CommServe.

    Click Next.

    If a component is already installed on this computer, this screen will not be displayed; instead, the install program will use the same name as previously specified.

  14. The default port numbers used for CommCell communication are displayed. If necessary, you can modify the port numbers.

    For more information, see Network TCP Port Requirements.

    Click Next.

    This screen will not appear if the default port numbers are not used for CommCell communication.

  15. Select one of the following options:

    • If you do not want to disable Windows Firewall, click Next.
    • If you want to disable Windows Firewall for all profiles, click Yes, disable Windows Firewall for all profiles and then click Next.

  16. Select Add programs to the Windows Firewall Exclusion List, to add CommCell programs and services to the Windows Firewall Exclusion List.

    Click Next.

    This option enables CommCell operations across Windows firewall by adding CommCell programs and services to Windows firewall exclusion list.

    It is recommended to select this option even if Windows firewall is disabled. This will allow the CommCell programs and services to function if the Windows firewall is enabled at a later time.

  17. Select a Client Group.
    Click Next.

    This screen will not be displayed if Client Groups are not configured in the CommCell Console. For more information, see Client Computer Groups.

  18. Select one of the following:
    • Click Use Cell level Policy to inherit the global filter policy configuration set for the CommCell.
    • Click Always use Global Filters to apply the global filters policy to the default subclient regardless of the policy set for the CommCell.
    • Select Do not use Global Filters if you plan to define specific filters for the Agent.

    Click Next.

  19. Select a storage policy from the Storage Policy list.

    Click Next.

    • If you do not have a Storage Policy, the list will not be displayed. You can create a Storage Policy later using the steps described in the Configuring Storage Policy section.
    • Select the Configure for Laptop or Desktop Backup option to install Backup Monitor utility. This utility allows you to view the backup job summary from the client computer without opening the CommCell Console. See Monitor - Laptop User for more information.

  20. Click Yes.

    When you click Yes, the software automatically retrieves the list of nodes to which the current active node can failover.

  21. Select cluster nodes from the Preferred Nodes list and click the arrow button to move them to the Selected Nodes list.

    Once you complete your selections, click Next.

    The list of Preferred Nodes displays all the nodes found in the cluster; from this list, you are required to select the cluster nodes configured to host this cluster group server.

  22. Specify User Name and Password of the Domain Administrator account to perform the remote install on the cluster nodes you selected in the previous step.

    Click Next.

    The Domain Administrator user account that you specify here must have Administrator rights on all the cluster nodes that you selected in the previous step.

    The Installer tries to install the software on all the nodes (physical computers) that you selected in step 21.

    The progress of the remote install for the cluster nodes is displayed on the Remote Install Progress screen.

  23. Click Finish.

    If the software is not installed successfully on any of the passive nodes selected in step 21, or if any passive node is not available during the installation, a separate installation from the CommCell Console needs to be performed on that node in order to prepare it for a failover protection.

    For remote install instructions, see Remote Install.

  24. Click Finish.

After installing the software successfully on all the physical computers that host the cluster group, you must configure the Cluster Group Client from the CommCell Console. Use the steps described in the Configure the Cluster Group Client  section for configuring the Cluster Group Client.

Configure the Cluster Group Client

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the Client Computers node, point to New Client | Clustered Server and then click Windows Cluster.
  2. On the New Windows Cluster Client dialog box, specify the details of the cluster resource group that you want to protect to create the cluster group client.
    1. In the Client Name box, type a name for the resource group. The client name should have a unique name.
    2. In the Host Name box, type the fully qualified domain name of the resource group.

      The host name of the resource group should not be used by any existing client in your CommCell.

    3. Click Next.

    Examples

    For Windows 2008 servers, the resource groups are located under Services and Applications on the left pane of the Failover Cluster Manager.

    For Windows 2012 servers, the following image displays an example of the fully qualified domain name of a resource group in the Failover Cluster Manager.

  3. Review the cluster group information and click Finish.

    The Advanced Client Properties window is displayed.

    If the advanced client properties dialog box is not displayed automatically, open it manually: Right-click the <Cluster Group Client>, and then click Properties. Click Advanced in the Client Computer Properties dialog box.

  4. On the Cluster Group Configuration tab, do the following:
    • On the Node tab, from the Available list, select the physical computers (nodes) where you installed the necessary agents, and then click Add > to move the client to the Selected box.

      Note: All the Windows clients available in the CommCell are listed in the Available box.

    • On the Agents tab, from the Available box, select the agents you want to use in the cluster group client, and then click Add > to move the agent to the Selected box.
  5. On the Job Configuration tab, in the Job Results Directory box, type or click Browse to specify the path for the job results directory in the cluster group client.

    • The Job Results Directory must reside on a shared clustered drive.
    • In the case of MediaAgent and ContinuousDataReplicator, the Job Result directory path will be used for both the Index Cache and CDR Log directories respectively unless another directory location is provided.

  6. Click OK twice.

    The cluster group client is successfully created.

Configuration for a Scale-Out File Server

  1. On one of the cluster nodes, expand Server Manager > Local Server > Tools > Failover Cluster Manager.
  2. In the Roles window, right click the scale-out role, point to Add Resource > More Resources and click IP Address.
  3. In the New IP Address properties dialog box, specify the following selections:
    1. In the Name box, enter the name of the IP address.
    2. In the Network list, click the appropriate subnet network.
    3. In the IP Address area, click Static IP Address and in the Address box enter the IP address.

      Make a note of the IP address you entered.

    4. Click the Dependencies tab.
    5. On the Dependencies tab, click Insert and in the Resource list, click scale-out file server.

      The configuration is replicated to the other cluster node.

  4. Log on to the CommServe computer.
  5. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the Client Computers node, point to New Client > Clustered Server, and then click Windows Cluster.

  6. In the New Windows Cluster Client dialog box, specify the details of the cluster resource group that you want to protect to create the cluster group client.
    1. In the Client Name box, type a name for the resource group. The client name should have a unique name.
    2. In the Host Name box, enter the static IP address that you noted.

      Remember: Do not use the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) or Domain Name System (DNS).

    3. On the Advanced Client Properties dialog box, click the Cluster Group Configuration tab.
      • All the Windows clients that are available in the CommCell will be listed in the Available list. Select the physical computers (nodes) where you installed the necessary Agents from the Available list, and then click Add > to move the client to the Selected list.
      • Select the Force Sync configuration on remote nodes check box.
      • Click the Agents tab.
        Select the Agents you want to use in the cluster group client from the Available list and click Add > to move the Agent to the Selected list.

      If the client computer properties dialog box is not displayed automatically, then you need to open it manually: Right-click the  <Cluster Group Client>, and then click Properties. Click Advanced on the Client Computer Properties dialog box. Click the Cluster Group Configuration tab on the Advanced Client Properties dialog box.

  7. Click the Job Configuration tab.
  8. On the Job Configuration tab, type or click Browse to specify the path for the Job Results Directory in the cluster group client.

    Ensure that the Job Results Directory resides on a cluster shared volume.

  9. Click OK.

    The scale-out file server is now configured.

Configure the Cluster Group Client for Quorum Disks

  1. To back up the data on the Quorum disk, make sure that you create a virtual client in the CommCell Console with the cluster client name.

  2. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the Client Computers node, point to New Client | Clustered Server and then click Windows Cluster.

  3. On the New Windows Cluster Client dialog box, specify the details of the cluster resource group that you want to protect to create the cluster group client.
    1. In the Client Name box, type a name for the cluster. Make sure that you provide same name as the cluster client name.
    2. In the Host Name box, type the fully qualified domain name of the resource group.

      The host name of the resource group should not be used by any existing client in your CommCell.

    3. Click Next.

  4. Review the cluster group information and click Finish.

    The Advanced Client Properties window appears.

  5. On the Advanced Client Properties dialog box, click the Cluster Group Configuration tab.
    • All the Windows clients that are available in the CommCell will be listed in the Available list. Select the physical computers (nodes) where you installed the necessary Agents from the Available list, and then click Add > to move the client to the Selected list.
    • Click the Agents tab.
      Select the Agents you want to use in the cluster group client from the Available list and click Add > to move the Agent to the Selected list.

    If the client computer properties dialog box is not displayed automatically, then you need to open it manually: Right-click the  <Cluster Group Client>, and then click Properties. Click Advanced on the Client Computer Properties dialog box. Click the Cluster Group Configuration tab on the Advanced Client Properties dialog box.

  6. Click the Job Configuration tab.

    Type or click Browse to specify the path for the Job Results Directory in the cluster group client.

    • Ensure that the Job Results Directory resides on a shared clustered drive.
    • In the case of MediaAgent and ContinuousDataReplicator, the Job Result directory path will be used for both the Index Cache and CDR Log directories respectively unless another directory location is provided.

    Click OK.

  7. Click OK.

    The cluster group client is successfully created.

    You can start performing backup and recovery operations using the default subclient for this cluster client. For more information on backing the default subclient, see Backup - Windows File System iDataAgent.

Configuring Storage Policy

If you do not have a Storage Policy created, use the following steps to create a storage policy:

To create a storage policy, you must have a configured library in the CommCell.

Disk Library Creation

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Storage Resources, right-click the Libraries, point to Add and then click Disk Library...

    Alternatively, you can also navigate to MediaAgents, right-click <MediaAgent>, point to All Tasks | Create Library and then click Disk Library...

  2. From the Add Disk Library dialog box, specify the following:
    • In the Name box, specify name of the disk library.
    • From the MediaAgent list, select the MediaAgent.

    Perform one of the following:

    • Select Local Path if you wish to specify a local path in the MediaAgent computer.

      In the Disk Device box, type the name of the folder in which the disk library must located or click button to select the folder.

    • Select Network Path, if you wish to specify a network path as the target share.

      In the Connect As box, type the user name.

      In the Password and Verify Password box, type the password to access the network share.

      In the Folder box, type the mount path or click button to select a mount path.

    • Click OK.
  3. The newly created disk library will be displayed under Libraries node.

Storage Policy Creation

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Policies.
  2. Right-click the Storage Policies and then click New Storage Policy.
  3. Follow the prompts displayed in the Storage Policy Wizard. The required options are mentioned below:
    • Select the Storage Policy type as Data Protection and Archiving and click Next.
    • Enter the name in the Storage Policy Name box and click Next.
    • From the Library list, click the name of a disk library to which the primary copy should be associated and then click Next.

      Ensure that you select a library attached to a MediaAgent operating in the current release.

    • From the MediaAgent list, click the name of a MediaAgent that will be used to create the primary copy and then click Next.
    • For the device streams and the retention criteria information, click Next to accept default values.
    • Review the details and click Finish to create the Storage Policy.

Additional Installation Methods

Remote Install

Deploy the software from CommCell Console on multiple clients.