Plan the MediaAgent Installation

For a successful installation, some careful planning is required to ensure that SnapProtect integrates seamlessly with your environment.

Use the following checklist to prepare the computer where the MediaAgent will be installed:

  • Verify System Requirements

    Make sure that the computer's operating system and hardware are supported by the MediaAgent. For more information, see System Requirements.
  • Verify License Requirements

    Based on the licensing mechanism used in your CommCell environment, verify that the CommCell has the required licenses to use the MediaAgent. For more information, see License Requirements.
  • Verify Requirements for Installation Environments

    If you plan to install the MediaAgent on a virtual machine, the virtual machine must be configured with fast-access storage media. Ensure that the CPU and memory resources recommended in System Requirements are always available for the virtual machine.

  • Determine the Role of Your MediaAgent

    The MediaAgent can have different roles. Determine which of the following roles are required in your environment, and review their respective requirements:

    Role Requirements
    MediaAgent as a Data Mover The MediaAgent computer must meet the requirements specified in System Requirements.
    MediaAgent to host the Deduplication database The MediaAgent computer must meet the requirements specified in Deduplication Building Block Guide.
    MediaAgent to host the Index Cache The MediaAgent computer must meet the requirements specified in Index Cache - Prerequisites.
    MediaAgent for Snap Copy The client computer where you want to perform IntelliSnap backups must meet the MediaAgent requirements specified in System Requirements.
  • Determine the Configurations that Meet Your Requirements

    Every environment has different requirements. Consider the following additional configurations and information prior to completing your installation planning:

    For Windows Computers

    • Install SnapProtect in a New Instance

      If SnapProtect is already installed on the computer, but your environment requires the MediaAgent in a separate instance, you can install the MediaAgent in a new instance. For more information, see Multi-Instance Installations.

    • Configure a Floating Host Name

      A floating host name is a virtual host name that is useful in those scenarios when the MediaAgent needs to be moved or changed at some point in time. For example, the floating name minimizes the downtime for failover operations when the MediaAgent undergoes a hardware refresh. For more information, see Configuring a Floating Host Name for the CommServe or MediaAgent Software.

    For UNIX Computers