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How to use Commvault on QNAP NAS to manage and back up data?

Introduction & Feature

QNAP NAS is compatible with Commvault and we provide enterprise-level cross-platform backup as a beneficial data backup solution. You can directly run backup software on QNAP NAS by installing Commvault using Virtualization Station to enjoy the following benefits:

  1. Use QTS to easily deploy virtual machines (VM) and centralize backup data. This can save server resources. Using SSD RAID is recommended for the highest performance.
  2. Incremental backup, data management, deduplication, quick restoration and other enterprise-level backup features are available.

This tutorial covers the basic steps to deploy Commvault on QNAP NAS and to connect multiple NAS as MediaAgents to backup data. For more information regarding Commvault, please refer to their website.
The structure and operating systems used in this tutorial:
CommServe: A VM on NAS 1 with Windows Server 2012.
MediaAgent: A VM on NAS 2 with Windows Server 2012.
File System Agent: A PC with Windows 10.
Note: You can also use only one NAS/server as both CommServe and MediaAgent.

Before you start

1. Install CommServe

After installing Windows Server 2012 on the VM that will host CommServe, log into the VM with administrator privileges, and run CommVault’s installation package "SetupAll.exe".

Read through and agree to the terms of the license and click "Next".

Install the software based on your requirements. The standard installation is used in this tutorial as an example.

Select "Create a New CommCell" and click "Next".

In this example, CommServe and MediaAgent will be installed on two different VMs, so MediaAgent is unchecked. If you want to install CommServe and MediaAgent on the same VM, check "MediaAgent" and click "Next".
The Windows File System iDataAgent will be automatically installed. If you want to back up other databases or have other requirements, please select the corresponding packages.

Choose a location to install the software and click "Next".

Click "Install".

If you do not want to disable the firewall click "Next". Otherwise, select "Yes, disable Windows Firewall for all profiles" and click "Next".

Check the location that when you use some advanced features (such as deduplication) the data will be stored to, and click "Next".
We strongly recommend creating the VM on an SSD RAID to ensure the highest performance.

Select "Create a New Database" and click "Next".

Set the CommCell Console username and password and click "Next".

Choose whether you want to create a software cache and click "Next".

Select "Yes" to finish the configuration. If you want it to run in the background, select "No".

Select "Finish".

2. Install MediaAgent

These steps can be skipped if CommServe and MediaAgent have been created on the same VM.

After installing Windows Server 2012 on the VM that will host MediaAgent, log into the VM with administrator privileges, and run CommVault’s installation package "SetupAll.exe". Install the software based on your requirements. The standard installation is used in this tutorial as an example.

Select "Join an Existing CommCell" and click "Next".

Check "MediaAgent". If you want to back up other databases or have other requirements, please select the corresponding packages.

Check the location to install the software and click "Next".

If there is a firewall between your server and CommServe, configure the corresponding settings and click "Next".

Enter the IP address of your CommServe, and click "Next".

Name your device and click "Next".

If you do not want to disable the firewall click "Next". Otherwise, select "Yes, disable Windows Firewall for all profiles" and click "Next".

If "Force per-client certificate authentication on CommServe" is enabled, configure the relevant settings. Otherwise, skip this step and click "Next".

As no settings have been changed on CommServe, skip this step and click "Next".

Click "Finish".

3. Install Microsoft Windows File System iDataAgent

These steps demonstrate how to backup a PC to QNAP NAS using Commvault.
First, run CommVault’s installation package "SetupAll.exe" and install the software based on your requirements. The standard installation is used in this tutorial as an example.

Select "Join an Existing CommCell" and click "Next".

Check "File System Core", "File System", and click "Next". If you have other advanced backup requirements (such as Hyper-V or MSSQL) please select the corresponding packages.

Check the location to install the software and click "Next".

If there is a firewall between your server and CommServe, configure the corresponding settings and click "Next".

Enter the IP address of your CommServe and click "Next".

Name your device and click "Next".

If you do not want to disable the firewall click "Next". Otherwise, select "Yes, disable Windows Firewall for all profiles" and click "Next".

If "Force per-client certificate authentication on CommServe" is enabled, configure the relevant settings. Otherwise, skip this step and click "Next".

As no settings have been changed on CommServe, skip this step and click "Next".

Click "Finish".

4. Configure CommVault

4.1 Open the CommCell Console

Open the CommCell Console on any machine where CommServe is installed, and you will see CommServe, File System iDataAgent and MediaAgent on the list. If your MediaAgent is "offline", right click on the MediaAgent, select "Properties", and go to the "Control" tab for more information.

4.2 Configure storage and locations

Go to "Storage Resources" > "Libraries", and right click on "Libraries". Select "Add" > "Disk Library".

Name your Disk Library, select a MediaAgent, and select a path to store data. You can select "Local Path" to choose a mapped iSCSI LUN as the restore destination. Click "OK".

You can see the location you configured in "Storage Resources" > "Libraries".

4.3 Create a Subclient to define the data that will be backed up

Go to "Client Computers" > "your client" > "File System" > "defaultBackupSet", and right click on "defaultBackupSet ". Select "All Tasks" > "New Subclient".

Name your Subclient.

Go to the "Content" tab and click "Browse".

Select the files/folders to back up, click "Add", then click "Close". To back up an entire PC, select all of its drives. In this example we select "C:" and "D:"

Go to the "Storage Device" tab and click "Create Storage Policy".

Click "Next".

Name the storage policy and click "Next".

Select the Library that you created in the previous steps and click "Next".

Select the MediaAgent you created as the provider of computing resources for the backup missions and click "Next".

Click "Next".

Check "Yes" to enable deduplication. If deduplication is enabled, the QNAP NAS hosting the MediaAgent will perform the deduplication.

Select the MediaAgent to store the deduplication data and a location, then click "Next".

Review your settings and click "Finish".

Click "OK".

Schedules for different backup missions will be covered in the following steps, so you can select "Do Not Schedule" and click "OK".

4.4 Configure schedule

Go to "Policies" > "Schedule Policies", and right click on "Schedule Policies". Select "New Schedule Policy".

Name the schedule and select an appropriate agent type. Click "Add" to create tasks.

Go to the "Associations" tab, select clients to create an association and click "OK".

4.5 Start backing up data

Go to "Client Computers" > "Your client" > "File System", select "defaultBackupSet", right click on the Subclient, and select "Backup".

Select the backup type and schedule. In this tutorial, an immediate full backup is used as an example. Click "OK".

You can see the backup progress and detailed information in "Home" > "Job Controller".

4.6 Restore

Go to "Client Computers" > "Your client" > "File System", and select "defaultBackupSet". Then right click on the Subclient and select "Browse and Restore".

Click "View Content".

Check the files/folders to restore, and click "Recover All Selected".

Uncheck "Overwrite Files" and "Restore to same folder" to avoid overwriting existing data in the original folder. Click "Browse" to configure the destination path.

Go to the "Job Initiation" tab, select "Immediate", and click "OK".

You can check the restoration progress and other detailed information in "Home" > "Job Controller".

Reference:

https://documentation.commvault.com/commvault/v10/article?p=whats_new/c_main_overview.htm

Datum vydání: 2016-07-22
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