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Clarify NetWorker VADP Proxy Host Requirements?

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I am trying to prepare for VADP backups and need clarification on the VADP Proxy Server requirments listed in the NetWorker VMware Integration Guide.  I am planning on using a physical storage node as the VADP Proxy.

NetWorker VMware Integration Guide states:

  • The VADP proxy server needs to be connected to the vCenter Server managing the ESX Server cluster. It also needs to be connected to the ESX Server system.

    • What does "needs to be connected to the vCenter Server" mean?

    • What does "needs to be connected to the ESX Server system" mean?
      • Virtualization is configured within the NMC.  Does that fill these requirements?

  • The VADP proxy host must have access to all LUNs on the ESX server that is hosting the virtual machines

    • I have multiple ESX servers (ESXi 4.1) that boot-from-SAN, all sharing multiple CLARiiON LUNs.  Each ESX server has its own Unisphere storage group and all ESX shared LUNs are in each ESX server storage group.

      • Does this mean I have to add all the shared ESX LUNs to a storage group with the VADP Proxy Server?

Thanks.

Joe



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evilensky
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Re: Clarify NetWorker VADP Proxy Host Requirements?

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Responding inline:

joew wrote:

I am trying to prepare for VADP backups and need clarification on the VADP Proxy Server requirments listed in the NetWorker VMware Integration Guide.  I am planning on using a physical storage node as the VADP Proxy.

NetWorker VMware Integration Guide states:

  • The VADP proxy server needs to be connected to the vCenter Server managing the ESX Server cluster. It also needs to be connected to the ESX Server system.

    • What does "needs to be connected to the vCenter Server" mean?
    • What does "needs to be connected to the ESX Server system" mean?
      • Virtualization is configured within the NMC.  Does that fill these requirements?

[Check the part of the guide titled "Network and Firewall port requirements."]

  • The VADP proxy host must have access to all LUNs on the ESX server that is hosting the virtual machines
    • I have multiple ESX servers (ESXi 4.1) that boot-from-SAN, all sharing multiple CLARiiON LUNs.  Each ESX server has its own Unisphere storage group and all ESX shared LUNs are in each ESX server storage group.
      • Does this mean I have to add all the shared ESX LUNs to a storage group with the VADP Proxy Server?

[Zone your LUNs so that the proxy can directly access them.  single-initiator zoning is probably best.  this isn't Clariion specific.  You want all the LUNs which have the machines you want to back-up.]

Thanks.

Joe

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evilensky
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Re: Clarify NetWorker VADP Proxy Host Requirements?

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Responding inline:

joew wrote:

I am trying to prepare for VADP backups and need clarification on the VADP Proxy Server requirments listed in the NetWorker VMware Integration Guide.  I am planning on using a physical storage node as the VADP Proxy.

NetWorker VMware Integration Guide states:

  • The VADP proxy server needs to be connected to the vCenter Server managing the ESX Server cluster. It also needs to be connected to the ESX Server system.

    • What does "needs to be connected to the vCenter Server" mean?
    • What does "needs to be connected to the ESX Server system" mean?
      • Virtualization is configured within the NMC.  Does that fill these requirements?

[Check the part of the guide titled "Network and Firewall port requirements."]

  • The VADP proxy host must have access to all LUNs on the ESX server that is hosting the virtual machines
    • I have multiple ESX servers (ESXi 4.1) that boot-from-SAN, all sharing multiple CLARiiON LUNs.  Each ESX server has its own Unisphere storage group and all ESX shared LUNs are in each ESX server storage group.
      • Does this mean I have to add all the shared ESX LUNs to a storage group with the VADP Proxy Server?

[Zone your LUNs so that the proxy can directly access them.  single-initiator zoning is probably best.  this isn't Clariion specific.  You want all the LUNs which have the machines you want to back-up.]

Thanks.

Joe

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evilensky
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Re: Clarify NetWorker VADP Proxy Host Requirements?

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And to add my own $0.02:  We're having great performance using a Virtual proxy and the HOTADD transport mode, but we are NFS and it makes more sense than the NBD mode.

JWeland
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Re: Clarify NetWorker VADP Proxy Host Requirements?

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Isn't there something inherently wrong and dangerous about giving a physical Windows host access to the shared ESX LUNs?

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evilensky
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Re: Clarify NetWorker VADP Proxy Host Requirements?

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I too would like some more documentation on the behavior; when the windows SAN proxy host sees a disk, is it an unidentified device that only the VADP libraries can read from, or does Windows recognize it as a general purpose non-native file system?

But I don't think this classifies this enterprise-tested feature as "inherently" wrong.

Maybe *nix folks are just more used to a variety of filesystems....

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