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Avamar: How to Log in to an Avamar Server and Load Various Keys.

Summary: The purpose of this article is to describe how to log in to an Avamar grid (or utility node) and load the different system keys.

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Instructions

When troubleshooting Avamar issues, it may be necessary to communicate to all nodes or gain password-less access to all nodes. Loading the keys allows such access.

This article does not describe how to troubleshoot Avamar's key issues.

The steps below provide information for logging in to an Avamar server and then loading various keys.

Logging in:

  1. Download PuTTy (or equivalent)
  2. Open the PuTTy window by clicking the executable. See the screenshot below for an example of the output.
  3. In the hostname or IP field, specify the Avamar Utility Node name or IP address and click Open.
Note: If prompted, accept the security key. Click Yes to continue.
  1. Log in using the admin credentials.
Note: The direct root login over SSH is disabled on Avamar by default. The root user privileges can be achieved by logging in as admin, and using the below command as per the following example. This requires a root user's password.
su -



Loading Various Keys:

  • From Avamar 7.3: Load the admin keys using the following commands as admin:
ssh-agent bash
ssh-add ~/.ssh/admin_key
  • From Avamar 7.3: Load the root keys using the following commands as root:
ssh-agent bash
ssh-add ~/.ssh/rootid
  • For Avamar 7.2 and earlier (no longer supported): Load the dpnid keys using the following commands as admin or dpn:
(Avamar versions 7.2 and earlier used the dpnid key for password-less access)
ssh-agent bash
ssh-add ~/.ssh/dpnid
  • For Avamar 7.2 and earlier (no longer supported): Load the dpnid keys using the following commands as root:
(Avamar versions 7.2 and earlier used the dpnid key for password-less access)
ssh-agent bash
ssh-add ~admin/.ssh/dpnid

Additional Information

Screenshot of PuTTy window:
Screenshot of PuTTY window

Article Properties


Affected Product

Avamar, Avamar Data Store, Avamar Server

Product

Avamar

Last Published Date

24 May 2024

Version

5

Article Type

How To