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How to Configure an FC-Attached NDMP Backup Solution on a Celerra

Celerra Support Demo Companion Booklet Celerra Network Server 5.6 P/N 300-011-600, Rev A01

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In this video, youll learn how to configure an EMC Celerra system for Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) backups over Fibre Channel. NDMP is an open standard network protocol designed for enterprise-wide backup and recovery of heterogeneous network-attached storage. Performing NDMP backup jobs over Fibre Channel is the most efficient method for backing up large amounts of data. The NDMP client is responsible for sending the backup softwares control data, such as scheduling, cataloging, and TLU commands, across the network to the NDMP server, which is the Celerra Data Mover. The Data Mover executes and maintains the backup and restore processes. A maximum of four simultaneous backups are supported on each NDMP-host Data Mover. Backup data flows from the storage system to the Data Mover to an attached tape library unit (TLU) without traversing the network.

Before we get started, we will have to have a Celerra Network Server with an NDMP server accessible by using Fibre Channel. So lets get started.

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Connect the NDMP Server to the Celerra

The first step is to physically connect the NDMP server to the AUX ports on the Data Mover of the Celerra. The Celerra has two specialized Fibre Channel (FC) ports on each Data Mover that are reserved for NDMP functionality. These ports are clearly labeled on the back of the Data Mover as AUX0 and AUX1. Note that the ports are not labeled on the NS-960 and NS-G8. The ports were built into the Celerra design to avoid Fibre Channel Port (FCP) congestion. This allows data to be backed up to be received over the primary FC channels from the storage array, and then redirected over the AUX connections directly to the NDMP library. To connect the NDMP server: 1. Connect the Fibre Channel cables to the AUX ports on the Data Movers. Its important to note that you may need a media interface adapter to convert the copper connector to the fiber optic. If the Fibre Channel cable is going to be plugged into a SAN switch, you need to perform zoning between the HBA on the Data Mover and the tape drive or tape library. 2. First you need to know the worldwide name (WWN) of the Data Mover. To obtain the WWN of the Data Mover, run the server_sysconfig command from the Celerra command line interface. The WWN of the AUX0 port will be listed as fcp-2, and the WWN of AUX1 will be listed as fcp-3.

3. Now our SAN Administrator can perform the zoning. 4. After the zoning is completed, we can confirm that the newly presented tape drives are accessible from the Data Mover over the Fibre Channel connection by using the server_devconfig command.

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The tape drives appear on the chains with an id of 32 or higher. This confirms that the Fibre Channel cabling, zoning, and tape library configurations are configured correctly and are accessible.

Next, well update the Celerra database with the newly configured NDMP tape drives.

Update the Celerra database with the NDMP tape drives

1. Well use the server_devconfig command with the create, scsi, and all options to rescan the tape drives to discover them and add them to the database.

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2. Now, well make sure that the tape drives or robot are created on the Data Mover by using the server_devconfig again with the list, scsi, and nondisk options.

Create an NDMP user account on the Data Mover

Finally, we are ready to create an NDMP user account on the Data Mover by using the MD5 password encryption method. The backup client uses these credentials to access and initiate backup jobs on the Data Mover. Note: For security reasons, EMC recommends that you use the MD5 password encryption method. Use this password method only to create an NDMP account in the NIS environment. Also, ensure that the NDMP.md5 parameter is set to 0 (zero) on all the Data Movers in this environment. Lastly, its important that we do not use Control-C in response to the command prompts because it will cause the command to hang. 1. To create the account, well use the server_user command with the add, MD5, and password options. The Celerra Network Server uses User IDs (UIDs) and Group IDs (GIDs) to record the ownership of files and directories. 2. The home directory is not used here, so well leave the setting blank. 3. Next, well assign a password between 6 and 8 characters long, and well avoid using special characters because they can cause authentication problems.

Weve completed all of the steps for setting up a basic NDMP configuration with the Celerra Network Server.

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Youll want to refer to your backup vendor software documentation to complete the required configuration on the backup software.

In this video, you have learned how to configure a Celerra system for NDMP backups over Fibre Channel.

Additional resources
Specific information related to this video can be found in the following technical modules:

Configuring NDMP Backups on EMC Celerra Celerra Network Server Parameters Guide

There may be additional related material available on Powerlink. Go to Support > Technical Documentation and Advisories > Hardware/Platforms Documentation > Celerra Network Server.

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