Saturday, 5 November 2016

Working with Nakivo Backup and Replication Appliance

We have already dedicated couple of articles related to Nakivo Backup and Replication v6.1 wherein we have seen the architectural components and also talked about new features available in Nakivo Backup and Replication v6.1 here is a link for your quick reference Demystifying Nakivo Backup and Replication v6.1

In our last post related to Nakivo Backup and Replication Series we also discussed about 

Backup/Recover Active Directory Objects with Nakivo Backup and Replication v6.1 in case you missed it here is the link for your quick reference 
Backup/Recover Active Directory Objects with Nakivo


Apart from testing the backup and recovery related functionalities using 
Nakivo Backup and Replication v6.1 we also had a detailed discussion on Replicating Virtual Machines here is the link for your reference Replicate VM's with Nakivo Backup & Replication
Dedicated this article to understand the deployment of Nakivo Backup and Replication appliance which is available as-

Full Solution

This Virtual Appliance contains all components of NAKIVO Backup & Replication including Director, Transporter, and Backup Repository. Download this Virtual Appliance if you want to do a new installation of the product and keep all (or some) of your backups on the Virtual Appliance.

Full Solution without Backup Repository

This Virtual Appliance contains the key components of NAKIVO Backup & Replication: Director and Transporter, but does not include the Backup Repository (a new one can be created later). Download this Virtual Appliance if you want to do a new installation of the product and do not want to keep backups on the Virtual Appliance.


Transporter

This Virtual Appliance contains only the Transporter component of NAKIVO Backup & Replication. Download this Virtual Appliance if you have already installed the Director and want to install an additional Transporter to distribute workload or run jobs across WAN.


This Virtual Appliance contains the Transporter and Backup Repository components of NAKIVO Backup & Replication. Download this Virtual Appliance if you have already installed the Director and want to install an additional Transporter and keep backups on it.


This Virtual Appliance contains only the Director component, which is deployed in the multi-tenant mode. Download this Virtual Appliance if you want to provide BaaS, RaaS, or DRaaS.

I have been using the windows based installer solution for entire testing in my Home lab so thought of deploying the Virtual Appliance Full Solution and integrate the same with my vSphere environment.



Downloaded the full version and then using web client deployed the OVA on one of my ESXi host.

It's time to proceed further and configure the settings of the recently installed appliance by opening the console.


When working with the appliance we can configure network settings which talks about providing the Hostname IP address assignment Static or DHCP.

Backup Storage settings provides us the options for attaching a new disk, refresh the list of available disks on the current page, select the new not used disk to be used for backup storage.




Time and Time Zone settings helps us to change time and time zone for our Nakivo backup and replication appliance.

System Performance gives us the overall performance in terms of CPU and Memory Utilization and another important feature provided in system performance is to make use of TOP command which will help us in providing the list of tasks running.



Next settings/option in our list is Software updates which helps us in updating the current software by uploading the updates in the update directory /opt/nakivo/updates.

Nakivo Command Console where we can use Nakivo commands either locally or remotely via SSH. Below i have provided an example of running a command and it's output.


Once all the required settings are completed from command line we can proceed further and connect Nakivo backup and replication appliance by providing https://Ip address of appliance Virtual Machine:4443 in our browser.


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