Document ID: 108863
Updated: Dec 12, 2008
This article is one in a series to assist in the setup, troubleshooting, and maintenance of Cisco Small Business products (formerly Linksys Business Series).
Q. How do I set up the Symantec Backup Exec with NSS4000?A.
Backup Exec is a data management application that backs up data from client devices to storage devices over a network. This document describes the Backup Exec environment and the configuration requirements to allow the Backup Exec for Windows Server 11d application to be integrated with a Linksys NSS series Network Attached Storage device as a target for the Backup-to-Disk Folder operation. This document does not address utilization of Backup Exec to back up an NSS series NAS device as a client.
The following topics are covered:
- Creating a Backup to Disk Folder
- Creating a Backup
- Restoring from the Backup File
This document also includes two short appendixes to help you set up access between the NAS and Backup Exec:
- Appendix A: Configuring a Share Volume on the NAS Device
- Appendix B: Logon Account Management
For this solution, the Linksys Business Series Network Attached Storage device (NSS4xxx or NSS6xxx) is configured as a storage target attached as a component of the Backup Exec Media Server. The Backup Exec environment may include application servers, file servers, and personal computers as client devices, as depicted in the slide below.
The following components are required:
- OS: Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
- Symantec Backup Exec 11d for Windows Servers
Note: If Backup Exec will be used in an Active Directory domain, Active Directory must be set up before Backup Exec installation. It is required to have a default logon account on Backup Exec to access the external device (i.e. NSS4000). Refer to Appendix A for Backup Exec logon account management.
Creating a Backup to Disk Folder
Backup-to-Disk folders are virtual destination devices for backups that are directed to your hard disk. The data from these backups is saved on disk as backup-to-disk files. You can also use this feature as part of a backup process where you back up data to disk first and then transfer the data to a tape.
For each backup job, you need to create a Backup-To-Disk Folder. When you back up to disk, Backup Exec places the data in a backup-to-disk file in the Backup-to-Disk folder you specify.
Important: Make sure that there is sufficient free space on the selected hard drive, or the backup job will fail.
Click the Devicestab.
Right-click Backup-to-Disk Folders, and then click Backup-to-Disk Wizard on the shortcut menu.
Click Next on each page of the Wizard, as prompted.
Continue to click Next on each page until the Backup-to-Disk Folder Name page appears.
Type a name for the new backup folder, and then click Next.
Click the ellipsis button on the right side of the text box, instead of typing the path.
Navigate to the backup folder, as illustrated below, and then click OK.
Click Next on each page of the Wizard until the final page appears.
Click Finish on the final page of the Wizard.
When the process is finished, the new folder appears under Backup-to-Disk Folders on the Devices page.
Creating a Backup
When you are setting up a backup job, the first thing you do is select the data that you want to back up. Then you select the location where you want to store the backup files. You can use the Backup Wizard to create and run your backup.
Click the Backup tab to start the Backup Wizard.
Select the drive/folder you would like to back up, and then click Next.
Type a name for the backup job, and then click Next.
Select the device where you would like to store the backup file, and then click Next.
Click Finish on the final page of the Backup Wizard.
Click OK to close the message that appears when the job is submitted.
To view the status, click the Job Monitor tab. The active job is listed under Current Jobs.
When the process is finished, the backup job is listed under Job History on the Job Monitor page.
Restoring from the Backup File
With Backup Exec, you can retrieve information from storage media. The simplest method for running a restore job is to use the Restore Wizard. The Restore Wizard guides you through the creation of a restore job. The Restore Wizard is helpful for users who are new to Backup Exec.
Click the Restore tab to start the Restore Job Wizard, and then click Next on the Welcome page.
Select the file to restore, and then click Next.
Click Finish on the final page of the Restore Wizard.
Appendix A: Configuring a Share Volume on the NAS Device
You must configure a share volume of the NAS device so that it is available to Backup Exec for file storage. The nominal way to do this is to create a volume and then a share to grant access to that volume that has the same user access rights as the logon account that you create for your Backup Exec job. The standard protocol for allowing interoperability between Backup Exec and the NSS in a Windows/Active Directory environment is Common Internet File System (CIFS). In this example, we will enable CIFS access for the NSS share that is created.
Log on to the NAS through an Internet browser, using the URL http://<NAS IP Address>.
Create a new volume.
Note: It is not required that a new volume be created, an existing volume may be used. But, it is suggested that you dedicate a volume to be used for backups and create specific access credentials (user ID and password) especially for it.
Enter the volume name and the size in megabytes, and then click Add.
Click Shares on the left menu bar.
Click Create New Share.
Enter a name to be used for this share (such as backup).
From the Location drop-down list, choose the volume that you created earlier in this procedure.
Under Share Access Privileges, click the appropriate user account.
Note: This user account will need to be the default logon account for the Backup Exec backup job that you create. User accounts may be locally administered on the NSS or may be imported to the NSS from a domain, such as Active Directory. Make sure that at least CIFS protocol is enabled. If this volume is used for other resources, it may also have NFS and/or FTP selected.
Click OK to create the share.
Appendix B: Logon Account Management
To access the network attached storage devices, the Backup Exec application must have valid access credentials. For example, to access the NSS in a Windows environment, Backup Exec for Window Servers must have the appropriate Windows access credentials, which are typically managed by Active Directory and from which they are typically imported to the NSS.. To manage access to the NAS, set up a logon account. This logon account must be set as default on Backup Exec.
Backup Exec uses logon accounts as the container for holding the access credentials that it uses to access the Storage devices on the network. So, the credentials must match those that were used to configure access to the Storage device shares when they were created. In this case, this means that the logon account User ID and Password information in Backup Exec must match the User ID and Password information that was imported from Active Directory for accessing the NSS share that you create for the backup. The default backup exec logon account is used to browse for resources (such as the NSS) when creating backup jobs.
On the Network menu, click Logon Accounts.
Use the buttons on right side of the page to manage the accounts. When finished, click OK.
Be sure that the account is the one that was configured in the share user ID entry on the NSS and that default is selected (which will allow the backup jobs using this ID to browse the available backup-to-disk folders).
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